2013 New York Pro Recap

Between Big Rami's debut win and Victor Martinez's return to competition, the 2013 New York Pro proved to be one of the IFBB season's most exciting events!

May 27, 2013

By Frank Hoffmann

This past Saturday, the audience at the 2013 New York Pro witnessed one of the most impressive pro debuts in recent history. Not much was known about Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay prior to this show but there was a lot of buzz surrounding this 300 pound Egyptian mass monster in the weeks leading up to his first contest. As far as posing routines go, Big Ramy was fairly conservative, which is to be expected for a rookie, but when you bring that much conditioned muscle to the stage there’s no need for an over-the-top routine. Big Ramy was the clear winner, it wasn’t even close, it was the battle for the runner-up spot that was the subject of debate.

Victor Martinez, who hasn’t competed since 2011, and Juan Morel, who finished fourth last year, both came in on point and finished in second and third place respectively. Martinez was the sentimental favorite but if you asked the audience, who were chanting "diesel, diesel, diesel!” when Morel hit the stage, they would strongly disagree with the judges' decision. Martinez and Morel came in with identical conditioning but Morel had a clear size advantage, especially in the legs. Out of the remaining top six, I was most impressed with Anthoneil Champagnie, whose rock-hard density and graininess could have had him finish as high as fourth. As is the case with any show, some of the placings could have been shuffled a bit, (I had Marcus Haley in the top six) but overall the judges did a good job calling this one.

The big story at this year's New York Pro was the placing of Cedric McMillan, who finished in a disappointing 12th place (click here for an in-depth analysis of Ced's surprisingly lackluster finish). But what about Antoine Vaillant? While I was excited to see this young Canadian make his IFBB debut, he clearly wasn’t ready for this show and finished in the basement at 14th. Lest I forget the 212’s who were also in New York showcasing their less massive, but still impressive physiques. Jose Raymond took the top spot in this weight class, edging out Sami Al-Haddad and Mark Dugdale.

The New York Pro is always a great show and this year's was no exception. Be sure to check out our exclusive contest shots of all the winners!

Men's Bodybuilding

1. Mamdouh Elssbiay
2. Victor Martinez
3. Juan Morel
4. Jonathan Delarosa
5. Clarence DeVis
6. Anthoneil Champagnie
7. Marcus Haley
8. Keith Williams
9. Constantinos Demetriou
10. Pablo Ayala
11. An Nguyen
12. Cedric McMillan
13. Daniel Toth
14. Antoine Valliant

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Men's 212

1. Jose Raymond
2. Sami Alhaddad
3. Mark Dugdale
4. Aaron Clark
5. Marco Rivera
6. Al Auguste

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Men's Physique

1. Sadik Hadzovic
2. Anton Antipov
3. Matthew Acton
4. Craig Capurso
5. William Sullivan
6. Sean Sapera

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Women's Physique

1. Juliana Malacarne
2. Karina Nascimento
3. Toni West
4. Joele Smith
5. Teresita Morales
6. Nathalie Foreau

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1. Candice Keene
2. Swann Cardot
3. Nicole Wilkins
4. Rebecca Vera
5. Monica Specking
6. Maria Luisa Baeza Diaz

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1. Yeshaira Robles
2. Ashley Kaltwasser
3. Lindsey Waters
4. Yarelis Gonzalez
5. Ashley Cronley LeBlanc
6. Dayna Maleton

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Frank Hoffmann is a former NCAA and Professional CFL football player from Toronto, whose passion for health and fitness stems from his years as a personal trainer. Frank works as a freelance fitness and lifestyle writer while holding down a nine to five job and believes having a full-time job is no excuse to not be fit. Check out his fitness blog at Nine2Fit.tumblr.com and follow him on Twitter at @Nine2Fit.