Empro Classic 2023

The moment after it happens, it will be a memory forever. For those who were not there, the only way to find out what happened is to listen to the story told by those who enjoyed the moment. The story will depend on the experience lived by each person. It will be different for competitors, coaches, judges, journalists, even for each person in the audience. This is my story behind the images of "EMPRO CLASSIC 2023".

   Two competitions are held on the EMPRO CLASSIC weekend. Saturday is for amateur athletes and a Professional Show takes place on Sunday. The event has become a point of reference in Europe. More and more competitors move to Alicante to take another step on the road to their goals.

Both days the participants have great incentives to get on the stage. On Saturday the competitors want to get a “Pro Card“, which allows them to compete in the “IFBB Professional League“. On Sunday, at the pro show, the winner gets an invite to compete at the “Olympia” in Orlando.

EMPRO CLASSIC is completely linked to its creator, the promoter Emilio Martínez. His experience as a bodybuilder, competitor, promoter and businessman, transmits a personal character to this competition. Even though it is held in the same place as other events on the annual calendar, it takes on a totally genuine character. The excellent attention to the athlete and the spectacle offered to the public are difficult to replicate.

On Friday, when registration for the amateur event ends, the professionals begin to arrive. Some competitors decide to show their physique, as a notice to other competitors or as a gift to their followers.

   Registration seems simple, but it is the result of years of experience and a team of passionate people. Athletes receive their number, accreditation and certificate of participation. They go on stage with the rest of their category and show their weapons for Sunday. Then they book makeup, hairdressing, tanning and photography services. Salou TV already begins its informative work with the first interviews.

   The pro competitors won’t step on stage until Sunday, but social media immediately begins discussing who will take the ring and invite to the Olympia.

   The athletes of the amateur event can feel like professionals for a day. Emilio Martínez has raised the level of amateur competitions so much that there are almost no differences. They enjoy the same services, facilities and, of course, the stage that professional league athletes will step on.

Let the images tell the story of the EMPRO Classic, without forgetting that not all the protagonists are there, but all those who were captured in the photographs were protagonists.

– The activity starts early in the Tanning room –

– Cristina Chatti organizing the athletes. It depends on your work that everything develops without interruptions, guaranteeing the fluidity of the event –

– The public crosses the commercial area to access the “Gran Hall” –

– The competitors wait in the backstage. They warm up and receive the latest advice from the trainers –

– The master of ceremonies, Gabriel Opare, announces the start of the competition –

– Men’s Classic Physique Masters + 35 –

– After the individual presentations and the comparisons, Emilio Martínez awards the medals to the first categories, Men’s Classic Physique Novice –

– Jimmy Melinand, Men’s Classic Physique Junior winner –

– Men’s Classic Physique Open Class B –

– Sergiu Pavlenco and Raul Rodas Muñoz –

– Jose Luis Castaño Rodriguez –

– The “Pro Card” cards and the trophies await next to the stage –

– Streaming –

– Emilio Martínez continues to award medals –

– The moment in which the winner is announced is always emotional. Sergiu Pavlenco, first classified Men’s Classic Physique Open Class B –

– Podium Men’s Classic Physique Open Class B –

– Sergiu Pavlenco, winner Men’s Classic Physique Open Class B –

– Podium Men’s Classic Physique Open Class D –

– Overall Men’s Classic Physique –

– Victor Toledo Pardo, winner of the Overall Men’s Classic Physique and new IFBB PRO –

– A new IFBB PRO has the opportunity to speak for the public –

– Judges, media and a whole human team at the service of the athlete –

– Bodybuilding on stage –

– Segis, focused on his work –

– Gabriel Opare receiving athletes on the stage –

– Nicolas Cantemir Sacristan, Men’s Bodybuilding Masters + 60 –

– All details matter –

– Men’s Bodybuilding Open Heavyweight –

– Julian Galarzo –

– Most muscular in Men’s Bodybuilding Open Super Heavyweight –

– Pinto Canhao –

– Men’s Bodybuilding Open Light Heavyweight category awaits judges’ decision –

– Men’s Bodybuilding Open Heavyweight –

– Julian Galarzo receives good news –

– Julian Galarzo, Men’s Bodybuilding Open Super Heavyweight winner –

– Héctor Defez and Vicent Just Ferrer enjoying the Posedown –

– Posedown Men’s Bodybuilding –

– Posedown Men’s Bodybuilding –

– Absolute winner, Miguel Angustia –

– Mike Thijsen and Emilio Martínez with Miguel Angustia, winner in Men’s Bodybuilding –

