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This weekend in Gothenburg: The Swedish Fitness Festival!

The Swedish Fitness Festival!Scandinavia’s No 1 meeting point for the Scandinavian market!

  • Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Date: December 8-9

The Fitness Festival was first held in its original form in 1986. The festival has grown to become Scandinavia’s natural meeting point for the fitness and wellbeing trends of today and tomorrow. In 2007 the festival is set to be the best ever. Hopefully both where marketing and the number of visitors are concerned. visitor statistics show an ever rising number of visitors and we reckon on welcoming at least 10.000 high quality visitors this year.

The Fitness Festival represents an opportunity for club owners, personal trainers and active people from all over Scandinavia to meet under one roof. And over the course of the festival there will be activities going on all the time to attract visitors from the growing Scandinavian fitness market.

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Sports nutrition, fitness and training equipment, wellbeing and beauty, health, care and rehabilitation, consultancy for the fitness & wellbeing sector, aerobics, music and fashion.

The Swedish Fitness Festival!

The Swedish Fitness Festival!

The amateur competitors marching in and disrobing for Luciapokalen Bodybuilding:
The World’s Biggest Beginner Bodybuilding Competition!


December 3, 2007 Posted by | Bodybuilding, Competitions, Female Nordic Athletes, Figure, Fitness, Fitness Trends, Fun, Male Nordic Athletes, Personal Training, Seminar, Strongman | 6 Comments

You can call out the competitors at Mr. Olympia 2007!

Last year made a cool application where you could compare all Mr. Olympia contestants with each other, pose for pose (based on photos from FLEX Online from the prejudging). This year the application is hosted on

You can call out the competitors at Mr. Olympia 2007

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September 29, 2007 Posted by | Bodybuilding, Competitions, Mr. Olympia, Olympia Weekend | , , , , | 13 Comments

Which Mr. Olympia do you think will be victorious in 2007?

1) Jay Cutler
2) Ronnie Coleman
View Results

Which Mr. Olympia do you think will win in 2007?

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September 14, 2007 Posted by | Bodybuilding, Competitions, IFBB, Mr. Olympia, Olympia Weekend | 6 Comments

Ronnie Coleman announces retirement from Mr. Olympia Competition

Ronnie Coleman Announces Retirement From Mr. Olympia CompetitionBSN Online, supplement sponsor to Ronnie Coleman, announces his retirement from the Olympia competition stage:

Amidst a whirlwind of speculation, Internet message board gossip, hearsay, conjecture and bodybuilding industry rumors for the last year, 8-Time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman and arguably the greatest bodybuilder of all time has just shocked the world by announcing that he will be officially retiring from Olympia competition after this upcoming Mr. Olympia contest on September 29th.

Ronnie, knee-deep in contest prep and in all-out training camp mode, was just quoted moments ago as saying, “This is it for me at the Olympia, and September 29th will be the last time I step on a Mr. Olympia stage. I want to thank God, my family, my friends, all the great fans who have supported me over the years, Weider and especially BSN. I don’t take anything for granted and appreciate all the support from the bottom of my heart. I’ll see you all at the Olympia!”

But it is not a total retirement, as FLEX Online reports from the interview on Monday with on Pro Bodybuilding Weekly:

Coleman, however, stopped short of saying he was retiring from the sport entirely. “I like a lot of the European stuff, so maybe the European stuff or the Arnold Classic if I can get my nerves up for that,” Coleman said of where he would compete next, if not at the Olympia. “But definitely, I would like to do the European Stuff if they can have it any more over there, because the tour has already been cancelled for this year.”

When pressed by hosts Dan Solomon and Bob Cicherillo on why he would become the first Olympia winner to lose the O, then go on to compete in other competitions, Coleman answered, “The Olympia is no small task, that’s a big task. There’s a lot of pressure going into it, a lot of work you gotta put your body through and stuff. Just the Olympia atmosphere itself is so, so big. And I’ve done that for so many years now. It comes to a point where you have to move on and do some other things.”

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September 11, 2007 Posted by | Bodybuilding, Competitions, Mr. Olympia | 14 Comments

September issue of Muscletime Magazine now online!

