Ive seen pro shows before but never this close (7th row). Ive also seen pro's up close but not while they were competing. Its a whole different beast watching them live. then seeing the pics after the show was weird because they look so different live. I wouldve scored it the same way or atleast close to the top 5. Evan looked awesome. Ben Pakulski looked like he couldve won from some of the shots because he looks super freaky but Fouad was more complete and super polished (conditioning, color, oil was top notch). Wolf was just super impressive, he was the biggest and widest guy there yet his waist was pretty tiny in a lot of shots not to mention his quads are insanely huge.... too bad he is a lazyass and his conditioning (as well as Ben P's) faded throughout prejudging while fouad got harder.
Evan- Best glutes on stage, best conditioning (or as good as fouad), super vascular, Huge while having an awesome shape, terrible color IMO...
Dexter- Great flow, front relaxed looks like a cartoon, legs were bigger then before, froung double bi looked weak, glutes not hard enough. He couldve won if his glutes were in since he was more complete then evan IMO.
These guys look WAAAAAY bigger live up close. I thought this show was going to be lackluster but it had a better top 5 then most shows.
I hope I get the chance to see some of the top notch competitors up close.
thanks for your insight dilated.
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graphicmuscle.com aka IronMan.com has some great quality shots
They are cropped awkwardly for some reason though
^^ nice avi, nigster lol
I forgot to mention, Ben Pakulski had a strange lump on the side of his left pec that was noticeable while relaxed, it became more apparent as the show went on it swelled more and was kinda red. looked weird and nasty.
Its not that noticeable in this pic but as time went on and there were times he was standing around during comparisons and it looked pretty bad when he didnt flext his pecs.
I know many have sayed it before, but Wolf looked great under Milos Sarcev's tutelage. Remember 07? The guy turned pro 2005, 2006 got Olympia invitation, didn't placed, one year under Sarcev's guide, he came in as a future Olympia and a top 6 professional, his calves and legs looked far better in that year, as well did his upper body, his face also didn't looked so old as it does know, which makes me think, his protocols in terms of usage or dosage must have been kinda wrong in the last 2-3 years, cause under Milos guidance he looked kinda good despite being a 300 pounds guy. Nicholls screwed him up, but then Patrick Tour did even worst. Now He doing this "I'm on my own" lone ranger thing, with DJ as his "consultant", which except for getting a big roid gut, can't teach him much, considering how he messed up himself in his last years of career. I don't get how someone can be so blinded, maybe the huge amounts of money he gets from BSN/MD/His wife are driving him a bit too confidente, I mean after watching Centopani he should've asked himself, how I went from rising rookie to a wannabe? If he couldn't crack podium in LA, in Columbus, he better hope the other competitors gets flu or stomach virus, cause with Branch, Freeman, Rockel and Martinez in the lineup, not to forget Centopani, Abiad and Jackson, the Wolf is more like a little sheep than a big wolf. And this gets me upset cause wasted potential is a wrong thing