Think of it as an awards show without all the lame song-and-dance numbers. It’s the annual Flexy Awards, honoring the best bodybuilders in the world for their efforts inside and outside the gym.

This year’s ceremony will be held on Friday, October 14, at 1:30 p.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center on the Olympia Expo’s main stage. Pro bodybuilder and host extraordinaire Bob Cicherillo will be cracking jokes and handing out checks to the tune of $5,000 total to this year’s winners. Each award recipient will also get a Niels Andersen “Atlas” sculpture, a beautiful addition to any trophy case.

Flexys will be presented in four areas: IFBB Athlete of the Year, (male and female), IFBB Male Bodybuilder Rookie of the Year, Most Improved IFBB Male Bodybuilder, and Outstanding Achievement, which is to be awarded to the individual whose leadership and actions best represent the spirit of bodybuilding and fitness.

The nominees for each of the awards are as follows:

Athlete of the Year: To be awarded to the competitor who has shown a strong combination of excellence, consistency and performance throughout the 2005 competitive year.

Male Nominees

Gustavo Badell
Darrem Charles
Dexter Jackson
Branch Warren

Female Nominees
Monica Brant
Iris Kyle
Mary Elizabeth Lado
Jenny Lynn

Rookie of the Year: To be awarded to the rookie bodybuilder who has shown the highest level of achievement in 2005.

Chris Cook
Mark Dugdale
Capriese Murray
Onder Adsay
Fakhri Mubarak

Most Improved: To be awarded to the bodybuilder who has shown the greatest improvement to his physique in 2005.

David Henry
Branch Warren
Quincy Taylor
Ronny Rockel

Vanguard Award: This year’s recipient is Shawn Ray, who has worked tirelessly to further bodybuilding both within the sport and in the public eye.

If you’re at the O, be at the Expo on Friday, Octobere 14 at 1.30pm to witness the presentation of the awards.

To watch the 2005 Mr. Olympia on PPV mark your calendar for October 15, at 10 p.m. Eastern standard time (7 p.m. Pacific standard time) to guarantee your seat at the musclefest of the ages. You can order AMI's exclusive broadcast of the 2005 Mr. Olympia contest on Events iN DEMAND by contacting your local pay-per-view provider.