National Gym Association
Fifty individuals, male and female, competed for various categories including Mr. and Ms. California, bodybuilding, fitness and bikini. All competitors had to undergo a polygraph the night before the event to ensure there had been no drug use over the past seven years. Both the NGA and Fitness in Mind’s Johnny “The Motivator” Carrero are dedicated to ensuring this event remains drug-free and all-natural. Proceeds from the event benefit local educational programs teaching young athletes the harmful side-effects of anabolic steroids.
This was my first bodybuilding event, and I have to say the amount of effort the competitors put into this competition is amazing. It’s like a musician preparing for a concert. Not only are these people hitting the gym for hours a day, but they are religious about what they put into and on their bodies. Yes, on their bodies. They lather on coloring to give them either a dark or light tan and, in some cases, a golden hue. Paul Alberts was a real golden color. Alberts’ wife shouted words of encouragement during the morning show, much to the audience’s amusement.
Paul Alberts posing at the NGA Mr/Ms California bodybuilding competition in Folsom, CA (Image by: Randy Miramontez)
I overheard one competitor talking about being flat and how he needed to eat some protein bars with more sodium and drink a gallon of water before the evening show. He was still going to eat his bioplex whey and add another coat or two of color. And these people strive for all-natural?
All-natural aside, these folks are ripped. I was going to say these kids, but there were several groups referred to as masters, aka seniors. The age groups for the masters are Masters (40-49), Grand Masters (50-59) and Ultra Masters (60 and up). Mohammed Daunish was the only competitor in the Ultra Masters, at the young age of 73!
Mohammed Daunish posing at the NGA Mr/Ms California bodybuilding competition in Folsom, CA (Image by: Randy Miramontez)
The big prize for the evening was pro status for the Men’s and Women’s Open, earning the right to compete at the professional level. The winner of the Men’s Open received a very cool sword, while the winner under the womens category received a trophy and flowers. Below are all the winners for the evening’s events. They were all rock stars in their own right, deserving their own concert.
Men’s Ultra Masters: Mohammed Daunish
Men’s Grand Masters: Dave Blumgold
Men’s Masters: Paul Alberts
Men’s Overall: Dave Blumgold
Women’s Masters (40+): Debbie Lockwood
Masters Figure Short: Kelly Lombardi
Masters Figure Tall: Jennifer Burger
Women’s Overall: Jennifer Burger
Bikini: Meredith Murdock
Women’s Open: Debbie Lockwood
Men’s Light Weight: James Simmons
Men’s Middle Weight: Daniel Korman
Men’s Light Heavy Weight: Erik Holm
Men’s Heavy Weight: Dave Blumgold
Open Figure Short: Jennifer Flores
Open Figure Medium: Jennifer Burger
Open Figure Tall: Teo Schoer
Ms. California (pro qualifier): Jennifer Burger
Jennifer Burger wins the Ms. California title at the NGA Mr/Ms California bodybuilding competition in Folsom, CA (Image by: Randy Miramontez)
Mr. California (pro qualifier): Erik Holm
Erik Holm wins Mr. California at the NGA Mr/Ms California bodybuilding competition in Folsom, CA (Image by: Randy Miramontez)