First Time Figure Competitor Takes 2017 Bev Francis Atlantic States Championship Title

by Lina G. DeForca

Sabah Sayed with NPC Chairman Steve Weinberger and IFBB Pro Victor Martinez

The NPC Bev Francis Atlantic Championships took over Teaneck, NJ on June 3, 2017 and drew bodybuilding fans from all across the county in order to watch the fierce competitors go at it in hopes of winning the championship title and becoming qualified for Nationals. Best Built Fitness was there alongside four of our stunning women competitors, Sabah SyedAriella GrinbergKatirya Nieves, and Carisa Gaylardo, as their friends, family, and fans all came out for support as they each stepped on stage class by class.

Best Built Fitness would like to congratulate Sabah Syed on her winning the Overall Figure Championship title at her very first figure competition ever!!

In 2016 Sabah Syed was Best Built Fitness’s Bikini Champion, she dominated competitions, and just missed her pro-card by two places at the North America’s. Sabah recognized her strengths were in her hard and heavy training mentality, and with the help of her coach, Dominick Mutascio, was able to maximize her results by transitioning into the Figure division. She had a killer off season, dieted hard, trained harder, through compete dedication and packed on on roughly 13 pounds of solid muscle in only 9 months.

Many were interested to see, Sabah Syed, and to find out how a former bikini champion, would stack up as a figure competitor. Then, Sabah stepped on stage for the very first time to compete in the NPC Figure division and she commanded the stage getting first callout after first callout! After witnessing all of her hard work over the past year, we were all ecstatic for her as she earned her chance to compete at nationals and brought home a stack of well deserved trophies.

Sabah Syed was named The NPC Bev Francis Atlantic States Overall Figure Open Champion, Overall Figure Open Class B Champion, Overall Figure Novice Champion, and Overall Figure Novice Class A Champion.

NPC News and Devotion Nutrition interviewed Sabah backstage after her win. Make sure you check out the video HERE.

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Sabah Syed, Dominick Mutascio, and Vlad Petric

Team Best Built’s Bikini beast and shredded knock out, Ariella Grinberg, brought the total package to the Atlantic States’ stage, as she competed in her first show of the competition season. Dedication is the name of this bikini girl’s game, and we know she’s going to continue to kill it at her next show!

Ariella won 2nd place in the Bikini Novice division and won 4th place in the Bikini Open division.

Having a competitive fitness lifestyle is definitely not easy, especially when you start and own your own business like Ariella; check out her gorgeous online store, Ella’s Sidewalk.

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(From left to right) Team Best Built: Lina DeForca, Shindel Van Rhyn, Dominick Mutascio, Jay Peters, Ariella Grinberg, Sabah Syed, Vlad Petric

Another Best Built Fitness powerhouse, Katirya Nieves‘ brought her strength to the stage and made herself known to the judges!

Katirya Nieves won 2nd place in the Figure open division.

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Check out Best Built Fitness new comer and blonde bombshell, Carisa Gaylardo!

Carisa Gaylardo won 6th place in the Figure Open division.

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Special shout out to The Bev Francis Atlantic States sponsor and Team Best Built posing coach and tanning mama, IFBB Pro Marie Allegro, for all of her help backstage!!

Getting to know and work with so many strong, dedicated women is a blessing and we are so proud of everyone and it keeps us motivated everyday!

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