The new September issue of Muscletime Magazine has just been posted online. From the Content:

  • News & Gossip! New Pro – Erik Fankhouser; PLUS – Eddie Abbew 4 weeks out!
  • 2007 Olympia predictions! heck out our photo preview of the 2007 Mr. Olympia – the Re-Match
  • More Europa pics & clip! Check out some new awesome photos and a video from Dallas Europa comparisons
  • NEW Europa Snapshots: Check out some more snapshots we took in Texas
  • MT Poster & Muscle History: On the poster – Ronnie Coleman; MT history – Achim Albrecht
  • MT Digitorial & Reps: News from the MT crew and MT Reps with Sami Al Haddad
  • Transformer – new series! Quincy Taylor in 2000 and in 2007 !
  • Coming up: A sneak peak into our 2nd September issue…

Click on the image below to go to the home page of the excellent online magazine from Austria:


September 4, 2007 Posted by | Bodybuilding, Competitions, Internet, Mr. Olympia | 2 Comments

SHREDDED.TV – Bodybuilding movies on demand

Australia’s GMV Bodybuilding har the largest selection of bodybuilding movies on DVD. Their new venture with UK’s enables you to rent streaming titles from GMV. They also plan to offer selected movies from other producers. 500 titles is planned by the end of the 3rd year, yikes!

SHREDDED.TV is a new joint venture between GMV and presenting the world’s first internet TV station devoted exclusively to bodybuilding and fitness. This website is like a TV station on the internet and features both professional and amateur athletes. It will also include contests from around the world. is not a video download site, it is a streaming media internet TV station.

Also note that all the people involved in this project either currently is or has been a competitive bodybuilder. A guarantee for a dedication to the hardcore soul of bodybuilding…

SHREDDED.TV – Bodybuilding movies on demand

August 21, 2007 Posted by | Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bodybuilding, Competitions, DVD, Internet, TV, Video | Leave a comment

Jay Cutler is Mr Olympia 2006 – Ronnie Coleman is defeated

Jay Cutler quote after the historic victory:

– They said the champ can’t be taken out. Well you know what? The new champ’s in town. And the Sandow is staying in Las Vegas. And I get to keep my hair. (Jay had promised to shave of his hair if he didn’t win.)

Compare all the Mr. Olympia contestants with each other!

Results 2006 Mr Olympia
September 30, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

  Name Country Round 1+2 Round 3 Round 4 Total
1. Jay CUTLER* USA 12 5 5 22
2. Ronnie COLEMAN* USA 18 10 10 38
3. Victor MARTINEZ* Dominican Republic 34 16 16 66
4. Dexter JACKSON* USA 36 20 19 75
5. Melvin ANTHONY* USA 50 25 26 101
6. Gustavo BADELL* Puerto Rico 62 30 29 121
7. Toney FREEMAN USA 68 35 103
8. Markus RÜHL Germany 84 41 125
9. Dennis JAMES USA 96 47 143
10. Günter SCHLIERKAMP Germany 102 54 156
11. Vince TAYLOR USA 120 50 170
12. Branch WARREN USA 114 61 175
13. Johnnie JACKSON USA 130 67 197
14. Darrem CHARLES Trinidad & Tobago 148 62 210
15. Troy ALVES USA 142 75 217
16. Paco BAUTISTA Spain 160
16. Dennis WOLF Germany 160
16. Rodney ST. CLOUD USA 160
16. Ronny ROCKEL Germany 160
16. Mustafa MOHAMMAD Austria 160
16. David HENRY USA 160
16. Bill WILMORE USA 160
* Qualified for Mr. Olympia 2007

October 1, 2006 Posted by | Bodybuilding, Competitions, Contest Results, IFBB, Mr. Olympia, Olympia Weekend | 95 Comments

Win 2 VIP tickets to Austrian PRO GP in Graz

If you have shot a good bodybuilding photo you can enter a contest held by, and win 2 VIP tickets to Austrian PRO GP in Graz:

“We want to see how good you are on camera! Simply send us the best Bodybuilding photo you ever took and win 2 VIP tickets to the number one Pro contest in Europe! See Ronnie Coleman, Jay Cutler, Markus Ruhl, Ronny Rockel and many more IFBB Pro superstars onstage i n Graz on October 9th!

Pick the best photo you ever made and send it via e-mail to (any BB athletes – amateur or pro – onstage, backstage, outside, at expos, at guest posings… Any Bodybuilding picture will qualify you to particiapate in our drawing of 2 VIP tickets for Graz) the winner will be notified via e-mail on September 30th!”

