This Weekend – Legion Sports Fest – California’s Largest IFBB Pro League Event -September 29-30

Sunday at the Long Beach Convention Center and Beverly O'Neill Theater.

Los Angeles – 10,000 attendees/athletes to discover their hidden fitness super-powers this September 29 and 30 in Long Beach, CA at Long Beach Convention Center LONG BEACH, CA (September 26, 2018) – Fitness expos will be reinvented on September 29-30 at the Long Beach Convention Center with Legion Sports Festival, presented by Global Formulas. The event is an immersive fitness with a 100,000 ft2 showcase of seven fitness-related sports, 1,500 athletes, 200 companies, seminars, celebrities, obstacle courses, and cash and prize contests open to all expo attendees.

The Legion Sports Festival is headlined by California’s largest IFBB Professional League Competition where approximately 150 IFBB Pro League competitors compete in the following divisions: Men’s Bodybuilding 212, Men’s Classic Physique, Men’s Physique, Women’s Physique, Fitness, and Bikini. Pros compete for $26,000 in cash prizes.

Six Mr. and Ms. Olympia Champions joined forces with Center Podium Productions to create a new, first-class, fitness vacation experience focused on helping attendees and athletes of all levels find their hidden fitness super powers.

The Legion of Olympians is an elite group of some of the top Mr. and Ms. Olympia champions in the world. They found their inner superhero along their fitness competition careers and are driven to give back to the sport by sharing their knowledge and experience to help aspiring athletes across all sports.

The Olympians include: • 4x Ms. Fitness Olympia, Oksana Grishina • 2008 Mr. Olympia Dexter “The Blade” Jackson • 3x Ms. Bikini Olympia, Ashley Kaltwasser • The first ever Classic Physique Mr. Olympia, Danny Hester • The first ever Men’s Physique Mr. Olympia Mark Anthony • 8x Ms. Olympia, Lenda Murray

“We are grateful to have the best bodybuilding athletes in the world so involved with this event. With a roster like this, I think, ‘epic’ won’t even begin to describe what these incredible athletes will bring to the Legion Sports Fest,” said Chris Minnes, owner, and producer. ”

All Sanctioned Competitions Include:

1. FALLOUT by Battleground Events – Functional Fitness *Sold out with 364 athletes* 2. USAA Arm Wrestling – Pro/Am 3. America’s Strongest Man & Woman 4. Roller Derby Tournament by Bad Fish Roller Derby 5. USPA Powerlifting 6. Oksana Grishina Pole Fitness Classic 7. IFBB Pro Bodybuilding with the following divisions: Bikini, Bodybuilding 212, Figure, Women’s Physique, Men’s Physique, Classic Physique, Fitness

What makes Legion Sports Festival different? • The event is visually exceptional. The sense of arrival is one of grandeur and class thanks to a blend of the incredible Long Beach Convention Center, the layout, and branding of the event. • “Outdoor Arena of Badassery” o Roller Derby Tournaments, FALLOUT Functional Fitness Team Competitions by Battleground Events, Food Trucks, Live Action • IFBB Pro sanctioned with six divisions o Winners receive a guaranteed Arnold Sports Festival Invitation o All divisions receive points or guaranteed Olympia 2019 Qualification depending on placing • U.S. Air Force Special Warfare Obstacle Course • Free posing seminars by Mr. Olympia Danny Hester, Mr. Olympia Mark Anthony and IFBB Pros Bojana Vasiljevic, Jennifer Dorie • HD Live Web-streamed event at no charge to the user • Fitness Pro Educational Series o Industry leading speakers for a series of workshops designed to bridge the gap between theory and practice on exciting subjects like HIIT, Glute Training, Kinesio Taping, Injury Prevention, Mobility Training, and more o This event is approved for continuing education credits with the accredited personal training organizations National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). It is open to anyone looking to broaden their knowledge of fitness training • Lead by athletes, for athletes (Legion of Olympians and Center Podium’s entire staff are current/former athletes in Bodybuilding, Powerlifting, Skiing, Snowboarding, and Motocross) • Exclusive Red-Carpet Celebrity Event at IFBB Finals o Red Carpet function open to the public, IFBB Pro Finals is a ticketed event starting at $54.49 • Held at the stunning Long Beach Convention Center to provide 100,000 ft2 of indoor/outdoor sanctioned fitness competitions, contests, seminars, obstacle courses, vendors. • Focused on helping people find their best self, not helping people only find free samples • Unique and entertaining sports not usually seen at fitness expos: Roller Derby, FALLOUT by Battleground Events Functional Fitness, Oksana Grishina’s Pole Fitness Classic • VIP Sponsor Soiree at a secret location for exhibitors and sponsors to network before the event • Gold Saturday/Silver Sunday: o Participating sponsors and exhibitors will provide an exclusive special offer in limited quantities for each expo day

