A Stellar Event at LHS!

On April 5th the Lakewood High School East Cafeteria and Civic Auditorium were teaming with hundreds of fitness and bodybuilding enthusiasts. The "2008 Vyotech Nutritional NPC Natural Ohio Drug Tested Bodybuilding and Figure Championships" received a record number of fans. Hundreds filed into the East Cafeteria for the fitness expo and to buy tickets for the bodybuilding and figure contest. When asked about the turnout, two Columbus representatives from supplement company Gamma-O commented on the crowd's diversity and numbers. Other vendors agreed that the volume of people was larger this year. Mike from Vyotech Nutritionals, the title sponsor for three years, said, "This show differs from others. Part of it is bodybuilding and part is family-oriented." He also mentioned the classy atmosphere from the drug testing aspect and that many age groups come to enjoy it.

The satisfied vendors recognize the efforts of the promoters Dave Liberman of Mentor and Todd Pember of Amherst. When asked about the show's success, Liberman states, "If I repeat our spring event in the fall (October 4, 2008), I'll be very happy. From the feedback, it looks to be even bigger and better!" The morning prejudging brought over 800 spectators, an all-time high. The evening finals brought in over 1,200 audience members, which helped raise $1,700 for the American Cancer Society.

The overall winners received super-sized trophies and branded jackets from Vyotech Nutritionals. The overall winner of the Men's Open was Isreal Ocasio. The Master's Men Overall winner (over age 35) was Kevin Malone. Jason Janov earned the title of the Junior Men's Bodybuilding champ. The Teenage (ages 15-17) Men's Overall winner was Justin Compton. Susan Ball won the Women's Open and Master's Bodybuilding award. In the Women's Figure competition, Sue Knott won the Figure Open and Stacy Helfinstine won Master's Figure Overall. Each competitor worked intensely for his or her contest. When asked about her training for the figure event, first-time competitor Tina of Lakewood said that she trained at her gym twice each day. It has been exhausting but rewarding as she is not focused on winning but rather journeying through the process.

Another event highlight was the appearance of Jay Cutler, two-time Mr. Olympia, who posed for audience members and freely signed photos for eager fans. A crowd of 100 came to his bodybuilding seminar after the prejudging. They cheered when he announced his intent to return in April of 2009.

From 9:30 am onward, the halls of LHS were at times swimming with fans and supporters. Awaiting entrance to the prejudging were people like Lindsay and Amy from Michigan, who were there to cheer on two bodybuilders. From Canton, Ohio, husband and wife Arlene and Stanley were anticipating their figure competitor granddaughter. Later in the day, two spectators from Columbus were asked their opinions of the show. One answered how he liked the new experience, the different types of people and the amazing aspect of seeing how their different body types get sculpted.


The next show, "2008 Vyotech Nutritionals NPC Natural Northern USA Drug Tested Bodybuilding & Figure Championships" will take place at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium on Saturday, October 4, 2008. The guest poser will be eight-time Mr. Olympia, Ronnie Coleman. Sponsorship, entry and ticket information can be found by visiting www.daveliberman.com or calling 440-942-5634.

Liz Guscott is a proud Lakewood resident and personal trainer. She welcomes comments to be sent to lizguscottpt@gmail.com.







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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 3:23 PM, 04.24.2008