Highlights From The 2010 L.A. Fit Expo! Part 2: A Week With The Contestants!

What an amazing event! The contestants arrived in LA (All-Expense Paid Trip) on Tuesday and checked in at the beautiful downtown Westin Bonaventure. Learn more.

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Highlights From The 2010 L.A. Fit Expo!
Part 2: A Week With The Contestants!

What an amazing event!

The contestants arrived in LA (All-Expense Paid Trip) on Tuesday and checked in at the beautiful downtown Westin Bonaventure (Arnold Schwarzenegger's movie, True Lies was filmed here!). Tuesday and Wednesday were spent at the iconic Ironman Magazine Studios (ALL the big names have shot here) where the contestants worked the camera for famed photographer Mike Neveux. The first group to shoot was comprised of Ben, Matt, James, Jaquelyn and Alexandra.

2010 BodySpace Spokesmodel Search Contestants!
2010 BodySpace Spokesmodel Search!
Group A Of The Contestants!
Photo By Michael Neveux.

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All three guys on the shoot instantly bonded and shared stories of their wives and families. They weren't afraid to jump right in and help each other apply fake tanner and prep for the shoot. They took advantage of Ironman's 'Pump-up' area and could be heard laughing throughout the building. The girls even got in on the action and took turns taking random candid pictures with all the Ironman props packed throughout the space.

Next day's group (Danny, Mindy, Erin, Justin and Jonathan) got along equally as well. They took advantage of their down time during the shoot to work on their laptops, and send updates to their fans.

2010 BodySpace Spokesmodel Search Contestants!
2010 BodySpace Spokesmodel Search!
Group B Of The Contestants!
Photo By Michael Neveux.

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Friday

    Friday was a group 'fun' day, all about immersing them in the local bodybuilding and fitness culture. They attended a morning ceremony at Los Angeles City Hall where the legendary Joe Weider received a Lifetime Achievement Award. After a once in a lifetime photo-op with the legend himself, the group got in an afternoon workout at Gold's Gym Venice ('The Mecca of Bodybuilding') and trained right alongside the industry pros. They capped off the day with a meal around the corner at the Fireside Café, which specializes in high-protein, healthy fare.


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A Once In A Lifetime Photo-Op With
The Legend Himself, Joe Weider.


Saturday

    Saturday, the contestants worked a half day at the Bodybuilding.com Booth at the LA Fitness Expo, and they made us look good. They were by far one of the fittest group of people there! People were excited to meet the inspirational role models they follow on BodySpace. The Ironman Magazine, BodySpace Spokesmodel Competition took place at 2:30 sharp on the Expo Main Stage and drew the largest crowd out of all the events.

The Contestants Worked A Half Day At The Bodybuilding.com Booth, And They Made Us Look Good.
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The Contestants Worked A Half Day At The
Bodybuilding.com Booth, And They Made Us Look Good.!

    The contestants headed backstage an hour prior to get stage ready. They all helped each other with last minute touch ups and words of encouragement. Two guys even did a quick 'pump-up' workout together on some nearby power-lifting equipment. The rest did push-ups and squats to tighten everything up.

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    Once they hit the stage, they absolutely shined. Everyone worked it like they owned it. They all made sure to thank BodySpace, Bodybuilding.com and their families for where they are today. Everyone peeked through the backstage curtains to watch their fellow contestants, now 'friends', take their turn. Unlike most competitions, there was nothing but absolute camaraderie among them all.

Crystal Matthews Backstage With The BodySpace Spokemodel Female Finalists.
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Crystal Matthews Backstage With The
BodySpace Spokemodel Female Finalists.

    They obviously knew they couldn't all take home first place, and those that didn't accepted their trophies graciously, and although a bit disappointed, seemed truly thrilled to have come this far. Every contestant received an exclusive Bodybuilding.com Trophy, a Gym Bag packed with clothing and gear from Bodybuilding.com and Ironman and a yearlong subscription to Ironman Magazine.

    In addition to this, the winners received three dozen long-stem roses from ProFlowers, an Ironman Magazine cover and editorial piece and yearlong contract with Bodybuilding.com. Head judge, Jamie Eason, made sure to let each and every one of them know that they were all amazing and had a marketable look that could take them as far as they wanted to go. She even took the time to speak with each of them individually backstage to help answer any questions they may have regarding the future and their potential careers in the industry.

The Winners Of The 2010 BodySpace Spokesmodel Search Ben Booker And Jaquelyn Roberts.
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The Winners Of The 2010 BodySpace Spokesmodel
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    Magazine editors, industry news reporters and supplement companies also rushed to the stage to speak with the contestants about their post-competition opinions and what their future may hold. The contestants then had the rest of the afternoon to check out the expo, load up on even more free goodies to take home and network with over 700 companies.

    To celebrate a weeklong event to remember, the BodySpace Contestants and their families and friends, along with the Bodybuilding.com staff, all went out for a much needed dinner and made sure to order extra dessert - they deserved it.


Hosts

  • Bob Cicherillo - Bodybuilding.com Athlete & Spokesperson
  • Allison Ethier - 2009 Female BodySpace Spokesmodel Winner

Hosts Bob Cicherillo And Allison Ethier.
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Hosts Bob Cicherillo And Allison Ethier.


