So how did our out strongman do at the Ronnie Coleman Classic?

0615-flashThis week we ran a story about Jake Briscoe, the out athlete who was competing for the first-time ever last weekend in a bodybuilding/strongman competition in Fort Worth. Jake was just happy to make it to the competitive level — “winning” per se wasn’t the goal… but then again, who doesn’t want to win, even on your first time out?

There was no Cinderella story, however, for Jake … though he wasn’t exactly a wicked stepsister, either. He told writer Rich Lopez that out of 15 contestants, he came in 9th — a more-than-respectable showing, and certainly gratifying for all athletes who sacrifice to achieve something special.

And winning isn’t proof of greatness, anyway … I mean, look who’s winning the GOP presidential race…

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Tony Giles wins at Europa

Tony Giles
Tony Giles

If you’re gonna compete in a bodybuilding contest, here’s a good pieces of advice: Talk to me first.

Earlier this year, I profiled porn star Mark Dalton prior to his competing in the Ronnie Coleman Classic, a well-known muscle show here in the Metroplex, and Dalton won first place in the novice heavyweights category and best overall novice.

Then a few weeks ago, I profiled Tony Giles, who models as Tony DaVinci, as he prepared for the Europa Supershow event, which took place last weekend in Dallas. And how did he do? Best novice middleweight, best novice overall and best open middleweight — the most medals of anyone there. Not bad for first-timer. (Dalton also competed at Europa, in the light-heavyweight category, but failed to place.)

Great results for Giles, though it was, he admits, different that what he expected would happen.

Giles had planned to compete as a light-heavyweight (Dalton’s class), but the day of the weigh-in — following a water fast and taking diuretics — he had dropped too many pounds to qualify.

“On Thursday I weighted 182 and by weigh-in on Friday I was 176,” he says. That was too low for light-heavyweight and the lightest he could be and still qualify as a middleweight. It may have been a blessing, though. “It was actually a good thing because those guys were huge.”

Tony Giles
Tony Giles

Even Giles admits the loss of fat — and water — made him look gaunt if not actually unrecognizable, so the first thing he did was eat: A cheeseburger, french fries and carrot cake, followed that evening with pizza. No food ever tasted so good. The proof? In less than a week, Giles has bulked up again by 29 lbs., clocking in at 205.

Despite all the torment, he plans to compete again. He’s on vacation this week and will skip the next season, but plans to be back for the Junior USA contest after that. He’ll need to change the regimen for that one, though: He needs to gain 15 pounds of muscle.

Piece of cake. Carrot cake. And only when he’s done.

— Arnold Wayne Jones


This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 20, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens