Jo Stewart has taken the New Zezland National bodybuilding title for the
fifth time and just got 3rd place at the World Masters Champs in Sicily! Jo
has posted a lot of info on her site at:
Monday, November 27, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Sheila Bleck is shown duing her posing routine at the 2006 NPC Nationals In Miami. She finished in third place in a crowded heavyweight field of star contestants and was one of the favorities to win her class.
Kim Perez strikes an arresting pose that shows why she's one of the most popular female bodybuilders in America.
This was such a nice and heartfelt post over at GeneX Message Board, I had to post it here for view. The link to the original is the title of this post.
What a GREAT nationals! Let me start by saying that! I felt the show was very well run ...from weigh ins to the finals. It wasn't the best venue that they have had it at but all in all everything went smoothly! Those that run these shows do a fantastic job!
Now...the contest....I want to state here that I was honored to be the first to congratulate DEBI Lazewski on becoming a pro. To take second to a talented and much deserved bodybuilder such as herself was fantastic. Since 1999 when I saw her NOT win I was a fan and have been over the years and she will make a fantastic pro! So CONGRATS to you Debbie! Back stage we knew it was going to be a tough prejudging.... But Debbi I am truly and honestly so HAPPY FOR YOU!!!
Kristy Hawkins...what can I say, just gets better and better every year. Ed and Betty, you did a fantastic job! Congrats! And to you Kristy I was honored to be up there and compared to you as well and compared so thoroughly. The judges did a fantastic job at allowing the LHW class really work for the title. I had the opportunity to converse with Kristy alot as she prepped for the show and if you knew HALF the stuff she was doing with school while training its even more so amazing the conditioning she had on stage.
I have to comment on a few other athletes in my class. Now I didn't know evveryone but everyone seemed great...But I have to make mention of a few as well:
Angie Salvango...you had a great year and its so tough to diet for two shows yet you still looked amazing! Your routine was fun Good luck next year
Holly Gearson....you know I said it to you and to Robin but I was and still am amazed at the changes you made and please do not get discouraged and I want to see you in the top of the class next year!!!!
Last but not least...Amy Neal...Who took 5th in the class....You looked AMAZING!!! I am so happy for you You and your trainer did a fabulous job dialing you in Next year.....
Last but definately not least I have to thank some very very important people in my life who made this nationals the most amazing trip to a national event in my life....
I got in on Wed...came down alone at first. Yet I was taken care of tremendously by two very very important people in my life...Amanda Dunbar and Mimi Jabalee. They went out of their way to take care of me and they did such a wonderful job just doing anything to make sure I didn't stress You guys , I can't say thank you enough and I am so blessed to you have you guys in mylife. SEE YOU IN ATLANTA!!
Justin Harris of TROPONINNUTRITION.com my trainer who has batted 1000 at producing me my 3rd 2nd place finish with him at the helm and my 4th 2nd place finish since 2000. Thank you for your time and your brains
And finally Brad , who was able to join me on Friday, for just supporting me and being there for me and taking care of me Keeping me calm and STRESS FREE !!! You know how much it means to me babe!
I have had such a great time at this show. I am thrilled for all the girls that won!!!! Maybe next time LOL For those of you who know me...know the year that I had prior to this show. I can't complain about what happened in my life , it was a big wakeup call. God just needed to get my attention about a lot of things. Got my head on straight to say the least and allowed me to have a new outlook on life and a new attitude . It carried over into the prep for the nationals and to the show iteself. I surrounded myself by positive people and great friends. I have no regret and am thankful that I had the opportunity to compete. I keep saying God hasn't allowed me to win, to keep me humble! And I can live with that! I have won already in many other ways , I don't need a trophy with first place on it to define my life as a winner!
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Monika Wieckowski (Now Mollica) is a Swedish female bodybuilder captured by GeneX while in Miami for the 2006 Women's NPC Championships. The nutritionist has a book available for purchase called "Functional Foods." FitSights has an interview wth this rising star.
Women's Physique World, the legendary magazine that gave many women bodybuilders their first exposure to the public, is back. After being out of print since 1995, it's now an online magazine. Check it out with a click on the title of this post!
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Kris Murell shows the biceps and muscularity that made her a fan favorite at the show; unfortunately she did not place in a heavily competitive contest.
Women's Overall Winner:
Earned Pro Card:
1. Lora Ottenad
2. Beverly DiRenzo
3. Sheila Bleck
4. Gale Frankie
5. Theresa Hendricks
NP. Kate Baird
NP. Debbie Baker
NP. Michelle Baker
NP. Sheilahe Brown
NP. Sylvia Cowan
NP. Heather Darling
NP. Geri Deach
NP. Pamela Franklin
NP. Olivia Garner
NP. Nursel Gurler
NP. Jennifer Gutierrez
NP. Tammy Jones
NP. Bettina Kadet
NP. Jody May
NP. Kris Murrell
NP. Gabriella Nicander
NP. Anita Nikolich
NP. Julie Peavey
NP. Ashalyn Porter
NP. Ellen Torrence
1. Debi Laszewski
2. Elena Seiple-Perticari
3. Kristy Hawkins
4. Angie Salvagno
5. Amy Neal
NP. Dana Capobianco
NP. Karen Choat
NP. Kate Cooper
NP. Alison Cosentino
NP. Casey Dougherty
NP. Holly Geersen
NP. Christine Moore
NP. Suha Qasem
NP. Christy Resendes
NP. Pamela Rogers
NP. Melanie Schaper
NP. Wendy Tucker
1. Lisa Bickels
2. Yahaira Agosto
3. Britt Ashley Miller
4. Jennifer Sedia
5. Tina Chandler
NP. Lisa Aranda
NP. Heidi Bagwell
NP. Yvette Bova
NP. Christine Brandon
NP. Tammi Burdelski
NP. Lois Colon
NP. Denise Fischer
NP. Janet Kaufman
NP. Julia Korthage
NP. Michelle Morrison
NP. Kaylie Perry
NP. Brenda Smith
NP. Ellen Woodley
1. Jamie Troxel
2. Barbara Fletcher
3. Tera Guzman
4. Galina Serdtsev
5. Renee Opedisano
NP. Tome Ameko
NP. Deborah Barnes
NP. Glenda Bozett
NP. Rose Diaz
NP. Karen Geninatti
NP. Ann Marie Kam
NP. Donna Karr
NP. Jodi Miller
NP. Pam Shealy
NP. Christy Stephens
NP. Pamela Ty
NP. Beth Wachter
Combining feminity and an obviously well-built and defined set of muscles, Seattle's Lora Ottenad take the 2006 Women's NPC National Championship in Miami. Lora is 5'8 and 175 pounds, making her one of the heaviest women's bodybuilders. Her win ushers in a new era where muscularity is back, and after what seemed to be an assault on the very idea that women can and for contest purposes should have cut large muscles.
Congratulations to Lora!
Stats: 5-8, 190 pounds, BB, biceps: 16.5 ", calves 17", waist: 29", quads 27", chest 45"
best lifts at a body weight of 188 lbs:
- bench press 315 lb. x 5 reps
- squat 500 lb.
- leg press 1800 lb.
- curl 150 lb.
Video on the contestants in the championship, by Kate On Sports
Saturday, November 11, 2006
BODYBUILDERS CASE: Murder-for-hire plot alleged
Man suspected of trying to have Titus-Ryan witnesses killed
By GLENN PUIT
© 2006 REVIEW-JOURNAL
A man with ties to bodybuilder Craig Titus has been charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill three witnesses in Titus' high-profile murder case.
Titus and his wife, Kelly Ryan, are charged with murder in the December death of their personal assistant, Melissa James, 28.
According to police reports obtained Friday by the Review-Journal, Nelson Ronald Brady Jr. of Las Vegas was arrested this week on three counts of solicitation to commit murder. Detectives allege in the reports that Brady met with an undercover detective posing as a hit man in May, then paid $1,500 as a down payment to have the three potential witnesses in Titus' murder case killed.
Police reports identified two of the targets as Megan Pierson Foley and her husband, Jeremy Foley. The pair, who are considered crucial witnesses in the case, told a grand jury that Titus and Ryan had made incriminating statements about James' demise.
A third target of the plot, according to police reports, was Anthony Gross, who is charged with helping Titus and Ryan dispose of James' body.
Authorities said Friday night that they had not charged Titus or Ryan in the murder-for-hire plot.
Clark County prosecutor Robert Daskas declined to comment when asked whether anyone else would be charged. Daskas did confirm, however, that Brady and Titus were once housed together at the Clark County Detention Center and that police had recorded phone calls between the two men.
"Titus and Brady were housed together at the Clark County Detention Center, and we have confirmation that when Brady was released from jail, they stayed in telephone contact," Daskas said.
Titus' defense attorney, Marc Saggese, said Titus had nothing to do with any plan to kill witnesses in his case. Saggese described Brady as a drug-addicted loner who was acting on his own.
The attorney said he does not believe Titus will be charged.
"It's smoke and mirrors -- a game," Saggese said. "They know they could not substantiate this. There's not a shred of evidence to support the premise that Craig had anything to do with this."
Ryan's attorney, Greg Denue, said his client has had nothing to do with Brady. "Even if any of this is true, it doesn't show any involvement with my client," Denue said.
In December, James' body was found in Ryan's burning Jaguar off state Route 160.
Titus, 41, and Ryan, 34, are celebrities in the fitness world. Titus is a past place finisher in the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition and Ryan is one of the most accomplished female fitness athletes in the nation.
Authorities said the two killed James by beating her, using a Taser on her, drugging her with morphine and duct-taping her face at Titus and Ryan's southwest Las Vegas home. Police allege they then secured the help of Gross in taking James' body into the desert, where it was set ablaze.
Pierson Foley told a grand jury earlier this year that she and her husband were at Titus and Ryan's house in the hours before James' body was found, and that Titus and Ryan made incriminating statements about James' death. Pierson Foley said Ryan told her that during a confrontation with James, she took a Taser gun away from James and used it on her.
"It, I guess, stunned her in the back of her neck, but she (Ryan) didn't have it (the Taser) up high enough, so it just kind of got her attention," Pierson Foley told the grand jury.
"Kelly tried to do it again, and she, I guess she didn't have the voltage up high enough, so she yelled for Craig, and Craig came upstairs, picked Melissa up, brought her downstairs into the living room and supposedly body slammed her and started beating her up," Pierson Foley testified.
Ryan told Pierson Foley that after the beating, James "took a Xanax" and went to bed, Pierson Foley testified.
"While she was sleeping, Kelly went into her room and punched her in the face," Pierson Foley said.
"She (Ryan) said that she punched her a couple of times, she showed me the marks on her knuckles from it, and she said that ... Craig was holding her down and told Kelly to get the morphine and she shot a whole needle of morphine into her leg," Pierson Foley testified.
Later that evening, Titus demonstrated for Pierson Foley "how you can strangle somebody," and then he demonstrated a choke hold for Pierson Foley, according to her grand jury testimony. "He did it on me, and you instantly stop breathing," Pierson Foley said.
"Craig just walked in and started talking about it and, that's how, he started talking more about how he said that he killed Melissa," Pierson Foley said.
According to police reports, in March police developed an informant at the Clark County Detention Center named Deem Cassim. Cassim is jailed for the December 2004 robbery of 2004 World Series of Poker champion Greg "Fossilman" Raymer outside his Bellagio Hotel room.
Cassim told homicide detectives that he had been approached by Brady, a fellow inmate, "for the contract killing of Anthony Gross and the possible contract killing of two other witnesses in the case against Craig Titus and Kelly Ryan," police reports state.
"Cassim believed Brady and Titus were in contact with each other, had discussed details of Titus' case, and discussed what needed to be done with Gross," a police affidavit states. "Cassim said Brady gave him details about the use of a Taser only the police and Titus would know."
Cassim explained to Brady how the killings could be coordinated from inside the detention center, according to the reports. Cassim would contact a hit man on the outside, and when Brady was released, he would meet with a go-between and "provide them with an envelope containing the up front money, a picture of Gross, Gross' address, and the names of any bars or clubs Gross frequented."
When Brady was released from custody, several phone calls between Brady and Cassim were recorded by police. In one phone call, the men discussed financing the slayings and the need for the hit man to provide proof of the victims' killings by producing photos of their dead bodies.
Two separate meetings between Brady and the go-between, an undercover detective, were set up at an area Starbucks, police reports state. Brady failed to show up to both meetings.
According to police reports, Brady did show up at a third meeting with the undercover detective and produced two envelopes containing $500 each. In a meeting that was taped by police, Brady was heard discussing how one of the envelopes was for a "book publication."
When detectives later opened the envelopes, they found the money, a photo of Gross and personal information about Gross and the Foleys, according to the reports.
In a subsequent meeting with the undercover detective, Brady produced $500 more and wrote down an address where photos of the dead bodies could be sent, according to police.
According to police reports, Titus spoke with Brady twice by phone from the Clark County Detention Center during the investigation and the conversations were taped.
In one conversation, Titus and Brady talk about a "book publishing deal," according to the reports.
"Brady said that he had been on the Internet to see which characters are going to be in the book," according to a police affidavit. "Brady says he knows how to keep those characters from being in his book. Titus said, 'Yeah. No (expletive). Yeah, from the screen play, yeah."
The two men also discussed money briefly, and Titus mentioned a "publisher," according to authorities.
"Brady says yeah, but they want some money, and I've been trying to drum up money to get these people to give their stories, and that's what I need help with," according to a police affidavit. "Brady says he needs 'ten.' Brady tells Titus he is going to walk."
A second phone conversation between Titus and Brady was recorded on May 19, the day of the second meeting between Brady and the undercover detective, according to police.
"Brady tells Titus he is taken care of," a police affidavit stated. "Brady says he is talking about 'the book.' Brady tells Titus they will be making money on that book. He tells Titus that the book has been paid for. Titus changes the subject.
"Titus tells Brady the types of vehicles that targets 'number two' (Megan) and 'number three' Jeremy drive," the affidavit said. "Brady says 'That's not going to be an issue, those two, anyway.'"
Daskas said Friday night that police made sure the three targets of the plot were never in danger.
"We have zero tolerance for someone who's willing to manipulate the outcome of a prosecution by harming citizens who provide information to law enforcement," Daskas said. "Both Metro homicide detectives and our office have monitored this particular situation very closely for several months to ensure that these witnesses were never in harm's way."
Titus and Ryan are scheduled to go to trial in January.
Review-Journal writer David Kihara contributed to this report.