2023 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Preview – Fitnessnacks

    The 2023 IFBB Pro League Pittsburgh Pro is scheduled for the weekend of May 12-13, 2023, in Pittsburgh, PA. Six pro divisions are featured in this contest, and 100 athletes from 18 different countries will participate for the judges. The winners of each division earn qualification to the 2023 Olympia, scheduled for Nov. 2-5 in Orlando, FL. 

    Among the entrants in the Pittsburgh Pro are 2022 Women’s Physique Olympia champion Natalia Abraham Coelho (Women’s Physique), three-time Bikini Olympia champion Ashley Kaltwasser (Bikini), and 2023 Wellness International winner Kassandra Gillis (Wellness).

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    2023 Pittsburgh Pro Rosters

    The full rosters for all competitions are below, with names in alphabetical order.

    Classic Physique

    • Tomas Adame-Hernandez
    • Munkhsaruul Altangerel
    • Edgard John Augustin
    • Brandon Cooper
    • Luca Corrado
    • Michael Daboul
    • Camilo Diaz
    • Daniil Famponte
    • Callum Hinze
    • Eric Wildberger Lisboa
    • Eddie Lusk III
    • Dion Merrill
    • Jason Orellana
    • Kendahl Richmond
    • Rob Van Sant
    • Randy Watson
    • Alexander Westermeier
    • Jay Yount

    Men’s Physique

    • Dustin Alvis
    • Michael E. Anderson
    • Christopher Barr
    • Lucas Basilio
    • Michael Bell
    • Ali Bilal
    • Stevelon Dennis
    • Furkan Er
    • Matthew Gelia
    • Brett Mario Jackson
    • Melvin Keihn
    • Jacques Lewis
    • Benquil Marigny
    • Joseph Mencel
    • Gage Moran
    • Corey Morri
    • Vincenzo Palescandolo
    • Sidy Pouye Spain
    • Nathaniel Presley
    • Puwanat Putoya
    • Jamil Rogers
    • Leon K. Smith
    • Ryan Terry
    • Marcus L. Wesley

    Women’s Physique

    • Sabrina Berish
    • Candice Carr
    • Natalia Abraham Coelho
    • Sarah Crail
    • Marie-Solange Essoh
    • Ann Gruber
    • Carrie Hughes
    • Amandine Kolly
    • Diana Schnaidt
    • Joseli Schoenherr
    • Emily Schubert
    • Becky Short
    • Michele Steeves
    • Jennifer Taylor
    • Kasia Topor
    • Patricia Watson


    • Lynn Centino
    • Madison Dinges
    • Manon Dutilly
    • Ashley Radiance Fuller
    • Sandy Hill
    • Ashley Howells
    • Erika Morales Morgan
    • Nina Paulus
    • Maria Luisa Baeza Diaz Pereira
    • Paula Ranta
    • Cherish Richardson
    • Paige Sabedra
    • Natalia Soltero
    • Jennifer Zienert


    • Marnie Al-Saraf
    • Vania Auguste
    • Romina Basualdo
    • Aimee Delgado
    • Malu Duarte
    • Valerya Fedorenko
    • Karene Gonzalez
    • Brittany Hamilton
    • Nicole Hermanson
    • Peyton Hunton
    • Ashley Kaltwasser
    • Priscila Leimbacher
    • Lexus Redmond
    • Kathy Seitz
    • Nedjie Thompson
    • Petra Voldanova
    • Jessica Wilson


    • Emily Azzarello
    • Anna Banks
    • Claire Cochet
    • Rayanne Collins 
    • Lili Dong
    • Kassandra Gillis
    • Gisele Machado
    • Tefani-Sam Razhi
    • Jaqueline Huescas Rios
    • Alyssa Serna
    • Jennifer Zollars

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    Classic Physique Favorites

    Below are three likely standouts in the Classic Physique division to keep eyes on during callouts.

    Michael Daboul

    Michael Daboul finished 10th at the 2022 Classic Physique Olympia. He is a two-time Arnold Classic UK Classic Physique winner. This is the fourth-year pro’s 2023 season debut, and he hopes to earn an Olympia invite in Pittsburgh so he can commit six months to prepare for it.

    Camilo Diaz

    Diaz was a 2022 Olympia competitor but finished out of the top 15. He won one show in 2022: the Mid-USA Pro. He’s never set foot on the Pittsburgh Pro stage in his career, thus this will be his Pittsburgh Pro debut and his first pro appearance of 2023.

    Daniil Famponte

    Famponte is a rookie but made his presence known via his 2023 Charlotte Pro win and third-place ranking at the Fitworld Pro. He’s already qualified for the Olympia, and has proven he has what the judges are looking for in a pro show winner.

    If Famponte claims another win in Pittsburgh, he will block the Olympia invite to another athlete, as Olympia invites do not pass down. Everyone else in the lineup who does not take home gold will have to compete at least once more to secure that important invite to the Olympia. 

    Men’s Open Guest Posers

    Outside of the competitions, many fans look forward to the Pittsburgh Pro because it’s become a show where the biggest names in the Men’s Open guest pose before they begin their Olympia preps. This is a tradition that goes back decades in the sport, and 2023 is no exception.

    The guest posers for this show are below:

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