The NPC local and regional shows that take place all over the country are the "Grass Roots" of NPC Bodybuilding. So, it is with the Ironman Classic, an NPC National qualifier. Once again, Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York was the scene for the 2006 Ironman Classic promoted by none other than IFBB Pro Jeramy Freeman.
This year's Ironman Classic landed on Memorial Day weekend but that didn't stop those who got on stage from showing up. Yes, they could have enjoyed a barbecue with friends and family but instead these few hardcore competitors stayed the course dieting and working hard lifting to show off their stuff and for some to qualify for the NPC National shows. Jeramy did say though that the numbers for the show were down and it could have well been because of the show landing on Memorial Weekend.
But, first was the figure, which continues to dominate over fitness. A total of 10 girls lined up in heels this evening with the overall Figure title going to Michele Naylon - Naylon looked picturesque.
As soon as she strutted out onto the stage it was clear she had the win in her class as well as the overall.
After the fitness came the open women - there were only four total for women bodybuilders. Women's Lightweight and 1st place Tammy Patnode - who had nice shape and overall appearance - won the OVERALL. The 2nd place in the lightweights was shredded Theresa Jordon. Women's Middleweight was won by the only competitor Pam Thompson who also had the best posing routine at the night show.
Rounding out the women was Lt. Heavy (the only Light heavyweight) Marie Sinda. Mari has potential but needed to diet a lot more for this show. There were no heavyweights this time around.
Men's Open Bodybuilding:
Then it was time for the MEN'S OPEN BODYBUILDING which was just as lean but with some nice beef. Winning the Bantam was Geoffrey Heusinger. Lightweight Richard Villar along with Middleweight Craig Conte both won there weight class. The larger class - the Light Heavyweight was won by Bryan Vander Pleug.
The big boys of the Heavy's and Supers were next. The Heavyweight winner was Ronald Primerano, and the Super Heavyweight was won unanimously by Ben White who also flexed his way to the overall win. Always, well, almost always, right before the overall pose down the guest poser hits the stage and tonight's star was BIG Jay Cutler.
The next day Jeramy asked us over for a Sunday Brunch at his house (in the picture is, of course Anita, Jeramy and his lovely wife Kim, then we have NPC National competitors Blair Mone, and Sebastian Zona as well as hot bod Jenny Lynn). Jeramy is a great guy, not just a great bodybuilder.
He is unique and genuine, and we thank him for inviting us over - it was great. The things you hear, are one in a million that cannot be told in an article. Look out for an upcoming interview with Zona. We hope to see you next year at the 2007 Ironman Classic, be there!
Figure Class 1:
1st: Kristine Montante
2nd: Julianne Robinson
3rd: Stephanie Padilla Schwartz
4th: Sherri Wesley
5th: Rebecca Block
6th: Lindsey Shew
Figure Class 2:
1st: Michele Naylon
2nd: Laura Kirkpatrick
3rd: Molly Templar
4th: Marie Sinda
1st: Alex Jiminez
1st: Jonathon Bradley
2nd: Larry Colson
3rd: Tim Dougherty
4th: Richard Villar
5th: Raymond Miller
1st: James Mobley
1st: Ronald Primerano
2nd: Alex Jiminez
3rd: Kevin Hadden
4th: James Mobley
5th: Jon Solazzo
Women's Open Bodybuilding
1st: Tammy Patnode & OVERALL
2nd: Theresa Jordon
1st: Pam Thompson
Women's Lt. Heavy:
1st: Marie Sinda
Men's Open Bodybuilding
1st: Geoffrey Heusinger
1st: Richard Villar
2nd: Roger Morale
3rd: Jon Solazzo
1st: Craig Conte
2nd: Jonathon Bradley
3rd: Larry Colson
1st: Bryan Vander Pleug
2nd: Gary Condello
3rd: Chris Seacash
4th: Tim Doughtry
5th: Raymond Miller
1st: Ronald Primerano
2nd: Casey McGowan
3rd: Kevin Hadden
1st: Ben White = OVERALL
2nd: Jason McBride
Reality Check People.