– Miguel Angustia in Andrés Soriano’s studio, located behind the stage –

– Female categories make their appearance on the stage –

– Women’s Figure Novice Podium –

– Podium Women’s Figure Masters + 35 –

– Dayner Marshall –

– Podium Women’s Figure Open Class A –

– Becky Clawson and Emilio Martínez await the name of the overall winner –

– Jenny Kurth receives Women’s Figure overall winner ring –

– Kitti Egri –

– Women’s Wellness Open Class A returns to Backstage –

– Emilio Martínez awaits the next name at the medal ceremony –

– Joy and camaraderie –

– Podium Women’s Wellness Open Class A –

– Alexandra Maria Da Silva, new IFBB Pro –

– Alexandra Maria Da Silva is interviewed by Raquel Lagunas (Salou Fitness TV) –

– Work continues in the hairdressing area –

– Any break is good to visit the commercial area with brands like “California urban” and “Brilliant Bikinie’s” –

– The perfect souvenir for visitors and competitors –

– In Backstage Men’s Physique final details. Assane Dieye Sosso –

– Jonathan Moriau, Official Photographer of the IFBB Pro League, makes sure the competitors have the best images to remember –

– Jessica Galera and Gabriel Opare do not lose their smile no matter how many hours they spend on the stage –

– Men’s Physique Masters + 35 shows his back pose to the judges –

– David Catena, don’t let the rhythm stop –

– Emilio Martínez enjoys each medal. He knows the suffering of each competitor to be there –

– Podium Men’s Physique Masters + 35 –

– Alessio Sbizzera –

– The judging team –

– Final instructions backstage before going on stage –

– The team deserves another medal –

– Men’s Physique Open Class D in a professional level stage –

– Women’s Bikini category in Backstage –

– On stage, Hugo Fragua hears his name as winner of Men’s Physique Open Class B –

– Podium Men’s Physique Open Class B –

– Lyndonn Escudero, first place in Men’s Physique Open Class C –

– Podium Men’s Physique Open Class E –

– Podium Men’s Physique Open Class F –

– Assane Dieye Sosso enjoys the fight in the Men’s Physique Overall –

– Alessio Sbizzera does not hide his emotion –

– Alessio Sbizzera new IFBB Pro –

– Women’s Bikini Novice –

– Kateryna Spievakova and Noelia Hilinger Frias –

– Alexandra Asin Alonso makes her presentation in front of the judges and the public –

– The time to enjoy on the stage is coming –

– Chantal Hill –

– Women’s Bikini Open Class D –

– Alysha Jacob –

– Vanessa Silva –

– Donna Molinari –

– Giulia Bianchi –

– Podium Women’s Bikini Open Class D –

– Exciting moments for Melanie Navarro Garcia –

– Gaia Mastrototaro –

– The winners of the Women’s Bikini categories await the result of the Overall –

– Giulia Bianchi gets the pass to professionals –

– Smiles and joy in the last interviews of the day –

– Becky Clawson attends to the competitors, once the event is finished, with the same smile with which she started the day –

   The EMPRO CLASSIC Amateur ends and the machinery to prepare the professional Show starts immediately, which will begin in a few hours and promises to be even more spectacular.

  The day of the EMPRO PRO SHOW begins and we can see differences with the amateur event. The most obvious is the incredible expectation that this event has created, which is reflected in the full crowd. Hours before the doors open, there are hundreds of fans outside who have been lucky to get a ticket. The endless line of people runs even outside the VB Spaces. It is difficult to see a bodybuilding event today that motivates such a large mass of enthusiasts, but Emilio Martínez knows perfectly the ingredients that he need to cook a show that attracts both, competitors and his followers.

