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BLOND AMBITION

For Jessica and Peter Putnam, strong arms are a vital ingredient in

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BLOND AMBITION

SNAPSHOTS PETER BIRTHDATE Aug. 6, 1976
BIRTHPLACE Dalton, Georgia
CURRENT RESIDENCE Knoxville, Tennessee
HEIGHT 5'6"
WEIGHT 193 pounds contest, 225—240 pounds off-season
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS 2007: NPC USA Championships, 1st, light heavyweight. 2006: NPC USA Championships, 2nd, light-heavyweight. 2004: Collegiate Nationals, 1st, light-heavyweight and overall.
TO CONTACT peterputnam.com

JESSICA BIRTHDATE March 7, 1983
BIRTHPLACE Centerville, Ohio
CURRENT RESIDENCE Knoxville, Tennessee
HEIGHT 5'41/2"
WEIGHT 120 pounds contest; 130 pounds off-season
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS 2007: New York Pro, 5th. 2006: Pittsburgh Pro, 3rd; New York Pro, 1st.
TO CONTACT jessfit.com

IT'S A TYPICALLY HOT AUGUST DAY IN CALIFORNIA'S SAN FERNANDO VALLEY—dry heat infused with a mocha haze—and Peter and Jessica Putnam are in the house that Joe Weider built, discussing their careers and drinking Diet Pepsi. A week after the NPC USA Championships on July 27, 2007, where Peter won the lightheavyweight division—but not that elusive pro card—he and Jessica, a top IFBB figure competitor, are in Los Angeles to be photographed for this magazine and to meet some of the people who make the muscle world go 'round—and anybody else who might see potential in this exuberantly healthy couple.

As they take questions in an airconditioned office in one of bodybuilding's hallowed sites, it's easy to see why they're here: The Putnams are undeniably attractive. And not just physically—Jessica with her swath of blond hair draped over wide shoulders that accentuate narrow hips, and Peter with his tanned, lapidary features—but as an entity of marketable muscle as well. They're articulate, enthusiastic and dedicated to fitness. Although Peter is still an amateur, he has been on the cover of flex magazine, an honor most pros highly covet but never experience. In fact, his cover appearance came one month after his wife's bikini-clad body held the same spot—a back-toback feat new to this industry.

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