|2011 NPC Nationals Contest Report
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The 2011 NPC Nationals show is the most competitive amateur bodybuilding contest in the world and saw six new bodybuilders earn their pro cards. The most dominant of them was the overall winner, Todd Jewell who is only 30 years old and most likely has a successful bodybuilding career ahead of him. Below is my review of the top three bodybuilders in each class with pictures accompanying my review of their performance at this contest:
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2011 NPC Nationals Contest - SUPERHEAVYWEIGHT RESULTS!
WINNER: TODD JEWELL
2. Max Charles
3. Brian Yersky
*Note: Class winner earns IFBB Pro card.
Now I will make detailed comments below for each top three bodybuilder:
1st: Todd Jewell
Todd Jewell is a huge bodybuilder who stands six feet tall and competed at the contest today at a body weight of 265 pounds. Aside from being big, he was also displayed hardness in his physique and great overall conditioning. I think it's safe to say he is ready to compete in the pro ranks although he claims that he wants some time off before doing so. He will most likely strive to improve as all bodybuilders do but I think he has enough size and just needs to continue to make minor improvements since he obviously already has the overall package. He is only 30 years old and should have a long career in professional bodybuilding ahead of him if that is what he wants to pursue.
2nd: Max Charles
Max Charles is a huge bodybuilder who I think will most likely turn pro at some point in the future because he has the size to do it. He was and seemed to be in condition to me. I suppose the knock on his physique is that his legs are either not in line with his upper body or worse yet, not up to par for a pro, sort of akin to a reverse Tom Platz physique where Max Charles has an extremely above average upper body with a slightly below average lower body. Although I think it's possible his lower body is average but his upper body is so huge that it does create a stark contrast. Since conditioning wasn't lacking I would just think he will need slight improvements to his legs and he will turn professional.
3rd: Brian Yersky
Brian was another incredible bodybuilder and where in other contests I can look at the people who did not win and understand why, in this contest it is a lot harder to do that because the caliber of competition was so close in the upper echelon. Brian was big and in condition and was not noticeably lacking in any particular area and I think he will do well in the future if he chooses to continue to compete and eventually [most likely] turn pro. All of the top of the super-heavyweight class need to be considered as potential future pros because they have the size to do damage in the professional ranks.
2011 NPC Nationals Contest - HEAVYWEIGHT RESULTS!
WINNER: An Nguyen
2. Robert Youells
3. Brad Rowe
1st: An Nguyen
An was a very good heavyweight bodybuilder but looked to be slightly softer than Todd Jewell who surpassed him in size and therefore was able to take the overall. I think An has the shape and structure to be a professional now that he won his pro card and if he could come in to contests in the same size as he displayed today with just a touch of an improvement in his conditioning, I think he can do very well.
2nd: Robert Youells
Robert Youells is a bodybuilder who I was unfamiliar with until this contest and I would say he has good size for an amateur bodybuilder but might need another 10 pounds with slightly improved conditioning in order to win his pro card and be a successful pro. I think conditioning is not a big issue for Robert and I have no doubt he can bring conditioning to the table. I do think he will need more mass though and that will not come as easily as building mass is not just a matter of doing a contest diet but rather a matter of an entire off-season. If he does take months or even the entire year off until his next contest I think he will be able to win his class and now with An Nguyen a pro, I think that Robert will be able to become a pro.
3rd: Brad Rowe
Brad Rowe is a very thick bodybuilder and I think his frame is one which appears to be more conducive to a super-heavyweight rather than a heavyweight. I think he will have to bring up his arms and I am not sure how easily that will be achieved given his muscle insertions but we will have to wait and see. Brad already has a pro level back and it will just be a matter of bringing his upper body from the front up to par and Brad will move up the amateur ranks and possibly even turn pro by winning his class at some point in the future. A top three heavyweight champion at the NPC Nationals is definitely someone to keep an eye on in the future as he continues to improve as he undoubtedly will.
2011 NPC Nationals Contest - LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT RESULTS!
WINNER: Marco Rivera
2. Benny Brantley
3. Darron Glenn
1st: Marco Rivera
Marco Rivera looked good for his class but was not as competitive as the two class champions in the heavier classes. I think he should be able to do well as a pro as long as he continues to improve but may find himself overwhelmed with some of the pro bodybuilders competing in the open class. However, the 212 pound class may be just right for him and a good way for him to get his feet wet in professional bodybuilding and he can decide from there whether or not he wants to compete in the open class.
2nd: Benny Brantley
Benny has a good structure and I think he looks shapely in his rear lat spread from top to bottom with a very balanced physique. He is another in the line of top amateur bodybuilders who are very close to winning their class. Benny already more or less has the size and conditioning to do it but will need to come in on point one day when his nearest competition does not in order to win. With this Nationals contest I feel that very few bodybuilders in any given class were leaps and bounds ahead of their competition and Benny was no exception in the light-heavyweight class. Look for Benny in the future as he just missed a professional card this time out and could get it in the near future.
3rd: Darron Glenn
Darron Glenn is a very good bodybuilder and I believe has the size as well as the structure to win this class. Having said that, he did not have the conditioning to place any higher than top three this year but had he been in the same condition as Marco Rivera and Benny Brantley who beat him I think it is quite possible that he could have won the class. As said, he has the size to win the class, but a clear lack in conditioning prevented him from doing so. If Darron gets his conditioning on point at his next pro-qualifier, he may full well be the next light-heavyweight to turn professional.
2011 NPC Nationals Contest - MIDDLEWEIGHT RESULTS!
WINNER: Alan Bailey
2. Steven Silverman
3. Chauncey Wilson
1st: Alan Bailey
Alan Bailey is a thick bodybuilder who was not in the conditioning I would expect from a pro card winner but was definitely thick and thicker than I would expect from a middleweight bodybuilder. If he brings up his conditioning slightly he should be able to do well and will be able to compete effectively in the 212 pound class I believe.
2nd: Steven Silverman
Steven Silverman is a bodybuilder who I had not heard of and like Alan Bailey who placed above him, he was quite thick for a middleweight. Given his frame size and stature I think he has enough mass and will just need to focus on refinements if he hopes to win his class. With Alan Bailey out of the running, the possibility of him turning pro will be higher for the next show he competes in.
3rd: Chauncey Wilson
Chauncey Wilson looked good but does not have the size at this point to win this class and will need to get at the top of this weight class in order to win it. I think his conditioning was alright but could be improved as well but the most important thing for Chauncey will be for him to increase his overall side, particularly his upper body from the front including his arms and shoulders. His back looked better but the deficit in shoulder and arm size could still be seen. With improvements in these areas he will stand a chance of moving up and potentially winning his class in the future but failing to improve in these areas, I don't see it happening.
2011 NPC Nationals Contest - WELTERWEIGHT RESULTS!
WINNER: J.B. Bartlett
2. Victor DelCampo
3. Julius Rumingan
1st: J.B. Bartlett
J.B. Bartlett was the clear winner of this class which surprised me a little as I expected Victor DelCampo to win after winning the welterweight class at the 2011 NPC USA Championships. J.B. was in better condition and conditioning has always been a difficulty with Victor [more on that below] and Victor's superior size was unable to have him take the class title and pro card from J.B. J.B. displayed excellent hardness and I think he could do well in the 212 class even being smaller than a lot of the other competitors in that class, but I have also heard that there may be a lighter class still and if there is [say a 185 pound class], I think J.B. could do particularly well in that class. Having said that, if that class is not possible, I think he can put on some size and still do well in the 212 pound class as he makes gradual improvements.
2nd: Victor DelCampo
Victor DelCampo was my prediction for winning his class and getting his pro card as all class winners at the Nationals are given their pro cards but not at the USA where Victor won his class. I was very impressed with Victor's size as usual and especially his back which is easily at the pro level already but he will simply have to continue to improve his conditioning if he hopes to win his pro card. Victor looks young but is a husband and father and will be turning 34 soon [D.O.B: 12/6/77] and if he turns pro next year he will be competing as a pro at age 35. If he does not turn pro then, he may appear as the feature in the Raising the Bar DVD. Hopefully Victor can turn pro next year so that he can get a good 5-10 years as a pro bodybuilder under his belt if that is what he wants to do. As it stands, Victor is already at the top of his class in terms of his weight so he will not need more size. Victor brought his conditioning to a new level in 2008 and has gradually been improving it since then. His legs have a tendency to deflate when he comes in too sharp so the trick for Victor will be to try to maintain or improve his best-ever conditioning while keeping his legs size and staying at the top of his weight class. If he can do all of these things, I think he will turn pro which I think is just inevitable at this point and could happen as early as his next pro show. If he comes in a little lighter but sharper I think he can still turn pro providing that his legs are not too flat. But as said, I think it is more or less a guarantee at this point that Victor will become a professional bodybuilder and I think he has the frame to come in even heavier and should do alright in the 212 class once he earns his pro card which I can't possibly see being very far off at this point.
