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Finals time 2014

The end of the year draws nigh once more and the NPA finals have just been. That must mean Kelly has been on stage whoop whoop. 4th this year consistency is the key always in the placings.

Next step Miami, it’s time for Team Evo to venture across the pond to take on the rest of the World. Jon and Rachael are back on stage in the Pro Masters and Pro Athletic respectively. Kelly takes on the Pro ranks for the first time in Women’s bodybuilding. Louis Smith takes on the amateur men’s open class with a chance of a World Title and Pro Card and elder statesman Lloyd Stewart takes on the Amateur Masters defending last years title.

The Drug Free Athletes Coalition is in it’s third year in the JLK convention center in downtown Miami and has almost doubled in size this year. Going for strength to strength the DFAC has a bright future. The ethos is to bring the sport back into natural bodybuilding and celebrate the value and standard off the Amateur ranks. As all who compete with the BNBF will know the initial aspiration is to do well at your qualifier, then to step on the British stage and for a select few an invite to the Worlds. Each of these levels is an amazing achievement in itself, getting in the trophies at a qualifier is no mean feat and I can vouch for fact it can takes years of dedication and commitment to move up the ranks. Each step up is a learning curve and builds the database of experience and knowledge that you need as a professional.

As an invite only Amateur World Championships the DFAC is the creme de la creme and a pro card earned here is the one to have for now and for the future.

The pro ranks too are being differentiated as some of the newest pros in their infancy of competing are not competitive against the top few, thus an elite class is planned for class and title winners. This will provide progression for all athletes with goals for us all to strive for keeping the sport lean, competitive and exciting. Go DFAC ground-breaking.

Most of all though go Team Evo…….






2013 – an adventure

As we move into 2013 the adventure begins. What will the year hold for us all, ups and downs guaranteed I’m sure. The one thing we can control is our approach to the year, we can take it by the horns and like a pro bull rider hold on for the duration resulting in a tremendous ride no matter how long. So let’s do this thing.

Evolution Gym had an amazing year last year, our awesome members out did themselves with competing, achieving personal goals and supporting each other. Again this year they are off to a great start with personal goals set and step by step plans being developed.

A number of members extended their families last year becoming parents either for the first time or more, a big congratulations to everyone, welcome to the new young people and ace to see you all working hard in the gym to keep fit enough to keep up with the juniors……

The Olympics, jubilee, Tour de France and Ryder cup amongst other events spurred us all into action, proud to be British like no time in my life to date we found a new patriotic pride and desire to belong to Great Britain. Even without these events we are a great people and we should believe in ourselves. 2013 is no different and I am proud to be British, proud of Evolution gym and proud of all our abilities. The legacy continues…….

There were some amazing results last year,

Dan Shirt qualified for the Natural British Strongman Final.

Team Evo Strongman

Kelly Freeman took the stage by storm in the NPA, BNBF and NABBA – crowned British Heavyweight Champion with the NPA and European Champ was amazing and in NABBA winning the qualifier, finishing 2nd at the British and 6th in Universe was great.

Emma Dodds took to the stage for the first time and created a niche, with a move we named the Dodds she created elegant shapes and showed off her physique beautifully.

Mick Green third in NABBA Central over 50s – a great show of consistency year on year and a great physique.

Russ Gayle focussed and moved to the next level winning the Novice Britain Tall Class qualifying for the British Finals 2013.

Rob Cowlishaw first time on stage was a professional presentation demonstrating great gains and condition.

Duncan the strongman competed in a British qualifier with some great results and experience to build on for 2013.

Chris Richards, the pocket rocket, hit great condition and took to the BNBF stage at the British Finals in great shape an excellent year and great promise for the future.

Nicky Rodgers in her second year of competing made excellent gains and improvements and looked natural on stage, a great base for the future the princess is coming of age.

The BNBF clubs built up in success and fun with loads of great results and a real community feel. 2013 will take the club to the next level and hopefully help many more people to achieve their competing goals.

Karl ‘Bomber’ Harris took to the roads and took the TT by the proverbials – great lap times and a great rookie TT we are most proud of him taking the best ass in the TT award…. it takes good training to create a great ass. Back in the British Superbikes the work with Jon on nutrition and endurance paid off with numerous top ten finishes the season cut short only by a freak accident. 2013 will see Karl back on the roads and looking for BSB success.


