By Frank Hoffmann
First and foremost, I want to congratulate Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay on winning his first pro show. Not only did Big Ramy dominate a powerful line-up, he went toe-to-toe with IFBB juggernaut (and personal hero), Victor Martinez and came out on top – not a bad way to start your professional bodybuilding career. What makes this 28-year old phenom’s victory even more impressive, and scary, is that he’s only been training for three years. I can go on for days talking about how incredible the top 6 was at this years New York Pro, instead, I’m going to travel a lot further down the line-up until I get to spot 12: Cedric McMillan. The mighty Cedric, the aesthetically gifted athlete with the classic physique who’s supposed to be taking the IFBB by storm, finished an unfathomable 12th place.
Internet fan boys have already begun chirping on the forums: “Cedric is all hype”, “he’s done”, “no more gifts for McMillan”...you get the picture. Although it’s very easy to tag the name Cedric McMillan with How the Mighty Have Fallen, anyone with the slightest passing knowledge of bodybuilding knows that one show does not define a career. Keep in mind that Cedric already qualified for the Olympia with his victory at FIBO Power Germany, he’s a full-time soldier in the US Military, he’s travelled to competitions all around the world this year which takes a toll on the body and, if you recall, he won the New York Pro last year. Therefore, placing out of the top ten is not that big of a deal. Now, I don’t know what goes on in Cedric’s camp but, as I see it, he probably didn’t feel the need to run his body through the rigger for this show since he’s already qualified for the O and I think he merely used the New York Pro as an opportunity to maybe earn a little cash and prep for his Mr. Olympia debut in September.
Bodybuilding is a tricky sport. One day you could be peeled to the bone with full muscle bellies, and the next day you could look soft and flat, so to judge the immediate future of Cedric McMillan based on one show is both unfair and ignorant. Granted, I could be wrong and this could very well be the end of the line for him, but I don’t think so. There’s still a lot of victories in store for this Soldier!
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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.