Troy Alves Wins His 212 Debut

A big win for Troy Alves at the 2013 Europa Show of Champions guarantees the 46-year-old a spot at this year’s Mr. Olympia!

April 22, 2013

By Frank Hoffmann

A pro since 2002, Troy Alves was always one of the lightest competitors in the IFBB. Known for his classic symmetry and famous for his back double biceps, Alves, who competes around 220 pounds, just never had the size required to stand next to the mass monsters at the major shows. Rather than just ending his career with a few more top ten finishes, the 46 year-old Alves decided recently to shake things up by joining the 212 Division. This past Saturday he made his debut at the 2013 Europa Show of Champions in Orlando, Florida.

Deciding to compete at this year’s Europa in the 212 Division was a no-brainer for Alves. To compete at 212, he didn’t have to drop much weight and he knew he'd probably be the biggest competitor on stage. Coupled with his shredded physique and classic lines, it's no surprise Alves easily won his debut and qualified for September’s Mr. Olympia. Troy Alves is a veteran of the sport and strategically chose to make his debut at the 2013 Europe for the sole purpose of qualifying for this year’s Olympia. He admits that he didn’t come in at 100% but knew, based on the competitors list, that this show was his to lose and his best chance to get his qualification for the big show – he was right!

As Troy Alves enters a new chapter in his bodybuilding career with his sponsor USN (Ultimate Sports Nutrition) by his side, the 212 Division just got a lot more interesting. Alves now has 5 months to concentrate on the Mr. Olympia and it’s arguably not a matter of if he’ll win the 212 Showdown, it’s a matter of when!

Full Results For Men’s Bodybuilding 212

1. Troy Alves
2. Raul Carrasco Jiminez
3. Marco Rivera
4. Thomas Benagli
5. Milton Holloway
6. Charles Dixon
7. Nathan Wonsley
8. Wendell Floyd
9. Amit Sapir
10. Daron Lytle
11. Jason Arntz
12. Rixio Tapia
13. Vinny Galanti
14. Anthony Paitaris
15. Gianluca Catapano

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 and follow him on Twitter at @Nine2Fit.