You are invited to The 2015 Texas Shredder Classic !
At the 2014 Texas Shredder Classic we had 479 athletes (not counting crossovers). We sold over 2000 prejudging tickets and had 3000+ fans in attendance at the night show. I attribute our continued growth to the fact that I just retired as competitive physique athlete in the spring of 2014. I know exactly what the athletes are going through so, I go to great lengths to make sure that they have a tremendous competitive experience! However we feel that while were are very proud that many people want to come out to the Shredder it is just too many people to have in a show and the founding principles somehow get lost. In 2015, we are going to cap the number of athletes we are going to let into the Texas Shredder. We are doing this so that we can ensure a great quality show, that every athlete will get ample stage time, that there is room back stage and that the most important thing is returned to the sport, the celebration of all the athletes’ accomplishments. It’s not all about the numbers or the money it’s, about athletes firsts!
We give every athlete a commemorative Texas Shredder Competitor dog-tag, a Competitor contest t-shirt, and a goodie bag. Awards are samurai swords, and class winners receive an additional gold Champion dog-tag and Champion t-shirt. The Texas Shredder Classic is also a Super Pro Show meaning If you win your in an Open Class with 5 or more competitors you are eligible for your Pro Card!
We are extremely excited to be a part of the NFF- The Naturally Fit Federation. The federation is new but holds the same ideals and values we do regarding drug testing and about how to treat athletes. The founder David Lee Nall and I were previous business partners in the Shredder and we helped him get started promoting the Southwest Natural Championships which are now part of the Naturally Fit Games. He has a long proud history of promoting quality drug free contests & his shows were also sanctioned with the WNBF previously. The Shredder was sanctioned several years ago with the WNBF until I was suspended for 3 years from competing for doing a very positive article about the WNBF and natural bodybuilding in Ironman magazine. That was under the previous ownership. In 2014, when the opportunity came up where not only could we become part of the leadership and part owners of the Federation but we could help to expand opportunities for natural athletes to compete we jumped at the chance to grow the federation. However, philosophical differences between the five of us in leadership made it clear that if we were going to follow our hearts and do what we set out to do in the beginning and provide more opportunities for Natural athletes we were going to have to move in another direction. We needed to be with a federation who had a vision that was more in line with ours, more inclusive of all athletes, especially new athletes, while still adhering to the strong of drug testing standards.
People have asked why this is so important to us? My goals have been clear from the beginning, to provide more opportunities for PED free athletes to compete both as Pro's and amateurs. The opportunities for drug free athletes was something that had been very concerning to me as a Professional athlete myself. I felt like I was leading people to a dead end in the other organization if natural athletes chose not to use PED's. There are very few who make it to pro status naturally as I did but once they do they find out what I did- they are no longer competitive at all. I stood on stage with men who were my height but had over 100 lbs of muscle on me and freely talked about their use of PED's. I felt strongly that there needed to be more opportunities for natural athletes to compete on the amateur and pro levels. So again, our goals have not changed one bit!! We are steadfast in our commitment to natural athletes.
That's why we feel strongly that the NFF is a better fit with regards to their stand on over the counter supplementation and medically necessary prescriptions. They are still extremely stringent with regard to every competitor being polygraph tested and all winners are urine tested. The Banned substance list follows the DOD banned substance list and the testing is done in the same lab by the world renowned experts as the WNBF. We feel good about the fact that a brand new competitor who hasn’t even thought about competing yet who has been working out for a couple years probably has gone into their local supplement store, may have tried some sample they have been given and they can still feel confident that they are ok to compete with us and begin their competitive careers. We want to welcome them to the sport not scare them with a banned substance list of over the counter items that nominally effective at best anyway.
We are extremely excited about moving our 2015 Texas Shredder Classic to the NFF. All of the Natural shows in Texas this year are now with the NFF, there are lots of shows to choose from. There are Pro shows right here in Texas and the NFF is affiliated with the DFAC. There are both amateur & pro shows that you can compete in as well. The goal for the DFAC World Championships, which will be held in Miami, Oct 31, 2015 is to bring all the best Natural athletes from any Natural organization that can pass the drug test together in one show to go head to head! To gain an invitation to the Amateur DAFAC World Championships you have to place first in your class at one of an affiliated show.
Since our shows have always been drug tested there is not a tremendous amount of changes that will take place in the Texas Shredder Classic or the Texas State Naturals that will be Oct 24, 2015 in Kyle TX. . We are drug testing in Dallas and in Houston to be able to help accommodate everyone. If you live in those areas please schedule to do your drug test ahead of time. If you have a medical issue, the medical exceptions require PRE APPROVAL do not expect to show up with your script and expect to be able to compete. Please send any requests for medical exceptions to Blythe@shredderbuilt.com immediately. You can read about the rules and regulations of the NFF at Naturalllyfit.com or email us at Shredderbuilt@gmail, BLythe@Shredderbuilt.com or Direct to David@naturallyfit.com with questions. We are here to help so if you have questions feel free to ask.
Making changes aren't easy and we most certainly don’t take it lightly but we do it with one thing in mind... YOU! Our goal from the very beginning was simply to put on good shows, have fun and create opportunities for natural athletes. We in no way wanted to take away from any other organization. We believe that as we grow the sport grows and that's good for everyone. We strongly believe that there a lot of people who want to know that their hard work is being judge strictly for their hard work and not because someone chose to take a different path and use some sort of PED. It’s not judgement on anyone else's choices it’s just a different path or choice. We will continue to do whatever it takes to find a way to give back to this sport and provide the opportunities that these great, hardworking athletes deserve!
Whether you are an athlete or a fan, I invite you to be part of the Texas Shredder Classic. Come join our Shredderbuilt family and have a great time at our show!
Dave “The Texas Shredder” Goodin, Diana Hurley, Blythe Savera & Molly Goodin