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March 31, 2008

GUESS WHO'S BACK?

Ok. Here it is again.

We just received this pair of eye-popping photos from one of our favorite bodybuilders. Needless to say, we're as stunned as you will be when you see who it is. We'll let you guess who the owner of this jumbo jet wingspan is, but here's a clue: His last name is a staple food in an Eastern culture.

And again, here is the picture. Plus another.

RELAXED BACK


BACK SPREAD


Ok. So you've waited long enough. We don't need to keep you waiting anymore. We know. Unfortunately, we have to keep writing something so you don't see this next picture when you open the blog page and find out the answer right away. We know. It's getting annoying now.

So we'll stop.

We promise.

Really.


AND THE BODYBUILDER IS .......

DRUMROLL PLEASE ....



BRANDON CURRY. These shots were taken two weeks ago. Here's what Curry had to say when we commented on how much wider his back looked at the USAs and Nationals in 2007.

"I was only about 228 in those photos about two weeks ago, but currently 232 or so and still climbing. I've got 8 more weeks until I start dieting. I got a friend of mine who took some shots with his phone the yesterday so I will try to retrieve those."

For comparison, here is a back shot from the 2007 USAs. The above shot was from the 2007 USAs also.

BACK SHOT

March 29, 2008

RONNIE IN NEBRASKA

More pictures from Coleman's signing at Max Muscle in Nebraska today. Big Ron looking good.

COLEMAN SIGNING

SIGNING EVERYWHERE

CASTING FOR THE KARATE KID PART IV

MORE WITH THE KIDS


JAMIE EASON WAS THERE FOR AN APPEARANCE ALSO

MEET AND GREET

THE CHAMP IN GOOD SPIRITS

Dexter Hits Toronto, Canada!

After a wildly successful event where our friend Valerio brought Jay Cutler to Toronto, Canada in front of a sold out auditorium. By popular demand he is now bringing his main challenger for the 2008 Mr. Olympia Dexter "The Blade" Jackson. On June 14th, Dex will make his way to Canada to do a seminar and guest posing. The tickets are on sale at www.Dexterhitstoronto.com
The ones who attended the first show had a great time and many travelled several miles to attend. Val seems to have a natural talent in organizing these events and hopefully a lot more will follow.
If you missed the first one, be sure to be present when Dexter Hits Toronto.
Team Flex.

March 28, 2008

SILVIO SAMUEL IN BAHRAIN!!!

This is a treat guys, as our very own Silvio took a much needed vacation to Bahrain after being invited to spend a couple of weeks with our good friends Sacha and Marwa. Sil has travelled a lot in his life but has never been to Bahrain so he was excited to go and check it out while taking a bit of rest after having competed so many times last year. You FLEX readers are lucky enough to be getting these exclusive pictures only 1 day old taken by our dear friends Sacha and Marwa, so enjoy Sil's vacation in Bahrain.
Team FLEX.

Much more pics of Silvio's vacation on the Flex forums here: http://boards.flexonline.com/ib/ikonboard.cgi?s=9e4c8a6fbc76819c9ebd51d3dcfbb778;act=ST;f=1;t=12889;r=1

March 22, 2008

RONNIE COLEMAN TRAINING CAMP

Here are a few more pictures from Ronnie Coleman's Workout Weekend in Arlington, Texas. The camp was held on March 7-9, at MetroFlex Gym and at Coleman's home gym.

A SHOT OF THE GROUP - WHERE'S RONNIE?

GETTING A SPOT FROM THE EIGHT-TIME MR. O

THE SCENE AT METROFLEX

March 20, 2008

Toney Freeman Stops by Powerhouse Gym

We caught up with Toney Freeman at Powerhouse Gym in Canoga Park here in southern California to see how his trip home from New Zealand was. Check out some shots here from his first work out back in the states.

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March 19, 2008

BIG JOEL AND SIL'S SHOOT FOR FLEX!

Today, Gold's Venice was very lively as Joel Stubbs and Silvio Samuel were shooting for Flex magazine while trained by Charles Glass. Jason Ellis was the photographer on hand and I'm sure we'll have a great feature in the upcoming pages of FLEX. Greg Merritt was also there to write the story while our very own Allan Donnelly taped the whole workout for FLEXONLINE. Keep checking the video page for the video coming out soon.
Here's a few pics from the shoot.