Jon in his pro debut with the Drug Free Athletes Coalition (DFAC) took 4th place in the World Championships agains the strongest field of natural masters ever assembled.

Jon and Rachael DFAC Worlds

And finally, in a new class, Athletic, Rachael took both the Universe and World titles with the Drug Free Athletes Coalition. Along with Jon she judged a number of BNBF qualifiers and hosted the BNBF British Finals. She took an active role in the inaugural year of the DFAC, being head judge at the first DFAC show ever and doing the first US Guest Spot for a British natural athlete at the Ormond Beach DFAC qualifier in October. Both Jon and Rachael are Extreme Nutrition Sponsored Athletes, this continued support helped fuel them to last year’s wins.

Extreme supplements continue to form the solid foundation on which we build our nutritional success. Ask for more information about post workout shakes and other supplements that can help you move to the next level.

Jon and Rachael are planning new ideas for the gym all the time, new workouts and challenges for us all that we can all work towards. Watch this space as they share those plans and ideas.

Welcome to 2013 let’s make it a good one………

September News – Team Evo

Lots of news since last post on the group so a bit of catching up for everyone.

Karl Harris
Karl went to Donnington fired up and raring to go. In practice he got side swiped by another rider and ended up with a fractured wrist and declared not race fit.

From then it was 14 days to Assen and his goal to ride was paramount. Jon worked hard on his race fitness to maintain his condition whilst he had treatment on the fracture.

Karl was in Assen this last weekend and completed the first race finishing in 18th, brilliant 14 days after a fracture. His wrist didn’t quite have the stamina for two races in one day on the circuit that required it to be in constant use, thus he pulled up in race two.

With the support of his PR Quattro Plant Kawasaki team he worked hard to provide feedback on the bike performance so that tweaks can be made for Silverstone.

Back with Jon he is now on track for Silverstone this weekend. Running round Rother Valley it’s game on for Team Evo.

On the 16th Sept the British Natural Bodybuilding Finals were held in Manchester. The biggest Natural competition ever in the UK with 120 competitors the standard was awesome.

Jon made his finals judging debut and Rachael hosted the show. More importantly Team Evo members competed fast months of hard work.

Kelly Freeman took second place in the Ladies Physique, this means she is now the top amateur ladies physique competitor in the UK BNBF as the winner was awarded her pro card. Invited to the Worlds Kelly has opted for the NABBA Universe a little closer to home and she also has the NPA British Finals at the end of October so watch this space.

Chris Richards, in his first year, put on an awesome display in the Novice Lightweight. After a great year of training and dieting hard he finished 5th in Britain – next year holds great promise for this little power house.

Emma Grzona competed in the ladies figure and strutted her stuff against some exceptional competition. Leaner than the qualifiers she has great shape and improves year on year. In her own individual style she strutted to 5th, great result.

In the over 60s, John Hodgson from Rotherham took 4th, 20 years after last competing Jon showed he still has it. Years of dedication to his training, cycling and healthy living paid off.

Well done to everyone who took part in the final and the qualifiers this year. Awesome performances and onward and upward.

Gemma Moore competed UKBFF Bikini in Leeds. After coming to the BNBF club then for some posing advice she pzazzed her way to a great 6 th place out of 14 top class girls. Gemma has trained really hard for this, created a great package, put the time in with the prep and we were honoured to be able to help her hit that stage in style,

Soon we have Emma Dodds competing in the NPA Mike Williams Classic, her first show.

Then Mick, Mirek (hope this is right), Russ and Rob in the Doncaster Open

More shows to follow but that’s enough for now.

Joins still helping our stuntman friends prepare for their various filming challenges. Good luck to Gary and Ash in their latest ventures.

Rachael jets off on Friday for her first Pro show in two years at the Drug Free Athletes Coalition Universe in New Jersey. In a new class it’s a learning process all over again.

Going to make this a monthly update. If you have any news we should get out to everyone let’s us know in the gym or on here.

Team Evo are Go.