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A Mum that Suffers with MS Defies the Odds

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When a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis is given it can often be depressing and debilitating, but one woman got inspired by it.

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In Maryland alone there are about 10 000 people who are living with multiple sclerosis, which is a disease where the immune system attacks the central nervous system. The cause of MS is unknown and it is an unpredictable disease. Those who suffer from MS can experience different symptoms from numbness to paralysis.

Taking on a workout and bodybuilding is not an activity that you would expect from someone suffering from MS. Wendy Bordewisch defies the odds and is often at the Evolutions Gym in Annapolis where she is undergoing cardio and weight workouts. She is at the gym at least four days a week.

Wendy who is a mum of young children was terrified to learn that she had MS.

She said that the aim of MS is stop you moving and it was devastating to see this happen to others. She also said that this was her first vision that MS could stop her from moving.

Wendy though has not stopped moving. She wanted to ensure that she could do everything that she could to take care of herself and that included entering a bodybuilding competition.

She said that at the time she was a mother of two and had this unpredictable disease and thought where she could take this.

It became the first trophy that she has ever earned in her life.

Since then, Wendy has managed to check bodybuilding off her list, but not her passion for physical activity. She now has her sights on raising money for a cure through the Walk MS which is an event that she finds valuable to her body and mind.

There are plenty of walks in aid of MS every year and there are several coming up over the state. If you want to help you can find the closet one to you and start walking.

Bordewisch will be attending the walk in Annapolis with her team of 200 people.

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The IFBB

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The IFBB is the International Federation of Bodybuilding and fitness, which was founded in 1946 in Montreal by the brothers Ben and Joe Weider.

The IFBB would grow over the next 66 years to include National Federations from 184 countries. Ben Weider resigned from as the IFBB president in 2006 and Dr. Rafael Santonja from Spain became president in 2010.

The IFBB became a member of the General Association of International Sports Federation which is now called the Sport Accord in 1971. It is also affiliated with the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education, The World Games, the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee and the International Council of Coach Education. It is also recognised by the Supreme council for Sport in Africa, the Association of Pan American Sport Federations as well as 90 National Olympic Committees. The IFBB also participates in various Regional Games that are acknowledged by the International Olympic Committee, the Central American Games, the Arab Games, the African Games and the South Americans Games.

The IFBB promotes a healthy and fit lifestyle and discourages the use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco.

The competitions that the IFBB host at the World Championships level for Juniors, Seniors and Masters in Men and Women Bodybuilding, Men’s classic Bodybuilding, Men’s and Women’s Fitness, Athletic fitness and Women’s Body Fitness.

The IFBB has produced bodybuilding icons and stars including Lou Ferringo and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

IFBB Facts

  • The IFBB hosts competitions in the eight competitive sports those being men’s bodybuilding, women’s bodybuilding, men’s fitness, women’s fitness, men´s athletic fitness, women´s athletic fitness, men’s classic bodybuilding, women’s body-fitness and women’s bikini.
  • The IFBB organises more than 1000 local, national, regional, continental and world championships each year.
  • Over 100 million people frequently train in gyms and fitness centres in 6 continents.
  • The IFBB website receives 15 million hits over 10 countries throughout the world.

IFBB Competitions

There are seven different sub-divisions in the IFBB for the different competitors. These sub divisions are then divided into 21 contests throughout the year.

The IFBB season begins with the FLEX Pro Championships and finishes with the Pro Florida Championships.

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Richest Bodybuilders

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Bodybuilding doesn’t mean just having a good set of abs and chilling at the gym, there is a whole lot more to it than just looking good, so much so there are some rich bodybuilders out there.

Bodybuilding involves years of training and investment from gruelling exercise routines to extremely strict dieting. Here are some of the richest bodybuilders out there and why these pros are great.

1. Arnold Schwarzenegger

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At the top of the richest bodybuilders is obviously Arnold Schwarzenegger worth $300 Million.

He was able to make his name in bodybuilding, but he was also able to make his way into the public’s hearts and became a well-loved and known celebrity in his own right.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, model, actor, politician and businessman that have a net worth of about $300 million.

His bodybuilding career started in 1960 when he was taken to the local gym by his soccer coach and lifted his first barbell. In 1965, Schwarzenegger won the Junior Mr. Europe Contest and only two years later he was the winner of Mr. Universe and the youngest to ever win the competition.

In 1970 he won his first Mr. Olympia where he then won another 6 more times and goes on to be a 7 time winner of this title. He was the face of bodybuilding throughout the world, but also became a hit in Hollywood and went on to land leading roles in action packed movies.

Now in his later life, Schwarzenegger turned to politics and became the 38th governor of California.

2. Rich Gaspari

Rich Gaspari was born in 1963 and is also known as ‘The Gragon Slayer’. In his career as a bodybuilder it is said that he was worth a massive $90 million. Even though Rich Gaspari has won fewer titles then others he was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame in 2004 and was a runner up three times at the Mr. Olympia.

