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Natural Iowa History: 2001

Natural Iowa History: 2001

Natural Iowa History: 2001 Let’s throwback to the 2001 Natural Iowa competition today. That year we saw a very tough men’s open bodybuilding overall consisting of Ponce Saysomphou, Dave Schenck, Timothy Tigges and Dennis Thielen battling it out for the overall and pro card, which Tigges edged out the win. The open women’s bodybuilding was […]

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Natural Iowa History: 2000

Natural Iowa History: 2000

Natural Iowa History: 2000 Y2K was a fantastic year for IT departments everywhere and the NANBF Natural lowa as well! As we look back upon the 7th anniversary of this competition, popularity of natural bodybuilding was continuing to grow along with the quality of the competitors. In women’s bodybuilding, Julie O’Brien took home the overall […]

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Natural Iowa History: 1999

Natural Iowa History: 1999

Natural Iowa History: 1999 Let’s rewind back to 1999, a year to remember at the NANBF Natural lowa! This was a stacked lineup for sure. & Winning the overall open women’s bodybuilding class and defending her title from the prior year was Suzanne Herzog-Lopez. For men’s bodybuilding, Loren Wiltgen won the overall and lowa title […]

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Natural Iowa History: 1998

Natural Iowa History: 1998

Natural Iowa History: 1998   Let’s go back and revisit the 1998 NANBF Natural Iowa! With an impressive roster, the overall women’s bodybuilding open champion was Suzanne Herzog-Lopez. Winning the overall men’s bodybuilding title was Jim Romagna. Also pictured was novice overall winner Dave Arneson along with Peter Wood and Rex Dwars.

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Natural Iowa History: 1997

Natural Iowa History: 1997

Natural Iowa History: 1997 Let’s take another look back in the NANBF Natural Iowa archives! Here we go with 1997, shown here is overall open women’s bodybuilding winner Jackie Nickolaus. In open men’s bodybuilding, the overall went to Kelly Gantt. Also highlighted is Deb Williams and Dede Balcom Gaetz, who were top finishers, along with […]

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NATURAL IOWA HISTORY: 1996

NATURAL IOWA HISTORY: 1996

Natural Iowa History: 1996   Looking back at some of the 1996 NANBF Natural Iowa champions in this one!    Pictured is overall open women’s bodybuilding winner Stephanie Jaster, men’s bodybuilding open overall winner Timothy Tigges, Iowa champ Dr. Dennis Zachary, teen champ Nick Fowler and masters champ Howard Cowen.    2024 will be the […]

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NATURAL IOWA HISTORY: 1995

NATURAL IOWA HISTORY: 1995

Natural Iowa History: 1995 Let’s revisit the 1995 NANBF Natural lowa today!   There was an impressive lineup and it was already apparent that the sport of natural bodybuilding had a great future ahead of it! In the women’s bodybuilding open division, Meta Obersteller, Connie Grevenged and Rena Kroger took the titles. For the men, […]

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NATURAL IOWA HISTORY: 1994

NATURAL IOWA HISTORY: 1994

Natural Iowa History: 1994 2024 marks the 30th anniversary of the NANBF Natural Iowa! To help commemorate this, we’re going to go back and share some history of the awesome competitors who have graced the stage. Way back in 1994, this is the year that started it all and the NANBF Natural Iowa was born!!! […]

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MIDWEST MUSCLE FEST COMPETITOR SPOTLIGHT: MATTHEW OLBERT

MIDWEST MUSCLE FEST COMPETITOR SPOTLIGHT: MATTHEW OLBERT

Midwest Muscle Fest competitor spotlight: Matthew Olbert Matthew Olbert shares his story below on his journey to the Midwest Muscle Fest stage. WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO COMPETE? My name is Matthew, better known as Swolebert across my various social media platforms. My journey in bodybuilding commenced during my freshman year of college, and it […]

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MIDWEST MUSCLE FEST COMPETITOR SPOTLIGHT: CRAIG CLAUSSEN

MIDWEST MUSCLE FEST COMPETITOR SPOTLIGHT: CRAIG CLAUSSEN

Midwest Muscle Fest competitor spotlight: Craig Claussen Craig Claussen shares his story below on his journey to the Midwest Muscle Fest stage. I started this journey about 5 years ago when I weighed 245 pounds (Overweight) and realized that I needed to lose weight. I also had a dream of competing back when I was […]

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