March 17, 2008

CUTLER HITS TORONTO!

A full report on Jay's visit to Toronto, Canada, organized by his good friend Val.

Full report available on the Forum here: http://boards.flexonline.com/ib/ikonboard.cgi?s=c6b59b1f68cf5dc9317ca6497e8242d7;act=ST;f=1;t=12867;r=1

We have received a lot of feedbacks and comments about Jay's appearance in Toronto, here's a few of them.

Just wanted to write and say thank you so much again for putting the seminar, posing, and autograph session together. It was worth every last penny. I was blown away by how well it was done. I would also like to thank Jay, it shows great class to stick around until he has seen every last person. It was an honor to meet him and I am so glad after years of seeing him in events, magazines etc. that i got to meet him in person finally.
Thank you so much again bud.

Jarod Morgan

P.S. If you need any help with setting up or running the next Cutler Hits Toronto, let me know, I will be there in a flash!!

Hi Val! Just want 2 let you know that the seminar was great and Jay was very generous. I had a great time. The 5 hours drive from Montreal was worthy.

Thx

Peter

Hi Valerio,

I want to thank you for bringing Jay to Toronto! It was a great event!!
John

I simply wanted to express my gratitude for your appearance in Toronto. As a relatively newcomer to the sport of bodybuilding (have been training for roughly 1.5 years), I wanted to tell you how much of an inspiration you have been for myself and others like me. I waited a bit for an autograph and picture after your guest appearance on March 15, 2008 but the crowd was too large. Nonetheless, I found you to have a lot of valuable things to say and you certainly break the stereotype that all bodybuilders are primitive neanderthals to pieces. I found your guest appearance refreshing and motivating, and for that I certainly thank you.

Cheers
E.J.

My name is Simon, i attended your guest pose and show in Toronto on the 15th.

I just wanted to express my positive thoughts about your appearance and your attitude! I felt that you hosted an amazing show, you gave a detailed history of your career, your goals, training routine and diet.

You also took the time to carefully answer everyones questions, despite the MC trying to push the show forward, you made it clear that you wanted to make sure everyones questions were answered!

The guest pose was awesome, not only did you show your goods on stage, but you walked through the crowd, stopping to take pictures, it was a fun experience!

The autographing session was great, i waited in line for an hour, and there was still plenty of people behind me! Most people would hurry along the fans, sign one item and send them on their way, but you took the time to sign whatever the fans brought, I myself had 2 pictures and a book! As well as taking the time to get a picture with everyone!

I'm sorry for making this so long, but you have my respect and i'm sure you have the respect of everyone in that room! You are someone to admire, and i hope this e-mail reaches you!

I'll take to heart what you wrote in my book, "To Simon, Follow your Dreams, Jay Cutler"

Thanks Jay!

March 16, 2008

MEL IS BACK FROM NZ!

Fresh off the plane from New Zealand on a nice Sunday afternoon, I got the chance to have the surprise visit of Marvelous Mel Anthony and his lovely wife Yvette. Mel had just landed at LAX and went to go eat some soul food at Aunt Kizzy in the Marina. He was a little sick from the journey and lost his voice but he was happy and glad to be back. He said the trip went great and they guys all got along very well, it was actually a fun trip.
He got a call from Dexter who had just landed shortly after Mel and went to go get him and go back to Aunt Kizzy for round two...
Thanks for stopping by Mel, it's always good to have you around.

March 15, 2008

'08 FLEX SWIMSUIT SHOOT DAY TWO

Some more behind-the-scenes shots from Day 2 of the 2008 FLEX Swimsuit shoot. Make sure to check out the FLEX Swimsuit issue - the June '08 issue - due out in early May for a full look at the models through the lens of photographer extraordinaire Robert Reiff.

For info on where the girls got their suits, check out musotica.com.

