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Three natural bodybuilding rivals are competing again on one stage. Who will win? Listen to their SMACK talk from before the show and see who really won and why!

By: Mark Tilden

Todd Opheim, Lance Sganzini and Mark Tilden are all competitive NATURAL bodybuilders from Idaho. They have all been competing against each other for years in all the major local competitions and all have recently become pro natural bodybuilders. On June 15th, they will all compete together on one stage to finally decide, once and for all, who is the better bodybuilder. It's not live on Pay-Per-View, but the results will be posted here on Sunday, June 16th.

We asked them to each answer a few questions about this competition, their current condition and their feelings about the other competitors. Here are their answers and some recent pics.

Let The Smackdown Begin!


Q: What are your current body stats? Have you been improving in the last year? What has improved?

A: My current body stats are: Weight is holding at 175. I will come into the show at 173. I have made big improvements on my quads and calves and hamstrings. I will be much harder and more ripped for my first pro show.

What are the results from your last 3 contests?

A: I placed second at the Northwest Natural last June. Then three weeks later I won the overall for the Mr. Idaho Natural, which earned my pro card. I will be competing June 15 in the N G A Pro Atlas. A new Pro division that's been added to the Northwest Natural. First place wins 850 dollars. That's much better than a trophy.


Pics from June 11th, yesterday.

Why do you believe you will beat Mark Tilden?

A: I'm all over Mark Tilden this year. He just got back from a week in Disneyland. I know for a fact that this guy munched on fattening protein bars and hung out with Goofy. This was a week before the Pro Atlas. I'm pretty sure all that vacation food turned his abs to mush. He's history. Goofy can't help him now.

Why do you believe you will beat Todd Opheim?

A: Then who's that other Pro. Oh yeah, Todd. He's beat me two out of the three of the last outings. I'm so much harder this year. Those losses have been driving all this time. Fueling the fire. I think he's thinking "no problem". I've got some big surprises for him. He shouldn't have been eating all those krispy creme donuts. He's all mine.

What do you plan to do after you get 1st place in this contest?

A: I plan on spending the 850 dollars on me and my wife for a nice dinner and a bed and breakfast. Live it up and get fat for a little while.

What happened in previous contests when you competed against these guys? What was the result?

A: The last time I competed against these two guys, I screwed up my water intake. I didn't even place 1st in my weight class. I got a lousy 2nd. Never again. We have four more days and I'm bringing it.


Pics from June 11th, yesterday.

Lance Sganzini,
2001 Mr. Natural Idaho.


Q: What are your current body stats? Have you been improving in the last year? What has improved?

A: My current stats as of today are:

Bodyweight - 210
Waist - 30"
Thigh -26"
Bicep - 18"
Bodyfat - 4%

The visible areas that I have improved are my hamstring definition, upper lat width, and quad feathers while relaxed. I am currently slightly behind my best ever conditioning, but am bigger than I have ever been with this low of bodyfat. My posing has improved to better show off my strengths and minimize my weaknesses.

Why do you believe you will beat Mark Tilden?

A: First off, Mark is a good friend of mine, and it is simply not my nature to trash talk. I truly believe that on show day, any competitor has the potential to beat another.

Truthfully, Mark has a very symmetrical body with outstanding conditioning at every show I have ever seen him compete in. He is an outstanding presenter and a true gentleman to compete against. If he comes in sharp, he is tough to beat, regardless of who you are. I think that things outside of Mark's control are his overall body size, shoulder width, back width, and overall leg size. These are all areas that I feel I have an advantage over Mark in. He will most likely have more defined glutes and hamstrings, and perhaps a more round pectoral development. If we both hit our conditioning right on the mark (pardon the pun), I feel I will have the advantage for the above mentioned reasons. But, if I miss by even a slight amount, Mark will take me to school.


Various times and dates.

Why do you believe you will beat Lance Sganzini?

A: Lance is also a good friend of mine, and I feel he has just as much a chance against me as I do against him.

Lance is also an outstanding competitor with many titles to his credit. If Lance gets his conditioning right, I will have an uphill battle. If he doesn't and I do, I will have a distinct advantage. Mark and I are like comparing apples to apples (my apple is just 30-35 pounds and 3-4" bigger). Lance and I are like comparing apples to oranges. He has a smaller structure by roughly 6", but only gives up around 20 pounds or so. He has a much more compact body with denser muscle than I. I feel I compare favorably against him bodypart to bodypart. My calves are more detailed and my quads are more detailed, but he has advantages in upper body thickness (torso). As we have proven in past competitions, if we are both at our best, the judges will have to decide.

What do you plan to do after you get 1st place in this contest?

