2010 Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Tampa Pro Men's Open And 202 Pound Class Reviews!

Many competitors that were thought to be pre-determined winners failed to step up. This made for surprising results at this year's Tampa Pro. Find out more!
Article Summary:
  • A knee injury took Hide out of the running letting Ben White step up and claim first.
  • There was much hype surrounding Brandon Curry, but poor showing left him in sixth.
  • Jose Raymond crammed huge amounts of muscle on his frame to claim first in the 202.

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    2010 Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Tampa Pro Men's Open and 202 Class Reviews

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    With a smaller field compared with its 2009 version, this year's Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Tampa Pro Championships still highlighted many superb competitors, several of whom surpassed the expectations of many to achieve career defining performances. Top of the list was open class winner, Ben White, who brought his best combination of size, conditioning and balance ever to stun the audience and signal to other pro competitors fighting for the top that he is - rather than being one to make up the numbers - a real threat for future top pro show placements. Perennial fan favorites Johnnie Jackson and Troy Alves also brought their A-games and were duly rewarded for their efforts.

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    In the men's 202-class the ultimate winner was, as expected by many, Jose Raymond, who had packed more mass onto his physique than should be humanly possible, along with having brought his usual great shape. Steve Namat and Tricky Jackson landed in second and third respectively with excellent performances from both. Along with David Henry, Kevin English and Flex Lewis we now have further legitimate challengers for top Olympia honors as all three of these men are now qualified for the big event.

    All in all the Pro Bodybuilding Weekly championships proved to be a fantastic show with a great deal of top caliber professional muscle. While the biggest surprise might have been Ben White's big win, this may have been made possible through another surprise: predicted frontrunner Hide Yamagishi competing off his best form, then pulling out after prejudging with a knee injury. In a year where he predicted he would compete at every US-based pro show this will come as a blow for the Japanese champ, though one suspects he will be back and at his best very soon.

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    Touted threat Brandon Curry also failed to meet expectations with relatively poor conditioning and comparatively weak legs thwarting his plans to win his first pro outing, though he did present some of the best upper body development in the show. With better definition and improvements in leg size he will become one of pro bodybuilding's biggest stars in future years.


    Open Men's Top Six


    Sixth: Brandon Curry

    If the hype was anything to go by Brandon "the prodigy" Curry was expected to, if not win this event, come very close to doing so. With sixth place in this, his pro debut, this prediction was far from being realized, though he did show great promise. Such promise, however, will not win pro bodybuilding contests, especially those where a majority of the line-up - including Johnnie Jackson, Troy Alves and Ben White no less - arrive in their best ever shape. Smooth in the legs, though sharper in the upper body - but not as cut as is expected at this level of competition - Curry was not ready to compete on conditioning.

    He did, however, present spectacular shape, nice lines and some of the best upper body development in the show, most notable in the chest, shoulders and arms. To place higher in future outings he will definitely need to bring up those legs - especially his calves and hamstrings - and come shredded to the bone to have any chance of realizing his vast potential.

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    Fifth: Michael Kefalianos

    One of the shorter men in the line up, Mike Kefalianos can compete with the best of them in the mass department as shown to great effect with a physique possessing layer upon layer of ripped, quality muscle. His lower lat development and overall leg development is just plain freaky. If the event was judged on sheer size, cuts and conditioning alone he would have placed much higher; though he has all of the ingredients necessary to impress the crowds his only drawback appears to be a slightly blocky waist, short biceps development and a lack of the overall aesthetics of men such as Troy Alves and Brandon Curry. I had Kefalianos in third after prejudging, a spot he would not have looked out of place in when the final standing were announced.

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    Fourth: Edward Nunn

    Coming in sharper than he was in his last contest - the 2009 Sacramento Pro - but possibly a little less fuller overall, Edward Nunn looked to be in excellent condition and was truly in the hunt for the top spot, but was prevented from achieving it due to his relative lack of combined size and conditioning compared to the top three. He has, however, brought up his lagging chest and his legs looked much tighter and larger, as well. His arm and shoulder development was on point size-wise, as usual. And with his super phenomenal V taper including on this occasion the smallest waist in the open division it appears Toney Freeman has another challenger for the title of pro bodybuilding's X-Man.

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    Third: Johnnie Jackson

    Amazingly, after almost ten years competing as a pro Johnnie Jackson continues to show that he has the ability to hang with the world's best while staying on top of his game year after year. Eighth at this show in 2009, he dialed it in this time around and presented one of his best efforts to date. With top to bottom size, full round muscle bellies and good, though not great, conditioning, he looked very impressive in Tampa. Though I had him behind Kefalianos and Nunn after prejudging due to his conditioning appearing to be lacking compared with these men, he did have the size factor and his overall onstage presence and impact combined with this thickness may have given him the edge over these men.

