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Rich Gaspari, one of the most recognizable and inspirational personas in bodybuilding and sports nutrition today, will be inducted into the Muscle Beach Hall of Fame on Monday, May 30, 2011 at 1:00pm.
The ceremony will be held at the Ocean Front location in Venice Beach made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger and will be capped off with the dedication of a plaque in his name.
Rich will be joining a legendary group of recipients, including Larry Scott, Reg Park, Steve Reeves, Franco Columbu, Corey Everson, and Jack LaLanne, among others. In addition, Elaine LaLanne will be in attendance as Muscle Beach pays its final farewell to Jack. Award winning actor Ryan Phillippe and boxing sensation Sugar Shane Mosely will present Rich Gaspari the Muscle Beach Hall of Fame award.
Nicknamed the “Dragon Slayer,” Rich was both feared and admired by his peers for his groundbreaking conditioning and freakish muscularity. His success as a competitor, attributed to his scientific approach to diet and training, and notoriously brutal work ethic, is a testament to a man who, though not as genetically gifted as many of his competitors, toppled nearly every giant of his day.
Crowned the first ever Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Champion in 1989, some of Rich’s other titles include the Mr. America –known now as the NPC Nationals, Mr. Universe, Professional Mr. World, and three time runner up of the biggest and most coveted title in professional bodybuilding, the Mr. Olympia. As President/CEO of Gaspari Nutrition, Rich remains committed to his roots, giving back to the sport by supporting over 100 contests worldwide, sponsoring both amateur and professional athletes.
To quote Rich, “It is really a dream come true to be able to spread the message of health and fitness through Gaspari Nutrition. I look forward to playing an important role in the lives of fitness minded enthusiasts and athletes for many years to come.”
The day will also feature the annual Muscle Beach bodybuilding, figure and bikini competitions, as well as a spectacular C-17 flyover courtesy of the March Air Reserve Base. The entire event is free to the public and has become one of Southern California's biggest summertime attractions and one not to be missed this coming Monday if you're anywhere near Los Angeles!