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2012 FLEX Pro Pre-Judging Report From California

The 2012 IFBB bodybuilding season is off and running with a very impressive pre-judging today at the FLEX Pro in Santa Monica, California. There are three different categories being presented – men’s open bodybuilding, fitness and an additional FLEX Bikini Model Search.

In the bodybuilding, Lionel Beyeke should be right in the mix for the top spot here with a huge yet symmetrical physique. He and his trainer Hany Rambod both decided that the proper course of action was to forego the 2011 Mr. Olympia and extend the offseason until now. Mission accomplished – at least from what occurred so far. Beyeke is a lock for the top three and possibly the winner if he can come back a little drier in a few hours.


Fouad Abiad also looked massive but doesn’t have the same v-taper as Beyeke. The Canadian still arrived dialed in and should also be a contender to at least equal what he did here a year ago (third place). Another Canadian, Ben Pakulski, looked to be in good condition.

By finishing 11th at his maiden Olympia, Shawn Rhoden proved that he can hold his own and was expected to contend at this show. Nothing at pre-judging suggested otherwise and although “Flexatron” may need to dry out more before the evening finals, his small waist and huge thighs stood out during comparisons.

Eduardo Correa Da Silva and Mark Dugdale have been competing in the 202 (now 212) class and are going up against much larger competition at the Flex Pro. Correa came in very sharp and should place well. He probably had the best conditioning of the line-up at pre-judging.

With the Arnold Classic only a few weeks away, many of these men will also be competing in Columbus. We may not be seeing their very best physiques here, but there are a few that will be ahead of the game in Ohio due to what we have seen so far.

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