2023 Optimum Classic Pro Bodybuilding Show Preview – Fitnessnacks

    Many bodybuilding fans know about the 2023 New York Pro taking place on Saturday, May 20, in Teaneck, NJ, but there is another big show on the IFBB Pro League schedule taking place in Shreveport, LA.

    The Optimum Classic Pro will host four divisions — Classic Physique, Men’s Physique, Women’s Physique, and Bikini — on May 20. All four winners advance to the 2023 Olympia, which will take place on Nov. 2-5 in Orlando, FL.

    2023 Optimum Classic Pro Bodybuilding Show Rosters

    The full rosters of all four divisions are below, with names in alphabetical order.

    Classic Physique

    • Tomas Adame-Hernandez
    • Harold Bright Jr.
    • Luca Corrado
    • Bernardo Costa
    • Isaac Dobson
    • Keith Jenkins
    • Eric Wildberger Lisboa
    • Dion Merrill
    • Olushomo Oni
    • Taj Parham
    • Kendahl Richmond
    • Caleb Robinson
    • Stephen Thames

    Men’s Physique

    • Chad Caudill
    • Bhuwan Chauhan
    • Gary Cooper
    • John Ezra Dew
    • Daniele D’Onofrio
    • Furkan Er
    • Benquil Marigny
    • John Murphy
    • Vincenzo Palescandolo
    • Mark Robinson
    • Zach Savoie
    • David Short
    • Derrick Stevenson
    • Da’Marchityz T White

    Women’s Physique

    • Kenina Bonner
    • Alyssa Coppolino
    • Marie-Solange Essoh
    • Ana Harias
    • Marika Jones
    • Emiloja Martic
    • Jessica Martin
    • Qiana McClenty
    • Toni McMurtre
    • Yarelis Ramos Perez
    • Elena Aviles Romero
    • Donna Williams


    • Lesley Billups
    • Kimber Bonilla
    • Tamekia Carter
    • Janine Herrera
    • Racquel Hutchinson
    • Lauren Kralovec
    • Lucia Malavaze
    • Marina Maliden
    • Gina Scafoglio
    • Laura Stalinkeviciute
    • Sierra Swann
    • Michelle Targonska
    • Shey Webb
    • Tianna Weymouth

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    Classic Physique Athletes to Watch

    Eric Wildberger Lisboa

    Lisboa is a fourth-year professional, and he’s coming off a very impressive second-place finish at the 2023 Pittsburgh Pro. The contest was won by Michael Daboul. That showing was his first 2023 appearance, and it resulted in his second career runner-up finish.

    Lisboa had great symmetry and definition from the front and back. If he avoids any mistakes in the lead-up to this show, he is one of the favorites to win and qualify for the 2023 Olympia.

    Kendahl Richmond

    Richmond made his pro debut at the 2023 Pittsburgh Pro, where he placed ninth. With the pro debut jitters out of the way, he can make adjustments and potentially place higher in this contest. The rookie from Sacramento, CA, has well-developed legs and a thick chest, making every front pose look impressive. 

    Luca Corrado

    Consider Corrado a dark horse for this contest. He hasn’t finished in the top 10 in any of his four previous appearances, but he did finish in the top 15 at the Pittsburgh Pro one week before this contest. This is his third professional season.

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    Other Notes

    The 2023 New York Pro is having contests in all four of these divisions as well. Those winners will also move on to the Olympia. The Men’s Physique lineup includes 2023 St. Louis Pro winner Benquil Marigny, who has already qualified for the Olympia. If he wins this contest, the qualification will not pass down.

    Featured image: @ericwildberger on Instagram

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