THE GIRLS GET READY

ANNIK IS READY

SPRAY ON FELICIA

THE SCENERY WAS INCREDIBLE

IT'S JESSICA'S TURN

NICE BOOTS JESS

WHAT'S GOING ON IN HERE ...

PETER BROUGHT THE REFRESHMENTS

SLIPPIN AND SLIDIN WITH FELICIA

JEN GETS READY TO DRY OFF

TIME TO GET WARM

WHO WILL MAKE THE COVER IN 2008? FIND OUT IN THE JUNE ISSUE OF FLEX.

March 14, 2008

Chick's new ride!

Today on a beautiful California day, Bob came by with buddy IFBB Pro Judge Lee Thompson to catch a workout at Gold's Venice, eat a Bob bowl at Firehouse AND...
Show off his new wheels, at brand new 2009 Cadillac EXT, as you can see, Bob is really proud of his new baby and with reasons. Good for you my friend.

March 13, 2008

2008 FLEX SWIMSUIT SHOOT

Here are some more images from behind-the-scenes of Day 1 of the 2008 FLEX Swimsuit Issue photo shoot.

MANDATORY READING MATERIAL ON THE SET


THE SCENE FROM BEHIND THE SCENE


ROUGH TERRAIN FOR PAULINE

NATALIE GETS READY


NATALIE AND PAULINE


JULIE GETS A LEG UP


JULIE AND TANYA


JULIE CAN MULTI-TASK

March 12, 2008

A few more pics from New Zealand...

A few pics from the network news coverage/interviews with the athletes. (skynews).

Dex hits a shot

Moe, the show promotor is not competing but he sure could, looking great Moe. Moe is getting a quick pump in while the media is interviewing the Pros.
Moe, a hardworking Businessman, Husband and loving father to 2 beautiful girls. He is the promotor of this show here in New Zealand.
Moe worked his way up the ranks of bodybuilding from a teen competitor right onto the IFBB Olympia stage where he will stand later this year!
Moe owns and runs vitamin stores, ExTreme Nutrition, thoughout New Zealand.
It is through this man's hard work and love for the sport that continues drives him to promote the sport and in creating a successful bodybuilding show here in this country which undoubably will be a hit. The people here are embracing bodybuilding wholeheartedly and with open arms with ticket sales booming.

Toney takes a break between sets

The next 2 pics are from Amateur bodybuilders that came all the way from Poland to compete in New Zealand.

The president of IFBB of NZ, Mr. Mark Stewart pictured with his lovely wife, Jo Stewart, who is a successful bodybuilding competitor and professional trainer.

Head IFBB International Judge, Mr. John Tuman and USA IFBB Professional, Tony Freeman.

Mel and Dex

Some more competitors.....ready to rock n roll!

Group pic of the athletes.

Even the top guys in the world kiss up to the head judge:) Priceless!

That's all for now, FLEXONLINE would like to thank again John Tuman and his wife Elissa to take the time to document the trip and let the fans see what's going on across the world. You are the man John!

NEWS FROM NEW ZEALAND

John Tuman and his wife Elissa checked in with us the other day. John - an IFBB judge and the head judge of both the Australia and New Zealand contests - and Elissaare traveling and attending the IFBB contests in Australia and New Zealand, and have been giving updates and sending photos to keep us - and you - in the loop in terms of what is going on. Here are some more photos from Australia.

Commentary from JOHN TUMAN:

"Dexter looked better in Australia than he did at the Arnold Classic. He was much drier and tighter. Melvin Anthony was also in much much better shape. His night routine was the difference between him and Moe Elmoussawi. The difference was only 2 point on the final scorecards. With all three of the top three already qualified for the Olympia ,Toney Freeman got the qualification for the O."

Stay tuned for more updates as they come!

Commentary from Elissa Tuman:

The striated glutes of Australian Pro Grand Prix winner DEXTER JACKSON

More DEXTER from the prejudging

MO ELMOUSSAWI through the mirror

Sweden's MARTIN KJELLSTROM

Germany's RONNIE ROCKELL


MELVIN ANTHONY hits his signature pose

International IFBB Head Judge JOHN TUMAN with pro bodybuilder and IFBB International Judge BEV FRANCIS

The photographer herself, ELISSA TUMAN, with some new friends from Down Under

March 11, 2008

Jimmy Caan stops by...

