125+ IFBB Pros from 20+ Countries Confirmed for Legion Sports Fest

California’s Largest IFBB Pro League Event is November 10th at Legion Sports Fest

LONG BEACH, CA (October 22, 2019) – The 2nd annual Legion Sports Fest presented by Reign Total Body Fuel returns to Long Beach Convention Center & Beverly O’Neill Theater November 9th and 10th 2019. This fitness weekend in Long Beach features 12 sports, 1,500+ athletes, seminars, celebrities, parties, DJs, and over 150 vendors. A headlining sport of Legion Sports Fest is IFBB Pro Bodybuilding with six divisions: Men’s Bodybuilding 212, Men’s Classic Physique, Men’s Physique, Women’s Physique, Fitness, and Figure. These IFBB Pro League athletes will compete for $26,000 in cash, an S-Force watch, and a custom superhero trophy.

Over 125 IFBB Pro athletes from 20 different countries have submitted their contracts to compete. This number is far ahead compared to last year’s Legion Sports Fest IFBB Pro League event on September 29th, 2018. “I guess we did something right last year.”, laughed Chris Minnes, producer of the Legion Sports Fest. “But seriously, we’re stoked to receive this kind of support. Our goal is to give back to the athletes and when we grow, the more we can give back. I think given that we are athletes ourselves, we’re all pretty in sync.”

The first-ever Classic Physique Mr. Olympia, Danny Hester, had this to say about the event, “Amazing show. Incredible venue. I couldn’t be happier to be here.”

Some confirmed IFBB Pro League athletes include David Henry, Dani Younan, Anna Adams Chism, and Stacy Boyce. Many athletes are coming straight from the Mr. Olympia hope to get an early qualification for the 2020 Olympia.

A real-life superhero is someone who is in full pursuit of their own maximum potential. They also help lift others by sharing knowledge, providing motivation, and showing people how to ignite their own superpowers. This is what Legion Sports Fest is all about,” said Chris Minnes, founder/owner of Legion Sports Fest and Center Podium productions.

Legion Sports Fest identified six of these fitness superheroes to create

The Legion of Olympians.

The Legion of Olympians is an elite group of some of the top Mr. and Ms. Olympia champions in the world with 21 combined Olympia titles! They found their inner superhero along with 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
  • 4x Mr. Olympia, Jay Cutler
  • 3x Ms. Bikini Olympia, Ashley Kaltwasser
  • The first-ever Classic Physique Mr. Olympia, DannyHester
  • The first-ever Men’s Physique Mr. Olympia, Mark Anthony
  • 8x Ms. Olympia, Lenda Murray

What’s in it for NPC athletes?

In order to help NPC athletes “find their fitness superpowers” and learn how to reach IFBB Pro League status or even Mr. and Ms. Olympia status, Legion Sports Fest has created the Stage Ready Seminar.

For $45 on Sunday, November 10th, one can attend the Legion Sports Fest EXPO, IFBB Pro Pre-Judging, and the Stage Ready Seminar.

This seminar will consist of ten Olympians with a combined total of 23 Mr. or Ms. Olympia Titles, and the Olympia head judge Sandy Williamson. The presenters include Jay Cutler, Mark Anthony, Oksana Grishina, Danny Hester, Ashley Kaltwasser, Lenda Murray, Bojana Vasiljevic, Jennifer Dorie, Whitney Jones, and Helle Travino. Plus, special presentations from IFBB Pro coach Eric “Merlin” Broser.


“I thought back to all the stuff I wish I had
known when I competed. I worked hard doing
so many wrong things and still wonder what I
could have achieved if I had this information.
So I put it all together in this seminar so that
others could have all the tools they need to achieve their maximum potential.” 
said Chris Minnes, founder, and promoter of Legion Sports Fest.

IFBB Pro League Legion Sports Fest Schedule Saturday, November 9, 2019

9:00 AM Multi-sport expo doors open at Long Beach Convention Center Hall A
10:00 AM IFBB Pro Check-Ins – VIP Ticket Required – Meeting Room 103 C
5:00 PM Multi-sport expo ends

Sunday, November 10, 2019

9:00 AM Expo Doors Open for General Admission
9:30 AM IFBB Pro League Pre-Judging begins – Premier Ticket Required
1:30 PM NPC Stage Ready Seminar
5:00 PM Expo Ends
5:30 PM IFBB Pro League Finals Doors Open & Red Carpet Hosted by Lauren Abraham
6:30 PM IFBB Finals with over 175 IFBB Pros and appearances by Oksana Grishina, Jay Cutler, Ashley Kaltwasser, Mark Anthony, Lenda Murray, and Danny Hester

The title sponsor of the Legion Sports Festival is Reign Total Body Fuel. Major sponsors include EarthNutri, Northern Chill Water, Carr Cellular Fitness, SWAT Fuel, Muscle Monster, Monster Hydro. Other key sponsors are U.S. Navy, Team FFLEX, KOI CBD, Firm Hands Sports Massage, Jawku, S-Force Watches, Musclegen Research, Dr. Jen’s Nutrition, Icon Muscle, Oxygen Magazine, and Crunch Fitness.

Official media partners include NPC News Online, Muscular Development, Maximum Muscle Report, Oxygen Magazine, and RX Muscle.

Spectator tickets are $25 to $150. Presale discounts on fitness expo tickets are offered until 10/31/19

For information, registration, tickets and a full event schedule visit www.LegionSportsFest.com.


EDITORS NOTE: To schedule pre-show interviews with Legion Sports Festival producers or Legion of Olympian members; please contact Ted Johanson at (707) 968-7672 or ted@centerpodium.com

What: Legion Sports Festival Multi-Sport Fitness Festival/Expo

Press Check-In:
Sunday November 10th, 8:30 AM – 6PM (please contact in advance for TV & media truck parking)

When: IFBB Pro League Events – Sunday, November 10
Expo Events November 9th and 10th 2019

Where: Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802

Legion Sports Festival Multi-Sport Fitness Festival/Expo
Sunday November 10th, 8:30 AM – 6PM (please contact in advance for TV & media truck parking) IFBB Pro League Events – Sunday, November 10
Expo Events November 9th and 10th 2019
Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802

About Chris Minnes & Center Podium

Voted 2017 promoter of the year, Christopher Minnes is known as the premier bodybuilding event promoter in the West. He has produced the NPC/IFBB sanctioned events since 2011. The event portfolio now includes eight events from Reno to Russia. With a background in event promotion beginning in 1991, Minnes has produced hundreds of events including concerts, ski & snowboard races, mountain bike races and much more. Center Podium is the managing company for the NPC Motherlode, Tahoe Show, NPC West Coast, Dexter Jackson Classic, IFBB Pro League Russia International Championship, NPC New Mexico State Open, and the Legion Sports Festival. For information visitwww.centerpodium.com.

About Long Beach Convention Center

The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center is a modern and stylish facility located in the heart of Long Beach’s downtown waterfront. The Center features more than 400,000 square feet of flexible exhibit and meeting space, two theaters, four ballrooms, an arena, and 34 multi-purpose meeting rooms. The glass-domed Promenade Atrium, with sweeping views of the scenic waterfront and downtown skyline, is available for pre-functions, receptions, and special events. For more information, visit www.LongBeachCC.com.

About the IFBB Pro League

The IFBB Professional League (“IFBB Pro League”) was founded by Ben and Joe Weider.
The OLYMPIA was created by Joe Weider.
The President of the IFBB Pro League is Jim Manion (USA). For more information, visit www.IFBBPro.com.