Melanie, Damon, and their 1-year old, Jackson, arrived from Pittsburgh on Friday evening, and spent the weekend with us. We had a great time catching up, visiting the National Zoo, and selecting the perfect pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. I really enjoyed hanging out with them, and am so happy they were able to visit!
Melanie, Jackson, Damon, Jerry, and me at the pumpkin patch
A New Pro!
While we were looking at pandas and lions at the zoo, Jerry's client, Rich Seigelman, was down in Atlanta, GA competing for his Pro card at Nationals. He dropped from Lightweight down to Bantamweight this year, and showed up with one of the most conditioned physiques in the entire show. He and Jerry were in constant communication the whole weekend, and on Friday night, Rich won his class and earned his IFBB Pro card!
Rich Siegelman, new IFBB PRO!
Jerry guided Rich with a very non-traditional approach to prep, both of them facing doubt, questions, and dispute about the techniques. As I've mentioned before, Jerry customizes diet and training for each client, taking into account how everyone's body responds to different foods and training exercises. The combination of Jerry's knowledge and approach, and Rich's hard work and dedication created a winning team!
Check out Rich's interview with Shawn Ray and Cedrick McMillan of Muscular Development.
I also want to give a huge congratulations to new IFBB Pro, Branden Ray! When he lived in Maryland, Branden trained at my gym. He's been knocking on the Pro card door for awhile, and he earned Pro status this weekend when he won the Light-Heavyweight class at Nationals this weekend.
Branden Ray, new IFBB PRO!
Hanging out at the gym with Branden last Fall
Another friend from the DC area, Rob Kreider, placed 5th in a tough Middleweight class.
I also want to congratulate Danielle Reutter, who won Figure Class B and earned her Pro card! She and I competed together at the Arnold Amateur in March, and I've been following her progress since then. She brought in a smaller, tighter package, and beat out 27 other beautiful ladies for the title.
Danielle Reutter, new IFBB PRO!
Congrats to everyone who competed this weekend; it's an accomplishment to even step on the National stage!