2013 Team Universe
Team Universe is around the corner…and Muscle & Fitness Hers is ready!
I typically wouldn’t get too personal in an article like this, but the NPC Team Universe Championships is fast approaching and this particular competition holds a special place in my heart. In 2010, it was my first national-level competition and a very positive experience. Then in 2011 I went back for round two and earned IFBB pro status by winning the Team Universe Figure Overall title, after which my (now) husband walked across the stage and proposed! Today, with my new role as an Online Editor for Muscle & Fitness Hers, my excitement for the 2013 Team Universe Championships is at an all-time high, as I prepare to provide contest coverage (along with the rest of the amazing Muscle & Fitness Hers team) at my first national, pro-qualifying competition… one that is sure to reach upwards of 1,000 competitors!
The NPC Team Universe Championships, held in New Jersey and brought to you by star promoters Bev Francis and Steve Weinberger, always has an amazing competitor turnout, and issues more pro cards than any other US, NPC/IFBB pro-qualifying competition. The number of competitors and pro cards granted have consistently grown higher annually, especially in the last few years with the addition of the Bikini, Men’s Physique, and Women’s Physique divisions being added to the lineup. Within the last three years, the number of new pros produced by this competition has doubled! In 2010, over 30 IFBB pro cards were earned, and now in 2013, over 60 competitors are expected to walk away from the Team Universe stage with IFBB professional status! I’ve heard some people express concern that quality is being sacrificed for quantity, but the NPC Team Universe Championships has, year after year, produced some of the top pros in the industry, for example: Nicole Wilkins, 2007, Alicia Marie, 2008, Ann Titone in 2009, Nicole Nagrani (as well as our Editor-in-Chief, Mona Muresan) in 2010, Yeshaira Robles in 2011, and Ashley Kaltwasser in 2012, just to name a few.
With a record number of competitors and pro cards expected at the 2013 NPC Team Universe Championships, we can rest assured that some new “stars” will be born in Teaneck, NJ on the weekend of July 5th and 6th… and the Muscle & Fitness Hers team will be there to cover it all! So stay tuned and maybe our next interview with the Women’s Physique, Fitness, Figure, or Bikini Overall Winner interview…will be with YOU!
The registration deadline is June 20th, so if you haven’t registered yet, it’s not too late! Please visit the Bev Francis Powerhouse website here for all of your 2013 NPC Team Universe Championship information. We’ll see you there!