The superb physique of 2004 USA overall champion Mark Dugdale will grace the stage at this year's Iron Man Pro show, an event where he predicts he will qualify for his first ever Olympia appearance.
Based on his 8th placing and the many commendations he received at his pro debut at this very show in 2005, and the 5th placing he received at last year's event, he has every chance of snaring a top five spot come February 17.
Although he will not be the most massive competitor onstage, Mark will certainly be one of the classiest with symmetry and proportions many competitors would give an arm and a leg for. As all top five athletes now automatically qualify for the Olympia, and given the improvements Mark has made over the past year, one could safely say that 2007 will be the year that Mark makes his Olympia debut, a goal he is extremely driven to achieve.
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[ Q ] How do you feel (physically and mentally) this far out from the Iron Man pro?
[ A ] I have not felt this good since I won the 2004 USA.
[ Q ] What are your goals for this show?
[ A ] To qualify for the Olympia - I'm sick of going every year and watching, I want to be onstage with the best.
[ Q ] Realistically, how do you feel you will stack up against the other competitors? What will be your main strengths?
[ A ] I don't know and honestly I don't care. I'm looking to continually improve my physique - which is all I can control, so that's where my focus stays.
[ Q ] What do you like about competing in the Iron Man Pro? As a pro bodybuilder, what is the significance of doing well in this show?
[ A ] It's in a fantastic venue and it's in California, what else do you need? Actually it rains every year, but being from Seattle - I'm right at home. John Balik puts on a first-class show and Lonnie Teper brings the personality, which makes for a great production. Technically, doing well could carry some momentum into the ASC, but I just take one contest at a time.
[ Q ] What have been your training and nutrition strategies this time around?
[ A ] I changed up quite a bit with my training, which is probably why I've enjoyed such a great off-season. You will have to wait to read about it in FLEX Magazine, though.
[ Q ] Did you do anything differently to prepare for this show?
[ Q ] What improvements have you made since your last show?
[ A ] My approach has always been small, incremental changes, so I won't really even know until I see the pics after the show.
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Mark At The 2006 Iron Man.
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[ Q ] What can the fans expect to see from you?
[ A ] Hopefully the best physique onstage and certainly the best physique I'm capable of bringing.
[ Q ] Who do you see as being your biggest competition?
[ A ] As I said earlier, I don't worry about the competition. Even if Jay Cutler entered there is nothing I would do differently to prepare for the show.
[ Q ] What other pro shows do you plan to enter this year?
[ Q ] Any final thoughts?
[ A ] Yes, a big thank you to my wife Christina for weathering the storm of contest prep and for all people who email me their support - I sincerely thank you all.
Mark's Wife, Christina.
For more info, go to www.markdugdale.com.