Mr. Olympia Dexter Jackson and Center Podium Productions to host the NPC Dexter Jackson Classic at the UNF Lazzara Performance Hall
The NPC Dexter Jackson Classic in Jacksonville, Florida, will continue its 16th annual year. This amateur bodybuilding competition sanctioned by the National Physique Committee will entertain and motivate hard-working amateur athletes as young as 16 and as old as 75 will showcase their best physiques on stage. “After a tough 2020 with gyms closed and limited bodybuilding competitions, athletes deserve a first-class experience to reward all their hard work,” said Chris Minnes, promoter of the event and founder of Center Podium Productions.
The sport of bodybuilding includes competitions for various body types, encouraging people of all ages and builds to get in the best shape of their life and showcase their hard work on stage in front of friends, family, and fans. The categories are bikini, figure, men’s physique, men’s bodybuilding, classic physique, women’s physique, wellness, and fitness. Many categories have the desirable GQ, Men’s Health, or a Sports Illustrated Bikini model look and the well-known “massive muscle” features of the bodybuilding division. One can’t help but become motivated after seeing how a few months of dedication to health and fitness can transform any physique!
Of course, Mr. Olympia, Dexter Jackson, will also be there throughout the shows to grab a selfie or impart a bit of the wisdom that helped him stay at the top of his class at Mr. Olympia at 50 years old. “Nothing makes me happier than the opportunity to inspire the next generation of athletes,” says Mr. Olympia Dexter Jackson. “They say I motivate them, but the last 16 years of hosting this event have kept me driven, knowing how many people look to me for motivation”.
“We are pleased to be recognized by Dexter as the nation’s top NPC show producers and excited to continue growing this event in Dexter’s hometown of Jacksonville for years to come,” said Chris Minnes, founder of Center Podium Productions.
This National Physique Committee (NPC) sanctioned event projects 150 athletes will compete across eight divisions and 65 classes for a coveted National Qualification, large custom medals.
The Dexter Jackson Classic produced by Center Podium Productions is known for delivering major, first-class bodybuilding events on the west coast, including the Legion Sports Fest & Expo, NPC West Coast Classic, Tahoe Show, NPC Mother Lode, NPC New Mexico State Open, and NPC Worldwide Russia Pro Qualifier. Center Podium brings an elite level of production and organization to the world of bodybuilding.
Attendees will also get the chance to visit over 15 fitness vendors who will share their latest products and services. The products can help anyone achieve their health and fitness goals, varying from dropping a pant size or becoming a star on the bodybuilding stage. There will be companies with options for nutrition, gyms, personal training, fitness apparel, workout recovery, supplements, bikinis, jewelry, and massage guns!
Key Features of Dexter Jackson Classic
• Mr. Olympia Dexter Jackson will be there!
• Stunning venue, UNF Lazzara Performance Hall
• Livestream available for $24.95 on tv.centerpodium.com
• 15 fitness vendors
• Athletes receive a complimentary cookie from My Cookie Dealer
The event will feature the following divisions with multiple classes: Bodybuilding, Bikini, Figure, Men’s Physique, Classic Physique, Women’s Physique, Fitness, and Wellness.
The title sponsor of the Dexter Jackson Classic is California Alternative Medicine. Main sponsors are Team FFLEX, My Cookie Dealer, Kill Vanity Apparel, Fleming Island Plastic Surgery, Calibrated Training and Nutrition, Unchained Physiques, Versa Gripps, and Stanbrough Companies LLC.
Dexter Jackson Classic Schedule:
Saturday, July 31, 2021
9:30 AM Doors open to the public for Pre-Judging for all NPC Divisions
10:00 AM Pre-Judging Begins
5:30 PM Doors open for finals
6:00 PM Finals for all NPC Divisions
What: Dexter Jackson Classic Bodybuilding Championship
When: Saturday, July 31, 2021, Pre-Judging NPC Divisions 10 AM to 2 PM (approx.) Finals at 6:00 PM
UNF Lazzara Performance Hall
1 University of North FL D.
Jacksonville, Florida, 32224
Press Check-In: Saturday, July 31 at 9:00 AM or 5:00 PM (TV and media truck parking assigned)
Editor’s Note: For media interviews with Dexter Jackson and Chris Minnes, please email Ted@centerpodium.com or call (707) 968-7672.
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- 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 Mother Lode, Tahoe Show, NPC West Coast, Dexter Jackson Classic, IFBB Pro League Russia International Championship, Dexter Jackson Classic, NPC New Mexico State Open, and Legion Sports Festival. For information, visit www.centerpodium.com.
- About Dexter Jackson
Dexter Jackson is an American IFBB professional bodybuilder from Jacksonville, Florida, and the 2008 Mr. Olympia bodybuilding champion. Jackson has won more professional bodybuilding titles than any professional Bodybuilder.
- Dexter’s first NPC competition was the NPC Southern States Championship of 1992, where he took 3rd. He first competed professionally in the 1999 Arnold Classic, Night of Champions, On September 27, 2008. 2008 was an excellent year for Jackson, as he won the Arnold Classic, Australian Pro Grand Prix VIII, New Zealand Grand Prix, Russian Grand Prix, and Mr. Olympia.
In 2015, Jackson showed he was still a force to be reckoned with at the age of 45 when he placed 2nd at Mr. Olympia, his highest placing since winning Mr. Olympia in 2008. He retired from professional bodybuilding at the 2020 Mr. Olympia.
Jackson has been featured in many fitness and bodybuilding articles, including being pictured on Muscular Development and Flex magazine. He shot his new documentary DVD titled Dexter Jackson: Unbreakable with filmmaker Alex Ardenti of Ardenti Films in Florida and California, released in 2009. – Wikipedia.com
- About UNF Lazarra Performance Hall
The 1,300 seat Lazzara Performance Hall is named for Gasper and Irene Lazzara, prominent civic leaders who donated $1.25 million to the performance hall’s funding. The fully-equipped theater is outfitted with state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment and has excellent acoustics. It is the second-largest stage in the North Florida community.
The adjoining lobby is high home ceilings, abundant natural light, two concession areas, contemporary furnishings, modern lighting accents, and an intriguing sculpture installation entitled Aurora by artist Tim Curtis. It’s an ideal place for receptions, artist meet and greets, silent auctions, and merchandise sales. For more info, please visit https://UNF.edu