This year’s Pittsburgh Pro 2022 showcases a rich bodybuilding heritage. IFBB Pro League and National People’s Congress President Jim Manion He earned the title of Mr. Pittsburgh in his bodybuilding career. The show has featured many Mr. Olympia winners over the years, from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Brandon Curry and several other guests posing.
Manion is the initiator of Pittsburgh Pro 2022, and several of the sport’s top stars are in the building today. Nor is it just the guests posing. Some of the biggest names in the sport are competing today.The bikini competition was packed with notable athletes, including champion Lauralie Chapados, 2020 Bikini Olympia champion Janet Layug, who returned to the stage, 2021 champion and three-time Olympia champion Ashley Kaltwasser, and Former Bikini International Champion India Paulino.
Fans were excited to see the return of the wildly popular Sadiq Hazovic in the men’s fitness competition, and the New York native did not disappoint. He dominated both the prejudgement and the final, winning the men’s fitness title of the tournament. He will now be a favorite to compete for the New York Pro later this month. Alexander Westermeier placed first in the classic physique competition.
The Pittsburgh Pro 2022 show even has a historical record. Women’s gymnastics made its debut, and the inaugural champion was Natalia Abraham Coelho. The other women’s race was in the health department, with Sunny Andrews holding the trophy high.
Then there are the stars and legends in attendance. Three-time Classic Physique Olympia Champion Chris Bonstead He won the Classic Physique title himself before going on to be the face of the division. He took to the stage to thank the Manion family and fans for their continued support.
Other familiar names in the room include four-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler, Olympia champion coach Hanny Lambord, 2013 Olympia men’s bodybuilding champion Mark Anthony and his wife, 2021 Bikini Olympia champion Jennifer Dorie, bodybuilding legends Sean Ray, Dennis James, Chris Cormier and Olympia president Dan Solomon kicked off the May 7 show with some good words about his city.
“My car doesn’t have a Pennsylvania license plate, and my driver’s license doesn’t say Pennsylvania, but as a bodybuilder we’re all bodybuilders, we’re all connected to this city because everything about bodybuilding and fitness runs through Pittsburgh.”
Then, there are those cameos. Fans shown include 2019 Mr. Olympia and two-time Arnold Classic champion Brandon Curry, 2021 Arnold Classic champion Nick Walker, defending Olympia 212 champion Derrick Rensford and 2021 Chicago Pro champion Henry Trabrada, who finished fourth at the 2021 Olympia.
Everyone took turns showing fans what they did. All four are huge, but they still show blood vessels and clarity. The weight they put on isn’t sloppy—it’s hard, rounded muscles. Then, just for fun, referee Steve Weinberg had them stand center stage for a quarter turn before doing a pose drop. That pose spread into the crowd, leaving fans standing for a few minutes. If someone can bottle and sell the energy from the Wyndham Grand Ballroom in downtown Pittsburgh, that person probably has the best pre-workout on the market.
After posing, it was time to talk, and none of the four athletes flinched. Lunsford will defend his 212th title at Olympia in December, but it looks like he’s ready for the Open. However, he humbly turned his attention to athletes competing in amateur competitions, and he wanted to share advice for them and their trajectory in the sport.
“When it comes to competing and going on stage, highs and lows, this and that, take it for what it is. Keep going, keep going, and remember your love for it.”
Walker followed, making no secret of his goals for 2022 when asked.
“I’m going to be Mr. Olympia this year,” he said, in fact. He then shared his reasons for that confidence, dedication and consistency, and he hopes the athletes playing on the Pittsburgh stage will do the same.
“When you want something this bad, I think you have to have an obsession and a personality with it. That’s what creates winners. I’ve believed in that since I started this journey and I will continue to believe in that. , until I’m done.”
Following Walker, who was one spot ahead of him on the Olympia stage, Labrada knew Walker was doing his best to turn the script around, but he wanted to keep or improve his position without allowing Walker to overtake him.
“We all train to win, man. At the end of the day, that’s what we all do. We all like to compete. We all like to train, but we all train to win, all of us. That’s what it is.”
Last but not least is Curry. After winning the Arnold Classic, he wanted to add another Sandow Trophy to his mantle. The Tennessee native said he was doing everything in his power to make it happen, but he took the time to express his gratitude for the support he and other athletes have received in the sport.
“We thank you for supporting bodybuilding because we wouldn’t be here without you,” he said. He also asks everyone to be the best version of themselves for themselves and the industry. “Focus on your health and your physique. It’s all about making us role models.”
Based on what these four champions look like, this year’s Olympia will be one you don’t want to miss. As for the Pittsburgh show, make sure you plan to compete in 2023, as the action on stage and the potential of the people that could appear make it a must on any bodybuilding calendar.