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Meet MP Competitor Brandon Balaban

 

Joiningdfgdfgfdg us today is Brandon Balaban.  Congrats on a great showing!  What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
I have had many friends and family tell me that I should compete. I already planned on competing, I just didn’t’ think I was going to do it so quickly. Everyone is their own worst critic, and I didn’t feel I was ready for the stage. But, after all the positive feedback over the past 2 years I decided to take the first step and entered in an NPC show!

Can you tell us a little about the show in which you just competed?
I competed at the NPC Duel of Champions here in Omaha, NE in the Men‘s Physique Tall Class. Jack and Anne Titone did an amazing job at putting this all together and getting Tony Freeman to do the guest posing.

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Meet MP Competitor Mark Bender

 

 

Joiningmark bender rxmuslce us today is MP Competitor is Mark "The Country Boy" Bender.  Congrats on a great showing!  What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?  
Thank you so much Ian for the interview! I did bodybuilding 3 years ago and competed in the Natural PA Championships, where I placed 1st in the lightweight division. But deep down, I knew my physique wasn’t built for bodybuilding. My body just can’t carry that kind of mass. So when the Men’s Physique division came out, it was like my prayers were answered and I could truly showcase my physique.

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Meet MP Competitor Emmanuel Banks

 

JoiningDSC06894 us today is MP Competitor Emmanuel Banks.  Congrats on a great showing!  What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
 It's a good look. I did well as a bodybuilder, though naturally I'm a small guy. So competing as a middle weight was only going to go so far.

Can you tell us a little about the show in which you just competed?
The IFBB North American Championships. It was my first time competing in a pro qualifier as a men's physique competitor. It was very well organized. Lots of great physiques from bodybuilding to bikini.

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Meet MP Competitor David Lees

 

 

Joining 95605us at MensPhysique.com is MP Competitor David Lees.  Congrats on a great showing at your recent competition!  What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?  
I used to model when I was in college and training/bodybuilding has always been a huge part of my life.  I saw competing in Physique as a way to merge the 2 together and hopefully make a name for myself.


Can you tell us a little about the Competition you just competed in?
I competed at the IFBB North American Championships in Pittsburgh, PA in Men’s Physique “C” Class.  This was only my second national level/pro-qualifying event.

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Meet North American Overall MP Champion Anton Antipov

 

 

Joining anton antipovus today is the Overall MP Champ at the North Americans and new IFBB MP Pro Anton Antipov.  Congrats on the big win!  What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
I wanted to compete for a while, but I was always too slim for bodybuilding. Last year I heard about a new division called Men’s Physique, I saw it as a stepping stone towards bodybuilding, but there is so much room to grow in this division that I decided to stay in it and evolve and grow along with the division itself. On New Year’s I made 12 resolutions, one for each month of this year. One of those resolutions was to step on stage and compete in a Men’s physique show. I did that (at Steve Stone Metropolitan Championships 2012 where I got 4th place), but after stepping off stage I was hooked and wanted to go further with the idea, so I made it a goal of mine to see if I can improve and get 1st place. I started signing up for every show I could and the rest is history...

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Meet MP Competitor Chris White

 

 

Today MP1we are chatting with National Level MP Competitor Chris White.  Congrats on a great showing!  What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?  
Thanks Ian. Well actually my friend and team mate IFBB pro Dean Michael introduced me to our current coach Dan Hawtin of G-force.  I was looking to get into shape for a photo shoot so I met up with him to get a diet and within minutes of seeing me he said I should look into competing within men’s physique and the rest is history...

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Meet MP Competitor Ryan Hediger

 

 

JoiningAV9G8188 QXDKYZRVBD us today is Ryan Hediger.  Congrats on a great showing!  What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
Two years ago, I heard rumors of a Men’s Physique division coming about. Although I have always had an appreciation for bodybuilding and admired the dedication it took to step on stage, I never wanted to carry around that much muscle. When MP was introduced, I knew it was right up my alley.

Can you tell us a little about the show in which you just competed?
My most recent competition was the Warrior Classic. What a party! Between celebrating my girlfriend’s birthday, my birthday and my brothers first time competing, the weekend was unreal. Hands down the most fun I’ve had on stage! To sum it up, a great weekend spent with my family, closest friends, filled with amazing food…now that’s livin’!

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Meet MP Competitor Mike Montes

 

 

With488209 458516980836843 753946783 n us today is Mike Montes after making the switch from Bodybuilding to Physique.  Congrats on a great showing!  What made you decide to compete in the Men’s Physique Division?
Thanks D! In the past I have always competed in bodybuilding, but with this new up and coming class I decided to give it a try...

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