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The 2012 Olympia Expo in Las Vegas was bigger than ever! Technically billed as "Ultimate Nutrition presents Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend 2012," this premier bodybuilding event attracted participants, exhibitors, athletes and attendees from around the world. Held this year on September 28 and 29 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Olympia is the Superbowl of the fitness industry. In addition to the competitions and demonstrations, the Olympia Expo gives fans and fitness gurus a chance to meet their fitness icons and try new products.
Bodybuilding.com was a major sponsor of this event, and I was proud to be part of Team Bodybuilding.com. Every hour they had high-end fitness celebrities and athletes appearing to promote their upcoming release which is scheduled for late December or early January (P.S. keep an eye out - it will be awesome!) The line of people waiting to meet us and learn about bodybuilding was non-stop, right from the beginning of the Expo on Friday until it closed on Saturday. We gave out over 7,500 free t-shirts and thousands of free samples, provided a rotation of fitness celebrities, and accomplished so much more. It was an honor for me to be part of the team for such an amazing company!
The Life of a Professional Wheelchair Bodybuilder
I arrived in Vegas on Tuesday, September 25 to get ready for a photo shoot that Bodybuilding.com had arranged for Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m. Regardless of what time these events were scheduled, I stuck to my training regimen and got up every morning at 4:00 a.m. to do my cardio training. I am just two weeks from appearing at the International Federation of Body Building (IFBB) Houston Pro Show on October 13. This is only the second time that they have officially added an IFBB Professional Wheelchair Division. I want to continue to represent my sport of wheelchair bodybuilding so I will not make any excuses as to why I cannot get in a workout. Regardless of what else goes on in life, a professional competitor is only judged based on appearance on the day of competition. NO EXCUSES!
Then I was filmed for hours as part of a Bodybuilding.com Fitness 360 Video. We covered my diet, supplements, training, and much more. I didn't hold back during the shoot and was shrugging 500 pounds for reps and doing some insane amount of weight because that's how I roll! Later that afternoon I had another photo shoot for Bodybuilding.com with their new B-Elite Series Performance Apparel.
Finally it was time for the Expo to begin on Friday. Team Bodybuilding.com gathered and appeared at the Expo together as a Team. For years there has been talk about Bodybuilding.com having a team. The team was revealed in January of 2011. But this time, everything was put together and we all wore different outfits from the Bodybuilding.com new line of performance apparel, B Elite. I was asked to wear the long sleeve shirt and I was worried at first because I thought I was going to die of heat exhaustion, but I was happily surprised to find out that I didn't even sweat the entire day. The fit of these clothes was awesome, and Bryna DeLuca did an amazing job on the B Elite Clothing line!
Our booth was flooded both Friday and Saturday with fans and people from around the world. It was pure madness at times with people coming at the booth from all angles. The line never let up. People waited over two hours to see us. Even when the expo ended, there was still a massive line. I can’t say how thrilled I was to know that professional bodybuilding has such a hard-core fan base. I was happy to meet with everyone, tell my story, and let the world know even more about the sport of professional wheelchair bodybuilding.
The fans and everybody else at the Expo were amazing! I talked to so many people there and was inspired to become even better in my profession and make an even bigger impact. Every day, I feel it is a blessing to be able to encourage so many people, both in wheelchairs and those struggling against other adversities in their lives. Without fans like you, our profession doesn’t mean anything, so THANK YOU!
Thank You to Bodybuilding.com for Helping Me to Inspire Others
The Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend is close to my heart because the 2008 event was the first fitness expo I attended, and that is where everything really began to take off for me. I went to Olympia in 2008 simply to network and seek sponsorship for the first IFBB Pro Wheelchair Division I was organizing. In the process I met Mick Skinner. Mick recognized my talent and signed me up to be part of Bodybuilding.com one week after that. Since that time my life has changed dramatically for the better. If it wasn’t for Mick and Bodybuilding.com, I would not be able to touch so many lives with my message to inspire and motivate others. Nor would so many people know about the sport of wheelchair bodybuilding, which is my passion.
