About July 2017
We waited until late July to update the site so we could feature on this month's cover the Tier 1 Pro men’s bodybuilding winner at the 2017 Physique Canada National Classic, which was held on July 15. The winner of this year’s National Classic was Olivier Martel, the 18-year-old phenom from Quebec who first gained prominence by winning the 2016 Physique Canada Coupe Progym event, held last November. This win proves that Olivier has an incredible future ahead.
Olivier’s win didn’t come easily, though. This year’s Tier 1 Pro men’s bodybuilding division was divided into lightweight and heavyweight classes (in prior years, all the competitors were lumped into one class). Olivier was the lightweight winner, while Physique Canada veteran Alexandre Villeneuve was the heavyweight winner. Olivier and Alexandre went head-to-head for the overall title (see our “Iron Shots” gallery for shot of them during the posedown), with both showing superbly symmetrical physiques, but with Alexandre having more size and Olivier having a touch more definition and a little better shape. In the end, the judges favored Olivier -- but everyone in attendance saw that it was very, very close!
- Created: 01 May 2017 01 May 2017
In April, we did something we’ve never done before – we took a break from our regular publishing schedule in order to better prepare the SeriousAboutMuscle.com site for the rest of this year and beyond. As a result, there was no new cover, articles, or “Iron Shot” or “Hot Shot” photos. Instead, we worked behind the scenes.
- Created: 01 March 2017 01 March 2017
Any serious bodybuilder or physique athlete who tells you he or she hasn’t considered using performance-enhancing drugs, particularly steroids, is probably lying. Think about it this way: muscle is what they’re after, and that’s exactly what this stuff gives you, so why wouldn’t someone want to use them? I admit that, back when I was younger, it certainly crossed my mind.
- Created: 01 February 2017 01 February 2017
Coupe Progym, held annually since 2014 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, is unique in that it’s the only Physique Canada event where there are no Tier 1 Pro categories. It’s also the only one with a Junior division (under age 21). Promoters Denis Pedneault and Serge Moreau wanted to create an event that focused more on new competitors – and younger ones, too. For those wanting to advance upwards in the Physique Canada ranks, Coupe Progym does include the usual levels: Tier 3 (novice), Tier 2 (open), and Masters (over age 40). Mind you, Coupe Progym has yet another interesting twist compared to the other Physique Canada events – after every winner in every category and level has been announced, all the category winners for each discipline compete against each other for the Overall title. Those winners, regardless of the level they entered, are eligible to advance to the Physique Canada Tier 1 Pro level. The latest one was held on November 27, 2016.
- Created: 01 January 2017 01 January 2017
Early in 2016, Physique Canada made the bold decision to eliminate the discipline of men’s sport physique (aka as men’s physique in other organizations) from their competitions. That’s the category where men wear boardshorts, not posing trunks, and don’t do any formal poses. Instead, physiques are judged from the waist in four quarter-turn positions, and, depending on the organization, it’s also possible that they are also judged on how “confidently” they present themselves on the stage.
- Created: 16 December 2016 16 December 2016
When the first Physique Canada competition was held in 2012, it wasn’t just that a new organization had emerged – the new discipline of women’s athletic physique had been created, and for female competitors, there was a new game in town.
- Created: 01 November 2016 01 November 2016
There’s a trend in most of the Canadian organizations that put on supposed drug-tested bodybuilding competitions – their men’s lineups are shrinking at a rapid rate. Over the last two years, I’ve looked at the lineups at many shows and there are often only one or two competitors in them – or sometimes none at all. If you judged the sport of bodybuilding by those organizations, you’d think it was dying.
- Created: 01 October 2016 01 October 2016
For the people at Physique Canada, October is the most important month of the year. That’s because for five years straight, it’s been the month when the annual Canadian Championships event is held. Given the past successes that the organization has enjoyed at this time of year, I suspect that Physique Canada will continue to host the Canadian Championships in October for many more years to come.
- Created: 01 September 2016 01 September 2016
Last month, I focused this space on Physique Canada future-star Virginie Roy, an up-and-coming female competitor who competed for the first time at the 2016 Physique Canada National Classic, which was held June 11, and garnered unanimous first-place votes in the Short category of Tier 3 women’s athletic physique. Virginie stunned everyone there with the potential she displayed.
- Created: 01 August 2016 01 August 2016
Each year, thousands of competitors step onto the physique stage, many for the very first time; however, of those thousands, few have the genetics to really go far and make a lasting impact. When I’m talking about genetics, I’m talking about the inherent makeup of their bodies; in other words, what they’re born with. If I had to guess, it’s one person in 100 who has the kind of genetic potential to become truly great in physique sports. In my opinion, 20-year-old Virginie Roy, a university student from Sherbrooke, Québec, is one of the few who has what it takes.
- Created: 19 December 2016 19 December 2016
Since 2012, our most popular annual feature has been the presentation of the Top 10 Fitness Models for the year. Once published, tens of thousands or readers from around the world visit us to see who was picked. Now that we are in our fifth year for this annual selection, we expect the number of readers to be at an all-time high.