Iron Man Magazine's Lonnie Teper

Background

Lonnie Teper, an award-winning journalist and emcee, has been covering the bodybuilding, fitness and figure scene for more than 20 years. Teper, a former Sports Editor of The Alhambra Post-Advocate, a daily newspaper in Southern California and ex-Sports Information Director at California State University, Los Angeles, started writing for the Weider owned publications Muscle & Fitness, Flex and Men's Fitness in 1983.

In 1986 he started his career with Ironman Magazine, which had just been purchased by John Balik and Michael Neveux. Since that time, Teper has written on all aspects of the industry; his popular 'News and Views' column has appeared in every issue of Ironman since it began circulation with the January, 1987 issue. He has gone on to become, by far, the most prolific emcee in the history of the industry; Teper has hosted over 50 professional contests and 200 NPC events.

He's been at the podium multiple times for the Mr. Olympia, Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic, the Night of Champions, the Ironman Pro (Teper has emceed all 15 Ironman Pro shows to date) and the San Francisco Grand Prix, as well as hosting several of the top female competitions during both the Olympia and Arnold Classic weekends. He also was part of the three-man broadcast team for the first ever pay-per-view telecast shown on InDemand at the 2004 Arnold Classic.

Teper has emceed the Nationals every year since 1993 and recently hosted the USA Championships for the 11th time in the past 12 years. He also is an NPC Promoter, founding the Cal Collegiates in 1999, and currently promotes the Junior California Bodybuilding and Figure Championships, which includes a collegiate division.

Teper, who graduated cum laude from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in Journalism/Radio/TV, also has a Masters Degree in Physical Education, where he was honored as the 'Outstanding Graduate Student' with a 3.94 grade point average.

He taught 20 years in Physical Education and Journalism at Cal State L.A; currently Teper is a member of the Physical Education and Health faculty at Pasadena City College and East Los Angeles Community College. His track and field media guide, produced for PCC, was voted the 'Best in the Nation' in 1983.

Articles

  • 2005 NPC USA Preview: Swami Sez - It's Heath Time!

    Lonnie Teper shares his thoughts on the upcoming pro qualifying show in Las Vegas.

  • An Inside Look At The 2005 Ironman Pro.

    The already sublime 2005 IRON MAN Pro line-up got even better last week when 'The Freakin' Rican' Gustavo Badell, announced he'll be on the Pasadena Civic Auditorium stage on February 19.

  • 2006 Iron Man Pro Preview!

    Will Priest be serving mass at the IRON MAN Pro? We will have to wait and see. This review will list some of the competitors and what some of them should bring to the show. Read on...

  • Nasty In 'Vegas: The Swami's Olympia Predictions!

    Will there be changes at the 2005 Mr. Olympia next weekend? Absolutely! Will there be a new Mr. Olympia crowned. That will remain to be seen. With new rules in place you never know. Learn more...

  • The Return Of Gary Strydom!

    At 47 years old, Strydom looks better than the era when he was one of the IFBB's top stars. A brief history and what he's planning to do is included. Also see how he feels about the industry. Check it out.

  • 2005 NPC Nationals Predictions!

    My predictions are in. See who I think will take the 2005 NPC Nationals and who won't. You may be surprised!

  • Paul Demayo, AKA 'Quadzilla' Laid To Rest.

    It's the typical bright and sunny June 7 day in Southern California. But, writing this column is anything but cheery...

  • 2007 Early Season Contest Preview - Iron Man Pro.

    Here is a sneak preview of the IM Pro line-up a day earlier; the press conference, where I weigh in each competitor... Get the lowdown on who is competing (or not) at this year's Iron Man Pro and who might have a shot!

  • An Inside Look At Chris Cook.

    Chris proved he knows a lot more than I do about what vocation to pursue. Not that there weren't bumps in the road along the way. Find out what they were and how Chris did it...

  • Driven: A Look In The Life Of IFBB Pro Mark Dugdale!

    Coming to the plate with 198 pounds of chiseled, well-proportioned muscle on his 5'6 frame, Dugdale said bye-bye NPC, hello IFBB. Find out more about this IFBB pro, father, husband and business owner...

  • The 2005 Iron Man - A Battle Between Three Powerhouses!

    The 2005 Iron Man turned out to be a raging success for a rain soaked crowd. Learn more about the athletes and what the outcomes were. Learn more...

  • Gift Wrapped - Phil Heath's Auspicious Debut!

    Phil Heath is seven for seven from the field on a bodybuilding stage. Here I'll discuss the controversy at the New York show and where he might place if he competes at the big dance. Check it out and see if you agree!

  • Swami Sez - Rookie Top Cookie At The 2006 Nationals!

    The Swami makes his predictions for the 2006 Nationals that will be taking place this November 10-11, 2006 in Miami Beach, Florida. Will Evan Centopani pull it off? Get the latest...

  • The Right Choice - 2004 NPC USA's Review!

    Chris Cook came in with the hype. Mark Dugdale had the might. And, Will Harris finally got it right...

  • Lonnie Teper's Early Pro Season Round-Up And Awards.

    Well, the first leg of the 2005 contest season is history. Find out what Lonnie Teper thinks about the four contest so far and his predictions for the rest of the year...

  • Mr. Olympia Predictions: Will It Be Seven Up For Ronnie?

    I doubted Ronnie Coleman last year. Won't make the same mistake twice. I say The Big Nasty makes it seven in a row when the fella�s get together for the annual Mr. Olympia bash, set for October 30 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

  • Lonnie Teper's 2006 Arnold Classic Preview!

    Find out right here what I predict the winners and losers will be at the 2006 Arnold Classic. This could be a tight race. Read on for the details.