Review & Photography By www.NorthAmericanBodies.com.
Once again NorthAmericanBodies was invited to attend and photograph the fantastic Musclemania Fitness Atlantic Championships. The Fitness Atlantic Championship is one of the biggest New England natural bodybuilding, bikini and fitness contests with spectacular stage designs and concert music and lighting.
Each year this event is where experienced natural athletes and newcomers begin their competitive season, and where the best natural bodybuilders, bikini and fitness athletes can jump start their careers. Many past competitors continue to return to guest pose and pass on awards to new future stars!
This year's guest poser was last year's Men's Overall Champion Jeff Beckman who put on a fabulous display with an amazing posing routine that excited the audience. April 26, 2008 marked the 10th Anniversary for Fitness Atlantic and with well over 200 athletes competing, the show ran from 9:00 am until 10:30 pm non-stop. The finals were sold-out before the morning of the show turning away hundreds of people at the door at the night show.
The Fitness Atlantic is held in Connecticut and draws contestants and attendees from New York to Boston. The first five years (1999-2003) the show was held in downtown New Haven at the Palace Theatre.
When the Palace Theatre went out of business in 2004 the show moved to the East Haven High School Performing Arts Center which is a beautiful modern school built in 1998 with a much larger lobby for exhibitors, plenty of free parking, and the best lighting and staging for an event of this kind.
The bodybuilding is judged in several divisions: Juniors, Novice, Open, Masters for the Men and Open for the Women.
This class is for men ages 23 and under. The Fitness Atlantics always draws one of the largest and highest quality Juniors classes to be found in any contest. This year there were 13 great Junior competitors, but one of them stood head and shoulders above the rest. Jermaine Morgan took 1st place.
This class is for competitors that have never placed 1st in any contest. It is judged in 2 weight categories, Lightweight for under 180 lbs. and Heavyweight over 180 lbs.
The Lightweight Novice class drew 16 competitors and it was Bryant Ferguson who placed 1st.
In the Heavyweight Novice there were 6 entrants and Isaac Moore took 1st place, and then won the Overall title.
The Open bodybuilding for men is judged in 6 weight classes. This natural bodybuilding show is one of the most competitive regional shows, and the overall winner gains a Musclemania Pro Card. Last year's winner, Jeff Beckman, was the guest poser and also won the Musclemania Universe Pro Division contest among a field of Musclemania Pro's in Miami following his Fitness Atlantics win last year.
In the Bantamweight Class, up to 150 lbs, there were 5 competitors and Sam Lewis took 1st place.
The Lightweight Class, 150- 165 lbs, drew 7 competitors and Andrew Scott placed 1st.
The Welterweights, 165 - 175 lbs, had 9 competitors and NAB athlete Ed Mazuchelli was victorious taking 1st place.
For the Middleweight Class, 175- 185 lbs, the winner was Domingo Tanco in a tight contest over Max Nicolas, in a class that had 7 competitors.
The Light Heavyweight Class is for athletes 185- 195 lbs and Jermaine Morgan placed 1st among 3 competitors.
Finally the Heavyweights, over 195 lbs., and it was Isaac Moore who took 1st place in a contest among 4 competitors.
In the battle for the Overall Fitness Atlantic title and a Musclemania Pro Card, it was the Light Heavyweight Class winner, and Juniors winner, Jermaine Morgan, who was victorious!
In the Open Class contest for women, there were 4 entrants, and it was Lisa Watson who took 1st place and the Fitness Atlantic title.
This class is for men over 40 years of age, and there were 3 great competitors. Laimondo Trowell took 1st place.
This class is for men over 50 years of age, and the class drew 2 amazing competitors, and Anthony Ianiero took home the 1st place trophy.
Many of the athletes that compete have goals of one day making the cover of a fitness magazine, modeling for sporting goods, or working for a sports nutrition company. Some athletes want to strictly focus on the modeling aspect and what better way to meet photographers, build a portfolio and start networking.
Contestants must have stunning looks, an athletic body and know how to present themselves in a sexy and marketable manner for the judging panel and live & television audience.
Contestants must be in good mental & physical health and at least 18 years of age. There are no prescribed height or weight limitations. The division offers three rounds sportswear, swimwear, and evening wear.
There were 37 women entered in the modeling contest. Cheyanne Prawdzik was crowned the winner of the Model Atlantic title in a tie-breaker over Tammy Blais who took 2nd place. Sarah Ray placed 3rd, Jen Prout placed 4th and Lyann Ware was 5th.
There were 12 men competing in the model contest. The Model Atlantic winner was James Ibbison from Connecticut. Tyler Sarry took 2nd, Jeremy Williamson 3rd, Bobby Ashhurst 4th and Justin Popovics 5th.
The Fitness America Pageant is a celebration of feminine style, beauty and grace - a nationally recognized event that allows women beyond high school and college years to compete for recognition and prizes in dance, aerobics, cheerleading, gymnastics routines and/or other displays of athletic talent.
The Top 10 fitness women qualify for the Fitness America National Championships and Fitness Universe Championships. It was a tight race among the top 4, but the winner was Kelly Schreck who won in a tie-breaker over 2nd place winner Lindsay Messina.
The Ms. Bikini contest includes two rounds with a two-piece and a sportswear round to make the event more entertaining for the audience and to provide some type of participation for the athletes to perform on stage.
The bikini competition is quite simply a beauty contest, but with special emphasis on body shape, condition and overall attractiveness. It includes two competitive rounds. There are no qualifications to compete and the event is open to women worldwide.
Bikini is judged 3 classes based upon height: Short Medium and Tall. The Short Class winner was Cheyanne Prawdzik, the Medium Class winner was Kelly Schreck and the Tall Class winner was Seanna Metzger in a close contest. There was also a 4th category, Classic Bikini, the winner was Seanna Metzger. The Overall Ms. Bikini winner named by the judges was Kelly Schreck.
The women in this division should have clear muscle definition throughout, and be in a "moderately conditioned" state.They should be more conditioned than a bikini athlete but less conditioned than a female bodybuilder.
Figure is judged in three classes based on height.Lyssa Gogan won the Short Figure Class, Lindsay Dettbarn won the Middle Figure Class, and Lori Harder won the Tall Figure Class. It was the Short Class winner, Lyssa Gogan who took the Overall Figure honors.
All in all, this one was great show, and we look forward to attending this show again many times in the future, and you should also check it out, as either a competitor or a spectator.
More information can be obtained at
FitnessAtlantic and from
NorthAmericanBodies. Kudo's to show promoter Brian Cannone who does an excellent job every year and works hard for his athletes and fans of the show.