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NATURAL IOWA COMPETITOR SPOTLIGHT: EMMA ZAHN

NATURAL IOWA COMPETITOR SPOTLIGHT: EMMA ZAHN

Natural Iowa competitor spotlight: Emma Zahn Often we hear how athletes find bodybuilding as their new sport to not just quench their competitive fire, but a way to channel their hard work in the gym to a focused goal.  Below is Emma’s journey to the NANBF Natural Iowa stage and how she not only found […]

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NATURAL IOWA COMPETITOR SPOTLIGHT: NICOLE MORGAN

NATURAL IOWA COMPETITOR SPOTLIGHT: NICOLE MORGAN

Natural Iowa Competitor Spotlight: Nicole Morgan In her second competition season and moving categories from bikini to figure, Nicole Morgan hit the 2020 NANBF Natural Iowa and found herself not only in a new category, but also as the overall winner and newest pro card holder!  Nicole’s journey to the stage might surprise you, and […]

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BULK OR NOT TO BULK??

You want to add muscle but are trying to determine which is the most effective process, bulking up or lean gains? First, let me define both of these phrases and terms. Bulking up refers to the process of eating well over your maintenance level of calories (I would suggest 500+ calories). The idea here is […]

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NATURAL IOWA COMPETITOR SPOTLIGHT: Isaiah Bawek

NATURAL IOWA COMPETITOR SPOTLIGHT: Isaiah Bawek

NANBF Natural Iowa Competitor Spotlight: Isaiah Bawek.  He won his IPE pro card at the 2019 NANBF Natural Iowa in the Men’s Physique category earning his IPE pro card.  Below is his story to the stage and how he overcame obstacles and challenges to fuel his drive to compete.  You can see Isaiah’s live FB […]

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NATURAL IOWA COMPETITOR SPOTLIGHT: Michael Gholston, Jr.

NATURAL IOWA COMPETITOR SPOTLIGHT: Michael Gholston, Jr.

Michael Gholston Jr. won his IPE pro card at the 2019 NANBF Natural Iowa in the Men’s Bodybuilding category along with a first place in the Classic Physique division.  Below is his story to the stage and how as a lifetime lifter and athlete, he found another outlet for his competitive side.  You can see […]

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NATURAL IOWA COMPETITOR SPOTLIGHT: ALYSSA BECERRA

NATURAL IOWA COMPETITOR SPOTLIGHT: ALYSSA BECERRA

Alyssa Becerra won her IPE pro card at the 2019 NANBF Natural Iowa in the Bikini category.  Below is her story to the stage and how she found natural bodybuilding a way for her to get back to a place that she had lost after sports in school.  You can see Alyssa’s live FB video […]

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NATURAL IOWA COMPETITOR PROFILE: ALEX BLAKER

NATURAL IOWA COMPETITOR PROFILE: ALEX BLAKER

I asked the 2019 Women’s Physique champion Alex Blaker to share her journey to the NANBF Natural Iowa stage and below is her story: When Ryan asked me to share my journey to the stage, immediately I said, “Of Course!”  Then as I sat down to write it, I wasn’t quite sure where to begin.  […]

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NANBF Natural Iowa celebrating its 25th anniversary

NANBF Natural Iowa celebrating its 25th anniversary

Recently, Ryan had the opportunity to share information about the NANBF Natural Iowa celebrating its 25th anniversary on May 11th, 2019 and also a little insight about the sport of Natural Bodybuilding.  Take a look at this 5 min interview with Elizabeth Klinge and learn more about the event and sport. Come check out this […]

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BODYBUILDING 101 VIDEO 7: THE STRATEGY AFTER THE CONTEST

BODYBUILDING 101 VIDEO 7: THE STRATEGY AFTER THE CONTEST

Thank you for the feedback and comments for the Bodybuilding 101 video series!  It’s been awesome to hear others have found value in them.  The goal of this online seminar has been to provide information to people who are interested or starting on their journey to competing in a physique competition or just looking to learn […]

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Bodybuilding 101 video 5: Category differences for gender & body type

Bodybuilding 101 video 5: Category differences for gender & body type

Thank you for the feedback and comments for the Bodybuilding 101 video series! It’s been awesome to hear others have found value in them. The goal of this online seminar has been to provide information to people who are interested or starting on their journey to competing in a physique competition or just looking to […]

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