In 1982 he won the Jersey Classic and a month later went on to win the NPC Junior Nationals in Union. In 1984 he won the lightweight class at the NPC Nationals. He also qualified in this year to become an IFBB pro by winning the IFBB World Championships.

The series of wins that he enjoyed quickly pushed him up the ladder and into the professional arena in 1985. He was at the peak of his bodybuilding career from 1986 to 1988, winning numerous titles internationally.

Gaspari created his own supplement called Gaspari Nutrition and this line includes the popular bodybuilding supplements ‘Size On’, ‘SuperPump’ and ‘IntraPro’.

3. Joe Weider

Joe Weider is a Canadian Bodybuilder and a legend throughout the world as well as an entrepreneur that has accumulated a net worth of $35 million.

Weider has been credited for his role in founding many bodybuilding competitions that include Mr. Olympia, Ms. Olympia and Master Olympia. He was also the co-founder of the International Federation of Bodybuilders and went on to publish well known bodybuilding and fitness magazines such as Men’s Fitness, Flex and Shape magazine.

 

 

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Preparing for a bodybuilding competition

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Bodybuilding is a competitive activity that involves a contender mentally and physically pushing themselves to their limits. There is a lot that needs to be considered before entering a bodybuilding competition. To know information that will help you prepare and to know where to go to for the best competitions, here is all the information that you will need.

Top Bodybuilders of 2014

Arnold Schwarzenneger is one of the most known bodybuilders but there are contemporary champions whose story and methods may influence you to reach your fullest potential.

  1.  Dennis Wolf
  2. Shawn Rhoden
  3.  Ben Pakulski
  4. Cedric McMillan
  5.  Branch Warren

Top Bodybuilding Competitions of 2014

It should be your goal to enter these competitions as they are some of the best bodybuilding competitions:

  • Arnold Classic
  • IFBB Houston Pro
  • IFBB Titans Grand Prix
  • IFBB Pro Bikini
  • Los Angeles Fit Expo

Diet

Food is, of course, an important part of your bodybuilding journey. Food is the fuel to your body, therefore, it is a crucial driving force to get you where you want to be if you consume the right food. Top diet tips include:

  • Add buckwheat to your meals
  • Chia can be used as a replacement for eggs in baking and thickening puddings and smoothies.
  • Hummus and pita using chickpeas.
  • Peanut butter sandwich contains amino acids
  • Avoid artificial colourings, and sugar-free treats
  • Organic food is the right way to go, but do your research to see if it’s for you
  • Daily cups of green tea is advisable
  • Drink water before a meal
  • Eat chicken breast and oatmeal to burn fat
  • Replace white rice with brown rice
  • Add fish oils and egg whites in your diet
  • Consider fasting; research it and see if it is for you

Bodybuilding is not something you should jump right into. Be sure to research, prepare, and plan before undergoing the process of training for bodybuilding competition.

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Bodybuilding competitions

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Bodybuilding competitions are mentally and physically challenging, just like any other sport. To be the best, you have to improve every year in order to defeat anyone who is trying to catch up to you. Such physical improvements take dedication and focus; you need to be committed to the goal. However, before you even think about preparing for annual competitions, you need to first know what you’re getting yourself into.

What is bodybuilding

If you’ve ever seen pictures on the internet of outrageously buff men who have no traces of fat, just muscle, then it was probably a bodybuilder. And the pictures of women with a masculine body? Bodybuilding.

Bodybuilding competitions allow you to gain the most amount of muscles a human could possibly handle. The bonus is making money for it. In 1974, Arnold Schwarzenegger won $1000 in the Mr Olympia competition. This value increased throughout the years as Phil Heath claimed the Mr Olympia title last year and won $250 000.

Who can be part of a bodybuilding competition

Similarly to all sports, the training in between bodybuilding competitions means that bodybuilding has to be your way of life. It has to be a lifestyle. Therefore, these competitions are only suitable for those who live that lifestyle already.

For Mr Olympia, you have to have proven yourself to be the best out of the best in order to make it to Mr Olympia. The following is the criteria to be part of the Mr Olympia competition:

  • Have to be part of the top 4 in all Olympia divisions

  • Have to be part of the top 3 in all Arnold Classic divisions

  • Have to be part of the top 2 in all New York Pro divisions

  • 1st place at all other competitions including the Amateurs World Championship Competition

Popularity of bodybuilding competitions

Bodybuilding competitions attract people from all over the world which proves how far and wide the bodybuilding community stretches across the globe. Arnold Classic Europe is an example of global acceptance as they are confident that they’ll be expanding to South America soon.

Duration and time of bodybuilding competitions

Bodybuilding competitions tend to last for 3 days. For example, this year the Arnold Classic Europe will be running from the 26th to the 28th of September.

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