I have seen James Caan many times training at Gold's but I never had the chance to have him stop by the store, today, that changed as he came in to say hello and get a couple of pieces of clothing.
I asked him if he had any projects coming up and he said that for now, he's just reviewing scripts waiting for one that interests him enough.
It was great having a real Hollywood living Legend in my little shop.
Come back anytime Jimmy.
Max.

March 09, 2008

5 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW YOUR CELL PHONE COULD DO

5 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW YOUR CELL PHONE COULD DO

There are a few things that can be done in times of grave
emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually b e a life saver or an emergency tool for survival.

Check out the things that you can do with it:

FIRST: Emergency

The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobiles is 112.

If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile; network
and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any
existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number
112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.


SECOND: Have you locked your keys in the car?

Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy
Someday. Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and the
spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their cell phone from your
cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have
the per son at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone
on their end. Your car will unlock.

Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object.
You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the
other 'remote' for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).

Editor's Note: It works fine! We tried it out and it unlocked our car over a cell phone!'


THIRD: Hidden Battery Power

Imagine your cell battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370#
Your cell will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50%
increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge
your cell next time.


FOURTH: How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?

To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following
digits on your phone: * # 0 6 # A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This
number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe.
When your phone get stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief
changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won't get
your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't
use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people
stealing mobile phones.

And

Finally....

FIFTH: Free Directory Service for Cells

Cell phone companies are charging us $1.00 to $1.75 or more for 411
information calls when they do n't have to. Most of us do not carry a
telephone directory in our vehicle, which makes this situation even
more of a problem. When you need to use the 411 information option, simply
dial: (8 00) FREE 411, or (800) 373-3411 without incurring any charge at all.
Program this into your cell phone now.

Mr. O at the IHRSA show in San Diego.

Jay went to San Diego for one of his sponsor "Intek" equipments at the IHRSA show last Thursday and Friday.
The very beautiful Sherry Goggins was at his booth as well. Sherry defies time as she never seems to age and remain just as pretty now as she was years ago.

A front dbl bis from Jay and Sherry, maybe there should be a couple class at the Olympia this year (For those of you that wonders, Jay is weighting 300lbs here as Sherry is a merely 108 lbs) WOW!!!

March 07, 2008

The Gift at Krispy Kreme

Now this is a good one as you will not see this too often.
Phil went out with some friends of his in the OC for dinner and made his anual visit at Krispy Kreme.
The pics are courtesy of my good friend Dave Slagle. Thanks for sending them D.

Everett is all smile as he follows Phil in the famous donut shop.

Phil is making his choice.

Everett and Dave

A dozen of donuts just for Phil (LOL just kidding)

UHMMMMM!!! GOOD!!!!

Ok Phil, that's it for this year. Back on the diet now. Haha!

AUSTRALIAN PRO GRAND PRIX COVERAGE

We're nearly 7,500 miles away and one full day behind, but just because Australia is halfway across the globe doesn't mean we won't be bringing you all the news from the 2008 Australian Pro Grand Prix. Thanks to IFBB Judge John Tuman, we'll keep you updated as best we can as to what's going on on the other side of the earth as Tuman provides us with photos and commentary throughout the weekend on the FLEX blog.

Thanks John!

Here are pictures of Australian Grand Prix promoter TONY DOHERTY'S family and gym. Tony's wife AMANDA is an IFBB Fitness Professional and a beautiful lady. Amanda looks fabulous after just giving birth to their second daughter, ADELAIDE. Also in the below shot is the couple's older daughter, FLORANCE. Tony has a lovely family.


MELVIN ANTHONY looking surprisingly good after the long flight ...

OSCAR TUA DEXTER from Tahiti. Oscar turned pro in 2006 and this is his second show.


IFBB Pro MARTIN KJELLSTROM and training partner

Our correspondant and IFBB Judge - head judge of the Australian Grand Prix - JOHN TUMAN and JORDAN BROWN finding time for a workout at Doherty's Gym


Ladies and gentlemen, the JUDGES for the 2008 Australian Grand Prix

TROY ALVES pushing out a smile after having all his food confiscated at the airport in Los Angeles. Poor guy, no food. There actually was good, clean food on the plane!


