|2010 IFBB New York Pro Bodybuilding & Bikini Championships
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The 2010 New York Pro was a great show and showed why the New York Pro is the fourth greatest bodybuilding contest in the world after the Mr. Olympia contest, Arnold Classic, and Ironman Pro Bodybuilding contests.
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2010 New York Pro - RESULTS!
WINNER: ROELLY WINKLAAR *
2. Hidetada Yamagishi 山岸秀匡 *
3. Dennis Wolf *
4. Toney Freeman *
5. Erik Fankhouser *
6. Evgeny Mishin
7. Ben Pakulski
8. Johnnie Jackson
9. Marius Dohne
10. Jeff Long
11. Sergey Shelestov
12. Daniele Seccarecci
13. Mike Van-Wyck
14. Manuel Romero
15. Cesar Mendible
*Note: Top five qualify for 2010 Mr. Olympia contest.
Now I will make detailed comments below for each athlete:
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1st: Roelly Winklaar
Roelly Winklaar is a new professional bodybuilder who has made a huge impact in a short period of time. He placed 7th at the 2010 Arnold Classic and 3rd at the 2010 Australia Pro show. He qualified for the 2010 Mr. Olympia contest at the Australia Pro and made it clear that he was a top contender and an almost guaranteed top 10 competitor in the Mr. Olympia contest [in my opinion, he will be top 10 if he shows up in shape as he did at these three contests]. The 2010 New York Pro is quite possibly Roelly's best performance yet and he beat some stiff competition at the show including Dennis Wolf and Toney Freeman and a very on-point Hidetada Yamagishi. Roelly has incredible arms which are a knockout body part of his. His obliques are very muscular which gives him the appearance of having a larger waist even though I do not think it is the structure of his waist as much as it is the muscularity of his obliques. Muscle spills off him in the side chest pose and his back was considered to be a weak point but was considered to be a strong one when posing alone and I believe his back looked its best in this show. Overall I feel that Roelly looked amazing and I will see him in person at the 2010 Mr. Olympia contest!
2nd: Hidetada Yamagishi
Hidetada looked very good at this showing but I am still a little surprised that he beat Dennis Wolf and Toney Freeman. He looked particularly good in the hands on hips most muscular pose. He definitely did come into the contest in shape, but at 5'6 he gives up a lot of height to the 6'0 Dennis Wolf and the 6'2 Toney Freeman who were also in pretty good shape. I will concede that his rear lat spread was better than that of Dennis and his conditioning was better than that of Toney Freeman. It is quite possible that these were the reasons why Hidetada placed 2nd at this contest. Interestingly, Hidetada's back looked weaker than Dennis Wolf's back from the FRONT yet looked stronger from the BACK. Dennis Wolf has huge and flaring lats from the front yet this sort of disappears from the back. With Hidetada he has strong back poses but I would not guess that based on the appearance of his lats from the front. Hidetada's shoulders were looking incredible as well and are huge especially given his frame size and stature.
3rd: Dennis Wolf
Dennis Wolf was much improved compared to his showing at the 2009 Mr. Olympia contest where he was considerably off. I did feel that some of his flaws were still present - for example, his rear lat spread which was particularly weak and may have been the result of him still getting over his hernia operation despite the fact that Chris Lund of FLEX magazine has said this issue has been taken care of. As said above, Dennis Wolf's lats look huge and flaring from the front despite being weak in the rear lat spread pose. I have mentioned on the forum that I feel that Dennis may simply have a problem with his posing due to an injury or some pain in the area as his lats look so incredible from the front that it surprises me that his lats do not appear to be stronger from the back, particularly in the rear lat spread. Dennis looked thick in the side chest pose and while his calves and hamstrings could stand to be brought up in size, his conditioning was still very good at this contest and the only major flaw I can point to would be his rear lat spread - however, this is a significant enough flaw that it may keep him out of the top five at the Mr. Olympia depending on the conditioning of the other competitors. If he can go back to his 2007-2008 form, I think he stands a chance to be in the top three at the 2010 Mr. Olympia contest.
