VIDEO: CICCONE, FARNSWORTH PREP FOR THE POUND4POUND CHALLENGE

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Pete Ciccone & Derik Farnsworth prep for the Olympia Pound4Pound Challenge!

September 14, 2010

FLEXONLINE.COM

We're sure you already know this, but Olympia Weekend is less than two short weeks away! Before the IFBB Pro League superstars heat up the Las Vegas stage on September 24-25, we wanted to check in on the first-annual Olympia Pound4Pound Challenge. Pete Ciccone and Derik Farnsworth are both ramping up their training in hopes of walking out with the loot — up to $10 grand is on the line — and from the looks of it, they're both making all the right moves.

Yesterday, Ciccone had this to say in an e-mail to flexonline.com:

"When my training partner, Derik Farnsworth (IFBB Pro League athlete and fellow contestant in the Challenge), told me he wanted to train and prepare to compete in the Pound4Pound Challenge, I thought it would be a great way to incorporate more powerlifting and heavy basic movements into my own off-season program. I'm a bodybuilder to the core, not a strength athlete, so will be a personal challenge for me. As an athlete...I'm lovin' every minute of it. Lifting heavy stuff is fun!"

Ciccone posted a few pics and some videos on the FLEX Forums of he and Farnsworth getting ready. Check 'em out by clicking the link below.

SEE VIDEO AND PICS OF CICCONE & FARNSWORTH'S TRAINING HERE!

Other confirmed participants:
Ben Pakulski
Derik Farnsworth
Pete Ciccone
Rodney Roller

For those who need a refresher of what the Olympia Pound4Pound Challenge will consist of, that info is located below:
• Bench press — 1 ½ BW
• Squat — 2x BW
• Smith Machine seated press — 1X BW
• Deadlift — 2x BW

RULES AND REGS

Competitors will weigh in on site. Weights will be rounded to the nearest zero.
FOR EXAMPLE
• 173 pounds = 170 pounds
• 227 pounds = 230 pounds

Competitors will have ONE opportunity to perform each lift.

— Only FULL reps will be counted (which will be determined by an on-site judge)
— Belt, wraps and straps are all permitted

The top five competitors in each lift will receive the following points. A tie in reps will result in both competitors being awarded a point. The highest point total at the end of all four lifts will determine the overall winner. In the case of a tie, the total number of reps will determine a winner.

1. 5 points
2. 4 points
3. 3 points
4. 2 points
5. 1 point

WHO'S ELGIBLE?

All IFBB Pro League athletes and NPC athletes who have competed on the national level in 2010 out to prove they're the pound-for-pound strongest bodybuilder can apply.

PRIZE MONEY BREAKDOWN

$1,500 for highest lift per category
$4,000 for highest overall total
Total purse: $10,000

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