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What's Old Is New Again

  • Written by Doug Schneider

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 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

  • Written by Doug Schneider

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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Physique Canada's Focus On Men’s Bodybuilding

  • Written by Doug Schneider

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

  • Written by Doug Schneider

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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2016 Canadian Competitions

April 2 – SAF Spring Spectacular (women’s categories only)

June 10-11 - SAF Summer Spectacular (women's categories only)

June 11 - Physique Canada National Classic (men's and women's categories)

October 21-22 - SAF Fall Spectacular (women's categories only)

October 22 - Physique Canada Canadian Championships (men's and women's categories)

Note: Competitions and dates subject to change without notice

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