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The New Generation of Bodybuilders Saving the Sport

  • Written by Doug Schneider

Bodybuilding isn’t as popular as it was ten or more years ago. Women’s bodybuilding has died out almost everywhere and men’s bodybuilding has been on a steady decline, particularly in non-drug-tested competitions. In fact, the men’s side has been in such a decline that the IFBB implemented men’s physique a couple years ago to try to lure men back into competing. Men’s physique is a discipline where competitors wear colorful board shorts and do only quarter turns – no formal posing. Some feel that men’s physique has been successful because it has enticed more men to compete; however, others feel it’s been a disaster since it’s more like a male-modeling contest than anything that resembles a sport, with some even ridiculing it by calling it “men’s bikini,” much to the chagrin of those who participate in it. No matter which side of the fence you’re on, you’ll agree that men’s physique isn’t bodybuilding.

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Julie-Christine Cotton Captures the Canadian Athletic Physique Crown!

  • Written by Doug Schneider

Last July, in an article about the 2015 Physique Canada National Classic titled “Kanstrup Conquers – Plus Four Future Physique Canada Stars,” I wrote: “When Julie-Christine competes next, it’ll be Tier 2, and I won’t be surprised if she wins again. Then, if she makes a few improvements, I wouldn’t be at all shocked if she places top three, or perhaps wins, at the Tier 1 Pro level – she’s perfect for athletic physique.”

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Erik Alstrup – 2015 Canadian Men’s Bodybuilding Champion (and More!)

  • Written by Doug Schneider

Last month, I wrote: “Mark my words: This year’s lineup will be the most competitive group of Tier 1 Pro men’s bodybuilders to ever grace the Physique Canada stage.” That was written in reference to the upcoming 2015 Physique Canada Canadian Championships event, which was held on October 17. All I can say now is: Wow, what an understatement that was! It didn’t just end up being the most competitive Physique Canada Tier 1 Pro men’s bodybuilding stage ever, but the most competitive stage any Canadian organization has displayed in years!

Read more: Erik Alstrup – 2015 Canadian Men’s Bodybuilding Champion (and More!)

The Canadians Are Coming on October 17

  • Written by Doug Schneider

Mathieu Roy is featured on our cover this month, as well as in the photos above and below – he was the first runner-up in Tier 1 Pro men’s bodybuilding at the 2014 Physique Canada Canadian Championships, held last October. As of today, Mathieu is two weeks and three days away from stepping onto the Physique Canada stage at the 2015 Canadian Championships (October 17), more than likely with the goal of taking the first-place spot this time.

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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)

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Art director: Karen Fanas

Contributors: Denis Pedneault, Dave Paul, Steve Duperre, Francois Beauregard, Erik Alstrup, Al Kabia

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