2008 NGA Magic City Bodybuilding, Figure & Fitness Championships Review!

A full house greeted the men and women athletes at the Hoover High School Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday for the first-ever natural bodybuilding and figure competition held in this city. Read on to learn who came out on top!

A full house greeted the men and women athletes at the Hoover High School Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday for the first-ever natural bodybuilding and figure competition held in this city. Hoover High School is famous for the MTV series "Two-A-Days," which was shot on location at the school.

On Friday evening, the athletes checked in at the Better Fitness Nutrition Center in Pelham, a store owned by the show's promoter, Jason Thornton. The athlete's that needed it were weighed to determine their class and everyone took a urinalysis test to determine their seven-year drug-free status. The NGA requires a seven-year period from use of illegal muscle enhancing drugs.

On Saturday, Laura Tourtellot, affectionately known in the body-building world as "Turtle," started Prejudging at 11:15 AM with the Teen Class. This was followed by Men's Novice, Men's Masters, Women's Figure and the Open Men's classes. Laura kept things moving and we were finished with the morning session by 1 PM.

The Athletes returned to the Hoover Auditorium for a 4:30 meeting and then prepared for the 6:15 PM start of the Evening Show. All of the competitors brought their best to the stage in hopes of winning a coveted NGA Pro Card.

Two athletes won their card that night: Eddy Smith, the Open Men's Middleweight Champion and Adrianne Egan, the Women's Figure Champion. Best Poser went to Lightweight Champion, Kennett Washington, who traveled from South Carolina for the show.

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Open Men's Division
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In the Open Men's Middleweight Class Eddy Smith came in first. Not only did get first but, he was one of the two contestants that night to receive a NGA Pro Card.

In the Open Men's Lightweight Class Kenneth Washington took first place with a body to show he deserved it.

Kenneth Washington
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Kenneth Washington.
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In the Men's Masters Class Brian Cressman takes it to the top taking the Over Masters.

In the Teen's Division James Norton takes first place.

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Figure Division
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The Women's Figure Champion is Adrianne Egan. She also one of the contestants that received a NGA Pro Card.

Feedback from several competitors and from the audience was very positive. The enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and obvious camaraderie of a drug-free competition and to a person, the athletes vowed to return next year to have a go at the 2009 NGA Magic City Bodybuilding and Figure Championship, which promises to be a much bigger event.