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The 2011 IFBB Phoenix Pro show is one of the last ways a bodybuilder can qualify to compete at the 2011 Mr. Olympia contest coming up very soon if they have not already. After the recent victory of Troy Alves at 2011 IFBB Europa Battle of Champions, many thought Troy would repeat his performance again as he did. We will see him at the Mr. Olympia contest very soon where he will hopefully do very well.
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2011 IFBB Phoenix Pro Contest - RESULTS!
WINNER: TROY ALVES
2. Hidetada Yamagishi 山岸秀匡 *
3. Edward Nunn
4. Marcus Haley
5. Alfonso Del Rio *
6. Robert Piotrkowicz *
7. Jeff Long
8. Abbas Khatami
9. Michael Liberatore
10. Mark Alvisi
11. Manuel Lomeli
11. Oscar Dexter
13. Fred Smalls
14. Omar Deckard
15. Phil Von Kanel
16. Benjamin Parra
16. Erwin Marquez
16. Grant Pieterse
16. Rod Ketchens
NP. Mohammad Bannout
*Note: Top three qualify for 2011 Mr. Olympia contest.
Now I will make detailed comments below for each bodybuilder:
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1st: Troy Alves
Troy was fresh off a win at the 2011 IFBB Europa Battle of Champions and no doubt had a lot of confidence going into this show. Troy was conditioned as well as being full. I find it hard to believe that Troy will be 45 within a month because he looks as good if not better than I have ever seen him. He is showing next to no signs of regression and in certain ways he is even improving. I notice that the legs are some of the first things to atrophy on bodybuilders as they get older but I can't really say that applies to Troy who looks absolutely fantastic. While there was some controversy as to whether or not Troy should have won the show, I think he looked great and I certainly won't be losing any sleep over Troy's victory.
2nd: Hidetada Yamagishi 山岸秀匡
Hidetada looked very good at this show. I have seen him look this good in the past at other shows. Hidetada is competing at a very high level right now and I would say that as it is he is a top 10 bodybuilder at the world level. Although he did not make any major improvements at this show, he did not regress in any way either so I would say he is proving to be very consistent. Hidetada is sponsored by Gaspari Nutrition and is doing very well. If he continues to prove his consistency I am quite confident that Gaspari as a company will be quite pleased with him and maintain his sponsorship.
3rd: Edward Nunn
Ed looked very good at this show and was fuller than I remember seeing him in other showings. He has a tiny waist and huge legs which look very impressive, especially when he stands alone. Ed's fullness may have cost him a bit of crispness in certain areas, such as his hamstrings and glutes, but I think this is a good look for him as he has a frame which may look him look a little stringy if he comes in too conditioned - perhaps that is just something I see as a result of his dainty waist but one way another I think his added size looked great on him and hopefully he repeats a similar size and condition at future shows. Some felt that Edward should have won this show and admittedly it could have gone another way but in any case I wish Edward the best of luck and look forward to seeing him compete in Las Vegas at the 2011 Mr. Olympia contest.
4th: Marcus Haley
Marcus Haley looked better than I ever remember seeing him at this show. In my view this was due to the fact that he came in with conditioning as good as I have ever seen on him but with more size than I recall from any other show. It's always a good thing for a bodybuilder to increase their muscle mass while maintaining [or even improving] their conditioning, assuming that they can support the added mass on their frames. This is a very good look for Marcus and hopefully he can repeat this performance in the future.
5th: Alfonso Del Rio
Alfonso is yet another bodybuilder at this contest who improved. It's as if all of them did - perhaps that is hyperbole, but many certain did improve. I also noticed that Alfonso improved in the same way that others at the contest did which was to increase his size while maintaining his previous conditioning. This was a good look for Alfonso and hopefully we will see more of him in the future.