While the number of fans is increasing abroad, even the smallest detail is being revised inside. The team performs multiple tasks that the public never sees, but which are essential for each event to be more spectacular, without losing professionalism. A competition of this type begins to prepare months in advance, but the slightest mistake can lower an ever higher quality standard. Emilio Martínez always transforms his plans into reality, making the event an unrepeatable experience.

– The VIP area is already prepared for those who will enjoy the event on the front line –

– Where the “Pro Card” cards were yesterday, you can see the invitations for the Orlando Olympia today –

– The Tanning room begins to receive the first professionals –

– Emilio Martínez always keeping an eye on it –

– Segis appears at the judges table –

– The team that controls the Backstage and the ascent to the stage reviews their notes –

– David Catena checks the sound –

– The judges are taking positions –

– Gabriel Opare prepares his performance as master of ceremonies –

– The first category begins to arrive at the Backstage –

– Medals are as spectacular as the event they represent –

– The public begins to take a seat while the final details are finalized between the judges and the team –

– The good climate of Alicante invites you to warm up outside. Birgit Andersch –

– Public continues to enter –

– In the entrance hall Salou TV collects the first impressions –

– Fans cross the shopping area –

– Paula Ranta warms up in the Backstage –

– Hairdressing, makeup and tanning –

– The Womens Physique category receives the last instructions before going on stage –

– The Spanish anthem signals the start of the competition –

– Gabriel Opare introduces the judges and welcomes the public and competitors –

– Women’s Physique makes an appearance on stage opening the event –

– Birgit Andersch –

– Hayley Brylewski –

– Yaiza Miranda Gonzalez –

– Marina Kassinopoullou –

– Uta Koehler-Spitzbart –

– Women´s Physique –

– From any angle the “Gran Hall” impresses full of fans –

– In the heights, the Streaming team controls everything that happens, selecting the best images to broadcast them live –

– Jose Manuel Muñoz in the Tanning room –

– Category Figure on stage –

– German Pastor Cueto –

– Men’s Classic Physique –

– Jhon Duque Montoya –

– Jessica Galera guides athletes to their place on the platform –

– David Martinez Campos –

– Camilo Diaz –

– Jonathan Moriau watched closely by Angel Calderón –

– Javier Prado Senas in the Backstage –

– Ruth Petizco –

– Concentration at the judges table –

– Men’s Classic Physique –

– 20 professional athletes in the Men’s Classic Physique category –

– Wellness Category –

– Katia Hermes –

– Ruth Petizco concentrated before going on stage –

– Sarah Ait Lamkadem –

– Raquel Lagunas (Salou Fitness TV) gets the interview of the day with Michal Križo Križánek before going on stage –

– Jose Manuel Muñoz waits for his turn in the Backstage –

– Bikini category on stage –

   The Men’s Bodybuilding category has ten professional competitors of different nationalities (Spain, Brazil, Germany, Croatia, Italy, Poland and Slovakia). In the previous weeks, social networks and specialized media generated a large amount of content around the possible winner of the EMPRO PRO SHOW. However, once they go on stage, the training system used does not influence, the diet followed does not score, the controversies, the number of followers or the desire to go to the Olympia are not valued. It is time to show that you are the best here and now.

Only what happens in the few minutes they spend in front of the judges counts. The past disappears, the future is uncertain and only the present moment exists, this moment in this place. It’s part of the magic of competitive bodybuilding.

What begins to be lived in the VB Spaces is absolutely impossible to tell with words or images. When a mass of people vibrates together in such a way, the environment is charged with an energy that makes it difficult to control emotions. The music shakes the ground and fills the fans with euphoria. The public cheer on the athletes as if it were an epic battle. The professionals are making their presentations showing the result of the hard work done, but knowing that the invitation to the Olympia can only be won here and now, in these moments that will remain in the memory.