Talk about a small waist! Watch for this guy's front double bi ... WOW!!! This is BOLA OJEX from Nigeria.

TONY DOHERTY and dad, FRANK DOHERTY. They run the whole show. Doherty's gym is a 24/7 old-school gym. They have a full kitchen and sat everyone who came over for the show down for the cleanest diet food made to order. The show is really top of the line. First-class service and catering to the competitors with all the comforts of home.


MORE TO COME! ENJOY!

March 06, 2008

ARNOLD CLASSIC EXPO/WOMEN'S PREJUDGE PICS

Some pictures from the Arnold Classic expo and a bunch from backstage at the Women's prejudging on Friday. For more galleries, including extended coverage of the expo and of the men's finals backstage, go to FLEXONLINE.COM.
























March 05, 2008

"THE GIFT" VISITS MAX MUSCLE CORPORATE.

Today at 9am I brought Phil to the Max Muscle Headquarters in Anaheim, Ca for his very first visit. The owners Joe Wells and Sean Greene were very excited to meet him as they always see Phil wearing our gear in the pages of FLEX and Muscle & Fitness so they wanted to meet the guy who makes their stuff look so good.

Joe Wells, Phil and Sean Greene

Fred Varas and Phil

More pics on the Forums

http://boards.flexonline.com/ib/ikonboard.cgi?s=39c67ee2f491a3e16d83d224df7ce0af;act=ST;f=1;t=12835;r=1

March 04, 2008

RONNIE WANTS A NEW RIDE!

Today, the current Mr. Olympia received a phone call from the past Mr. Olympia. Ron and Jay don't talk that often except when they see each others at shows and they almost never call each other, so after Flex breaking the news today that Ronnie was coming out of retirement in 2009 and receiving an unannounced phone call from Coleman, Jay was wondering what this was all about.

Jay called back the former Champ and Ronnie asked him if he could get some pics of Jay's Porshe Cayenne because he wanted to get one for his new wife.

Jay of course obliged and sent the pics over to Ron right away.

Here's a few pics of Jay's ride the day he picked it up.


March 01, 2008

PREJUDGING COMMENTARY

NINTH CALLOUT

Johnnie, Desmond, Toney, Melvin

CC - We would like to see more people on tage, standing at atetntion becasue that's when you see who wants it more.

TOP FIVE PREDICTIONS
RONNIE
Dexter
Phil
Branch
Kai Greene
Silvio

CORMIER
Dexter
Phil
Branch
Kai
Silvio

LAST COMPARISON
Dexter, Phil, Branch, Kai Greene

Ronnie - You know what the judgew got dot you? They bumped Phil down to third.

CC - Yeah, the judgtes are back there (3 rows back). They might see it differently than us.

PREJUDGING COMMENTARY

SEVENTH CALLOUT
Mo, Toney, Johnnie, Desmond Miller, Rockel

CC - Toney trying to handle business now. He brought off some of that film now.

Ronnie - I got Toney here.

ROnnie - This too much work. They do'nt pay enough for all that. Toney hanging in there. Getting little bit tighter too.

CC- His shape can carry him, that wide shape. Other guys do'nt have that wide shape.

Ronnie - I got Toney then Jonnie.

EIGHTH CALLOUT
Mo, Ronnie Rockel, Melvin, David Henry

PREJUDGING COMMENTARY

THIRD CALLOUT
Silvio, Gustavo, Greene, Branch

Ronnie -Branch and Silvio. Silvio and Branch. Silvio and Branch need to be beside each other.

Ronnie - I gibve that shot to Silvio. Front lat spread - Ronnie - I give that shot to Silvio.

SIDE CHEST - Branch.

BACK DOUBLE BICEP
Ronnie - Branch and then Kai. Kai got a wide-ass back.

CC - Kai got that water in his ab area. Not in his quads but in his ab area.
Ronnie - Silvio a very impressive guy, he's by far up there with Dexter and Phil.