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    Second: Troy Alves

    Picked by most as the likely winner of this show - after favorite Hide Yamagishi failed to contest the finals - Troy Alves came very close to snatching the top position. The best conditioned competitor in the event, Alves brought his most formidable package to date: full and ripped with few apparent weaknesses. Though having the edge in shape, he may have lost out to Ben While due to the latter's greater size advantage and better overall muscle density. In the past criticized for lacking the size needed to win pro events, Alves has proven to be one competitor who can make the most of such a deficit and he brought it all - including a new Mohawk haircut - to almost snatch his second pro win in as many years. Ultra grainy and well balanced it seemed after pre judging that he would not have looked out of place in the winner's spot. However, a significantly improved Ben White would have other ideas about that.

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    First: Ben White

    Placing fifth in this event in 2009 and showing great promise, but always a long shot for the winner's spot, Ben White proved the doubters wrong with his revamped 2010 Tampa Pro physique, complete with improved leg size and shape including full, cross-striated quads and popping hamstrings - areas he lacked in 2009 - along with his usual massive upper body development - only larger and vastly more ripped; his enormous arm development and stunning width no doubt helped him to steal the show. Now, not only can Ben list among his many accomplishments his phenomenal strength records - which have made him one of the world's strongest bodybuilders, second only to 2010 PBW third place finisher Johnnie Jackson - he can truly say that he has one of the best physiques around, as well. It seems his Muhammad Ali-like boasting of being "the greatest" was not all hype; rather, it appears to have driven him on to greater muscle building heights.

    Working with Dave Palumbo has been a blessing for Ben as he has, under Dave's tutelage, gradually made the refinements needed to beat the best. Probably the best conditioned athlete in the show - save for a career-topping Troy Alves - he proved that one need not have the shape of a Victor Martinez to come out on top. In saying this, his shape is considerably improved, aided by layers of equally distributed muscle mass, and he will no doubt continue to advance in the lead up to his first Olympia outing later this year.

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    202 Men's Top Six


    Sixth: Clarence De Vis

    Upon seeing De Vis at prejudging the first question that entered my mind was how does this guy make the 202 pound cut off point without apparently sacrificing any muscle? Full and hard, though slightly down on conditioning compared to his stellar 2009 Olympia appearance, where he was, however, much smaller, Devis has added a great deal of size and could be considered one of the biggest of the 202 pound men currently competing, not surprising considering his bodyweight reaches the high 200s in the off season. A newfound ability to get ripped and large has made him a better bodybuilder overall.

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    Fifth: Luc Molines

    Coming in shredded did not, in my opinion, counter the lack of overall balance French competitor Molines possessed; he also did not appear to have the full, round muscle as presented by sixth placed Clarence De Vis. Though he did have decent symmetry he was notably lacking in several areas - in particular the arms chest and width. If he can enhance these areas while continuing to bring his great conditioning - without the small amount of water retention he displayed in Tampa - he will no doubt continue to climb the 202 pound division ladder.

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    Fourth: Nathaniel Wonsley

    Bringing much better conditioning compared to when he last competed in this show in 2009 - where he placed eighth - Nathaniel Wonsley looked full, hard and ready to do battle. At prejudging it appeared he might have the edge over a lesser conditioned Tricky Jackson, but fourth place nevertheless proved to be a great result for the former pro football player. Showing biceps the size of footballs and a small, tight waist his only real disadvantage was his smaller calf development compared to the other top place finishers. Still, he has made great improvements and should be a future force in the division in the years to come.

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    Third: Tricky Jackson

    Fifth in 2009, Tricky Jackson proved at the 2010 PWB champs that he has made some incredible improvements in size and shape. Larger and seemingly even better balanced than before - which is saying something, given he is known for his great symmetry and proportion - Jackson once again presented his perfect V taper and posed to perfection. As he was gunning for number one, I know that Tricky would not be entirely happy with his third placement in this show, but he was up against very tough competition and he could have been sharper. Had he come in a tad more conditioned he would have placed second and strongly challenged for the winner's spot.

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    Second: Steve Namat

    With an improvement on his 2009 fourth place finish in this show, Steve Namat came ready to win and almost claimed his first pro victory. Looking larger and better conditioned than ever before, Namat, with his classical structure and full muscular development, looked more massively muscled than his onstage weight might have suggested. Five weeks out from the Tampa Pro Namat told me he had made a huge transformation. He wasn't kidding: with his usual great proportions he had uniformly added a great deal more mass. Excellent posing and presentation skills along with great skin coloring only served to highlight these improvements.

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    First: Jose Raymond

    Seeing Jose Raymond standing onstage alongside his fellow 202 pound competitors it is hard to believe that he belongs in this class: he has been able to cram a significant amount of muscle onto his frame which would under normal conditions appear to be excessive. However, with his shape and great balance accentuated by his perfect conditioning the mass he has added since he turned pro in 2009 flows into a well proportioned and symmetrically stunning complete package. Having made further improvements to the phenomenal physique that earned him second in the New York Pro 202 earlier this year, he is truly on track to Olympia success come October. With quads that defy belief and a back double biceps shot that is in a class of its own in any division he is one of pro bodybuilding's biggest success stories of 2010.

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