2009 NGA NW Natural & Pro Atlas Review.

Promoter and Pro Bodybuilder Allen Bowlden made this contest a spectacular event that was very well organized from pre-judging to the finals.

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Contest Review
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Review by Jim Britain
Photos by Brent Van Pelt
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The 17th Annual Northwest Natural Pro Atlas Bodybuilding & Figure Championships were held May 2nd, 2009 in Boise, Idaho at Timberline High School. There was a record setting 86 competitors from all over the northwest and for the first time in history the venue was sold out.

Promoter and Pro Bodybuilder Allen Bowlden made this contest a spectacular event that was very well organized from pre-judging to the finals. Allen has competed in 13 contests himself so he is no stranger to the sport.


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Promoter & Pro Bodybuilder Allen Bowlden.

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Women's Bodybuilding
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The contest MC Lance Henning kept the crowd entertained throughout the evening with jokes, often at his own expense. He is great at keeping the crowd entertained in between competitors. The evening started off right with Women's Bodybuilding presented first.

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-> Light Weight:
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    The women entered from stage right and broke the silence. The crowd let out an excited roar as the contest began. After all three competitors finished their routines they were called back out to center stage.

    Maggie Byington came all the way from Libby, Montana and took first place. She has lost over 70 pounds in the last 3 years and trained specifically for this contest for only 9 weeks. Close behind her in points was Rachel Pyron, and third place was awarded to Cate Carpenter.


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Cate Carpenter (left), Maggie Byington (middle), Rachel Pyron (right).

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    Karrie Danielson of Nampa, Idaho took first place with her separated quads and very good conditioning. Maria Cheatham in second place has lost 110 pounds over the last several years with diet and exercise. She strutted her stuff on stage with a new vote on confidence. It is very apparent that she is loving life!


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Karrie Danielson (left), Maria Cheatham (right).

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    The heavy weight division was the first true test for the judges. Both of these women had great attributes. Pam Cullen from Laurel, Montana did a wonderful job with her posing and received first place. Katie Rosenberg came in a close second. Both of these women worked the crowd during the posedown.


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Pam Cullen (left), Katie Rosenberg (right).

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    In the women's masters division there were many crossover competitors that are here to prove that you are never too old to get on stage and show off your fit physique. At 35 and older these women are clearly defying and reversing the effects of aging on their beautiful bodies.

    The first place trophy was awarded to Maggie Byington. Coming in a close second place was Pam Cullen. And third place was awarded to Katie Rosenberg. Each of these women are starting to get quite the collection of trophies for the evening.


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Pam Cullen (left), Maggie Byington (middle), Katie Rosenberg (right).

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    Maggie Byington rounded out the evening with a third trophy when she swept the women's bodybuilding divisions and won overall. The women were put through the mandatory poses and were finally set free to entertain the crowd with a final pose down.


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Women's Bodybuilding Overall Winner Maggie Byington.

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    Jenny Stevens took first in the women's pro division tonight as she bounced on stage dressed as wonder woman. Her shredded physique collected a trophy and she took the opportunity on stage to propose to her lucky fianc? seated in the audience. I wish a good luck to both of them.

    Second place was awarded to Shauna Dutton who has a spark plug personality that shined through with her beautiful and energetic posing routine that won her best poser of the evening. She is employed at Health Habits and it shows that she has been training for 9 years.

    Third place was awarded to Debbie Hazen who is a personal trainer as well. Debbie and her husband devote their time to many appreciative clients as they develop a personal training business here in the valley called The Fitness Co. where they provide custom personal training.


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Shauna Dutton (left), Jenny Stevens (middle), Debbie Hazen (right).

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Women's Figure
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Boise's most beautiful bodies were joined by competitors from all around the united states to compete in the biggest and best figure contest Idaho has to offer.

These figure women spend weeks, months and years molding their bodies to fit the strict judging criteria. They are judged on many aspects from stage presence, poise, symmetry, muscularity, the fit of their suit and many more elements while still trying to find that fine balance of body composition. The judges want to ultimately see muscle separation yet no striations.

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    With thirteen competitors this class was the first of many to put the friends, family & fans on the edge of their seat as these ladies started gliding on stage to do their t-walk. From center stage, then left, then right these women made the judges sharpen their pencils and start narrowing the playing field.

    Awarded first place was one of our local favorites Bobbi Kolb of Nampa who has been training for four years at Anytime Fitness. Second place was awarded to Krista Shurlow who trains at A2O Fitness and Gold's Gym. Third place was awarded to Amy Jones, an Exercise Science major at BSU. It seems she has been studying up on her chosen profession.


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Amy Jones (left), Bobbi Kolb (middle), Krista Shurlow (right).

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    Eleven women graced the stage for this class. The top three were hard to determine as they were put through there quarter turns during pre-judging. The first place trophy was ultimately awarded to Chantayn Winner who's last name is very fitting. Chantayn has been training for ten years and it shows.