FIFTH CALLOUT
MO Elmoussawi, Johnnie Jackson, Desmond Miller, Melvin Anthony

CC - Melvin might be mentally beat here. He's pissed

Ronnie - Stay positive Melvin

CC - Melvin shot mentally. He thought he loolking pretty good. Now mentally he just want to get off of ther.Look at his body language in his face.

Ronnie - Melvin in this group. Then Desmond. Melvin killing everybody wit hthe back shot. Dexmond has those shreded legs.

CC - Gonna be your preference wheen it comes to upper or lower body with Melvin and Desmond.

CC - I like Melvin's shape on Ab and Thigh. That's melvin's shot right there. Wow, my head is spinning from this show though.

SIXTH CALLOUT
Dexter Jackson, Phil Heath, Branch Warren, Kai Greene

Ronnie - Dexter, Phil, Branch, Kai
CC - I still got Dexter winning.
Ronnie - i still got Dexter too,.

Ronnie -They gonna have to get silvio next to kai.

FRONT DOUBLE BICEPS
Ronnie - Dexer
CC - Dexter

Front lat spreadk
CC - Dex
Ronnie - Dex

Side CHEST
Ronne - Dexter
CC - Dexter

BACK DOUBLE BICEPS
Ronnie - Dexter and Branch

BACK LAT SPREAD
Ronnie - Dexter
CC - Dexter

SIDE TRICEPS


AB AND THIGH
Ronnie - Dexter and Branch
CC - Branch second in that one

MOST MUSCULAR
Ronnie - Dexter and I got Phil in MM
CC - Dexter and Phil in that one.

SEVENTH CALLOUT
Silvio, Toney, JOhnnie, Gustavo

Ronnie - Silvio then Toney in this group

CC_ out of width and shape, Toney

Ronnie - then Johnnie
CC - Gustavo

CC - Theese guys trip me out when they hit the sh--t and then let it go.

PREJUDGING COMMENTARY

SECOND CALLOUT

Toney Freeman, Gustavo Badell, Miller, Branch Warren

NO MELVIN

CC - See that's messing with Melvin more. I think Branch gonna take this one.

Ronnie - Easily. Branch got evedrybody every shot.

CC- Branch already handling this already.

Ronnie - I got Desmond over Gustavo. But Branch is just ... i don't know why he wasn't in top four. Don't get that one at all. Desmond, his back is not ther. He don't have width or hardness. Branch and toney for sure in this group.

CC - Toney getting tighter.

THIRD CALLOUT
Silvio, Gustavo, Kai, Branch

PREJUDGING COMMENTARY

CALLOUTS

1st Callout
Silvio, Dexter, Phil, Kai Greene

Ronnie -- OOH What the hell is that? No Branch? Fool me with that one.

CC - What the hell.

Ronnie - I definitely had Branch in top four.

Ronnie - I got to go wit hDexter, lot sharper, muscle a little bit more crisper than Phil

CC - I still got Dexter slightlywith the shape, ut this guy he mean business ...

Ronnie - I sthis lineup Silvio is third. Im impressed with Silvio

CC - This shot right here

Side Chest - Ronnie, I give this shot to Phil.

from the back - Ronnie - Phil's hamstrings better than Dexgter

Ronnie - Phil may be little bit wider. Kai got widest back in there. Phil just overpowering in this side triceps.
CC - I like his tricep man.
CC - I going with Dexter. Look at the qquad on Kai?


Ronnie -most muscular gonna be dexter, whatch his shoulders how striated they are. Silvio and Dexter got this shot right here.


PREJUDGING COMMENTARY

Ronnie - Dexter gonna win it

1st callout Predictions
Ronnie - Dexter, Phil, Branch and Melvin
CC - Branch, Dexter, Phil , Greene


COMPARISONS
Second
Johnnie, Gustavo, Desomond, Ronnie Rockel, Adorthus

ROnnie - Desomnd is better than Gustavo. Johnnie is too. Ain't nobody up there doing the walking lunges though.

CC = Gustavo getting harder though. He cdan make changes. Johnnie cramping up too though. Johnnie got that little film over the to there.

