American Media Revokes Shawn Rhoden’s Eligibility for 2019 Mr. Olympia
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American Media, LLC Chairman and CEO David J. Pecker, owner and operator of Joe Weider’s Mr. Olympia Fitness and Performance Expo and the Mr. Olympia Contest, today announced that he is revoking the eligibility of 2018 Mr. Olympia Shawn Rhoden from competing in the 2019 and future Mr. Olympia competitions. The announcement follows the recent charges that led to a warrant issued in Utah for Mr. Rhoden stemming from an alleged incident in October 2018.

In addition to revoking Mr. Rhoden’s eligibility from future Mr. Olympia competitions, American Media also announced that it would suspend coverage of Mr. Rhoden in its media brands, including Muscle & Fitness and FLEX, until the legal process has been completed.

About American Media, LLC
American Media, LLC owns and operates the leading print and digital celebrity and active lifestyle media brands in the United States. American Media’s titles include Us Weekly, Star, OK!, In Touch, Life & Style, Closer, Men’s Journal, Muscle & Fitness, Powder, Snowboarder, Surfer, Bike, Mr. Olympia Contest, National Enquirer and other celebrity and teen titles. American Media also manages nineteen different digital sites including,,,,,,,,, and other digital and social properties. American Media’s magazines have a combined total circulation of 5.7+ million and reach approximately 49.4 million men and women each month. American Media’s digital properties reach approximately 65 million unique visitors monthly.


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Juan “Diesel” Morel’s daughter has been missing for close to two days, the superstar bodybuilder said on his Instagram.

The former IFBB New York Pro champion said his 16-year-old daughter Destiny, who has not been seen since July 10, is either in Hollis, Queens or East New York, Brooklyn. He’s asked anyone with information to contact him, or a police detective called Detective Denis, whose phone number he put in the social media post.

A number of fellow bodybuilders—from Kai Greene to Sadik Hadzovic—have reposted Morel’s plea for help. Destiny was last seen in Deer Park, Suffolk County, Morel said.


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Burpees are one of those exercises that pretty much nobody enjoys. Sure, incorporating them into your workout is a surefire way to ignite a total-body burn, but they’re taxing in a way that makes them more miserable than most bodyweight moves.

While many fitness enthusiasts couldn’t imagine doing burpees for even an hour straight, Michigan State University student and ROTC cadet Bryan Abell did them for 12 hours so he could set a Guinness World Record and raise money for a good cause, Reuters reports. He completed 4,689 burpees with minimal rest. 



Six months ago, Abell co-founded the Stronger Warrior Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting active and retired U.S. service members financially, mentally, and physically. The 23-year-old student used his world record attempt as a fundraiser for the organization, dubbing it “Burpees for a Purpose: World Record Attempt for the Troops.”

The record he set was for “most chest to ground burpees in 12 hours (male)” which required him to complete at least 4,500 burpees in the allotted time. Needless to say, the attempt had to meet certain standards for the record to count.

“Guinness required me to have two witnesses at all times viewing to validate all the burpees,” Abell told 13 On Your Side. “One of those witnesses had to be a certified exercise or fitness professional.”

He trained consistently for about six weeks, doing 1,500 burpees a day, and it clearly paid off. Abell went above and beyond the requirements during the 12-hour endeavor, knocking out the 4,689 burpees.

Abell’s goal for the event, held at Carl’s Family YMCA in Milford, Michigan, was to raise $4,500 for his cause. As of Thursday, he raised $2,062. If you’d like to donate, head to the Burpees for a Purpose: World Record Attempt for the Troops Facebook page.


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After teaming up with Under Armour last year to release a training shoe, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson is back at it with a new version. Dubbed Project Rock 2 (or PR2), these eye-catching sneakers come in one color (we hope you like blood orange) and feature the Rock’s favorite motto—“blood, sweat, respect”—alongside halo gray trim and a gold bull horns logo. (Classic Dwayne.) And, unlike the high-top we saw in version one, you’re now working with a lower cut and a narrower toe box.

They look sleeker, but how do they fare in the gym? We battle-tested a pair to find out.

The first thing you’ll notice after slipping your feet into a pair of PR2s is the sock-like upper covering that grips your ankle and the anatomical bootie that keeps the fit nice and snug. Once laced up, the shoes feel secure and ready for action. The sole is made with Under Armour’s HOVR technology, which is meant to put a spring in your step and reduce impact during high-impact movements. Bouncing around the gym, I liked the springy platform, finding it to be comfortable and responsive.

To really put these shoes to the test, I went through a HIIT (high-intensity interval training) warm-up that involved lots of quick movements, including burpees, squat jacks, dumbbell step-ups, and renegade rows. At 10.9-ounces, the shoes are heavier than my usual Nikes, but they still felt light on my feet, allowing me to move quickly between exercises.

I followed that up with some deadlifts and barbell squats to see how the shoes performed under heavier loads. Driving through the ground, they provided a cushioned, stable base through the heels to keep me locked into the lift. The heel cup minimized side-to-side movement and the multi-directional tread on the sole curtailed any slippage. The heel drop is a modest eight millimeters, two to three times less than a traditional weightlifting shoe. But these are versatile trainers built for more than Olympic weightlifting. 

I’ve worn featherweight, minimal sneakers for years, and I still like the barely-there feel they provide, whether I’m working out or walking to lunch. I might stick with my current pair for HIIT and other circuit-based training. But after an hour with the PR2s, I began to reconsider my footwear when lifting weights, as it’s difficult to dismiss the stability and cushion they provide through the heel.

So, did the PR2s turn me into a real-life superhero like the Rock? No. But that’s due mostly to genetics and the Rock’s extraordinary work ethic. I can’t blame the shoes.


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Tito Ortiz is coming out of retirement—again. The UFC hall of famer and former light heavyweight champion is set to fight former WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio at a yet-to-be-announced venue and date, according to multiple reports.

Ortiz already appears pumped for the bout, which will be his first in the Combate Americas, a Hispanic mixed martial arts company. “When you do it for the love of the sport. I will break him!” he wrote on Instagram.


When you do it for the love of the sport! I will break him! #Ortizvsdelrio

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Del Rio, whose real name is José Alberto Rodríguez, is known for his time in the WWE but also has an MMA background, earning a 9-5 record throughout several promotions. He doesn’t seem phased by “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy.”

“#America wasn’t created for you, America was created for me…AMERICA WAS CREATED FOR EVERYBODY,” he wrote in an Instagram post that shows him staring down Ortiz.

Of course, Ortiz requires little to no introduction. He had a 20-12-1 record in UFC and Bellator. He retired in 2012 for just one year, and retired again in 2017 before returning to the Octagon last November to take on longtime foe, Chuck Liddell. It appears the return was worth it, because Ortiz defeated “The Iceman” for the first time. He signed with Combate in April.

The 44-year-old Ortiz will take on Del Rio, 42, at a 210-pound catchweight.


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