As I sat at breakfast with the Iron Man MC Lonnie Teper this morning, he was understandably biased towards Pasadena as this is his old stomping ground, but Lonnie's a realist and understands that the Iron Man and its fit expo has outgrown its old pair of pants. Anyway enough of the view from my hotel room, here is my quick review of the possible 10 ten. They have just walked on stage, this is what I see.
The Way I See It
The gift was unwrapped a couple days after Valentines Day to display a package that was the equivalent to a 6 orgasms, well, in the judge's eyes that is, because he was obviously a favorite in their twinkling eyes as he was called out and put into center stage as if he was already stood upon the podium. Rightly so, he was much larger and fuller than the last time we saw Phil and his condition was even better which pushed the tight drum physique of Silvio, possibly to the out perimeters of the winner circle.
Every time that Heath flexed his stupendous arms I was close to calling the nearest vetenary because quite frankly, those puppies are sick, so sick they deem to overpower his width in the crab and front lat pose but that didn't matter too much today because we were all in awe of the spaghetti like glutes and hamstring which were quite possibly the most defined I have ever seen.
Silvio walked onto the stage looking as dry as a popcorn fart, fortunately the smell of success was much nicer and he could be within a wiff of grasping it. With improvements on his harvest of back muscles he looks to be up a couple of notches from last years Iron Man and bullying his way into the top three again. This guy has competed so much during the last season I am surprised his evolution hasn't slowed much like Kenny Jones.
He is 15 lbs heavier, carries his inflated to the max muscles with ease and sports a set of oblique's key s that Elton John could play "Candle in the Wind" to. The only way Silvio can stop the freight train of Phil Heath is by coming out with a needle and cotton to sew up the ripped striations asphyxiating "The Gift" physique.
The "Freaken Rican" looked like a sure shot coming into the show; his regularly posted pictures showed a great looking physique that showed podium potential, and when Gustavo flexed on stage his upper body looked great but the same couldn't be said for his lower extremities.
He looked very full, thick, the waist looked very tight but a thin film of water seeped its way down to his legs masking the fine detail that had took him towards his past Olympia podium residence. But as Gustavo continued to pose, time was on his side as he continued to harden up on stage, so much so that the judges called out Heath and Gustavo together to pose it alone in one of the last callouts. I believe a second/third place will be a good place for Badell to finish this later this evening.
Moe El Massouwi
This is by far the best shape we have seen Mo in. The New Zealander had slices of prime rib diced all over his back, hamstrings and glutes. The custom oversized arms were on display at most opportunities but now he had a new and improved set of wheels that were just as impressive. I suspect Mo will hit a top five finish and deservedly so, he has attempted this show and many others only to fall short on the day, this time he has fallen on his feet.
I kept searching Jackson's physique every time he posed and turned, but no matter how closely I looked and scrutinized his physique I couldn't find the valve in which this guy had been inflated. He always shows this full but this time he had enough insulation to carry him through a longer winter. I love Johnnie's physique but it's such a shame when masked by a film of water and a tad of fat. On a positive note, his legs did look improved, possibly due to Milos Sarcevs School of giant set evolution.
Looks very tight, possibly the best condition we have seen thus far. Eddies legs seem to have increased a little in the luggage compartment giving him and added bonus in the symmetry round. He seemed to have a little trouble holding his poses for long enough for the judges to take a good look at his physique which may have pushed him down a peg or two, nothing a couple of gallons of water and a hamper of cheesecake couldn't fix.
The "Wheels of Steel" were in mass effect as was the rest of his physique. All over was an abundance of mass, unfortunately his waist had the same idea which took away the flow of lines from one body part to another. However those particular body parts looked shredded, full and amassed with enough muscle to climb higher up the pecking order. If Miller borrows the waistline management book from Gustavo, that will indeed be the case.
The 6'2 mass appeal went ahead and stole the letter out of the alphabet again so no one else could try to take the place in which he has claimed rightfully his, where "X" marks the spot. Attempting to redeem his contest condition that appeared more like a floatation device at the 2007 Olympia, the defending champ came to town fighting and flexing to defend his Iron Man crown. Freeman way off the condition that dominated this very show last year and today he was rightfully spanked by the judges by placing a lowly position I suspect will be handed to him later.
This poor fellows ass has had more attention than a toilet seat in years past and this time I bet the judge's focus was on the same part of his exterior. A victim of soft glutes and hamstrings has plagued Troy's career more than a structurally flawed plan and a can of petrol did for Craig Titus. This notable area was harder than in the past but still too soft, quite strange considering his upper body was in great shape.
The self proclaimed "day walker" came to the party thirsty for blood but instead got a mouth full of tofu which I'm sure Harris had a hard time to swallow. Big Will looked OK which is no good if you are in great company, and his outstanding back couldn't quite make up for his narrow chest and hamstring/quad tie in quad sweep. I think a ten place finish might be on the cards for the Gold's Venice personal trainer.
I mentioned that Will Harris might be handed the 10th place finish because I think David Henry might be fighting for it. This is possibly the worst shape I have seen Henry in, and on a small man, not a good combination for a bodybuilding show.
I couldn't finish this report without giving a mention to the great poser Kenny Jones. He arrived in LA looking like a one in a million; unfortunately, there are a million other bodybuilders that look just like him.
Below were the first five callouts...
1. First Callout
2. Second Callout
- Johnni Jackson
- Desmond Miller
3. Third Callout
4. Fourth Callout
5. Fifth Callout