NPC September 2012 Athlete of the Month Profiles: Men’s and Women’s Physique

December 24th, 2012

Anton Antipov and Jill Rudison have been named the NPC Athletes of the Month in Men’s and Women’s Physique for the month of September.
 

MEN’S PHYSIQUE: ANTON ANTIPOV
Accomplishment: IFBB North Americans Overall and Class B Winner

Age 29
Height 5’11
Weight 183
Residence Brooklyn, New York

Contest History/Highlights 2012: USA Championships 7th Class D; Team Universe 3rd Class B; Junior Nationals 2nd Class C; Rhode Island 1st Class and Overall Winner; Atlantic States 1st Class C and Overall; Mid Atlantic Naturals 1st Class and Overall; Steve Stone Metropolitans 4th Tall Class

Go here for more photos of Anton Antipov!

IT’S IN THE GENES “I moved to the US in 1997 with my family from Belarus, a small country right next to Russia. I played soccer and ran track but was always a scrawny little kid. My Dad was a gymnast and my Mom was a tennis player, so those good genes definitely helped me with what I’m doing today.”

MODEL BEHAVIOR “I’ve been modeling for 7 years. I started out with fashion, then three years later after my contract ended I went to an agency to try to do a little more fitness work. I’ve done work for Macys, Armani, and a bunch of others. Now I basically want to incorporate men’s fitness and somehow establish a career out of it.”

WEIGHTING GAME “Growing up in Belarus, I looked up to Arnold and Sylvester Stallone. Those guys were my heroes. I remember watching those guys thinking ‘Wow. I could never be like that’. When I came here I started reading magazines and made it a goal of mine to gain more weight each year.”

BUCKET LIST “The first show I did was the Steve Stone New York Metropolitans. Last year I was just a spectator, looking at the guys and wondering how I would compare to them on stage. So I decided to sign up thinking ‘If it works out, it works out.’ If it doesn’t at least I have that checked off my bucket list. I purposefully did every show I could this year to work on my stage presence a little bit more. Now I don’t have the jitters, I’m just so comfortable.”

ICING ON THE CAKE “I like the aspect of competing because it allows you to show off your hard work and challenge yourself – basically you’re competing against yourself and trying to be better than you were in last time. I’m not out there trying to beat anybody or win anything. I just want to come in better than I came in the last time. If I win along the way then it’s the icing on the cake.”

Go to page 2 for Jill Rudison’s profile!