Judges

  • Terry Bratcher - Has served 8 years as Art Director at Ironman Magazine
  • Mike O'Hearn - American Gladiator, Fitness Model & Actor
  • Jamie Eason - Bodybuilding.com Athlete & Spokesperson
  • Sean Harley - 2009 Male BodySpace Spokesmodel Winner

Judges scoring 80% (based on stage presence, physique and on-stage interview), on-line voting 20%

The results were super tight this year. There was actually a 3 way tie between the top 3 men, so the online voting was used to break it. Ben Booker had 34%, Matt Bucur 33% and Justin Woltering had 14%.

The 2010 BodySpace Spokesmodel Finalists!
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The 2010 BodySpace Spokesmodel Finalists!


Contestant Info And Ranking

    The Women

      1. Jaquelyn Roberts: JaquelynKay
      Home: Virginia Beach, Virginia
      Age: 26
      Occupation: Personal Trainer
      Hobbies: Snowboarding, CrossFit, Dancing and Scrapbooking (her one nerdy hobby).
      Extra: She's a FAME Bikini Pro, 2nd Fittest Woman in Asia, Tri-Fitness Competitor and likes to do burpees for fun!

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Jaquelyn Roberts At The 2010 LA Fitness Expo.
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      2. Erin Stern: trackfiend
      Home: Ocalla, FL
      Age: 29
      Occupation: Real Estate Broker & Personal Trainer
      Hobbies: Horseback riding, deep-sea fishing, writing poetry and hanging out at the beach.
      Extra: IFBB Figure Pro, Junior All American in the High Jump Event - she's cleared 5 feet 11 inches!

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Erin Stern At The 2010 LA Fitness Expo.
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      3. Alexandra Porshnikoff: Mikiko
      Home: San Francisco, CA
      Age: 36
      Occupation: Executive Assistant at Yahoo!
      Hobbies: Bee Keeper, Camping & Fishing, Knits & Crochets, Gardening, Riding Motorcycles and Collecting Insects.
      Extra: She volunteers in her free time, has four parrots and a cat, and has a 17 year old daughter!

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Alexandra Porshnikoff At The 2010 LA Fitness Expo.
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      4. Mindy Karuk: mindyk
      Home: Vancouver, Canada
      Age: 28
      Occupation: Makeup Artist
      Hobbies: Jaing Chuan Training (Chinese Boxing), Bikram Yoga (Hot Yoga), Traveling and Painting
      Extra: WBFF Fitness and Bikini Diva, WNSO Pro, She speaks Ukrainian as a second language and knows how to spin fire.

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Mindy Karuk At The 2010 LA Fitness Expo.
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      5. Danny Johnson: Danny-J
      Home: Las Vegas, NV
      Age: 28
      Occupation: Personal Trainer
      Hobbies: Traveling, Wakeboarding, Snowboarding, meeting new people and hanging out with her husband and puppy.
      Extra: NPC Bikini and Figure Competitor and she has a tattoo on her back for every country she's visited.

Danny Johnson. Danny Johnson.
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Danny Johnson At The 2010 LA Fitness Expo.
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    The Men

      1. Ben Booker: bookerbrother
      Home: Sullivan, IL
      Age: 28
      Occupation: Plumber and HVAC Technician
      Hobbies: Fishing, Boating, hanging out with his family.
      Extra: He's a proud husband & father of two children. He hopes his kids will become teenagers someday and still want to lead a healthy lifestyle because of all it has done for him.

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Ben Booker At The 2010 LA Fitness Expo.
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      2. Matt Bucur: Eightpak
      Home: Searcy, AK
      Age: 25
      Occupation: Pharmacy Student
      Hobbies: Cooking, hiking, spending time with his wife and his dog, long walks on the beach, you know...the usual.
      Extra: NPC Light-Heavy Bodybuilding Competitor and Ex-Abercrombie Model

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Matt Bucur At The 2010 LA Fitness Expo.
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      3. Justin Woltering: JWOLT
      Home: Kansas City, MO
      Age: 24
      Occupation: Personal Trainer and Author
      Hobbies: Traveling, Muay Thai, going to the movies, art, quantum physics, and ordering supplements from Bodybuilding.com.
      Extras: Muscle Mayhem NPC Heavyweight Competitor, has a degree in Business Management and his thumbs are double jointed.

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Justin Woltering At The 2010 LA Fitness Expo.
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      4. James Martin: JamerJay
      Home: Marina Del Rey, CA
      Age: 25
      Occupation: Personal Trainer at Equinox Gym
      Hobbies: Playing Guitar, Traveling, Film, Sports and cooking dinner for his wife.
      Extra: Originally from England - he just got his green card!

James Martin. James Martin.
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Justin Woltering At The 2010 LA Fitness Expo.
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      5. Jonathan Cooper: NYmuscle4life
      Home: Long Island, NY
      Age: 25
      Occupation: Personal Trainer
      Hobbies: Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Hand Ball, Cooking, Boating, Cruizen' for ladies and being a True Gentleman.
      Extra: This is his 1st competition! And no, he's not from the show Jersey Shore.

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