4th: Toney Freeman
Toney Freeman looks amazing and I continue to be impressed with his age - he will be 44 in August of this year  and does not appear to be slowing down. He took some time off from bodybuilding after being in a car accident and therefore it is possible that his window for his competitive career is longer than a pro who was training and competing consecutively for years. It is no doubt difficult for Toney to continue to improve at his age yet I can hardly see an area where he is regressing and in fact, I think it is safe to say that he has improved since the age of 40 and that his back is bigger than it has ever been. Perhaps it is silly for me to say this, but I believe that his rear lat spread is reminiscent of Ronnie Coleman's in its width and thickness. I also feel that Toney is an excellent poser and hits his shots well although good posing or not, I think most would agree that his rear lat spread is better than that of Dennis Wolf. Toney has huge hanging lats and an uninjured back which is symmetrical when he hits his rear double biceps pose. Some have criticized Toney for having "small" arms, but his arms are merely "small" in relation to his height. His height is 6'2 and he has very long arms which will look somewhat lanky regardless of how much mass he packs on them but in my opinion they are huge and in fact I saw Toney at the 2007 Arnold Classic and his arms were the most impressive I had seen in my life up until that point. Toney was 40 at the time and is 43 now and looks better than ever. Toney Freeman has an incredible front lat spread but I would give it to Dennis Wolf in this pose, but both look amazing. I would give the side shots to Dennis as well although Toney is no slouch and Toney looks thick and huge in the hands on hips most muscular pose. One thing is for sure, Toney is not slowing down yet and at age 44 will probably look better than ever at the 2010 Mr. Olympia contest!
5th: Erik Fankhouser
Erik Fankhouser is a bodybuilder who I think has a tremendous physique - almost one which can garner success in the professional bodybuilding ranks but also look good in real life. His hands clasped most muscular pose is great and looks very aesthetic and I also feel that he has a physique that "pops" even standing relaxed. His arms are huge but his absolutely enormous calves make them look small when you see them both! I feel that Erik has a good front lat spread and side chest pose and has pretty bulbous triceps when he hits the side triceps pose. Erik's back is good but I think his rear double biceps pose looks better than his rear lat spread which can stand to be wider and thicker, but I feel that width should be Erik's main priority. Erik looks great in his most muscular shots including the traditional pose. I am very happy to report that Erik's top five finish at this contest will allow him to compete at the 2010 Mr. Olympia contest and I hope he does! It will be great to meet him if he ends up going.
6th: Evgeny Mishin
I felt that Evgeny Mishin looked pretty good at this contest and his strongest pose from what I saw was his most muscular pose where he looked thick, shredded, and wide. He has a good chest and back and is an all around thick guy. His glutes were shredded at this contest which I think is very impressive and shows how good his conditioning was. It would have been unfortunate that he narrowly missed a Mr. Olympia qualification spot but remember that he earned one by placing 3rd at the 2010 Europa Pro.
7th: Ben Pakulski
Ben Pakulski is from Canada and judging by his last name I would assume that this is via Poland. I felt that he looked amazing and it was pretty hard for me to spot any weaknesses, glaring or otherwise, so I tend to empathize with those who are yelling "robbery" given his placing at this contest. It can be argued that he could be as high as 5th place which would have allowed him a qualifying spot at the 2010 Mr. Olympia contest. I think he has a great waist and he has some stature for a bodybuilder - standing at around 5'10 in height which is hardly. He has razor sharp abs and serratus and huge thighs. His glutes were also shredded as well as his hamstrings and calves. His calves were very big which is not common among bodybuilders. I really hope to see him at the Mr. Olympia contest one day, hopefully in attendance at the expo this year even if he does not compete.
8th: Johnnie Jackson
Johnnie O. Jackson is a powerlifter as well as being a bodybuilder which is why it consistently amazes myself as well as others that his legs can be so small given the weight that he lifts. Although I suppose it should be pointed out that powerlifting does not necessarily ensure the greatest size development. I feel that Johnnie did look good at this show although at age 39 I am not sure if he will be continuing to improve at this point in his life with so many years of heavy training and competitive bodybuilding behind him it will be hard to bring up certain areas. I also feel that as Johnnie ages and as new competitors come onto the bodybuilding scene, he will slide down the ranks but I think that he will still be able to qualify for and compete in the Mr. Olympia for some time yet should that be his goal. He is also by all accounts, as strong as he has ever been.
9th: Marius Dohne
Marius Dohne is a bodybuilder who I feel has an incredible structure given his huge delts and tiny waist. This becomes obvious in his front lat spread where he has a tremendous taper as a result of the aforementioned qualities. His rear double biceps also looks incredible and his tiny waist takes attention away from his hamstrings and calves which I believe can be brought up a little. I think the primary issue for Marius at the show was his conditioning and perhaps coming in with his front a bit more shredded would have helped [note that his back was more shredded than his front, at least in my opinion]. His rear lat spread look wide and thick and his delts displayed good striations in his side triceps pose. His huge shoulders seemed to disappear somewhat in his front relaxed pose but I think this had to do with him holding his arms out far in older to highlight his lats.
