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RIP Serge Nubret

Tuesday, April 19, 2011, marks the passing of Serge Nubret, one of the greatest bodybuilders to ever step on stage. He was 72 years young. The cause of death remains unknown.

Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans around the world. He will be missed but never forgotten.

Serge's funeral will be held on 29/04/2011 at Pere Lachaise in Paris at 14:10. The ceremony will be open to all.

Read a tribute article here:

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/saying-goodbye-to-serge-nubret.html

National Geographic Documentary Research

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Regardless of how you eat and work out, do you never reach your goals?


Is it uncomfortable for you to miss a workout?


Does your work out routine get in the way of your job or relationship?


Do people say you are in great shape but you just don’t see it?


Do you feel compelled to work out everyday for hours on end?


I am currently conducting research for a documentary series that airs on National Geographic channel. If you answered yes to any of the below questions, I would love to hear from you.


Please email me direct at mailto:dora_weekley@beyond.com.au; include your best contact details, where you are based as well as a short paragraph about the role that exercise plays in your life.


Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

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Rest In Peace Chef Jay

Jay Allen Littmann of Las Vegas, 48, passed away on Friday.  He was known as "Chef Jay" and his Chef Jay's Food Products were known in the fitness and supplement industry for being delicious and innovative.  He will be greatly missed, and our condolences go out to his family. 


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Flex Lewis shows the crowd at the Nationals he's set to do damage in 2011!

While the NPC Nationals is a great or should I say the best armature contest in the USA with a great number of upcoming future Pros it also draws many top Pros coming to watch the event. 2010 was no exception with Ms. Olympia figure competitor Tanji Johnson, IFBB Women's Pro bodybuilder Krissy Murrel, Men's Dennis James, Tony Freedman, Brandon Curry and Flew Lewis, along with many more.

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Brandon Curry and Flex made the drive out from their home state of Tennessee to catch the event. Having just seen both of them at the Olympia I was very impressed seeing Flex again as he looked both a little thicker and leaner then he was at the Olympia. After taking some time to talk with my good friend and a person I hold great respect for, Flex shared that he's now gearing up for his day on stage in 2011. Flex also stated that " In the past I've came in too low in weight, but this year I will weight in right on the 202 and fill out another 15 pounds or so." I think we all will be impressed with the new site of Flex Lewis.

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Two top Ifbb Pro's Iris and Cathy LeFrancios team up!

Yesterday was my off day but I stopped by the Mecca, Golds Venice to plan out my training with The Master Charles Glass when I was lucky enough to run into a few Large Pros. Ben Pakulski was there finishing up with some heavy trap work. But then across the room I saw a sight you don't catch that often. Two top Pro Ifbb Pro Women training together.

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My long time friend Cathy LeFrancious was looking like she had put on more muscle since the Olympia in Vegas and spotting her was the Ms. Olympia Iris Kyle. This was my first chance meeting Iris who was still in great shape with her incredible shape she is known for. Iris said she will be here in Venice training till Nov. I was very impressed at how humble and down to earth Iris was when we spoke. Maybe next time I can get her to get me some pointers on her diamond shape calves!

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RIP Weiferd Watts, Fitness Photographer

On Sunday, October 10, 2010, extraordinary fitness and arts photographer Weiferd Watts collapsed & passed away.

In an industry filled with delicate self-esteems, Weiferd was a bright soul. Weiferd had a knack for capturing the spirit and beauty of physiques. He had a knack for winning people and putting them at ease.

Weiferd was an unusually gifted photographer with an eye for color, angles, and depth in his photography. He had a kind heart, a big smile, and a creative soul.

Weiferd Watts, courtesy of MotionPictures-sf.com

Here's a photo of him (right) with BodySpace members Mikiko and Danny-J. Rest in peace, Weiferd, you will be missed.

Mikiko and Danny-J with Weiferd Watts

Funeral services are being held today at the CP Bannon Mortuary Home (510-632-1011) in Oakland, CA. UPDATE: Memorial Service: Friday 10/22/2010 @ 1:00pm - CP Bannon Mortuary, 6800 International Blvd. Oakland CA #510.632.1011. Cards & Condolences can be sent to: Theresa Greer 3216 Delaware St. Apt A, Oakland CA 94602.

To see his work online, please visit Weiferd's websites:

- http://www.weifoto.com/
- http://www.myspace.com/weiferd
- http://www.facebook.com/weiferd
- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Weiferd-Watts-Photography/233900284010

And these other sites dedicated to his memory:

- http://www.motionpictures-sf.com/iWeb/Motion-Pictures/WeiferdWatts.html
- http://www.siouxcountry.com/showthread.php?t=14074
- http://www.siouxcountry.com/forumdisplay.php?f=219
http://www.hardbody.com/news/2010/10/19/rip-physique-photographer-weiferd-watts/
- http://forums.rxmuscle.com/showthread.php?t=43903
- http://www.ballet-dance.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=34423&start=0

UPDATE: The following tribute is from his memorial service:

Photographer Weiferd Watts September 26, 1956 – October 10, 2010

Weiferd Watts was born in San Francisco on September 26, 1956 to the union of Julius and Martha Watts. He was the third of six children. His early years were spent growing up in Berkeley, CA and it was during that time he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. His family moved to Oakland CA in 1970 where Weiferd attended Fremont High School and graduated in 1974.