6th: Robert Piotrkowicz
Robert is an impressive bodybuilder who I think may be overlooked slightly due to his foreign home and inability to speak English very much but I also feel he has been making up for this by sheer force of will by competing in so many contests and improving his visibility in North America. Admittedly, Robert does have one notable structural weakness which is his slightly wider waist but this is made up for with his broad and muscular shoulders and great overall taper. One element which I notice which will make his waist stand out more are his legs - if his legs are full during contests, his waist does not appear very prominently but if his legs are down in size, possibly as a result of being too depleted/flat, then his waist may stand out as being a little bigger. So I think the key element for Robert to hide this particular weakness would be to ensure his legs are full while not spilling over in terms of his conditioning and also to simply maintain posing discipline by keeping his stomach tight. Robert is absolutely huge and has a great frame for putting on mass and seems to be able to come in very ripped as well with great consistency. If you add to this his steady competing and improvements, I do believe we will see him as a top 10 Mr. Olympia contender within the next few years and I don't think anyone can say being one of the world's 10 best bodybuilders is a bad thing. That is my prediction and I truly believe Robert will achieve it very soon.
7th: Jeff Long
Jeff Long has been pretty consistent in displaying good conditioning since he turned pro at the 2009 NPC Nationals. George Farah helped him to bring his conditioning to this level and since then he has showed it at most of his shows. At this contest I would say that he was a little down in terms of his conditioning but still had good fullness and size. Just being a slight bit more conditioned while maintaining this size and fullness would have saw Jeff move up a few placings in my opinion. Overall I think that Jeff is a very good bodybuilder and is very young and I think has a bright future in bodybuilding ahead of him.
8th: Abbas Khatami
Abbas looked alright but will need more size in certain areas - particularly in his back - if he wishes to improve his placing. He could also stand to come in a little tighter although it may have been more of an issue with his tan/oil/colour. If he could bring up his size in certain areas such as his back as mentioned as well as his arms, I think he could stand a reasonable chance at placing in the top six in some shows.
9th: Michael Liberatore
Mike Liberatore looked good and I am somewhat surprised that Abbas Khatami beat him to be honest. I felt that Mike had both good size and good overall conditioning on display and I really don't think Abbas had a back which could compare to Mike's and big backs are usually tickets to success in bodybuilding competitions. I think other people would agree that Mike deserved to move up, even if only a place. It's surprising to me that Mike could look this good and only narrowly make the top 10 although it was a pretty competitive show overall.
10th: Mark Alvisi
I thought Mark looked good and like Michael Liberatore, displayed both good conditioning with good size. I don't really know what the judges are marking down with Mark but it might be his chest separation which is somewhat odd and becomes apparent when his conditioning is strong. I personally think Mark looks good but perhaps the judges are marking Mark down for structural deficits as I do believe he was in decent conditioning at this show.
11th: Manuel Lomeli
To be honest, I had not heard of Manuel before this contest and hopefully I will learn more and more about him as time passes. I believe that he needs to improve both in terms of his overall size as well as his conditioning. While he would obviously be huge to see in person, he could definitely stand to add more size on his frame and of course size is always a good thing in the ranks of pro bodybuilding.
12th: Oscar Dexter
I thought Oscar looked phenomenal in his most muscular pose and looked pretty good in other poses as well. Better overall conditioning with added size will see Oscar increase in his placings and as for specific areas, I think bigger arms will help improve the overall look in his front lat spread.
13th: Fred Smalls
Fred is similar to Oscar in that both have very good most muscular poses. Fred's shortcoming at this contest was clearly an issue of conditioning with him showing up noticeably smooth. I think his conditioning issue could have been the difference of around 3-10 days so I think if he diets for a week longer than he did this time for his next contest he should be fine. It may just be a matter of last minute water manipulation but I do think his conditioning was a little more significant than that, but nothing that a little more dieting won't fix for his next contest. I think he has the structure and the mass to succeed and it's hard to pick out an obviously weak body part on Fred, so I would just recommend being a little more conditioned and I think he can go up quite a few spots next time, easily landing him in the top 10.
