Bodybuilder Beyeke Wins 2012 IFBB Flex Pro




The 2012 professional bodybuilding season began with a tremendous showing at the second annual IFBB FLEX Pro competition. While the end result may have been lacking in any gratuitous form of controversy, there was a highly-delectable amount of surprise involved for all involved.

Frenchman Lionel Beyeke, the former 2008 Mr. Universe champion, claiming his first professional bodybuilding victory, delivered a package of muscular density, shape and symmetry that few of his rivals could have hoped to compete with. Though he left the early pre-judging with many penciling his name in the third-place slot, he returned in the finals looking far better than his prior showing. Beyeke looked much harder and water-depleted, leading him toward the eventual victory over the rest of the class.

Beyeke’s conditioning, though slightly lacking from what he may have hoped for, was not too much of a surprise to many, as pre-contest conditioning is somewhat of a difficult art form in itself. The true story was the lack of adequate conditioning from nearly all of his closest competitors, including second-place finisher Ben Pulaski. Though he delivered a vastly-improved physique from his previous showings, Pulaski continues to miss out on a higher placing, as his size and conditioning lack a crucial ingredient: a dominant body part. His upper body appeared to be improved upon, but still lacked in equivalence to his lower body progress.

Rounding out the top three was early favorite Fouad Abiad. Remaining in the position he took in last year’s inaugural competition, Abiad was the leader after pre-judging, but his conditioning, much like the rest of the field, did him no favors. Fortunately, he also showed no glaring weaknesses, as his overall package was solid, save for the issues with the aforementioned affliction.

In other Flex Pro action, six-time Fitness Olympia champion Adela Garcia out-shined the rest of the women’s class at the Fitness Championships, ahead of Oksana Grishina and Myriam Capes. Many of the female competitors will again do battle in less than two weeks at the Fitness International.

Overall, the second annual competition delivered what it had promised. The 2012 season has begun with a very outstanding performance and, with continued improvements from competitors and promoters alike, looks to continue the surge in the sport’s popularity that has blossomed over the past several years.

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