Toronto Pro Show Recap

Monday already?! I hope you all had a great weekend!  I had planned on getting a post up last week, but time flew by so quickly as we were getting ready to be out of town for four days, and it just didn’t happen. So, now it’s time for a recap of our weekend – as it was an important one for Kyle.

This weekend was the Toronto Pro SuperShow, which is the only professional bodybuilding show in Canada, has a massive expo, and also hosts the Ontario Physique Association’s provincial championships. This competition is the one shot we have at qualifying for nationals each year, so it’s a big show. To get on this stage, athletes have to qualify at a regional level show by placing in the top five of their category, then the top five in each category at provincials is able to move on to nationals. Kyle qualified back in November when he won the light-middle weight category at the London Championships, and has been solely focused on provincials for the last seven months.

We got to Toronto early on Thursday evening, and met up with our friends (our coach and another athlete), to have time to relax before everything started on Friday. Registration, meetings, and tans were done on Friday and the pre-judging started at 5pm. Kyle’s category got on stage around 6:30, and I have to admit, I was so nervous for him! I really think I get more nervous waiting and watching him then I do when I compete! His group walked out, 12 of them in total, and they all looked really, really good – it was a tough field for sure. The judges have them all go through the mandatory poses as a group to see everyone, and then they start calling the athletes out in groups of five for more precise comparisons. Generally speaking, the “first callout” holds the top five athletes in the group – so it’s what everyone hopes to get.  Being placed in the middle of that group is even better as that’s the first place spot. I was holding my breath as they went through the first callout, finally calling Kyle’s number! They went through the poses again, and were sent back into the lineup, then off stage, so things were looking great for him.  The finals took place on Saturday, where the placings are awarded – with Kyle coming in fourth! He brought a great physique to the stage, and some amazing conditioning. He’s got some feedback and knows what he needs to focus on for the next (big) stage, and will take the next 14 months working towards nationals. He needs to focus on building some muscle mass, which was already a goal of his, and he’s excited to have the chance to move on. It was definitely the best outcome we could have hoped for!

First celebratory dessert - well earned!

First celebratory dessert – well earned!

So proud of him! He's the most dedicated, motivating person I've met. I'm lucky to have such a great training partner.

So proud of him! He’s the most dedicated, motivating person I’ve met. I’m lucky to have such a great training partner.

We spent some time in the expo on both Saturday and Sunday, checking out supplement companies, clothing, and watching some of the professionals on stage with their competition. We were able to chat with some professionals who were at the expo, and they all took a good amount of time to talk and give us some tips and well wishes. Kai Greene did a guest posing routine at the OPA finals, which was amazing as usual. If you don’t know who he is, or haven’t seen him do a guest posing routine – check him out on youtube. You’ve definitely never seen a 300+lb man move nearly this gracefully! LOL, it’s worth checking out.

Tommy Europe was at the expo! I used to LOVE watching Bulging Brides!

Tommy Europe was at the expo! I used to LOVE watching Bulging Brides!

Overall, it’s an amazing weekend to be at if you’re into the bodybuilding world at all. For any athlete, watching the competition is so motivating, and getting to see pros is always exciting. It was a great push for me as I enter my “peak week” before the Guelph show – more on what that means later this week.

Had a good chat with Ms. Bikini Olympia, Ashley Kaltwasser. She won the TO pro show on Saturday night.

Had a good chat with Ms. Bikini Olympia, Ashley Kaltwasser. She won the TO pro show on Saturday night.

We managed to get home around 4:30 on Sunday, giving us enough time to unpack, get groceries and get ready for the next few days in terms of our meals. It’s another really busy week, so we’re working ahead to avoid any excessively late nights. I’m also scheduling to do some BAKING this week – because that’s tradition for the week of a competition for some reason. I’ve been making a list of both healthier and not healthy options… stay tuned for pictures and recipes!

Have a great day!

 

About Ashleigh

I'm passionate about health and fitness. I work as a Health Promotion Specialist, a group fitness instructor, and also a coach for physique competitors / weight loss clients. I grew up as a competitive athlete, and have continued with this passion as a Women's Physique competitor. Research and writing is another interest of mine, which I use to share my knowledge with the general public.
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2 Responses to Toronto Pro Show Recap

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