– Michal Križo Križánek impressing everyone at Men´s Bodybuilding –

– Petar Klancir –

– When Jorge Zamorano makes his presentation, the mix of music with the emotion of his poses brings tears to some of those present –

– Wellington Fernando Baptista –

– Michal Križo Križánek –

– Roman Fritz –

– Petar Klancir –

– Michal Križo Križánek making it clear that he wants the invitation to Olympia –

– Joan Pradells in front of his legion of followers –

– Jose Manuel Muñoz –

– Emir Omeragic –

– Andrea Presti –

– Andrea Presti –

– Time to review the tanning or refresh yourself after the comparisons –

   The morning ends and the predictions begin in the minds of all the fans. The interval until the finals is a good time to recharge your batteries, visit the shopping area, discuss what you have experienced and even get a haircut to the beat of a DJ.

– The Barbershop Temple, music and haircuts –

– Emilio Cheat Meal –

– ESN  Elite Sports Nutrition –

– California Supplement –

– Empro Athletics Apparel –

– 1 MORE –

– In the Backstage the athletes prepare for the finals –

– The judges do not lose their concentration –

– Sanna Nupponen –

– Romana Skotzen –

– Uta Koehler-Spitzbart –

– Uta Koehler-Spitzbart –

– Uta Koehler-Spitzbart –

– Uta Koehler-Spitzbart receives her medal –

– Yaiza Miranda González –

– The representative of the Vayu brand at the medal ceremony –

– Emilio Martínez with the representative of ZNT Nutrition –

– Emilio Martínez and Romana Skotzen winner in the Women’s Physique category –

– Women’s Physique podium –

– California Supplement representative waits with Jessica Galera at the medal ceremony –

– Podium Figure –

– David Martínez Campos –

– Germán Pastor Cueto –

– Germán Pastor Cueto –

– Lucas Alexander Guido –

– Francisco Navarro Hernández –

– Joan Canngieter waits for her turn in the Backstage –

– Francisco Navarro Hernández –

– Teresa María Sina –

– Posedown prior to medals in Classic Physique –

– Germán Pastor Cueto, Classic Physique winner –

– Germán Pastor Cueto –

– Wellness category finals –

– Ruth Petizco –

– Leonida Ciobu triumphs in her category –

– Lisa Meiswinkel with the representative of Vayu –

– Wellness category podium –

– Leonida Ciobu winner of the Wellness category and Emilio Martínez –

– The interview area receives the champions –

– Presentation of medals in the Bikini category –

– Ivi Escandar winner of the Bikini category –

– Jorge Zamorano –

– Wellington Fernando Baptista –

– Petar Klancir –

– Roman Fritz –

– Michal Križo Križánek –

– Joan Pradells –

– Andrea Presti –

– Krystian Wolski –

– Michal Križo Križánek and Andrea Presti watched by Krystian Wolski –

– The professionals come down from the stage and walk among a crazy crowd –

– Jose Manuel Muñoz receives his medal –

– Michal Križo Križánek, Men’s Bodybuilding podium –

– Emilio Martínez delivers the winner’s ring and the invitation to the Olympia –

– Michal Križo Križánek is interviewed by Emilio Martínez –

– Official photos by Andrés Soriano –

   Here and now the EMPRO PRO SHOW 2023 ends. An event that has exceeded all expectations. The winners have already engraved their names in the memory of this competition. It is time to reflect on what happened and get excited again remembering it in your mind. The public evacuates the room while some competitors request feedback from the judges, who keep the same smile with which they began the event.

   Outside, it is surprising to see how some athletes, after a tough competition, give away poses and take photos with their loyal fans who will always support them regardless of the result. Events like this show us that a new wave of fitness and bodybuilding fans is coming, wanting to emulate their idols and match their achievements.

   Empty rooms remind us the ephemeral nature of time. Right now the EMPRO CLASSIC 2023 is only a memory, but an indelible memory that will surely mark the fate of many competitors and fans.

   Emilio Martínez should be very proud of the success of the show that represents his brand. His personal character, his way of doing things, has set the standard very high once again, perhaps more than ever. But those who know him know that in his head the end of the event means no more than the beginning of the preparation for the next one.

    Sometimes a picture can capture a moment in time and even make us remember a multitude of emotions. But if we put several images together according to a narrative, we can build a more complex story, full of details and even small stories within the main story. Thank you Emilio Martínez for allowing me to capture from my vision the hidden magic behind these events.