On April 21, 2022, two-time Classic Physique Olympia champion Breon Ansley announced that he’s throwing his hat in the lineup for the 2022 Tampa Pro, set to occur on the weekend of Aug. 5-6 in Tampa, FL. Ansley announced at the beginning of a video on his YouTube channel.
“We are 16 weeks out from Tampa. I was never really putting the show out there, but you heard it first here, now,” Ansley said. “I’m 197 pounds right now. So, I’m ahead of the game. I want to be 180 at the weight cap in about another 10 weeks.”
There has been speculation that Ansley may enter the 212 division to see how he’d fair. His reference to being at the weight cap of 180 pounds means he will most likely compete in Classic Physique.
Ansley can enter any Classic Physique contest he likes as an Olympia winner. However, it isn’t often that an Olympia winner competes in an event outside of the Olympia itself. His last appearance on stage was at the 2022 Arnold Classic, where he placed fourth behind champion Terrence Ruffin and second-place finisher Ramon Rocha Queiroz. This will be his first time competing in the Tampa Pro.
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In March, Ansley announced that 2022 will be his final year competing in Classic Physique, and the 2022 Olympia would be his last contest in that division. His entry into the Tampa Pro may be a way for him to gauge his progress and development. He also laid out his goals for the next contest in the video. He had mentioned that he wanted to bring his legs up, and he goes on to train legs in the video, but now he’s focusing on a different area.
“We’re not trying to put more size on the legs. I think the legs are there as far as development and size,” said Ansley. “What we’re going to do is bring the waist in tighter, bring the waist down a lot more.”
As of this writing, rosters for the Tampa Pro show are unavailable. It will be interesting to see if others jump in to get an early comparison to the Classic Physique legend or if they will try to earn Olympia qualifications by doing other shows instead.
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