14th: Omar Deckard
Omar is a big bodybuilder competing at 6'1 and well over 260 pounds. However, he was noticeably smooth in the legs and I think that cost him. I think he would need to drop 7-10 pounds and increase his overall tightness - particularly in his legs - to see improvements for his next contest. I do think this is a realistic goal for Omar and he does have the size and structure to be competitive, so it will just boil down to conditioning to the stage.
15th: Phil Von Kanel
Phil is another bodybuilder who I had admittedly never heard of before this contest. I think he is also another bodybuilder who shows up to contests obviously ripped but yet holding a film of water which is perhaps a little stubborn for him to get rid of. I think once he learns how to effectively remove this film of water that he will show the judges what his muscles truly look like in the conditioned state which he has the potential to show but withheld at this contest. He will also need to add more size to do better at bodybuilding contests, but that will come with time.
16th: Benjamin Parra
Benjamin is the third bodybuilder at this contest who I had not heard of before. His legs were particularly small for a professional bodybuilder and looked closer to what you would expect at natural contests. His legs were conditioned though which may have played a role in them looking so small. Perhaps he over-dieted and the consequence was depletion in the size of his legs. If he can make general improvements as well as increasing the size of his legs while maintaining the conditioning he presented in that area, I think he can achieve a better look and contest result next time.
16th: Bola Ojex
I think that Bola has a phenomenal physique but just not one which is big enough for success in bodybuilding contests. Bola will simply need to add more size if he expects to be in the running at future shows. If he does that I do think he can do quite well because I think he has a really nice physique - full and round and just a good overall structure for bodybuilding. This is of course assuming he can maintain the current lines he has while increasing his overall size and only time will tell if that is possible.
16th: Erwin Marquez
Erwin was another bodybuilder at this contest with a good physique but without the necessary size to do any damage. His legs looked great and were better than any of his upper body muscles, but he will need to add size overall [although specifically to his chest, arms, and shoulders] to match his impressive legs and improve in the bodybuilding ranks.
16th: Grant Pieterse
I thought that Grant was another bodybuilder at this contest with a good structure but lacking in certain key areas to prevent him from seeing any serious success at the contest. I think he has a good frame for bodybuilding which allows him to display a good taper and good lines overall, but will need to improve his conditioning in the future by removing the film of water he had at this contest as well as improving his overall size. Overall I still thought he looked pretty good though, and one of the better bodybuilders who did not make the top 15.
16th: Rod Ketchens
Rod is a huge bodybuilder and displays pretty crazy vascularity in his most muscular pose but was smooth from the back and in the hamstrings/glutes area which saw to him receiving the low placing he did at this contest.
NP: Mohammad Bannout
Mohammad Bannout withdrew from this contest, allegedly over what he perceived as a judging unfairness. I think Mohammad is huge and was in great condition at the show and is definitely a freak. I see no reason why he couldn't have placed in the top 10 or higher but I suppose the judges saw it differently. Some have speculated that Mohammad was marked down as a result of past performances and if that is the case I would consider it to be rather unfair as the only thing a person should be judged on is their current performance. If all bodybuilding contests were judged exclusively based on the look of the bodybuilders present on the day of the show, I think the results we see would be different at times.
I felt that this was a very good show for a contest which is relatively new and does not have the same reputation as some of the bigger shows such as the Mr. Olympia contest or Arnold Classic or even the Ironman Pro or New York Pro. I felt that there were many bodybuilders competing in Phoenix who made very similar improvements, both quantitatively and qualitatively. For example, a number of bodybuilders showed up with their best conditioning ever but with increased size. Normally when bodybuilders increase in size they run the risk of showing up with notably decreased overall conditioning but several showed up in Phoenix with added size and the same conditioning - perhaps even better conditioning in certain cases. I think Troy Alves looked amazing which is incredibly impressive to me give that he will be 45 next month [D.O.B. September 26th, 1966] and I look forward to seeing him as well as others at the Mr. Olympia contest next month in Las Vegas.
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