Saturday, September 29, 2018 8:00 AM FALLOUT Functional Fitness by Battleground Events begins 9:00 AM Expo Doors Open for VIP, Competitors and Premier Ticket Holders 9:30 AM Expo Doors Open for General Admission 9:30 AM IFBB Pro Check-Ins 9:30 AM USPA Powerlifting, America’s Strongest Man, America’s Strongest Woman, USAA Pro/Am Arm wrestling Begins 10:00 AM Oksana Grishina Meet and Greet 11:00 AM Men’s Legion Seminar with Dexter Jackson, Danny Hester and Mark Anthony 1:00 PM IFBB Pro Pre-Judging Begins 2:00 PM Fail to Win – Maximum Reps Contest with Celebrity Host Mike O’Hearn
3:00 PM Meet 8x Ms. Olympia Lenda Murray 4:00 PM Meet 3x Ms. Olympia Ashley Kaltwasser 5:00 PM Expo Ends 6:30 PM Fitness Celebrity Red-Carpet Media Event at Beverly O’Neil Theater and Doors Open to IFBB Pro Finals 7:30 PM IFBB Finals Begins with a guest performance by Ms. Fitness Olympia, Oksana Grishina 10:00 AM Oksana Grishina Meet and Greet

Sunday, September 29, 2018 9:00 AM Expo Doors Open for VIP, Competitors and Premier Ticket Holders 9:30 AM Expo Doors Open for General Admission 9:30 AM USPA Powerlifting, Roller Derby, America’s Strongest Man, America’s Strongest Woman, USAA Arm wrestling Begins 10:00 AM Women’s Legion Seminar with Ashley Kaltwasser, Oksana Grishina, & Lenda Murray 10:30 AM Cali’s Hottest Package – Best Body Part Contests hosted by Mike O’Hearn 11:00 AM Meet first ever Mr. Classic Physique Olympia, Danny Hester 12:00 PM Meet first ever Mr. Men’s Physique Olympia, Mark Anthony 1:00 PM Meet 2008 Mr. Olympia, Dexter “The Blade” Jackson 1:00 PM Oksana Grishina Pole Fitness Classic 2:00 PM Quest Nutrition presents Deadlift for Reps 3:00 PM Strategies for a Fueling Super Human Physique with Damon McCune MS, RDN, LD 5:00 PM Expo Ends

Key sponsors of Legion Sports Festival include Carr Cellular Fitness, One% Nutrition, SWAT Fuel, U.S. Air Force, LEOMICCI, Icon Muscle, Calibrated Training and Nutrition, K3 Scooper, Royalty Nutrition, BenjiLock, California Beef Council, Beef It’s What’s For Dinner, TC1 Gel, and Unlimited Performance Supplements.

Spectator tickets are $29.99 to $109.49 and are available at a 15% discount until 8/31/18

For information, registration, tickets and a full event schedule visit

To schedule pre-show interviews with Chris Minnes and the Legion of Olympians or to reserve press passes for the event, please contact:

Ted Johanson
Center Podium Productions
Legion Sports Festival
Cell: 707-968-7672

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