That Shaking Sound? The Flex Pro Bodybuilding Championships Is Coming!

The kick-off contest of a heavily packed 2011 IFBB schedule shapes up as one of the biggest shows of the year, with many major stars each vying for top honors!

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  • The 2011 Flex Pro Championships are being held on February 19th in Santa Monica, CA.
  • The IFBB pro athlete roster will be on display for the honor of winning the first Flex Pro Bodybuilding Championships along with a $30,000 check.
  • Dexter Jackson is expected to be the one to beat at the 2011 Flex Pro.

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That Shaking Sound? The Flex Pro Bodybuilding Championships Is Coming!

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The first contest of a heavily packed schedule of IFBB pro events for 2011, the first ever Flex Pro Bodybuilding Championships, is shaping to be one of its biggest with many major stars each vying for top honors in a show that will award its finalists a spot among the world's best at September's Mr. Olympia in Nevada, Las Vegas.

With former Olympia champ and Flex Pro favorite Dexter Jackson expected to bring his usual A-game conditioning and flawless shape and Dennis Wolf providing the mass fans with a jaw-dropping spectacle of immense proportions, the Flex Pro will be off to a great start.

Throw into the mix 2010 breakthrough competitor Ben White - who, at three weeks out, reports that he is 255 pounds of grainy muscle - along with 2010 New York Pro winner Evan Centopani, emerging threat Fouad Abiad, rising star Dan Hill, world's strongest bodybuilder Stan Efferding and, with his great proportions, thick leg development phenomenal conditioning, Ben Pakulski and it is almost certain that the 2011 IFBB pro season will be one of the hottest yet.

Taking place on February 19 at the Civic Auditorium in what many consider to be the birthplace of modern bodybuilding, Santa Monica, California, a sizable portion of the IFBB pro athlete roster will be on display and in contention for the honor of winning the inaugural Flex Pro Bodybuilding Championships along with the $30,000 check that accompanies such bragging rights.

With such a formidable lineup of talent ready the cement their respective places in the IFBB pecking order for 2011, and with the ever-impending threat of one's name either being established, or taken, as each athlete shoots for the winner's position, expect a hard fought battle come February 19.

As with any IFBB pro show it is expected that the Flex Pro will throw up its share of surprises; however, should all athletes come at their best there will also be a few certainties. How I expect the top ten will be awarded follows.


Winner: Dexter Jackson

Looking to collect his first pro win of the season - in all likelihood, the first of many - will be Dexter Jackson who with the kind of razor sharp conditioning, balanced development and full musculature bodybuilding fans have come to expect from him is, because of these attributes and how well developed they are compared with most of his pro peers, assured victory in almost all of the pro shows he enters.

At 5'7" and around 235 pounds, Dexter packs a lot of weight onto his frame and, fortunately for him, and his bank account, it is as evenly distributed as can be achieved in the professional ranks.

Simply no one comes close to presenting the balance Dexter has while maintaining body fat levels and muscle density and fullness that have the competition continually reevaluating their training and nutritional approaches in the hopes of finding the key that will, once and for all, unlock their own genetic potential, just as the champ himself as clearly done.

Dexter Jackson At The 2010 Olympia. Dexter Jackson At The 2010 Olympia.
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With three Arnold Classic titles and a coveted Mr. Olympia statuette on his mantel, along with many additional wins in contests ranging from the Australian Grand Prix to the New Zealand Grand Elite Pro, Jackson's CV, in line with his physique, is as perfect as can be found anywhere in the IFBB pro division.

On February 19, at the first-ever Flex Pro, he will add yet another title to his impressive resume.


2nd Place: Fouad Abiad

At 6'2" and over 280 pounds - in shape - Canada's Fouad Abiad presents an impressive sight on any pro stage; of late he has been making the most of his undoubted potential by cutting a swath through pro bodybuilding's elite as he looks to establish himself as an IFBB frontrunner.

In beginning his pro career, the 2005 CBBF Canadian Championships winner placed a dismal 15th at the 2006 Atlantic City Pro followed by a less than stellar fifth at the Montreal Classic one year later.

