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Would You Compete In The ANBC?
You have an impressive amount of titles to your credit. Have you ever considered competing with the ANBC. I think they run great natural shows and there is no politics involved. I have been in the organization for 18 years and every year the competitors continue to improve. Maybe you should consider this alternative, after all you're natural.
First things first Dino, I have to complement you on having a cool name. Now we can get into bodybuilding. Well this is a great question; you see my goal is to turn professional under the IFBB's sanction via the NPC. That is my ultimate goal. Having said that allow me to tell you why I have chosen to stick with the NPC and my dream of IFBB Pro status. You see the NPC/IFBB co-alliance is the most recognized bodybuilding association currently in action. This is greatly accredited to Joe, and more so, Ben Weider. Ben has been trying to get the sport into the Olympics for some time now. The closest thing that we have is the Mr. Universe contest. This is how it is broken down. We will use myself as the example because I am living out that route as we speak.
I enter a local contest as a novice or junior bodybuilder and I either win the overall, my class, or do well enough to voluntarily move up to the open class of competitors. I declared myself open in the year of 2000, which was the first time that I had competed since my 5-year layoff from the sport. The first show I did was the Southern Classic, which was held in Jackson, Mississippi. The show is a regional show and a national qualifier meaning that the winner of each weight class qualified to compete on the national level. I won my weight class and earned national competition status for two years. I did not feel ready for that step so I continued competing on the local, state, and regional level and re-qualified at the same show two years later. Now, with the support of my sponsors (Bodybuilding.com), my maturity in the sport, and confidence I feel that I can do some damage on the national scene and I am preparing to make my national debut at the 2003 NPC Team Universe. Now, in order for me to represent my respective weight class at the Mr. Universe I have to win my division at the NPC Team Universe. Each weight class winner will represent one man on the USA's team of bodybuilders.
I guess to make a long story short I should have just said that currently the NPC is the most recognized organization. No wait that would not have done it, there are other reasons too. I want to be one of the professionals related to the "Big names" in bodybuilding. Names such as Lee Priest, Gunther S., Dorian Yates, Orville Burke, King Kamali, and many more. The IFBB is the mainstream of bodybuilding if there is such a thing as mainstream bodybuilding.
I cannot say that your idea of competing in another organization has not entered my mind, and I have done a Muscle Mania show, which is non-NPC in the past. A friend of mine has just turned Pro under the NGA's sanction. He is now a professional bodybuilder and I am proud of, admire, and happy for him. I look up to this guy, I mean he is a professional bodybuilder, but he will never get the real recognition of an IFBB Pro. I may consider giving the natural organizations a shot if my plans fail and I do not turn professional via the IFBB, but I do not think that way. I may decide to try and turn Pro under two or three sanctions. It is all a money thing for me, really. Two organizations means two membership dues and more contest fees. If I had the support to turn pro under another sanctions blessing I would give it a shot, but in the long run the IFBB will always be my main point of focus.
Lastly, I hate it when people tell me that I would do well on the natural circuit. I just hold my tongue and think to myself "you should check out my NPC track record, I am doing well on the nontested circuit". I know sometimes people mean well but that is almost like a put down in my view. People just want to start a conversation or are acknowledging the fact that they know I am natural, I think. I mean I still get people that ask me if I workout. I am like HUH???? I just do not feel good about letting my standards or goals be lowered because I choose not to use drugs. I am a fighter and a believer and there has got to be a way. Hard work will tell, anyway that is the scoop on me and my reasoning for sticking by the NPC. Good luck in the future!