HDPhysiques Gears Up for the 2023 Legions Sports Fest – Be There!

Always one of the premier bodybuilding events on the IFBB Calendar,  HDPhysiques will once again be covering the Legions Sports Festival, which takes place this year at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center Oct 5-8, 2023.    We will once again be providing photos and videos, as well as performing some photo/video shoots of the top female athletes throughout the weekend.  Stay tuned for some amazing stuff on the way.   Below, we’ve attached the official press release about this premier event hosted by Center Podium Productions!

90+ IFBB Pros from 15+ Countries Confirmed for Legion Sports Fest
The Most Anticipated IFBB Pro League Event of 2023 with Ruff Diesel, Logan Franklin, Erin Banks, and Andre Ferguson set to compete!
High-resolution images, graphics, and video can be downloaded by visiting www.LegionSportsFest.com/media
Reno, Nevada – September 15, 2023- The 6th annual Legion Sports Fest returns to the Reno-Sparks Convention Center on October 7th and 8th 2023.  This fitness weekend features 12 sports, 2750+ athletes, seminars, celebrities, parties, DJs, and over 200 vendors.  A headlining sport of Legion Sports Fest is the IFBB Pro Bodybuilding with eight divisions: Men’s Classic Physique, Men’s Physique, Men’s Bodybuilding, Women’s Bikini, Women’s Wellness, Women’s Physique, Fitness, and Figure. These IFBB Pro League athletes will compete for $83,500 in cash, and a last-minute qualification to the Olympia.
What’s all the hype around the IFBB Pro Open competitions?
Over 90 IFBB Pro athletes from 15 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 October 7th-9th. “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, we can give back more. I think given that we are athletes ourselves, we’re all pretty in sync.”
Some confirmed IFBB Pro League athletes include:
Men’s Physique: Current Mr.Olympia Erin Banks, 18x IFBB Pro Champ Andre Ferguson
Men’s Classic Physique: 2x Arnold Champ Ruff Diesel, “Texas Oak” Logan Franklin 
Men’s Open Bodybuilding: 3x 212 Champ John Jewett, “The Nightmare” Justin Rodriguez
Many athletes are coming for their last chance to qualify for the Mr. Olympia on Nov 2nd-5th in Orlando, Florida, and to get last-minute Olympia judge feedback from Terick El Gundy and Steve Devore.
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.
Schedule of Bodybuilding Events:
Saturday, October 7th, the IFBB Pro Legion Masters and NPC Contest will take place. The IFBB Pro Masters event with a cash purse of $12,600, will reward Figure, Women’s Physique, Classic Physique, Wellness, Bodybuilding, Men’s Physique, and Bikini competitors that place in the top three.

Sunday, October 8th, marks the second part of the event, featuring the IFBB Pro Open Championship with an impressive $83,500 cash purse. The championship includes IFBB Pro Open Bodybuilding, Bikini, Classic Physique, Fitness, Figure, Men’s Physique, Wellness, and Women’s Physique.
Cash Purse Breakdown:

  • Bodybuilding: $20,000
  • Bikini: $8,500
  • Classic Physique: $3,500
  • Fitness: $3,500
  • Figure: $3,500
  • Men’s Physique: $33,500
  • Wellness: $3,500
  • Women’s Physique: $3,500

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 Legion Mega Seminar.


FREE ACCESS, upon entry NPC athletes can attend the Legion Sports Fest EXPO, IFBB Pro Prejudging, and the Legion Mega Seminar.  This seminar will consist of several Top IFBB Pro Olympia judges and IFBB Pro’s. The presenters include Terrick El Guindy, Steve Devore, Danny Hester, Jordan Brannon, Kass Gills, and Hope Harper, Plus, a special presentation from IFBB Pro coach Andre Adams,

 “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.

In addition to the seminar, they can receive NPC national qualifications, custom metal and superhero trophies, Legion Sports Fest Overall Duffel Bag, Center Podium Champagne, and more!

Other Competitive Thrills – For both novice and seasoned athletes, Legion provides an opportunity to flaunt other strengths, in endurance, and mental resilience in nine other sports such as Armored Medieval Knight Combat, Olympic Weightlifting, Roller Derby, Muay Thai, Professional and amateur Strongman, Powerlifting, Functional Fitness, and Arnold Qualifier Armwrestling Tournament.

Sponsors: Division Sponsors of the Legion Sports Fest include Celsius Energy Drink, Alphalete, Global Formulas, and Center Podium Apparel

Class level sponsors are Built by Nando, JorgeGeorge Jewelry, Legendary Foods, Muscle Egg,Tanq Athletic, Valhallan Labs, Olympiadagear, Ape Fitness, OCD Cookies, Bolt Active Wear, BulletProof, RSCVA, Refyne, Tuned By Dray, Amira Beauty, Iron Eden Coaching, DNA Hair, Fit Body Fusion, KG Flex Jeans, NPC Active Wear, Osmosis Lounge, Rah Competiton Bikinis, Rah Competiton Bikinis,


Local sponsors are Ageless Men’s Health, Big Buddha Activewear, Reno Nutrishop, American Iron Gym, Apex Fitness

For information, registration, tickets, and a full event schedule, visit www.CenterPodium.com/Legion-Sports-Fest/. Spectator tickets for the Legion Sports Fest range from $35 to $300, with early-bird discounts available for fitness expo tickets until September 30, 2023. For registration, ticket purchases, and a comprehensive event schedule, please visit www.CenterPodium.com/Legion-Sports-Fest/.


EDITORS NOTE: To schedule pre-show interviews with Legion Sports Festival producers; please contact Chris Minnes at (775) 267-7564 or chris@centerpodium.com


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

Press Check-In:            Daily on October 6 – 8, 2023

When:                           Saturday, October 7 – 8, 2023

Where:                         Reno-Sparks Convention Center, 4590 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV, United States


About Chris Minnes & Center Podium

Voted 2017 promoter of the year, Christopher Minnes is the premier bodybuilding event promoter in the West. He has produced 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 Mother Lode, Tahoe Show, NPC West Coast, Dexter Jackson Classic, NPC Worldwide Invictus IFBB Pro Qualifier in Kazakhstan, Dexter Jackson Classic, NPC New Mexico State Open, and the Legion Sports Festival. 

For more information visit www.centerpodium.com.

About Reno-Sparks Convention Center

The captivating, modern, and competitive Reno-Sparks Convention Center lies south of downtown Reno and is mere minutes from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. The Reno-Sparks Convention Center boasts more than 600,000 square feet of single-level exhibition and meeting space with recently upgraded technology and award-winning service.


With 16,200 top-notch accommodations nearby, ranging from AAA Four Diamond resorts to boutique hotels, your rooming options are plentiful and the rates affordable.


The Reno-Sparks Convention Center provides the amenities of a first-tier city with small-town hospitality.

For more information, visit www.VisitRenoTahoe.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 


High-resolution images, graphics, and video can be downloaded by visiting www.LegionSportsFest.com/media


About the NPC

The National Physique Committee (NPC) is the largest amateur bodybuilding organization in the United States. Amateur bodybuilders compete in competitions from local to national competitions sanctioned by the NPC. One amateur organization per country is recognized by the International Federation of Bodybuilding (IFBB Pro League), bodybuilding’s international organization. The IFBB Pro League recognizes the NPC as its amateur extension for the United States. Advanced athletes can progress as professionals and join the IFBB Professional League, which is the only way they can qualify to compete for bodybuilding’s highest honor, winning the Mr. Olympia contest.



Jacob Teems-Robinson

Marketing Coordinator 

Center Podium Productions

(702)-493-3974 | www.centerpodium.com