Fouad Abiad At The 2009 Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships. Fouad Abiad At The 2009 Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships.
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He now routinely places in the top three at most pro events, a career best second at the 2009 Tampa Pro Championships testimony to his rapid rise. With one of the largest physiques on the current pro scene, Abiad is never one to be overlooked in any lineup.

At the 2011 Flex Pro Bodybuilding Championships he will be one of few athletes to challenge - muscle for muscle - German monster Dennis Wolf.

And with reports indicating that Abiad is currently the best he has ever been, bodybuilding fans can expect big things from the Canadian star, both at the Flex Pro and in all of the events he will contest in 2011.


3rd Place: Dennis Wolf

Having been tested at bodybuilding's highest levels and having for the most part passed with merit each time, Dennis Wolf is no stranger to pro success.

With his breakthrough year coming in 2008 - marked with a respectable fourth place finish at the Mr. Olympia - Wolf has tasted the fruits of top tier success; recently, and against stiffer competition, he landed in fifth spot at the same prestigious show, in the process demonstrating that his initial pro stage accomplishment was no fluke.

Dennis Wolf At The 2010 Olympia. Dennis Wolf At The 2010 Olympia.
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Taking over where fellow German Markus Ruhl left off, Wolf has the mass, but, unlike Ruhl, also possesses the kind of pleasing structure - give or take a couple of minor flaws - that is awarded at the pro level.

If he can address his calve size and lower lat width issues while further building overall mass and competing hard and dry then he will, yet again, be one to beat at this year's Olympia.

But he will first have to get past a hungry brigade of up and coming pros at the 2011 Flex Pro Bodybuilding Championships.

Will he replicate his previous top form, or will he, as he has done on occasion, fail to peak in line with what is expected at his level?


4th Place: Ben White

It seems that current IFBB pro favorite Ben White has always - save for a miscalculation at the 2009 New York Pro - been in the mix, his professional bodybuilding resume scattered with top five placements, an achievement brought about largely through the appealing shape and formidable degree of muscle size he possesses.

A vocal proponent of power-lifting training for bodybuilding development, White has built one of the IFBB's more balanced and muscle packed physiques, and he is now beginning to be rewarded for his diligent gym efforts and intensely focused mindset.

Known for talking himself up while throwing down challenges left and right to all aspiring contenders, White is not afraid to voice his views and neither should he be: he undoubtedly has the physical gifts to back up his claims and the increasing success he is experiencing is just reward for one who is willing to lay his reputation on the line in the hopes that his boundless emotional energy can be transformed into real word muscle come contest time.

Ben White At The 2010 Europa Battle of Champions. Ben White At The 2010 Europa Battle of Champions.
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So far this strategy has worked wonders for the 2010 Pro Bodybuilding Weekly champion and it is with such a training mindset that he is approaching the 2011 Flex Pro Champs. After speaking with Ben three weeks out from this event I came away convinced that he would again do himself proud.

If he can hold his size - 255 pound of solid muscle - while further refining his conditioning, he will definitely be on track to taking a few prized scalps come February 19.

Speaking three weeks out from this event, White had this to say about the progress he expects he will make and his onstage battle with fellow top contender Dexter Jackson: "Yes I will get even better.

I hope the Blade [Dexter Jackson] is sharpened because I am definitely looking to dull it."


5th Place: Evan Centopani

Straight out of the blocks New York badass Evan Centopani achieved victory at his very first pro show: the 2009 New York Pro.

With this win he silenced many who had considered him just another shapeless hulk, yet another pro competitor with plenty of size but little else. With this win he also placed himself ahead of several top caliber pros, boosting his own reputation as one to watch in future events.

Evan Centopani At The 2009 New York Pro. Evan Centopani At The 2009 New York Pro.
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With one year off in which to train, eat and grow Centopani is expected to contest the 2011 Flex Pro Champs at his very best, several pounds heavier and as hard and dry as can be.

With some of the best arm and leg development in the pro game today, along with what is increasingly becoming a dying attribute, freaky size, Centopani has always been a marketable, bankable force within the pro bodybuilding ranks.

Now that he is one and zero - so far a perfect pro bodybuilding record - he will desperately want to continue his winning ways.