The Next Step for Wheelchair Bodybuilding
As you can see, the Olympia Expo has impacted my life in numerous ways and set in motion a chain of events that has impacted many other people around the world – just like a small rock thrown into water that starts off a ripple effect. I can’t thank Mick Skinner enough for giving me the chance to be part of the Bodybuilding.com team. If he hadn’t been one of the first to believe in me, the doors and opportunities would never have opened like they did. I thank God for giving me the inner courage to walk through those doors and become what I am today, and for allowing me this opportunity to return His gifts by serving as an inspiration to others.
Next up, I will be flying out on Friday to guest pose on Saturday, October 6 at the 2012 NPC Washington Ironman Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Physique and Bikini Championships in Snoqualmie, Washington. I fly home on Sunday and then head right out again on Wednesday October 10 to Houston, TX to get ready to compete at the 2012 IFBB Pro Wheelchair Championships on Saturday October 13. And there is so much more after that.
I will continue to train, to promote and represent wheelchair bodybuilding and wheelchair ballroom dancing with all my heart. I believe there is a story to be told and I have been chosen to tell it. I am honored to be able to speak to others, to provide whatever motivation I can, and to inspire others to achieve what they didn’t think they could. If my life can serve as an example for others to go beyond the limits they have set on themselves, if they are able to unleash the beast within themselves, then it will truly have been worth the struggle. I can’t wait to see what is waiting around the next corner.
Thank you all! God Bless!
On March 30, 2012 Aubree Marchione and I were the the 2012 USA Dance Nationals Friday Night Highlighted Show in Baltimore, Maryland. We performed our NEW Cha Cha and performed a NEW Flip!
Here is Cha Cha that we performed for Arnold:
This is what the USA Dance Nationals had about Aubree and I on the main page of their website:
Friday Night Highlighted Show
Aubree Marchione & Nick Scott – America’s #1 Wheelchair Dance Couple and representatives to the World Paralympic Wheelchair DanceSport Championships.
Aubree Marchione is a professional dancer who is trained in both International and American styles of dance. She specializes in wheelchair dancing and choreography for movies and television. She recently put her two strengths together to choreograph the theatrical feature film, Musical Chairs, which will hit theaters in March 2012.
Nick Scott is a professional wheelchair bodybuilder and an icon in the fitness industry. He is also a spokes model for multiple fitness companies. He was introduced to wheelchair dancing in 2009 when he met Aubree Marchione at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival.
Today, Nick and Aubree are the #1 wheelchair dance couple in America. They are the Atlantic Coast and Heart of America Dance Champions, and also the first couple to ever represent the United States of America in a World Paralympic Wheelchair Dancesport Championship. Nick and Aubree travel the country doing special performances and workshops to bring more awareness to wheelchair dancing.
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I just got off the phone with my Agent and... I GOT THE GIG!!! I WILL BE THE GENIE FROM ALADDIN FOR THE NEW SLOT MACHINES IN CASINOS!!!! How PIMP is that!!! I will be shooting on the 9th in Chicago, the NEW Prince and Princess for the slots will be there too! Awesome for my 1st Professional Model Shoot! HAHA I'M SO EXCITED TO BE A WALT DISNEY CHARACTER! LOLOL
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Aubree Marchione & Nick Scott Represent The USA at the 2010 Paralympics!
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Behind The Scences of Carnegie Entertainment
"Do or Do Not, There Is No Try" ~Master Jedi Yoda
On October 11, 2009 http://aubreemarchione.blogspot.com/ and I performed a Latin dance medley consisting of our Paso Doble, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aI8TpJ3MvfE, and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k6Nf0FUCHM at the http://www.nickfitness.com/2009_dance_for_a_cure. Dance For A Cure was a breast cancer fundraiser, and it was held at the Stardust Ballroom in Bellmawr, New Jersey, on Sunday.We were one of the showcases at the fundraiser and were given the chance to perform for the first time in front of that many people. This was my fifth weekend ever of wheelchair ballroom dancing, and here I was about to perform in front of hundreds of people. They announced me as the http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EgltSkdr1k and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvwU2SG-30g, but didn’t mention anything about bodybuilding, so everybody thought my titles were for wheelchair ballroom dancing. Instantly, they expected me to be great, and as I heard them introduce me, all I could think about was how not to screw this up!