THIRD COMPARISON GROUP
Dexter, Phil, Branch, Melvin, Kai

TOUGH GROUP ...

Ronnie - Branch looking better every time he pose. Branch look better than all of them from the side.

From the back?

Ronnie - Dexter and Phil.

Ronnie - Look how good Branch looks from the side. As long as I don't have to judge.

CC - Dexter first, Phil second. Branch third. Kai pushing Melvin for fourth.

Ronnie - They might be in the order they gonna place right now.

Chris - points to Kai - see how this jumping out? his hamstrings? That gonna kill Melvin. That's the difference between granted genetics - you see those pinstripe s coming down? you can't teach that in the guy. Bt you can tell Dexter bee n ther ebefore.

Ronnie - Look at Phil's triceps. Phil has best triceps in the show.

CC - They both have edges somewhere. They trading blows, it's like someone hit a body blow and someone hit a head shot. Who's gonna be standing?

PREJUDGING COMMENTARY

BRANCH WAREN

Ronnie - Branch looks real good haven't seen him look this good in a long time.

CC - I aint talking aesthetics, but he's on

Ronne - Glutes are shreded, abs are shredded

CC - he got that wow muscle going on

Ronnie - Chest is real thick. Gtot the thickest chest so far i've seen in the show.

CC - Those guys got aesthetic look but he's got that wow look

Ronnie - his back is not as shredded as Phil's and Dexter's . This is the best i've seen brnch look though. This is definitely top threee.

CC - This man works real hard.

Ronnie - Yeah buddy!!

CC - All the veins standing out. Good job. He did a really good job.

CROWD IS NUTS FOR BRANCH


MELVIN ANTHONY

Ronnie - This is a tough lineup. He's flexing now, he's hard, he's ready. His legs are shredded.

CC - Damn his oil is dry on his chest too.

Ronnie -aint got the thickness branch had in the chest branch llittle bit harder in the legs

CC - Hamstrings are lot bettter. Back is good,.

Ronnie - Back is shredded, good width to it too. That's where he got branch at. Nice Lat spread.

CC - little Cormier-esque one lat a time thing going on. Abs are deep and striated. melvin looked good. Gonna be good fight.

Ronnie - Good fight. He's in the top 3 also.

KAI GREENE

CC- Definitely put on some muscle. Shit. Leg biceps look amazing.

Ronnie - Width on back is good, ltriceps are shreded. Hamstrings in, good shape, nice fullness.

Ronnie -back is on.

CC - Front? We don't know yet.

CC - Ok here we go.

Ronie - he definitely look better from the back.

CC - not flat at all.

Ronnie - needs to be little bit sharper in the abs, taht's about it.

CC - look like he cramping a little bit, that might be something that holds him back later in the lineup.


Ronnie TOP FIVE
Dexter
Phil
Branch
Melvin
Silvio
Gustavo

CC
Dexter
Phil
Silvio
GUstavo

THink they'll put Kai in front of
Phil
Branch


ARNOLD PREJUDGE COMMENTARY

DESMOND MILLER

Ron - Desmond pretty sharp. Hamstrings and glutes shreddeed. Triceps are shredded. Waiting on the ab shot.

CC - he's relaxing that stomach in middle of poses. Little more confidence in his posing and he could do better.

Ronnie - Hamstrings look good. Back not as sharp as his legs. Holding little bit of wter in his back. Those legs are shredded though.

Cc - Yeah legs are sharp.

Ronnie - He's in good shape,.

RONNIE ROCKEL

CC - lot of guys look patchy with the oil .. some guys got bottom half going some got lower. But he'slooking full and big

Ronnie - don't know how sharp he normally is but he's not that sharp right here. Back is not too much going on right there. He's just not tighte, that's all i can tell you.

CC - think he got caught up trying to come in big. These lights here you gotta be nice and crisp and sharp. Those lower abs never contracted them

Ronnie = Looks pretty good from the front.

CC- think he went for more size than cuts.

Ronnie - For sure.

ADORTHUS CHERRY

Ronnie - Oh. No. I'm gonna let Chris take this one.

