The New York Pro is quickly approaching, and in less than a week the competitors will line up and judges will decide who has brought the best package to the stage. In last week’s Road to the 2017 NY Pro article, retuning champ George Brown, last year’s runner up Andre Ferguson, rising star Raymont Edmonds, and Olympian Joseph Lee were highlighted as top-notch competitors to keep an eye out for. With the 2017 NY Pro in less than a week, other notable physique competitors are now set to take the stage for their chance to claim first place.
Along with the four competitors mentioned last week, 25 other pros will show off their months of training, dieting, consistency, and discipline this Saturday. One of those men is Olympia qualified Brandon Hendrickson. The 2016 Arnold Classic Champion and and 2017 Arnold Classic 3rd place finisher will undoubtedly stand out in this show.
Dean Balabis, who placed 10th in last years Olympia and 6th in the 2015 Olympia, is still trying to earn his spot at this year’s big O stage. Balabis is currently tied for 5th in the Men’s Physique Point Standings according to the Mr. Olympia website. A top place finish at the NY Pro will help push him into the top 3 in points standings, and qualify him again. The chance to move into the top 3 in points will surely be in the back of his mind as he takes the stage this weekend.
Mohammed Buqambar, is currently searching for his Olympia qualification as well. After just finishing 4th at the star-studded Pittsburgh Pro a couple weeks ago, he will look to take home another top place finish this weekend. Another finish in the top 5 for Buqambar would break his current 3rd place tie in the Men’s Physique Point Standings.
2016 NY Pro 3rd place finisher and 2x Olympian, Chase Savoie will also be on stage May 20th. Savoie recently placed 7th at the Pittsburgh Pro, and will look to take a top spot in New York again this year. The same goes for Logan Franklin and Scott Dennis, the two competitors who rounded out the top 5 in the 4th and 5th spots at last year’s NY Pro.
All 29 men listed to compete this weekend have a shot at a top place finish. This year’s NY Pro is shaping out to be one for the record books. For the full list of competitors and exclusive physique check-ins, be sure to check out Men’s Physique News’ Instagram.
According to bevfrancis.com, The NY Pro will begin pre-judging at 11 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 20th.