10th: Jeff Long
Jeff Long has been working with IFBB professional bodybuilder George Farah to get into his lifetime best conditioning and he achieved that when he won his pro card at the 2009 NPC Nationals when he won the Heavyweight class. I felt that his conditioning was very good at this contest given his contest history but was intermediate between his other attempts at winning his pro card and the form he displayed when he actually did win it at the 2009 Nationals. Some poses were better than others and some areas are more shredded than others. For example, while Jeff's shoulders show great striations and detail in the rear double biceps pose, his hamstrings and glutes are soft in that pose - at least soft in relation to his upper body from the rear and soft from the vantage point of a professional bodybuilding competitor at the top level. Jeff has some incredible size and at 24 years old he has lots of time to get shredded and climb up the bodybuilding ranks. In fact, I think he may full well be the second coming of Branch Warren and may even have the frame to carry even more mass than Branch does.
11th: Sergey Shelestov
I saw Sergey Shelestov compete at the 2007 Arnold Classic and the 2007 Mr. Olympia contest. He is quite a huge guy at 5'11 and a competitive weight of around 265 in bodybuilding competitions. He looked good at this contest, displaying his huge and cut physique with strong points being his back and quads I believe. I feel that it is difficult to pinpoint a specific area for him to improve on as Sergey's is the type of physique that is pretty complete but will result in better and better placings for him as he continues to make all around improvements which I am sure he will do as time passes.
12th: Daniele Seccarecci
I will admit that I had never heard of Daniele Seccarecci before this contest. Judging from his pictures, he is a big guy although could probably stand to have bigger arms [even though I'm sure his are around the 20" mark]. I feel that he looks better in the back than the front and his back has decent thickness and width and his back from head to toe displays good conditioning and his back simply seems to show better overall mass as well than his front. If he brings his front up to the level of his back I think that he can climb up the ranks although for now I feel that his placing at this contest was fair.
13th: Mike Van-Wyck
Not to be confused for Michael Vick, the football player charged in conjunction with crimes related to dog fighting! A member of the BodybuildingPro.com forum made that mistake, although perhaps in jest. Mike had good conditioning judging from his hamstrings and glutes but lacked the size necessary to place higher in this contest, particularly in his arms. His arms did look thick and bulbous in the side chest pose but looked like they needed more overall size in the front double biceps pose. He could probably stand to put on some more mass in his inner thighs and bring up his conditioning. With that, I think his placings would improve.
14th: Manuel Romero
Manuel Romero is another bodybuilder who I had not heard of before this contest which is the case for the 12-14 place finishers. I think that Manuel had good sized arms and huge legs but did not look good in the front double biceps poses where his lats were high and waist was wide. He looked better from the side and back and I think his glutes and hamstrings presented decent conditioning - better than that seen from the front. Steady improvements will allow Manuel to continue to improve in his placings.
15th: Cesar Mendible
The main flaw of Cesar is his wide waist. It is an unfortunate flaw to have for a bodybuilder as a wide waist can ruin many poses and does so for Cesar in the front double biceps pose. His front lat spread is better but is a pose where bringing up his conditioning would prove to be a positive good. His chest appears to be even more flat in the side chest pose and in fact this is another area where improved conditioning will help him improve in this pose. Cesar has a thick back and despite having a wide waist he still looks thick in this pose. I believe his front double biceps poses really spoils things for him and it is quite possibly this pose which relegated him to last place at this bodybuilding contest. Perhaps part of the problem could be improved with posing, but surely improved conditioning will make things better.
Overall, I felt that this contest was for the most part fairly judged. I think one could make a good argument for Ben Pakulski being placed higher than he was and perhaps there was some disagreement in the order of the top four. I have been talking about the results with some others and one person felt that Dennis Wolf should have placed higher than Hidetada Yamagishi. I didn't hear much dispute about Roelly Winklaar's first place finish as his conditioning was bang on and he brought huge size to the show but there was some dispute in other areas. With only 15 competitors, this New York Pro was rather small compared to some other years in the contest's history. For example, even as recently as last year, 20 bodybuilders competed in the contest. In 2006, 32 bodybuilders competed. Before 2005 the contest was known as "The Night of Champions" and it generally attracted a large number of competitors as well. As a result of fewer professional bodybuilders competing there we also fewer high caliber pros competing and I have seen stronger lineups in past versions of the New York Pro. With James "Flex" Lewis and David Henry not competing in the 202 class I felt that Kevin English was the obvious winner going into this contest and that turned out to be the case. There were numerous beautiful women competing in the Bikini Pro class and it is an interesting new division which I feel will be a popular and long-standing one.
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