Aubree and I put on an amazing performance. Our movements and connections were great and everything went as planned. We nailed our routine and the applause filled the air! At the end we even did our wheelchair lift, where Aubree runs towards me, grabs my legs, does a hand stand on my legs—and then I lift her in the air and let her down into the splits. People were shocked and didn’t know what to expect when I rolled out on the dance floor. Many people said they were memorized when they saw us dance and couldn’t believe what they had seen.
I couldn’t have done it without Aubree. She is a professional Latin dance champion and her dancing is breathtaking. I’m blessed to have such a great partner. Sandra Fortuna also plays a critical role in our routines. Sandra is the dance teachers' teacher. She is a registered judge with the NDCA and the WCD, and her dance articles and competition reports on major dance events have appeared in Dance Notes, Dance Beat, Top Line, Dance Week, and other national dance publications. She has been invited to staff dance workshops by the USISTD, Disco America, usadence, various dance schools, and many local, international, and national dance championships. Sandra is a former professional ballet dancer, and holds a BA in Dance and many top teacher awards and pro-am championship titles.
Aubree and I practice at her http://www.unidancesport.com/.
Sandra and Aubree are amazing choreographers, and they come up with the routines. Their visions for wheelchair ballroom dancing are amazing, and I’m glad they believe in me and are willing to give me a chance. I meet Aubree back at the 2009 Arnold Classic Expo when I was working the Bodybuilding.com booth. Who would have guessed that this is where it would have lead, seven months later…
Something unexpected happened that morning of October 11, after I did my morning session of cardio. Two treadmills were the only equipment in the hotel’s fitness room, and using one of them, I just walked at my pace holding on for seventy minutes. After I was done and before I went to shower, I took off my shoe and brace and saw that my sock was tinted dark red. My brace had rubbed a bandage I had there (I had a blister in the same spot from walking the day before). The brace had rubbed the skin off my foot and the http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/album.php?aid=152387&id=1324758852. For those who haven’t believed me in the past—there is your proof that I can’t feel my feet.
The 2009 Olympia Weekend was amazing! Last year I went to the http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozH9uRYXxVU just to network for wheelchair bodybuilding and this year I was working the Bodybuilding.com booth! It’s amazing how things work out in life, and you never know what life holds unless you try. I once heard, “It takes twenty years to become an overnight success.” That quote continually echoes in my mind.The Bodybuilding.com booth was visited by an endless line of people. From when the doors opened until the expo was closed, our line was always the same. BodySpace members, fans, athletes and many others waited almost two hours to make it through the line, and it was an amazing feeling having people recognize me and want a picture with me. It truly is a blessing and an honor to work, represent, and be part of such an amazing team. More importantly, I’ve made some amazing friends that support and believe in my vision of the sport of wheelchair bodybuilding.That weekend meant the world to me, and I even became a sponsored athlete of http://www.scivation.com/! Before I knew anything about that company, I used their products to help me become the overall runner up at the 2008 USA Wheelchair Champion and 2009 Wheelchair Nationals—even winning the Heavy Weight Division! Now, I’m one of their athletes!I’ve met so many people and the atmosphere is one of a kind. Just being at the Expo and around others that are in such amazing shape gives you a reality check and makes you want to get back in the gym and train that much harder. One of the guys I had looked forward to meeting was Brock Lesnar who is the UFC heavy weight champion. We talked for a few before taking a picture; he is a nice and down-to-earth guy. Mike O’Hearn from The American Gladiator was hilarious, and he even interviewed me. There were so many other great people there, such as Dorian Yates, Hulk Hogan—the list goes on.