IFBB Pro Grand Prix, Austria

August 27, 2006 Posted by | Bodybuilding, Competitions | 1 Comment

A virtual powerlifting meet for international bloggers

The Finnish powerlifter Kristoffer Lindqvist (and blogger: Under the Bar), suggested a brilliant idea to bring together strength training bloggers in an RAW and Natural Open Virtual Powerlifting Meet:

“The idea of staging an international raw meet with near simultaneous lifting venues around the world has been brewing in my head for at least a year now. I don’t know about you, but personally I feel this could give us bloggers the opportunity to be a bit hordish in the spirit of camaraderie and learning from each other. Besides, the idea is wickedly cool, isn’t it?”

Yes, it certainly is, Kristoffer! Here’s a picture from his one-man RAW meet:

One-man RAW meet

August 25, 2006 Posted by | Blogroll, Competitions, Inspirational, Powerlifting | 1 Comment

Cathy LeFrancois Classic: New NPC Show for 2007

Cathy LeFrancois, lightweight division winner at 2003 Ms. International at Arnold Classic, posted big news in her blog on Thursday:

“I want to announce that I have been awarded the opportunity to put on an NPC show! Fresno Classic, promoted by P3Production and Cathy LeFrancois, will be held on March 10, 2007, in Fresno, California.

The show will have all the disciplines the NPC affords. Men’s and women’s bodybuilding, figure and fitness. Come one, come all – it will be a good time for all that attend. All are welcome, from the experienced to the first time competitor. More information will be posted in the days coming.”

Cathy abandoned bodybuilding for figure competitions. In her latest last figure show on May 27th, 2006 California State Pro Figure Championships, Cathy placed 12th out of 31 competitors. But now she is back to bodybuilding:

“I was at the Collegiate Show of Lonnie Teper. I told him that some judges were telling me I should consider maybe going back to bodybuilding because I am in the middle, too big for figure and too small for bb. After we talked we decided that I should do a surprise guest pose! ME? I haven’t trained for the last 2 years at all!

But it didn’t turn out like I thought it would, people did enjoy the impromptu guest posing. Afterwards Lonnie asked the audience what I should do: stay in figure or go back to bodybuilding? By my surprise I had the bodybuilding vote! So thanks to them for bringing me back where I belong and giving me this wonderful motivation to go back to my profession “Pro Bodybuilder”…”

The bodybuilder or the Figure competitor?

August 12, 2006 Posted by | Blogroll, Bodybuilding, Competitions, Figure, Fitness, NPC | 5 Comments

Video: B&K Fitness Classic 2002

70 athletes started at B&K Fitness Classic 2002, Helsinki Culturehouse, Finland, September 28 2002. The competitors held high class and the routines also, and the comparisons took place fast (thanks to all the judges).

The competition had Junior Class, Novice Class, Body Fitness, the official Finnish Championships and Kike Elomaa Classic. The later was also qualifier for top-3 to the World Championships on October 5. The Swedes that visited Helsinki all agreed; We lack fitness competitions of this class in Sweden! In BODY Magazine issue 11/2002 you can find a large photo report from B&K Fitness Classic 2002.

70 athletes started at B&K Fitness Classic 2002, Helsinki Culturehouse, Finland, September 28 2002.

There were many contestants, it took four lines to fit them all on stage!

The comparison round in two-piece bikini – look at the differences in height!

Here we see the winners, Marjo Krishi, routine, trophy and get an interview.

B&K Fitness Classic, routines, part 1

B&K Fitness Classic, routines, part 2

B&K Fitness Classic, routines, part 3

August 7, 2006 Posted by | Competitions, Female Nordic Athletes, Fitness, Video | Leave a comment

HardFitness Online Magazine Issue #19 is now online

Editor Juan Carlos Lopez has just finished the 19th issue of HardFitness Online Magazine. Cover model is new IFBB Pro Jamie Senuk:

“We have a new section that should be running monthly: “Ask Misty Green”. Some noteworthy articles are “How to Stay Relaxed” by Kaisa Piippo, 3 different stories about Canadian Nationals and a review with photos of the Tara Scotti party. Reviews of the USA’s and Team Universe shows are also included.” is busting Juan Carlos chops a bit in the Eye of FitSights blog:

“JC Lopez does a great job of capturing multiple images of just about every competitor, which is helpful to athletes and fans alike. I have to bust his chops, however, on the amount of bandwidth he must have used on to come up with some of the outlandish terminology sprinkled throughout his NPC USA report.