CC - He's clearly off. Defintiely nervous at this show. This your first ARnold, not a whole lot of claps for the rookies. I hardly got one clap at my first Arnold Classic. Not for this group of guys, these guys going for blood.

Ronnie - Yeah. There's 150 thousand dollars on the line.


DEXTER JACKSON
Huge applause for Dexter

Ronnie - I tell you right now, Dexter's spot on. he came for the money.

CC- he definitely confident.

Ronne- Oh yeah. he's shredded. Everything's there. His legs are shredded, glutes are shredded, ches is real round and thick

CC - oh that shot, got striation in the lat - you know you're on then And he's got oil all oer his body. That's veteran right there.

ROnnie - he's spot on. That's a veteran. Look at his glutes how shredded they are. Hamstrings are shredded.

CC - Nice and deep, hamstrings the cuts.

Ronnie - back is hard. Best two guys in show are defintiely Dexter and Silvio. Dexter is shredded though.

CC - Defintiely.

PHIL HEATH
Huge applause for Phil

Ronnie - Legs are shreddeed. Arms are shredded, triceps are shredded, glutes are real shredded. Oh man this gonna be a tight race here. now it's the phi and dexter show.

C-C - He's holding. They gonna battle brother. Thow two tuys gonna battle . Would like to see back more granite lookin but he's a young dude thoug - ronnie

Ronnie - Dexter got little more width in his back, only thing can see now.

CC - he don't got that deer in headlightt look like he did last year.

Ronnie - dexter's abs are more shredded

PREJUDGING COMMENTARY

TOney Freeman

CC - RTOney is visibly harder than the Ironman as far as cuts are concerend.

Ronnie - Hamstrings in. Arms are nice and full. Only thing can tell you is his abs are not as sharp as normally are.

Ronnie - Hamstrings look real god though, back looks real good.

CC - Yep, def. an improvement from the Ironman, I can tell you that. Looks good.

Ronnie - Looks good today.

JOHNNIE

CC - Johhnie needed nother two weeks to get to this on from the Ironman so lets see ...Needs oil. Just patches of oil. Litle bit watery in the chest seen him sharper before.

Ronnie - Needs some oil.

CC - think his legs improved a little bit

ROnnie - He's a litle off in his back too. he's been sharper before.

CC - got all the muscle though, that can help sometimes.

Ronnie - Triceps look good.

Ronnie - What do you think Chris?

CC- Slight film on the abs

GUSTAVO BADELL

CC - Looks good. He's walking good.

Ronnie - toolk a long time getting to the stage didn't he?

CC- You know him. Looks better than Ironman, he filled over the muscle last time. He wants some applause.

ROnnie - Chest is a litle flat.

CC - From this show to that show lights are different and you're gonna say ...got the tightness but in the middle ..

Ronnie - Back just a little flat.

CC - If he squeeze out he might turn into a different bodybuilder before your eyes. He'll be in the hunt

Ronnie - He looks good.

ARNOLD CLASSIC PREJUDGING COMMETNARY

SILVIO SAMUEL

Prejudging commentary from Ronnie Coleman and Chris Cormier:

CC - come out strong, color is great. Fuller than the Ironman, just as sharp but muscle fibers stand litle thicker than the ironman.

Ronnie - Silvio looking pretty good, pretty ggood shape, striations everywhere. Back looks great. Pretty much say he's right on. Only thing can tell you lacking hamstrings just a little bit.

CC- he's got to hold them more. He's letting them go.

Ronnie - From these shots i don't see any waekneses right now.


DAVID HENRY

Ronnie - OK. Dave looks kind of full. Still seen him more shredded not as hard as normally is

CC - AT that height you gotta keep showing em your'e diced up can't try to come in bigger.

Ronnie - holding little bit of water, maybe 3 or 4 pounds. Glutes not as striated as normally are, hamstrings not as striated as normally are.

CC - we three feet away from him, might be different picture to the crowd


MO ELMOUSSAWI

Ronnie - He's holding little bit of water today.

CC_ yeah but Ironman are best lights you can be under.

Ronnie -Silvio is way harder than him.

CC - Silvio will be ahead this time. Can see the little folds right at his waistline. That's an indication he's not where he should be.