I was invited to to the Bodybuilding.com VIP Suite at the Olympia on Saturday night. Being in the VIP Suite was indescribable; looking over the edge at everybody below, knowing I was one of the few people up there. It gave me have flashbacks to when I started wheelchair bodybuilding in March of 2006, and I would have never thought I would be where I am three and a half years later.After the Expo was over, we waited outside for everybody, and I just happened to notice the IFBB President standing nearby. We had spoken a few times on the phone and emailed multiple times about wheelchair bodybuilding, but this was the first time I had ever seen him. As I rolled up to him, I introduced myself, and he said, “Yes, I know who you are. It is an honor to finally meet you.” I was shocked! He went on to tell me he thought highly of what I am doing and to tell me that he supports me one hundred percent. It was the best damn feeling in the world!We soon left for XS at the Wynn. When we got there, we didn’t have to wait in line and this huge 350-pound security guard guided us through the crowded club. He literally pushed people out of the way for us, since I was rolling in front of everybody—he didn’t want people to bump into me! At times, he would walk backwards, plowing people over—it was such a pimp moment. After he got us to the VIP Lounge, Mick, Jo, and I took some pictures, because it was beautiful.I was supposed to fly out Sunday afternoon, but that didn’t end up happening. Mick wanted me to represent Bodybuilding.com on the game show, Let’s Make a Deal. I ended up missing my flight and that night Michael and I ended up going to Zumanity by Cirque Du Soleil. That show was awesome! If you ever get a chance, I highly recommend it!
The 2009 Olympia weekend was unbelievable! Most of this just skims the surface of what all went down. It truly is a blessing to be part of the Bodybuilding.com team, and I am grateful that Mick believed in me and asked me to be part of the team last year. He is amazing, and it is a blessing to have him in my life.
Nick Scott & IFBB President
Nick Scott & Brock Lesnar
Nick Scott & Mick Skinner
This weekend was amazing! I flew in Thursday, September 17th, and here I am Sunday heading back to Kansas. Over the weekend, I learned our third http://www.nickfitness.com/wheelchair_dancing: the Paso Doble. http://www.aubreemarchione.blogspot.com/ and I need five dances to compete in competitions, and we’re currently also trying to get on popular dance shows.
Over in London, the BBC just recently started and filmed a new dancing program called, “Dancing on Wheels.” It is the first time in history that a show has been specifically geared towards the disabled community. I sent my application into the casting director and this is what he replied by email, “You look and sound fantastic, but the trouble is that you’re in the US. The winner of this competition will potentially go and compete at a European Competition later in the year, representing the UK, and in order to do that you need to be a UK resident. Correct me if I’m wrong of course!” Since I am not a UK citizen, I couldn’t be a dancer on the show—so Aubree and I decided to try for a special performance on “Dancing with the Stars” instead.
Aubree and I have three http://www.nickfitness.com/wheelchair_dancing done: Samba, Rhumba, and now the Paso Doble. The Samba is more of a high-energy dance, the Rhumba is the “Dance of Love,” and the Paso Doble is the Dance of the Matador and the Bull! The dances are amazing and the more we work on the routines, the better the dances keep getting. It is hard to believe that this was the third time I ever danced in my life. I owe it all to http://www.aubreemarchione.blogspot.com/ and Sandra; they are the unbelievable dancers and teachers! They have vision like no other when it comes to dancing, and we work phenomenally together. With only the few days we’ve had together, with learning and polishing the routines, it’s truly unbelievable how great the routines have turned out.
As a wheelchair bodybuilder I am proud to be a dancer. I am grateful I met both http://www.aubreemarchione.blogspot.com/ and Sandra. We plan to compete and take on the most advance wheelchair dancers, and I know we will end up competing internationally. What about the Paralympics? Hmm… Is it impossible? You tell me When it comes to me, the sky is the limit! Because that is how I ROLL