Come again? Quotidian task? An omen or augury? Betide? What the.. am I reading a report from a bodybuilding show, or a Tolstoy novel?”

HardFitness Online Magazine Issue #19 is now online

August 7, 2006 Posted by | Bodybuilding, Competitions, Female Muscle, Figure, Fitness | Leave a comment

Arnold Classic on Outdoor Life Network in August 2006

Arnold Sports Festival Newsletter tells us (update: OLN has resheduled the broadcast of the Arnold Classic. It is not being presented as announced. We will let you know the new dates when they are announced.):

Beginning Saturday, August 5 at 3:30 p.m. Monday, August 7 3:00 p.m., Outdoor Life Network (OLN), the home of the world’s greatest sporting events broadcast to more than 69 million homes nationwide – will televise the Arnold Classic Semi-Finals and the Arnold Classic Finals from Columbus, Ohio’s legendary Veterans Memorial stage.

The Arnold Classic – the Mecca for professional bodybuilders – showcases the greatest physiques in men’s bodybuilding. Some of the sport’s biggest names including Lee Haney and Tom Platz have said that their decision to compete as bodybuilders was inspired from first sitting in the back row at the Arnold Classic. Each went on to become champions in the sport and of the Classic.

The Arnold Classic – the elite event in men’s bodybuilding – features top competitors who have endured years of grueling training to be honored with an invitation to this annual competition and the chance to win the richest purse in men’s bodybuilding.”

You can sign up here for email show reminders from OLN.

 Arnold Classic on Outdoor Life Network in August 2006

August 5, 2006 Posted by | Arnold Classic, Bodybuilding, Competitions, TV | Leave a comment

From 2007 Arnold Sports Festival includes amateur Bodybuilding, Fitness, and Figure championships

For Immediate Release: August 4, 2006:

The Arnold Sports Festival 2007 will premiere the two-day Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding, Fitness, and Figure Championships Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3 in Columbus, Ohio. This exciting and inspirational two-day event will showcase the aspiring talents of top male and female competitors from across the United States vying for top amateur status in men’s and women’s bodybuilding, and women’s fitness and figure.

The Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding, Fitness, and Figure Championships is expected to attract high caliber athletes from across the United States who have already placed in the top five or won at national qualifiers. The event will be judged by top judges from the NPC (the National Physique Committee). The total number of athletes accepted to compete will be limited. The first 15 athletes who register and meet the qualifying requirements to enter the men’s and women’s bodybuilding divisions will be accepted. The first 20 Fitness athletes and Figure athletes that register and meet the eligibility requirements will be accepted into the competition. The registration deadline is January 15, 2007.

Sponsorship inquiries are welcome for the Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding, Fitness, and Figure Championships by telephoning Bob Lorimer at 614/430-5962 or Mike Davies at 614/521-3510 or visit

For more information please visit”

There is also a blog to answer any questions you may have concerning the Arnold Classic Amateur Bodybuilding, Fitness, and Figure Championships.

There is now a discussion tread on the subject over at Muscle Mayhem, everyone seems optimistic about this development.

From 2007 Arnold Sports Festival includes amateur Bodybuilding, Fitness, and Figure championships

August 5, 2006 Posted by | Arnold Sports Festival, Blogroll, Bodybuilding, Competitions, Figure, Fitness | 4 Comments

Win a trip for two to 2006 Mr. Olympia!

If you live in UK, France or Germany, you can enter a sweepstake to win a trip to 2006 Mr. Olympia! Visit Flex UK, Flex France, and Flex Germany respectively:

“On September 30th 2006 Mr. Olympia, the world’s greatest bodybuilding competition, takes place in America’s capital city of fun, Las Vegas, and you could be there too! Prize draw hosted by TrioNutrition, BSN and FLEX. The prize:

  • 2 return flights to Las Vegas from a suitable airport nearest to the winners home address
  • 1 twin/double room a the Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las vegas
  • 2 tickets to the Mr. Olympia Competition
  • 2 invitations to the BSN after show party plus autographed pictures of Ronnie Coleman, Triple H, and Monica Brant.”

Win a trip for two to 2006 Mr. Olympia!

July 31, 2006 Posted by | Competitions, Mr. Olympia | Leave a comment