Throughout his childhood Weiferd displayed great artistic ability, which led to his attending the California School of Arts and Crafts. In time he adopted the hobby of taking snapshots and that hobby developed into a passion which grew and grew and grew. In order to increase his knowledge and enhance his photography skills, Weiferd began attending San Francisco City College. His devotion to his craft served him well. Weiferd eventually established a special association with the ballet / dance community as well as the bodybuilding community. Weiferd’s expertise in those fields made him well sought-after.

For nearly 30 years, Weiferd worked in the banking industry. He was employed by Bank of California for a number of years and then he worked for Union Bank for 18 years.

Weiferd had a real zest for living and did not limit himself from experiencing the things that sparked his interest. He loved traveling and meeting people. He enjoyed most sports, particularly tennis, baseball (Go Giants!) football (Go 49ers!) basketball and bicycling. He had a great sense of humor. He loved to laugh and make other s laugh as well. He always looked forward to the family gatherings at Thanksgiving, Christmas and other Holidays. Those were very special times for him because he got to spend it with his nieces and nephews who he cherished dearly. He was a loving son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, neighbor, co-worker and friend.

Weiferd was a bachelor throughout his live and leaves behind no children. He leaves to mourn his passing 2 sisters; Theresa Greer an Tonette Watts of Oakland, 1 brother Marcus Watts of Stockton; 4 nephews, 4 nieces, 1 great-niece, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Weiferd was preceded in death by his parents Julius and Martha Watts and sisters Juliette Williams and Oretta Watts. His kind and gentle spirit will be truly missed.

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Olympia weekend attracted a large crowd with it's big Expo showing.

The 2011 Olympia Expo brought in a large amount of visitors from all over. It seemed with ever big company they had Pro bodybuilders, figure and bikini athletes working the booths, or just there making appearances. Some coming as far as Europe and even IFBB Pro Joe Stubbs from the Bahamas turned up.

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Walking around you couldn't help but notice the long lines at some booths to meet the Pros.along with a chance to get some free samples. Silvio was back on the scene at the bodybuilding.com booth and informed me that he will be back on stage at the beginning of 2011.

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Kris Gethin of bodybuilding.com seemed to made rounds to ever booth at the expo along with attending most events. Does this guy ever get to sleep I wonder?

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Stan McQuay moving up the Pro ranks.

Just a few weeks ago Stan McQuay walked away with 1st place at the Detroit Pro 202 class. If you saw Stan in clothes on the street you might just think he was a guy who trains a lot, however once Stan comes out on stage your bound to be impressed. This guy has great shape and great proportions which makes him appear much larger.

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Stan has teamed up with the Master trainer Charles Glass in hopes to pack on some more solid mass and it seems to be working for him. Stan who always seems to be calm even while dieting has now became a regular sit here at Golds Venice but you still cant stop to look sometimes with his detail and focus he puts in while training. Stan competed in the 202 Olympia this year where he told 7th but I'm sure we'll be seeing much more coming from this rising star.

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Bola will try his luck at the 202 Olympia in Vegas

If your checking out the 202 Mr. Olympia then a new face that you'll want to watch is Bola Ojex. Bola was able to qualify for the Olympia from the Phoenix show earlier this year.

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Bola who is 5'7 said he will step on stage at 200lb this show, and at 28 years old he has plenty of time to grow in the sport. Bola always displays great symmetry where at 200lb he has a 28 inch waist with 19 3/4 arms in contest condition. Bola had won the 2003 British amateur Grand Pr ix Championship to earn his Pro card and is now living here in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca where he operates his own personal training business. Best of luck at the Olympia Bola!

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300lbs and still growing Ben says.

I was lucky enough to run into Big Ben Pakulski at Golds Venice where he was telling Jerome Ferguson that come 2011 he will be doing the new Pro show to be held here in Los Angeles, where he plans to hit the stage in the 280's.

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Ben has been looking very thick since he made the move to Cali, not that he was ever small to any standards before. Ben is living about 45 minutes from Golds Venice but manages to train here quite often. If your around Golds you might want to check Ben out if he's training as this Beast is very hardcore using some heavy poundage with a lot of basic exercises.

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Casting Call for Female Competitive Athletes & Bodybuilders

CASTING CALL FOR A MAJOR TV SHOW.

Attention:

All Women Bodybuilders, Fitness Athletes, Fitness Models and All Women Competitors!

The PROPTA is seeking the best Women Bodybuilders, Women Fitness Athletes & Women Fitness Models for casting roles in a spectacular new primetime network series. The series is about the best women in the Industry and casting is available only through the PROPTA Muscle Fitness Management Company. Further, casting opportunities are available for expert Personal Trainers (male or female) who train the best women in the Industry.