This will, however, be difficult in such a stacked lineup as expected for the Flex Pro Bodybuilding Championships, but he should never be counted out as a threat to any title and will be doing his best to secure his second pro win in as many contests.


6th Place: Ben Pakulski

Finishing seventh at the 2010 New York Pro Bodybuilding Championships - the same event won by Evan Centopani - was Ben Pakulski, another superheavyweight competitor with freaky dimensions.

With arguably the best legs in the pro division today and arms and abs that are generally regarded among fans as world beaters, Pakulski will, should he arrive in the type of conditioning expected of IFBB pro athletes, likely break through to the big time at the 2011 Flex Pro Bodybuilding Championships.

Ben Pakulski At The 2010 New York Pro Bodybuilding & Bikini Championships. Ben Pakulski At The 2010 New York Pro Bodybuilding & Bikini Championships.
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Only high ranking fellow competition at their collective best and a comparative lack of experience will hold him back. As with Centopani, don't count the kinesiology graduate Pakulski out.


7th Place: Dan Hill

With an imposing 265 pounds of ripped mass on his 5'11" frame, Dan Hill is not too difficult to find in any pro lineup.

While he has been criticized for a lack of overall arm size and conditioning problems he has had, Hill, one of the hardest working, most marketable pros currently competing is always improving and addressing his weaknesses and his 2011 showings will, it is expected, demonstrate just that.

Daniel Hill At The 2010 Australia Pro Grand Prix X. Daniel Hill At The 2010 Australia Pro Grand Prix X.
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As with Ben White, Hill believes mind power to be of paramount importance when preparing for major pro bodybuilding events: "The mental side is the biggest part for long term pro bodybuilding success," he recently said. "The person with the strongest mindset will win in the long run."

With his winners mentality and obvious physical gifts look for Dan Hill to present his best physique yet at this year's Flex Pro Champs.


8th Place: Stan Efferding

Two thousand and eleven Europa Show of Champions 12th place finisher Stan Efferding will be hoping his status as world's strongest bodybuilder will translate into onstage competitive success as he prepares for the 2011 Flex Pro Champs.

As current holder of the highest raw (non-suit assisted) power-lifting total in the world in any weight class and federation - 2,221lbs - and winner of the 2010 Mr. Olympia power-lifting face-off, it is clear that Efferding is one strong dude.

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However, as his competitive rival - in bodybuilding and power-lifting - Ben White takes great delight in retelling, he has yet to win "where it counts", on an IFBB pro bodybuilding stage.

Should he pull it all together with added size to accentuate his tall frame, the Rhino just might inch closer to snatching as much success on the posing dais as he has achieved on the lifting platform.


9th Place: Grigori Atoyan

A pro since 2009 Grigori Atoyan has yet to attain any measurable degree of competitive success, finishing out of the top five in six of the seven pro shows he has entered (he peaked with his fourth place finish at the 2010 Phoenix Pro, where he looked full and sharp).

At 5'8" and over 240 pounds of shredded muscle, the world's most muscular Armenian and 2009 NPC superheavyweight champion is stacked with a generous supply of quality mass; most notably his legs, shoulders and traps are truly freaky. When he dials it in Atoyan is among the best.

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Unfortunately for him, though, the IFBB houses the best bodybuilders on the planet and, right now, his place in the pecking order is several notches below the more notable top tier competitors.

Look for him to fight for the top, but ultimately relent to the overwhelming pressure placed on him by the established elite of the sport.


10th Place: Wendell Floyd

Having competed only once as a pro (at the 2010 Europa Battle of Champions, where he placed 5th in the 202 pound class), 2009 Team Universe Champion Wendell Floyd has yet to be properly tested on the ultimate proving ground for bodybuilding warriors such as he.

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Smaller - a lesser light in terms of sheer muscle size compared with much of his competition - Floyd nevertheless possesses a beautifully flowing physique with few structural weaknesses; nothing really stands out, a quality that can be both a blessing and a curse.

If he has made improvements in the size department while further refining the conditioning is known for, he is likely to turn heads at the inaugural Flex Pro Bodybuilding Championships. Those who appreciate the Darrem Charles super sharp look will no doubt enjoy watching Floyd in action.

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