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About November 2017

On the cover this month: Alexandre Villeneuve, 2017 Physique Canada Men’s Bodybuilding Champion. As one of Physique Canada’s most-consistent competitors, this recent win was especially satisfying for Alexandre, since he narrowly lost the overall title to Olivier Martel at the 2017 National Classic, which was in July. For the Canadian Championships, Alexandre came in ten pounds lighter than at the National Classic, yet he actually looked bigger on the stage due to his increased definition and improvement in shape.

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Newest Gallery - 2017 National Classic Men's Bodybuilding

2017 National Classic Men's Bodybuilding

What's Old Is New Again

In April, we did something we’ve never done before – we took a break from our regular publishing schedule in order to better prepare the SeriousAboutMuscle.com site for the rest of this year and beyond. As a result, there was no new cover, articles, or “Iron Shot” or “Hot Shot” photos. Instead, we worked behind the scenes.

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Reasons to Remain Clean

Any serious bodybuilder or physique athlete who tells you he or she hasn’t considered using performance-enhancing drugs, particularly steroids, is probably lying. Think about it this way: muscle is what they’re after, and that’s exactly what this stuff gives you, so why wouldn’t someone want to use them? I admit that, back when I was younger, it certainly crossed my mind.

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Olivier Martel – 18-Year-Old Future Star Stuns at Coupe Progym

Coupe Progym, held annually since 2014 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, is unique in that it’s the only Physique Canada event where there are no Tier 1 Pro categories. It’s also the only one with a Junior division (under age 21). Promoters Denis Pedneault and Serge Moreau wanted to create an event that focused more on new competitors – and younger ones, too. For those wanting to advance upwards in the Physique Canada ranks, Coupe Progym does include the usual levels: Tier 3 (novice), Tier 2 (open), and Masters (over age 40). Mind you, Coupe Progym has yet another interesting twist compared to the other Physique Canada events – after every winner in every category and level has been announced, all the category winners for each discipline compete against each other for the Overall title. Those winners, regardless of the level they entered, are eligible to advance to the Physique Canada Tier 1 Pro level. The latest one was held on November 27, 2016.

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Physique Canada's Focus On Men’s Bodybuilding

Early in 2016, Physique Canada made the bold decision to eliminate the discipline of men’s sport physique (aka as men’s physique in other organizations) from their competitions. That’s the category where men wear boardshorts, not posing trunks, and don’t do any formal poses. Instead, physiques are judged from the waist in four quarter-turn positions, and, depending on the organization, it’s also possible that they are also judged on how “confidently” they present themselves on the stage.

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Clean Sweep – Julie-Anne Landry is a Two-Time Tier 1 Pro Athletic Physique Champion

When the first Physique Canada competition was held in 2012, it wasn’t just that a new organization had emerged – the new discipline of women’s athletic physique had been created, and for female competitors, there was a new game in town.

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Bigger and Better – Bodybuilding at the 2016 Physique Canada Canadian Championships

There’s a trend in most of the Canadian organizations that put on supposed drug-tested bodybuilding competitions – their men’s lineups are shrinking at a rapid rate. Over the last two years, I’ve looked at the lineups at many shows and there are often only one or two competitors in them – or sometimes none at all. If you judged the sport of bodybuilding by those organizations, you’d think it was dying.

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Great Canadians

For the people at Physique Canada, October is the most important month of the year. That’s because for five years straight, it’s been the month when the annual Canadian Championships event is held. Given the past successes that the organization has enjoyed at this time of year, I suspect that Physique Canada will continue to host the Canadian Championships in October for many more years to come.

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Physique Canada's First-Class Females

Last month, I focused this space on Physique Canada future-star Virginie Roy, an up-and-coming female competitor who competed for the first time at the 2016 Physique Canada National Classic, which was held June 11, and garnered unanimous first-place votes in the Short category of Tier 3 women’s athletic physique. Virginie stunned everyone there with the potential she displayed.

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Future Star – Virginie Roy's Stunning Debut at the 2016 Physique Canada National Classic

Each year, thousands of competitors step onto the physique stage, many for the very first time; however, of those thousands, few have the genetics to really go far and make a lasting impact. When I’m talking about genetics, I’m talking about the inherent makeup of their bodies; in other words, what they’re born with. If I had to guess, it’s one person in 100 who has the kind of genetic potential to become truly great in physique sports. In my opinion, 20-year-old Virginie Roy, a university student from Sherbrooke, Québec, is one of the few who has what it takes.

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Memorable Wins – Winston Johnson Dominates the 2016 National Classic

Since 1999, I’ve covered hundreds of competitions held by numerous organizations. Of those, only about ten produced winners that I can still remember today. In other words, hardly any. Of those ten, I remember the winners from Physique Canada the most vividly.

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