Behind every great man is an outstanding woman. Diana Hurley runs the Texas Shredder with Dave Goodin. You think the competitors are tired from carb cutting, try promoting a show on three hours of sleep all week! Not only is Diana a fit mama and bodybuilder, she is also a cancer survivor and her story will inspire you. Be on the look out for my interview with her after the show.
Don Robinson’s official title is “Event Director”, but perhaps the most appropriate title for him tonight was “Gate Keeper.” Why? Well with over 300 contestants they ran out of space for the Athletes’ Meeting and he made trainers and significant others alike wait outside.
Another gate keeper of sorts? Drug testing. The Shredder is a Natural Bodybuilding show, which means all participants are tested to ensure steroids are not used. NO JUICE FOR YOU!
This is what it looked like inside the Athletes’ Meeting. In a word: mobbed. The men were lining up to be weighed in. Weigh-in can be particularly stressful for the guys because the difference of 1/4 pound can mean having to compete against middle-weight dudes (weighing up to 176.25 lbs.) versus the light-weights (starting at 143.25 lbs.)
And the women had their height and bikinis checked. Thongs need not apply.
Meet your Co-MC Ryan Wendt along with Brandi Wendt. They are here from Metroflex Houston. (They also have some pretty funny stories. Will have to track them down tomorrow…)
Strike a pose! It’s James Allen and he’s snapping shots for Muscular Development Magazine. I’ll be interviewing him for a later post about tricks to make yourself picture perfect during a photo shoot. (You’ve worked hard for your hard body – preserve it on film!)
Bikini Bite anyone? Check in with Emily and Richard Melberg at the Maximum Nutrition Center.
Trainers Jonathan Jaquay and Natasha Reyes caught being silly.
Want great abs? Try Muscle Egg. It’s written on the guy’s shirt, but you’ll have to trust me on this one.
Who says bodybuilding isn’t a group sport? Check out Laren Wells’ bathrobe from Team Fit.
Who Are Ya? Well, it’s David Archer with Precision Fitness, that’s who. (And check out whose business card he’s holding…)
And last but not least is Lil Arnold himself, Alex Kinion. The man is like nine feet tall and his bicep is bigger than my thigh.
Thanks to all the behind-the-scenes people running the show and good luck to all contestants!
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