TOP 18 IPL STORIES OF 2018!
Season #3 is in the history books! What an amazing year!
As always, huge THANK YOU to IPL Athletes, Promoters, Staff, Coaches, Trainers, Vendors, Sponsors, Friends, and Families! Without you, the IPL would not be possible!
Over the next six weeks we will be counting down the top 18 IPL stories of 2018!
We will kick this off with #18 this weekend!
#18 KING KARL HALL RETAINS HIS APEX PRO MEN’S BODYBUILDING TITLE
In 2017 Karl Hall had a crazy year on the IPL stage. He made history by becoming the IPL’s first ever Pro Men’s Bodybuilding champion, won a second Pro title, and ended his year at APEX II where he won pro title #3 and became the IPL’s first ever APEX Pro Men’s Bodybuilding Champ.
In 2018 Hall stayed on top. Karl was featured in the Spring 2018 issue of NATURALMAG describing his incredible 2017 success and landed on the front cover of the Spring 2018 issue of Natural Gainz Magazine.
2018 IPL APEX III had Hall against 1X IPL Pro Champ, Brian Lorenz. Although Lorenz brought his best look to date, it was not enough to topple the King. Will anyone push 4X (undefeated) Pro Champ Karl Hall off his throne in 2019??? We look forward to finding out!
#17 BRITTNEY TRUMAN TRIUMPHS IN PRO FITNESS ANGELS
Brittney Truman kicked off her 2018 season at the IPL SoCal Pro/Am in September. At that contest Brittney made her IPL Pro Debut in Fitness Angels and was incredible…physique, presentation, colorful, unique, eye-catching wings/outfit…At the SoCal Pro, Brittney Truman became only the fourth athlete to ever earn an IPL Pro Fitness Angels title.
In SoCal she also placed 1st in Bikini Novice and 1st in Bikini Open Class A, earning her IPL Bikini Pro Card.
Then it was on to IPL Southwest Grand Prix Pro in Phoenix AZ, the following month. At this contest Brittney was stunning as she charged her way to her second Pro Fitness Angels title. At that time, Brittney was the first and only athlete to ever earn two Pro Fitness Angels titles in the IPL’s history.
At the Southwest Grand Prix Brittney also made her Pro Bikini Debut, placing 3rd.
Brittney ended her year at IPL APEX III, the IPL’s year-end pinnacle championship event, where she placed 3rd in Pro Fitness Angels, 4th in Pro Bikini, 1st in Amateur Open Evening Gown (earning her IPL Pro Card) and 3rd in Amateur Open Women’s Sports Model.
Although Brittney did not walk away with the Pro APEX Fitness Angels title, she certainly put herself on the map in this division in 2018!
We are excited to see what 2019 has in store for miss Truman!
#16 PRO BIKINI AT THE AZ PRO
2018, the IPL’s third complete season, saw the largest Pro Bikini lineup to date. Six top Pros descended on the 3rd Annual IPL Arizona Championship & Tawnya Cline Natural Bikini Magazine Classic at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa Arizona on May 27th for this power-packed showdown.
In the end, Pro Champion Elli Nichole proved once again too much to handle as she propelled her way to 1st place and earned Pro Bikini title number three. That win also earned Elli a one-year Natural Bikini Magazine Sponsorship. Followed by Rebecca Unruh (2nd), Dawn Davis (3rd), Tabetha Hernandez (4th), Michelle Alexander (5th) and Sunny Miller (6th).
Check out an awesome video of AZ Pro Bikini Prejudging here!
What will be the largest Pro Bikini class of the 2019 season??? We are excited to find out!
#15 PRO BIKINI AT THE SOUTHWEST GRAND PRIX PRO
Similar to the IPL Arizona Pro five months prior, the Phoenix Arizona 3rd Annual IPL Southwest Grand Prix Pro Bikini lineup was CRAY! Arguably, up until this time, the most competitive lineup in Pro Bikini that the IPL had ever seen.
In this lineup was Lylian Muttakyawa – hitting the Pro stage for her second time, and at her all-time best. 5X IPL Pro Bikini Champion Elli Nichole. Brittney Truman – making her Pro Bikini Debut and, at the time, at her all-time best. Kristen Perez – hitting the Pro stage for her third time and, at the time, at her all-time best. And, wild-card, last-minute entry competitor Christian DeAngelis – making her Pro Debut and on stage for the first time since she won her IPL Pro Card two years prior.
One of the major highlights of this lineup was the battle between Elli Nichole and Lylian Muttakyawa. In the end Elli would prevail for her 6th Pro Bikini win, but Lylian pushed Elli to the max and nearly took the class. Elli ended with 212 points to Lylian’s 209, out of a max of 240. Brittney Truman 3rd, Christian DeAngelis 4th and Kristen Perez 5th.
Of course there would be yet another Pro Bikini lineup that would topple them all in 2018. More on that later in the countdown…
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THE INTERNATIONAL PHYSIQUE LEAGUE (IPL)
The International Physique League is a competitive fitness federation celebrating top “Natural”/drug-tested physiques from around the Globe! The IPL offers 7 Pro Qualifying divisions of competition including Bodybuilding, Figure, Athletic, Sports Model, Fitness Angels, Bikini, & Evening Gown.
The IPL maintains the “sport feel” of Physique Competition and we will never veer away from that. We are a sport league and will maintain the integrity and spirit of competitive sporting events. The IPL is not a “Pageant-style” federation. We are also not a bare-bones, nitty gritty operation either. That being said, we do like a little flash and flair and as part of a media company we are looking to create and promote ambassadors who represent true health and fitness.
The IPL is wholly owned by MiBoLife Publishing, the leader in publicity, news, and media for drug-tested Physique Competition. IPL athletes, contests, and events are featured in the following magazine publications: NATURALMAG, NATURAL BIKINI, NATURAL GAINZ, VIGOROUS & SEAM. Five magazines. Tons of potential cover models and countless articles, features, and spreads. Michael Brooks Photography is always on site capturing the incredible energy and excitement, and looking for the next superstars.