    Second place was awarded to Shelly Larson who is employed at Old Chicago, a local restaurant that serves beer, pasta, and many more fine foods that she is forced to do without while training for this sport. No doubt a true test of will power.


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Amy Jones (left), Bobbi Kolb (middle), Krista Shurlow (right).

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    Kelli Weight, employed by the Universal Cheerleaders Association capitalized on the results of hard training. While working, raising two young boys, and training in her spare time at A2O fitness she earned first place in the figure tall division.

    Second place was awarded to Staci Meredith. Staci is fresh off an overall win at the recent Gold's Gym Classic where she swept all divisions. This has been a busy year and she doesn't intend on slowing down with this winning streak.

    Kim Colvin is proud to be starting her amateur figure contest career off strong by placing in the top three. A mother of three at the age of 40, Kim leads a very active and physically fit lifestyle with her husband Chad who she also credits for assisting her with her training and success. Being a Personal Trainer, Kim feels very strongly about practicing what she preaches and hopes to inspire women by being a billboard for her fitness business.


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Staci Meredith (left), Kelli Weight (middle), Kim Colvin (right).

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    When this group of beautiful ladies came out one by one and strutted their stuff it was hard to believe that they were considered "masters". A lot of familiar faces with many years of contest history among them, this was shaping up to be a long night trying to find flaws and narrow the field down to a top 5.


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Figure Masters Over 35 Competitors.

    Stacy Meredith pulled off a first place win with her long shapely legs that go for days and a smile from ear to ear. Dawn Toth, wife of Pro Natural Bodybuilder Craig Toth, has worked her way up the ranks since her last contest. A second place finish was well worth the hard training and strict nutrition it takes to step on stage and start collecting trophies. Third place was awarded to Kim Colvin who will soon need a larger mantle if she decides to further her passion in this sport.


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Kim Colvin (left), Staci Meredith (middle), Dawn Toth (right).

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    The overall figure award was proudly handed to Chantayn Winner whose overall symmetry, body composition, poise, and balanced muscle separation was just what the judges are looking for in a champion figure competitor.


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Figure Overall Winner, Chantayn Winner.

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Men's Bodybuilding
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The men's bodybuilding divisions proved to be quite the challenge as well. Competitors from all over the northwest came with many strong attributes that made it hard to narrow the field. With plenty crossover athletes from teen to open, and open to masters, it was shaping up to be a long night. The crowd was on the edge of their seat as these mass monsters pounded out on stage to battle.

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    A young hockey player is making quite a name for himself at such a young age. Eric Cafferty will be able to create quite a legacy with his great genetics and heavy training. His conditioning was spot on this evening which was apparent by his striated glutes. Eric has built an impressive base of mature muscle fibers and we look forward to watching him for years to come.


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Eric Cafferty.

    Two young competitors were right on Eric's heels. These young men will be a force to be reckoned with when they fine tune their strengths and come back for more. Clint Odom has a great v-taper and has almost perfected his conditioning. With a little more work on posing I believe he could have squeaked out a first place win. Ken Jensen just need a little time to pack some mass on his wheels and he will be a strong contender.


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Clint Odom (left), Ken Jensen (right).

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    The novice division is where all the competitors get out the first time jitters. Being on stage in a banana hammock is not everyone's dream but it is mandatory that you wear a revealing posing suit to showcase the majority of your muscle groups. This year in particular we had a certain competitor that apparently had no problem with wearing little or nothing! Andrew "Chopper" Jones was not shy and did not hesitate to hike up the back of his posing suit into an insta-thong to showcase his award winning glutes.

    Andrew recently moved to the U.S. three months prior to the contest. He came all the way from the UK to start a new life and live the American dream for awhile. Little did he know that his bunk mates Kris Gethin and Marika Johansson would take him under their wing and produce an award winning 8 week fitness and nutrition program for him. Andrew got first place and is now surely has the "bug". We look forward to seeing him on stage in more upcoming contests.


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Andrew "Chopper" Jones.

    Second place was awarded to Jordan Boyd who has been training for five years and finally decided to get on stage to see where he ranks. Third place was awarded to Ben Bellomy. The point spread between second and third was minimal as both competitors had definite strong points. Below is the crowds' favorite pose for the evening, the "most muscular".


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Jordan Boyd (left), Ben Bellomy (right).

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    Craig Roberts took first place for two consecutive contests. With a history of marathons behind him as his prior passion, I now believe he has found his calling. Bodybuilding has come natural as he has discovered his genetic gift of symmetry. With a little work on gaining muscle mass I believe he can grow into the heavier weight classes and be successful. His conditioning for this show was spot on!


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Craig Roberts, Light Weight Winner.

    In second place Clint Odom, a teen crossover competitor is graced with a strong v-taper, quad sweep and many more strong points in his physique. If he nails his conditioning next time and peaks for the pre-judging he will easily take first in the light weight division. Third place was awarded to Jas Krdzalic. Jas has competed many times and improves from contest to contest. With a little heavy leg training I believe he will keep climbing the ranks.


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Clint Odom (left), Jas Krdzalic (right).