3rd: Julius Rumingan
Julius Rumingan is a bodybuilder who I had not heard of before this contest and I think he will be strong competition for Victor DelCampo if they compete together in the future at other bodybuilding shows. I have said above that all top three class finishers have a good chance of becoming professional [with 1st place already given their pro card] and so I think Julius may full well earn this title in the future.
2011 NPC Nationals Contest - LIGHTWEIGHT RESULTS!
WINNER: Luis Santiago
2. Luis Moreno
3. Christopher McCalop
1st: Luis Santiago
Luis Santiago had great size for his frame/class and good conditioning as well. Although he is at the top of a class which does not produce many champions who later go on to achieve great success in the pro ranks, his best bet would of course be the 212 pound class and with some added size I think he can at least have a viable professional career. If the IFBB implements an even lighter weight class it would be even more possible for him to achieve success.
2nd: Luis Moreno
Luis Moreno looked very good in my opinion, but had a little less overall quality than Luis Santiago which resulted in him placing 2nd. I think that he will stand a chance of winning his class here next year now that Luis is a pro. Luis has round and full muscles and his shape is very good and I think he will still look good as he adds more size.
3rd: Christopher McCalop
Christopher McCalop has a great structure and came into the show with great conditioning but lacked the size to place higher than 3rd in his class. He will need to add more size in order to win his class but this is quite possible in the future if he makes improvements in the off-season. He has a small frame but can still hold more size than he currently has and at that point it will be within the realm of possibility for Christopher to turn pro.
2011 NPC Nationals Contest - BANTAMWEIGHT RESULTS!
WINNER: Ron Hackaspker
2. Alden Gamet
3. Heath Warren
1st: Ron Hackaspker
Ron Hackaspker was surprisingly soft for the winner of the bantamweight class but on the other hand, had a lot of size for someone in this class which I suppose was the trade-off. Ron is a bantamweight so therefore he is pretty light, especially for a pro bodybuilder so I would have to ask him what he wants in the future from bodybuilding but as it stands now he can compete in pro shows so we will see if he chooses to do so.
2nd: Alden Gamet
Alden Gamet, as with Ron Hackaspker, was surprisingly in poor conditioning which I did not expect from such a low weight class. Alden also lacked the size to beat Ron and win his pro card and will need to improve his overall size to do so next time although perhaps not with Ron out of the running as a newly turned pro. I think Alden's structure is fine and he appears to be uninjured but he will need more size to win his class and I would say better conditioning as well although the bantamweight class was not nearly as competitive as I expected it to be in terms of conditioning. So for now he will just need to add more size but if he wants a viable future in the pro ranks he will need improved conditioning as well. Regardless - to come 2nd at a national level show is pretty good so we will see where Alden goes in the future.
3rd: Heath Warren
With a name like Heath Warren, it would seem that Heath would have a future in bodybuilding as his name is the combination of Phil Heath and Branch Warren. I felt that Heath's conditioning was better than both the conditioning of Ron and Alden and I could definitely have seen him place higher in this class as he did as his conditioning was more what I would expect from a bantamweight bodybuilder. We will see how he looks in the future as I think he will continue to improve and has a chance at turning pro as early as his next pro show.
This was a very good NPC Nationals this year with an overall champion, Todd Jewell, who I think will find early success in the pro ranks as Todd most definitely has the size for success at 6'0 and 265 pounds. I think that Todd will do well in the pro ranks even if he began competing immediately but with plans to take some time off to make improvements I think he will make an even bigger splash on the pro scene. At 265 with good conditioning I don't know exactly what his goals are but steady improvements and refinement is good for all bodybuilders so we will see how Todd looks for his pro debut. An Nguyen should also make a competent pro and already has the size and conditioning to achieve success but will most likely make some improvements as time goes on as well. Marco Rivera should be able to compete professionally with success as well as a light-heavyweight and some of the other pro card winners will be able to compete in the 212 class and should be able to do well there. This was a giant NPC Nationals event with around 1,000 people competing in the various events and classes that took place. The best are really coming out and it seems to me that the world of bodybuilding is expanding and I look forward to seeing it happen as it is an industry that is near and dear to my heart. I look forward to the pro debuts of many of the new pros from this contest and I wish them the best of luck in the future.
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