A: No disrespect meant to Lance or Mark on this one, but if any of us gets first place, it will be a shock to me. Terry Baldwin from Montana is competing against us, and he is the one to beat. When I placed 9th in the 2000 Mr. Universe, Terry placed a very close 2nd. He is the real deal with symmetry, thickness, and conditioning. I would guess him to be at 5'8" and 190 pounds. Also, Pete Pitrone from Colorado is coming to town and at 5'4" and 155-160, he packs a very symmetrical, sliced physique. Although I beat him by 1 point in my last competition against him, I wouldn't bet against him either. If everyone comes in in great shape, God help the judges. If I am fortunate enough to take home first place honors, I will accept it with pride and decide which way my career will go after the show.

What happened in previous contests when you competed against these guys? What was the result?

A: Mark and Lance have both been in the weight training game for longer than I have. I first competed against Mark in 1993. I took 4th in the light heavyweights, he took first in middleweights and took the overall title. Goes to show, the boy is a player! Since then, Mark and I have been in several shows at the same time, but never in the same division (he's middleweight, I'm heavyweight), but have been up against each other in the overall. I was fortunate enough to win the overall title at the 1997, 1999, and 2000 NGA Northwest Natural competition, attaining my pro card at the 2000 show.

Lance and I are probably huge rivals in the eyes of fans, but aside from the fans, we are good friends with the utmost of respect for one another. In 1997, after Lance took the lightheavy and I took the heavy, we dueled it out for the overall, and I was victorious. In 1999 at the NPC Mr. Idaho, Lance once again took the lightheavy and I the heavy and Lance beat me 3-2 for the overall. A week later at the 1999 NGA Northwest Natural, we once again competed for the overall, and I was fortunate to take home the title. 2000 was a rematch at the NGA Northwest and I was once again lucky enough to win. I see Lance and I like Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. We are both fierce competitors with a great desire to win and to prove to ourselves just how good we can be. If I get beat by Lance or Mark, I have nothing to hold my head down about, they are both great competitors.

That's about as good as you will ever hear me "trash-talk". I will do my best to be prepared for the show and the rest is in the hands of God (and his judges). May the best man win!

Todd Opheim


Q: What are your current body stats? Have you been improving in the last year? What has improved?

A: My current stats as of today are:

Bodyweight - 175
Waist - 30"
Height - 5' 8"

My emphasis was on a thicker chest, wider back and a more symmetrical delts. Even though, my contest weight will be close to last year. I believe there will be a noticeable difference in my muscle maturity.


Pics from the 2001 NW Natural.

What are the results from your last 3 contests?

A: 1. NW Muscle Classic, Portland, OR, September 15th, 2001: 1st Place Middleweight And Overall - Pro Qualifier. 2. NW Natural, Boise, ID, June 3rd, 2001: Middleweight Champion and one vote for overall title. 3. Salt Lake Open Championships, April 2001: 2nd Place Middleweight division.

Why do you believe you will beat Todd Opheim?

A: This sounds a little crazy, but it's true. Todd has spent so much time training his clients in a gym with a gas leak. And over time has become a bit disillusioned when eating what he thought was a quality protein bar. He was actually downing many of the new Snicker Crunch bars, loaded with sugar and fat. Todd is sure to come in at 240 plump! Haha! =)

Why do you believe you will beat Lance Sganzini?

A: Lance just recently became a Pampered Chef consultant. Need I say more! Poor guy cannot stay out of the kitchen, eating his favorite recipe, pizza layered with lard and topped with jack cheese and olives.

What do you plan to do after you get 1st place in this contest?

A: Well, if my wife doesn't spend the prize money on shoes and jewelry, I'd really like to supply Todd with a healthy dose of bodybuilding supplements from Bodybuilding.com. And as for Lance, a new recipe book... maybe Body-For-Life by Bill Phillips.


Picture from posing videos taken a few weeks ago.

What happened in previous contests when you competed against these guys? What was the result?

A: Well, each of them have generally competed in heavier weight classes, but Lance placed higher than me in our 1st contest. The first title I won, in 1993, Todd took second I believe in his respective weight class. Since then, we have all competed for the overall titles, only to bow out to Todd in 1997.

COOL! Check out videos of Mark posing a few weeks ago. Click here.

Mark Tilden


What Do You Think?!


Side by side:

CONTEST RESULTS!

The competition was on Saturday June 15th, 2002 in Boise, Idaho. Here are the full results:

  1. Mark Tilden
  2. Lance Sganzini
  3. Terry Baldwin
  4. Todd Opheim
  5. Pete Pitrone
Pics From Contest  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

VIDEO FROM THE CONTEST!

Video from the end of the contest. What do you think about the results?

2002 NGA Pro Atlas Video
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