LOS ANGELES (Oct. 17) — Actor Lou Ferrigno, “The Incredible Hulk,” former Mr. Universe and Mr. America,is pleased to announce the first annual Ferrigno LegacyTM Pro-Amateur Fitness and Bodybuilding Festival (www.ferrignolegacy.com) to be held Nov. 28-29, 2014 at the Granada Theater in Santa Barbara, CA. The exciting event for fans, fitness enthusiasts, personal trainers and attendees offers a full slate of activities, non-stop entertainment, how-to demos and challenges as top athletes compete for cash prizes.
Festival highlights include 300 athletes showcasing the best in men’s and women’s bodybuilding and physique, “fit-not-ripped bikini” contests, fitness Q&A with the legends, live backstage interviews, celebrity opening and after party gala. As an official IFBB/NPC “national qualifier” for amateurs to compete for pro status and professional athletes competing for Mr. Olympia qualification, the event will be hosted by actor Lou Ferrigno, Jr., former bodybuilder/author Shawn Ray, and title sponsor World Gym International.
Invited celebrities, pro athletes and friends of Lou Ferrigno expected to walk the red carpet opening night include Lou Ferrigno, Jr. (NCIS), Arnold Schwarzenegger, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Bridges, Frank Stallone, Oprah Winfrey, Cheryl Tiegs, Alan Thicke, Kathy Ireland, Chuck Norris, Mickey Rourke, and bodybuilding champions including Phillip Heath, Shawn Ray, Jay Cutler, and others.
“I am honored to launch an event combining California’s legendary bodybuilding culture with world-class competitors raising awareness for personal health, fitness and two worthy causes,” said Ferrigno.
“We are thrilled to sponsor and support the legacy of Lou Ferrigno who has been an inspirational superhero to World Gym and to fitness and bodybuilding,” said Joyce J. Cammilleri, Chair of World Gym International.
Non-stop competition and highlights of the two-day event include:
• IFBB Pro Bodybuilding, Bikini Men’s & Women’s Physique Competitions
• NPC Amateur Bodybuilding, Figure, Fitness, Bikini, Men’s & Women’s Physique Contests
• Fitness Q&A With The Legends
• Live Fitness Clinic - Meet and Learn From The Experts
• Celebrity Red Carpet, Stage Shows & Entertainment
Sponsored by World Gym International, Ferrigno Legacy is produced by Lou Ferrigno and Chris Minnes of the NPC/IFBB Tahoe Show. Presenting sponsors are Bodybuilding.com, Orthopedic Pain Specialists, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Radiance Tanning and Boutique, Brett Davis Nutrition, CoAg Medical, and Santa Barbara Center For The Performing Arts. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Greater Los Angeles Muscular Dystrophy Association and provide the precious gift of hearing to disabled children.
Live-streamed by www.bodybuilding.com, the event will be held at the 1,550-seat Granada Theater that recently had a $52 million renovation. For one or two-day passes ($22.00 to $48.00) contact the box office at www.granadatheater.com or (805) 899-2222. For more information visit www.FerrignoLegacy.com.
About Lou Ferrigno
Lou Ferrigno achieved bodybuilding icon status winning Mr. America and Mr. Universe titles back-to-back. He became
a household name starring in The Incredible Hulk and he has appeared in countless films and TV shows including
Pumping Iron, Sinbad of the Seven Seas, Hercules, Celebrity Apprentice and The Avengers. He is founder of Ferrigno
About Ferrigno Legacy
Ferrigno Legacy is a partnership of the Ferrigno family, actor Lou Ferrigno, Jr. and Chris Minnes, producer of the Tahoe Show and promoter of world-class fitness and bodybuilding competitions, training and education. For more information please visit www.FerrignoLegacy.com.
About World Gym International
World Gym was founded in 1976 by Joe Gold during the glory days of “Muscle Beach” in Santa Monica, CA when serious fitness collided with the world of Hollywood celebrities. Since then the iconic brand has captured the imagination of fitness enthusiasts worldwide and evolved into a global network of more than 200 ultimate workout franchised destinations in 18 countries. For more information visit www.worldgym.com.
About Granada Theater
The recently restored art deco Granada Theater presents a world-class performing arts center located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara’s cultural district. The venue is host to ballets, concerts, Broadway shows and many other performances. For information visit www.granadatheater.com.