PROPTA

For more information, please contact:

Joe Antouri, CEO/President of PROPTA Muscle Fitness Management at 818-766-3317 or info@musclefitnessmanagement.com

PROPTA Muscle Fitness Management (PMFM) is a full-service Sports Agency &
Management Company that provides a wide range of Client Services that are
specifically positioned to benefit professional and personal growth
opportunities. PMFM leverages hard work and dedication with its extensive
and vast resources in both the Fitness Industry and the Mainstream to
increase the Brand value of all PROPTA Muscle Fitness Management Clients.

More about PROPTA Muscle Fitness Management here:
http://personaltrainerscertification.com/displayArticlesBottom.php?id=46

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Stepping back onstage?

It seems IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Pauliina Talus is looking like she might be training for another Pro contest soon. Pauliina who moved to California from Finland is a regular site at Golds Venice, however she is a very impressive sight to watch train.

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I remember walking into see Pauliina training legs back in 2005 and she was doing machine squats with 5 45's per side, I was glad I had on long sweats that day! Pauliina has always been a very positive woman to talk to and she is always supporting and encouraging of her friends or fans. This past year I had noticed that she was picking up her training intensity very hard and the effort sure showed. So after asking Pauliina if she was training for anything she said " I am really enjoying my training now and also working with my clients so life is good and I will take it each day and decided where I want to take it." If your looking to contact Pauliina you can reach her at pauliinatalus.com I'm sure many fans hope to see her back on stage soon.

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Ifbb Pro Hide wont be watching the 2010 Olympia.

About 3 weeks ago I wrote a blog about how Hide had to widthdrawl from the IFBB Tampa contest after the prejudging due to a knee injury. While grabbing a training session at Golds Gym in Venice, I ran into Hide, who was also there training but took the time to come update me about what was going on with his injury.

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It seems Hide is going all out now with his training now so he can step up on stage this year in Vegas at the 2010 Mr. Olympia. He told me after seeking medical advice, he discovered it was just a bad tendon strain and with rest and treatment he has no second thoughts about being ready for the Mr. O. I'm sure his many fans around the world will love to see this warrior back up under the stage lights!

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Jerome "Hollywood" Ferguson earns his Pro card.

Jerome AKA "Hollywood " Ferguson who most bodybuilding fans are familiar with from both Bodybuilding.com and now Instructionalfitness.com is walking around Golds Venice with a hugh smile on his face.

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I ran into Jerome at Golds one week out before the USA's where I thought he was going to compete but to my happy surprise Jerome informed me that 2 weeks out from the 2010 Masters Nationals he changed his course and made the last minute decision to jump into the Masters Nationals. Boy was Jerome glad he did as that day he took the Super-heavyweight class and then went on to take a Pro card home that day. This sport couldn't ask for a better personal to represent bodybuilding as Jerome is full of energy and takes the time out for all his fans. Jerome told me he hasn't made his mind up on his first pro show yet as all this is still just sinking in now. Cant wait to see our new IFBB Pro represent Venice!

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The Celsius Ultimate Workout Challenge

Check out this great vendor contest that we recently heard about from Celsius®:

Win great prizes from Celsius!


  • Fly to LA and meet Mario Lopez and go backstage on the set of 'Extra' – Trip for 2 – Grand prize.
  • In-home gyms or $600 cash towards a gym membership – for 3 Runner ups
  • Celsius product for a year – Must be a trainer or gym manager/owner for a year – 8 Weekly prizes

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And every day for 8 weeks they are giving out prizes of:


  • Celsius Variety Packs – 12 ct
  • On the Go Stick Packets – Berry Flavored
  • Cooler Bags
  • Mario Lopez's book Extra Lean – an autographed copy


What is the Ultimate Workout Challenge?

"At Celsius, we know that when people try Celsius, they like it. We also know that when they drink Celsius before exercise, they LOVE IT and have their “Ultimate Workout�! We want to make it easy for people to try Celsius, so, there are many healthy prizes to help them get started so that they can get Their Ultimate Workout with Celsius!"

"This interactive website is designed to appeal to nutrition/weight conscious people and the active fitness minded individual. The website is designed to inspire individuals to upload their own Ultimate Workouts to share with others. Customers have been sending in videos via You Tube with their stories of how they get fit and stay fit with Celsius! It’s filled with recipes from Extra Lean and a discussion board for people to share their stories."

"The Ultimate Workout Challenge was launched this summer and gained momentum with Mario Lopez at 5 events where Mario signed autographs, led fitness sessions, spoke on stage about Celsius and fitness, and met with reporters on behalf of Celsius. The site shows the consumer’s enthusiasm for Mario and Celsius. Many of them are shown winning the Extra Lean Books and joining the challenge. It was amazing how many people came up to the booth to share how they already enjoy Celsius – for the energy, for the boost to exercise, and because it is low calorie and had none of the bad for you ingredients. You can see some of their stories on the site. No purchase necessary."

"We welcome you to join the challenge, join the fun, and join the discussions to help us grow!" For more information, please visit:

http://www.ultimatefitnesspartner.com/

To purchase Celsius products, please visit the Bodybuilding.com store:

http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/celsius/celsius.htm

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