Bodybuilding Reviews

The great IFBB pro, Branch Warren.

WELCOME to our website, Bodybuilding Reviews! Our mission is to cover current competition as defined by the NPC and IFBB (men's and women's bodybuilding, men's and women's physique, women's fitness, figure and bikini) -- with a special interest in Masters-level competition (age 35 and up) and an eye to the bodybuilding past. For February 2013, we are featuring Mike Pulcinella, whose DVD trilogy Raising the Bar has become well known. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, be sure to e-mail our website. Thanks.

Current News

March 2017

Paul Poloczek (Germany, super-heavyweight) won the 2017 IFBB Arnold Classic Amateur Bodybuilding show in Columbus, Ohio. He is now an IFBB pro. The promoter was Jim Lorimer. See

Cedric McMillan won the 2017 IFBB Arnold Classic Bodybuilding show in Columbus, Ohio See

The IFBB New Zealand Pro Men’s Bodybuilding show will be held in Auckland on 11 March. The promoter is Moe Elmoussawi.

The IFBB Arnold Classic Australia show will be held in Melbourne on 17-19 March. The promoter is Tony Doherty. See

The IFBB Arnold Classic South America show will be held in São Paulo on 21-23 April. The promoters are Rafael Santonja and Robert Lorimer. See

The IFBB Arnold Classic Africa show will be held in Johannesburg on 5-7 March 2017. The promoter is Jim Lorimer.

The NPC Junior USA show will be held in North Charleston, South Carolina, on 19-20 May. The promoter is Tres Bennett. See

The NPC Junior Nationals show will be held in Chicago on 16-17 June. The promoter is Pam Betz. See

The NPC Universe Championships show will be held in Teaneck, New Jersey, on 30 June-1 July. The promoter is Steve Weinberger. This is a pro qualifier for open class and masters men.


The NPC Teen, Collegiate, and Masters National Championships will be held in Pittsburgh on 19-22 July. The promoter is Gary Udit. This is a pro qualifier for masters men and women. See

The NPC USA Championships will be held in Las Vegas on 28-29 July. The promoter is Jon Lindsay. This is a pro qualifier. See


Videos:   Recent contests, backstage posing, pumproom footage, workouts: Repetrope Productions (13 reviews)
    Classic bodybuilders of the '70s, '80s, interviews, world contests: GMV  Productions pics (12 reviews).
Training, posing, interviews, tips:
Guy Grundy's DVD Series Volume 1
Terry Photo Productions: Private Audition # 19
Terry Photo Productions: IFBB Sacramento Pumproom, 2007
Raising the Bar Trilogy (The Story of Dave Pulcinella) Revised

Reviews by Gerry Triano
Bill Bearl and Dave Draper
Pose Like a Pro (with Rusty Jeffers)
King Kamali: Back with a Vengeance
Believe to Achieve: With John Hodgson
Beyond the Pain: The Vicki Nixon Story
(also reviewed by Mike Emery)

Steve Kuclo: Trail to the Teen Nationals
Beyond Driven: Mark Dugdale

Reviews by Steve Buccilli

Muscletime No 3 and 4: The Pro World
Lee Priest: Bodybuilder's Reality series
1998 Finnish Grand Prix
Gustavo Badell: "Common Sense"
Jay Cutler: One Step Closer
Lee Priest Reality series: Volume 3
Driven: A Real Life Documentary Examining the Life of a Pro Bodybuilder
The Rich Gaspari Seminar + Posing
Jay Cutler: from Jay to Z
Ryan Kennelly's road to the Arnold
Titans (Part II): Dexter Jackson
Titans (Part III): Victor Martinez

Review by Mike Pulcinella
Layne Norton Unleashed

Book reviews:   Strongman: Vintage Photos of a Masculine Icon, by Robert Mainardi
Retro Stud: Muscle Movie Posters from Around the World, by David Chapman

Contests:   Masters Olympia 2000, Roanoke, VA pics
NPC Masters Nationals 2000: Page 1, Page 2, Pittsburgh, PA pics
NPC Teen / Collegiate 2000, Pittsburgh, PA pics
2001 Missouri State NPC Bodybuilding Championships pics
2002 Greater Knoxville Bodybuilding & Figure Classic pics
2003 Greater Knoxville Bodybuilding & Figure Classics pics
2002 Masters Mr. Olympia, Lynchburg pics
2003 Masters Mr. Olympia, Charlotte pics:
Prejudging P 1|. .|P 2|. .|Evening Show P 1|. .|P 2|
2004 NPC Masters Nationals, Pittsburgh pics:
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 (w/ teen-collegiate)
2005 NPC Teen, Collegiate, and Masters National Championships, Pittsburgh, PA
2006 NPC Masters Nationals
Greater Knox Bodybuilding and Figure Classic, 2006, Knoxville Page 1
Page 2, with "Flex" Lewis, guest poser
2006 NPC Collegiate Nationals P 1
2006 NPC Collegiate Nationals, P 2
2006 NPC Teen, Collegiate, and Masters Nationals,
Pittsburgh (Steve Buccilli)
2007 NPC Teen, Collegiate, and Masters Nationals,
Pittsburgh (Gerry Triano)

2007 Greater Knox Classic Page 1 | Page 2
2008 IFBB Pro Championships, New York (Gerry Triano)
2008 NPC Teen, Collegiate, and Masters Nationals, Pittsburgh (Gerry Triano)
2009 IFBB Pro Championships, New York (Gerry Triano)
2009 NPC Teen, Collegiate, and Masters Nationals, Pittsburgh (Gerry Triano)

Features:   Interviews: Mike Pulcinella and Vicki Nixon

Classically Built: Ancient and Post-Classical muscle
BBR Presents: Joe Ladnier
Posing and contest pointers, by Gerry Triano (Featured in Musclemag, March, 2004) (Pix of Thomas Whorley)
More Posing Pointers by Gerry Triano

Bodybuilding Reviews' Masters Hall of Fame: Ed Corney, Dave Goodin, Tony Pandolfo, Robbie Robinson, Vince Taylor, Don Youngblood (1954-2005)

Men's Bodybuilding: A Short History pics

Bodybuilding Life Views from the world of bodybuilding

"Above the fold" images from our home page

Tips from the webmaster excercise and diet for the muscularly challenged

Links organizations, news, media, history, competitors, international, more...


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