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    In this division the first place trophy was gladly handed to Lijuan Fuller of the United States Armed Forces. He gets his massive guns at the Gunfighters Gym in Mountain Home, Idaho. It's comforting to know that Lijuan is a representation of the many strong willed and dedicated people fighting for our country.


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Lijuan Fuller, Middle Weight Winner.

    Second place was awarded to Angel Garrido of Ammon, Idaho who has been training at Anytime Fitness for seven years. In a close third was Robert Schei of Chubbuck, Idaho who is employed with the Pocatello Police Department. Watch out lawbreakers!


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Angel Garrido (left), Robert Schei (right).

    An honorable mention is due to the athlete placed fourth in this large division of eleven competitors. Ryan Suydam is a young prodigy with a great future in this sport. Born with a spectacular structure of symmetry and muscularity Ryan is one step ahead of the competition. With a dialed in nutrition program he is going to sweep every contest he enters.


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Ryan Suydam.

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    The crowd went wild as the light-heavyweight competitors took the stage. Kris Gethin easily took first place with his amazing posing that showcased every muscle fiber in his body. He has a world class physique that wows judges at the many bodybuilding contests he has taken part in over the years. Kris makes all the mandatory poses look effortless as if he invented them himself. It is no wonder that he won the best poser award for the evening.

    With unmatched conditioning and mature muscle bellies he was an easy pick as he displayed his feathered quads and striated upper body.


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Kris Gethin, Light-Heavyweight Winner.

    Second place was awarded to Gerrard Moran of Sandy, Utah. He has been training for thirteen years and is employed at the Utah Highway Patrol. I'm seeing a pattern of law enforcement and many other public servicemen in this contest. It is good to know that those who are responsible to serve and protect are staying in shape and capitalizing on their fitness to collect a couple of trophies on the side.

    Third place was awarded to Shawn Shelley of Des Moines, Washington who wants to give thanks to Craig Toth at Peak Performance Personal Training for a history of top 3 placements in his last couple of competitions.


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Gerrand Moran (left), Shawn Shelley (right).

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    The heavyweights are where the champions lie. Tim Beamer is the bodybuilder that came out victorious in this division and carried on to pull off the men's overall win to receive his pro card.


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Men's Heavyweight & Overall Winner, Tim Beamer.

    The second place trophy was handed to Chris Ward who recently put on a few pounds of lean muscle mass to creep into the heavyweight division. Chris is a Personal Trainer by day and a Bartender at night. Talk about having the best of both worlds in the way of employment. Third place was awarded to Eric Anderson who has been training for thirty years and currently works out at Flex Fitness in Jerome, Idaho. His favorite bodybuilding accomplishment was second place at the 1989 Mr. Idaho bodybuilding contest.


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Chris Ward (left), Eric Anderson (right).

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    There were many crossover competitors from the open divisions into the masters division. Bill Bentley came out on top due to his compact symmetrical structure and good conditioning. His most recent bodybuilding accomplishment was first place masters and third place middleweight at the 2009 NGA Grand Teton contest. Second place was awarded to Jon Decker of Hamilton, Montana. In a close third was Aaron Herrgesell from the small town of Gooding, Idaho.


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Jon Decker (left), Bill Bentley (middle), Aaron Herrgesell (right).

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    Mass monster Craig Toth won again. Craig knows his body from years of experience of bulking and cutting from season to season. He now only gains about 10 pounds in the off season so he can gain lean, hard mass and not have far to go to peak on contest day. With sketchy luck in the past couple of contests he has personally experienced the judging discrepancies and preferences that can cost you the trophy. These near misses were merely a minor glitch in his winning streak and he is back at it again.


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Craig Toth, Men's Pro Winner.

    The judges and audience gasped as Rob Townsend walked on stage during the morning pre-judging. The stage lighting dimmed due to his eclipse like effect on the stage lighting. As he spread his wings into a front lat spread he literally dwarfed many of the competitors on stage. He was awarded second place tonight. Rob is a fire fighter by day and surely has no problem throwing multiple people over his shoulders as he carries them to safety. We are looking forward to seeing this freak of nature in more contests in the future.


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Rob Townsend, Men's Pro Second Place.

    Third place was awarded to Lance Sganzini of Boise, Idaho. Lance now has to get a larger mantle for his collection of trophies. He is the owner of Sganzini's Personal Training studio and has a long list of thankful clients that he has helped acquire many fitness goals and aspirations throughout the years. In fourth place was another one of Boise's best, Mark Tilden. Mark looks amazing for being over the age of 40 and is going on to pursue a few other bodybuilding and fitness contests later this year in New York. Check back on Bodybuilding.com for an update on his progress and accomplishments.


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Lance Sganzini (left), Mark Tilden (right).


Special Thanks

Thank you to all the local sponsors who helped support this contest. This sport would not be where it is today without the generous support from businesses large and small that recognize the importance of leading a healthy life. I personally believe that you come into this life wrinkly and weak and you leave this life wrinkly and weak, but the way you look and feel in between is entirely up to you.