By Andrew Oye ProSource
The Item: Special Appearances
The Scoop: Just Reported: During the season when temperatures cool off, IFBB Pro League athletes have made guest-posing appearances at various bodybuilding contests and special events in the nation's "sunny" states. The latest roundup includes a legendary veteran and a rookie pro hitting poses in South Beach, FL, and southern Cali, respectively.
Over the weekend, 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman took to the stage at the 2011 IFBB Pro World Masters Bodybuilding Championships in Miami, FL. Meanwhile, 26-year-old IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo, who earned his pro card at the 2011 USA Championships, guest-posed at a Holiday Bash at the new Metroflex Gym in Long Beach, CA.
The "So What?": Also guest-posing at the World Masters were 1994 Masters Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Robby Robinson and IFBB Pro Andy Haman. As previously reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," there had been much (wishful) fan buzz that Ronnie Coleman would have actually competed in the Pro World Masters event, which pulled several other pros out of retirement. The first Metroflex Gym is located in Texas, the home state of both Coleman and Kuclo.
Andrew Oye's Verdict: We haven't seen the last of the vet or the rookie. IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman remains a popular draw on the guest-appearance circuit. IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo plans to make his pro debut at the 2012 New York Pro Bodybuilding Championships.