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29-year old Tatum Taitague has been bodybuilding since 2010 but stepped onto the stage for the first time this year at the 2015 Michelob Ultra Guam bodybuilding event that took place recently at the Leo Palace Resort. Tatum took 1st at the show in the Men's Lightweight Division and then followed up his performance with another first place finish at the 2015 Ironman Bodybuilding Competition held on October 3rd in Washington.

Taitague said, "The atmosphere was incredible as far as seeing all the different supplement companies promoting their brands. The passion of the fans showed and it was incredible. Obviously in the states bodybuilding is viewed on a much grander scale as far as popularity is concerned. Of course the infamous mr. Olympia is held there so of course fans will flock to any MPC show. So seeing that along with being judged by professional judges who actually judge the Olympia was very nerve racking but at the same time it was another amazing thing to be a part of."

Shalane Chaco came home with a first place finish from the event as well. Chaco took the top spot for the Open Figure Class A. Shalane started training four years ago as a way to stay in shape. Locally she placed 3rd in 2012 and has 2nd place finishes in 2013, 2014 and a most recent 2nd place medal a few weeks ago.

She said, "My brother and my cousin were already competing since 2009 so I had some influence from them. 2011 was when is started being more consistent at the gym and trying to lose weight. Then I started going at 4:00 am in the morning and that was when most of the other competitors for the Guam shows would start training and I got influenced from them as well as my brother and cousin because they were planning to compete in the 2012 show. That was when I started practicing the whole diet concept and training. That was when i really started wanting to actually try that competition for the first time."

Lisa Santiago-Castro is also a first place champion, in the Open Bikini Class A Division at the Ironman Bodybuilding Event. The event was her second show after taking home a 2nd place finish, here at home in 2014. Lisa is hungry to get back to the grind and compete more in the future with her recent success. She said, "The experience at the ironman was great. The competition there is a lot bigger than the competition here on Guam. In my class I competed against 21 other women and so to win first place was an amazing experience. The crowd was hyped and they cheered us on. It was a huge crowd and there were hundreds of people there and the venue was amazing. So after winning the ironman it makes me a national qualified bikini athlete. It really motivates me to want to get back into the gym and train harder and improve my overall physique and presentation. I'm working with my coach to plan on competing in bigger shows."

Coach Joe Dimilanta says there is a lot of talent on Guam with more and more athletes focusing on health and nutrition. The coach of team elite physique says it's a matter of time when Guam sees more professional bodybuilders on the world stage.

Dimilanta said, "I think the athletes here have just as much potential as the athletes in the US. They just have to approach things the right way with their prep. It's the nutrition and the training and then just being a hard worker that makes a big difference. And of course the coaching is also good. They can go as far as they want to. These guys really have a shot at a card now and I think more people can do it, as long as they approach things the right way that is the most important part."

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