Have you considered competing? Your friends all say you have a great physique. But, has a panel of physique judges judged that body and compared it side-by-side together with other physiques? To win in bodybuilding competitions requires a certain level of muscle, definition, and symmetry. Do you have what it takes?
Ok, let's say you do, but first let me say: just because you dropped some weight because you were fat or maybe you lifted for 3 months and think you have some muscle - these are not good reason to get up on stage, especially at a NPC National Qualifier. So, I hope this re-write guide can help you prepare properly for your next show.
Before you begin, be realistic. For instance take a look in the mirror at your own physique. If you are going to get on stage after training yourself or even if you've enlisted the use of someone else's help to get on stage, you better be honest with yourself and your coach better be too. A lot of people aren't.
Maybe you want someone to tell you what you want to hear, and you gather those like that around you. Maybe that's good for you - but not to get on stage. Personally, I'm not going to put anyone on stage that I'm helping unless they are looking their very best. As a Contest Prep Coach I want the people I'm coaching to go on stage looking their best.
I am honest and truthful to them on how they are looking because in this business too many people assume they are OK for the stage when in "reality" they are not. Ok, you lost weight, because you were fat but that doesn't mean do a bodybuilding show unless you are looking like you deserve to be up there.
If you have more work to do then I'm going to tell you and so should your trainer or support crew. I will not let them get up there if they do not. Some other trainers have said that's not right. Well, I say to them, go ahead and put someone up on stage when they do not look good, make them get laughed at and you are not getting looked at as a good coach or trainer. But, that's me, and most cannot take the true facts and will go elsewhere.
In bodybuilding learning from ones experiences is very helpful. It is a good idea to attend shows. This is a must. Go to www.ronharrismuscle.com and read what Ron learned from doing his last two shows. Talk to the competitors and ask the judges questions. However, the latter is something I readily tell people not to do, especially after the show they've competed in.
If you ask more then one judge at the competition you'll get two different answers. I learned quickly to not ask them the day of the show or around others. I asked the head judge of a National show, years ago, why I got placed where I did? The answer was: "Your legs where smooth!"
In astonishment I replied by picking up my skirt and flexing my striated cut thighs and then went on to say that they where full of it. I later wrote this person a letter to the fact again. Only to receive a call late one evening from this individual who went on to explain to me why that was said.
This individual read my letter of disharmony, and then explained that I received what I got because I was "too big" and though this person said I looked "great" at the time the NPC was "toning it down," and to "never ask in front of others." I said thank you and never again asked a judge why again.
First and foremost, get a support crew. This can be a group of individuals or one person. A support crew should help you achieve your bodybuilding goals. They serve as advisors telling you what strengths and weaknesses you have. You can contract me www.anitaramsey.com of course, or Chad Nichols, Charles Glass and Ron Harris are great for you guys.
Again, contest prep requires you to devote your day's making your meals, going to the gym, doing cardio sometimes twice a day, working on your mandatory poses everyday, and your evening routine. All these elements will determine the outcome of your efforts.
Sandy Ranalli (NPC Women's Representative and promoter) told me once,
Did she say anything about how my physique should look? Nope! Furthermore, do not ever think you are going to turn pro at your first National show. That's if you make it that far. It has happened to some, but be realistic in your assessment.
I always prepped to win but getting top 5 or better, not to get "cut" from the lineup, is "super!" All of those are realistic and positive goals that will generate enthusiasm and the drive needed to keep the competition fires burning. It's a long haul to turn IFBB Pro. So, you better have tuff skin to be a bodybuilder.
If bodybuilding competition is something you've been thinking about, my advice is to use the directions provided in this article and make your competition goals a reality. Even though competing for bodybuilding may be tough, if you maintain your focus and put in the hard work then everything will pay off and soon you'll be holding that overall trophy high over your head. Good luck, have fun, and compete!