Be sure to attend the Kentucky Open, Free NPC Seminar, this Saturday, August 10th, at Proof Fitness in Lexington, KY, featuring our NPC Mid Atlantic Zone Chair and Mr. Olympia Judge Gary Udit, IFBB Pro and Judge Linda Andrew, and Kentucky's own, IFBB Pro Kevin Johnson.
Kevin Johnson, along with Chauncey "The Shredder" Wilson, is one of the greatest posers to come out of Kentucky in recent memory. Johnson, who earned his IFBB Pro League pro card at the 2017 NPC Nationals in Miami, FL, has made great use of his pro status. From working with his main sponsor, Next Level Sports Nutrition, to landing a key deal with international powerhouse, Team GAT, he's shown us that when you work hard, you reap the benefits. Johnson has also proved a force to be reckoned with on the pro stage; however, he has yet to guest pose at a Kentucky contest. I will say that being featured on this panel is a HUGE step in the right direction and also symbolizes an important change of the guard.
At a time when more and more people are wanting to get nationally-qualified and earning professional status, posing has never been more critical. As a member of the press, I have seen far too many competitors with spectacular physiques, take placings their physiques didn't deserve. The problem is, their physiques might of deserved to win, but their posing was so lackluster and off, that it cost them national qualifications, pro cards, and even contest winnings and Olympia qualifications at the pro level. Oh that's right!! Just because you're a Pro, doesn't mean you're a Pro Poser.
"You've worked too hard for this," as Gary would say. Gary will say that a lot. He knows what you've been through, he knows how badly you want it, but he also has the eye. Gary helps judge the most important contest in bodybuilding, so if you can be in a room with him for even a few seconds, it's worth your time - it's most definitely worth your time.
Earlier this year, we had a wildly successful Free NPC Seminar in Newport, KY, which also featured Gary and IFBB Pro Linda Andrew. One of the guys who attended was Benquil Marigny. He drove 3.5hrs (each way) from Owensboro to Covington (literally across the state). He drove all that way for a 45 minute group class. Some months later he'd earn his IFBB Pro League pro card at the 2019 NPC Junior USA Championships. Another competitor who attended, making a long drive from Louisville, KY, was Chauncey "The Shredder Wilson, who would also go onto to winning his pro card and the Overall at the 2019 NPC Junior USA Championships. Soon thereafter, he made his pro debut with a Top 6 placing at Jack Titone's prestigious 2019 IFBB Pro League Omaha Pro. Gary posed Chauncey; Gary also posed NPC WPD/Figure Competitor Sarah Barnett, who'd go onto win big titles at the Orlando Europa and the Kentucky Derby Festival Championships.
I'm not saying if you attend this seminar you'll start winning shows left, right, and center, but if you're serious about going all the way, I can't imagine you'd want to miss this great event. Be sure to listen to what Gary, Linda, and Kevin have to say. Be a sponge and take it all in, from how to stand when at the wings of the stage, to how to execute the mandatory poses, to what type of music to select and even how much to eat (or not to eat) post-contest. This will be a HIGHLY educational event, you won't want to miss. I'll be there doing press for StrengthAddicts.com / NPC Strong Kentucky.