INTERVIEW BY BEN YOSEF | MICHAEL BROOKS PHOTOGRAPHY
I TRULY JUST FOCUSED ON HAVING FUN AND DOING MY BEST TO SHOWCASE ALL MY HARD WORK.”
to the IPL stage, Vince Cline was definitely impressive at the 2018 3rdAnnual IPL California Championship on May
5th in Sacramento,
Arizona-based Cline would
to Cali and enter two
classes. Men’s Athletic Open and Men’s Athletic Masters 40+. Between the two,
Cline’s toughest fight proved to be in Masters. There, he would go up against none-other
IPL Pro Steve Poyer. Poyer, who won his IPL Pro Qualification in both Open
& Masters Athletic at the West Coast Pro/Am last September, had not yet
competed as a Pro. So, this made him eligible to compete as an Amateur. After
entering the Pro division for May 5th,
having no other Pros enter, this is what he opted to do.
versus Steve Poyer was a sight to see. The two would trade shot for shot, with
Poyer seeming to be gaining the upper hand…until Cline came alive and fought
back, even harder. Heading into Finals there was just ONE POINT separating 1st
place from 2nd.
at Finals, the two would tie in score for the Model Walk, keeping
the one point margin intact. In the end, it was Cline who had the extra point
as he went on to win the class and the Pro Masters qualification.
Then, it was on to the Open. Bringing plenty of momentum into the Open, Cline dominated the class, taking 1st and the Open Pro Card as well. Shout out to Alfredo Ascencio (2nd) and Luis Briseno (3rd). With the look that Vince Cline brought to Cali, there is no doubt that he will do some damage in the Pro ranks. Is he ready to pose a threat to Pros like Alejandro Sigala, Zack Smith, Karlos Velazquez, Andrew Kang, James Niezen and Pro Champions Zyrian Apurillo, Jason Lubag and Angel Aulet??? We think so!
your wins in Cali! We were all super impressed by the package you
How are you feeling about the show?
VINCE CLINE: I
loved my experience! Having coached so many athletes that have done an IPL
contest, it was great to experience it myself as an athlete. I recommend anyone
who’s competed, or considering
to compete in an upcoming IPL show!
YOSEF: Awesome, brotha! Really happy to hear you had a such a great time! So, your toughest competition was Steve Poyer. Steve was already IPL Pro Qualified but had not yet competed as a Pro. So, he was still eligible to compete at the Amateur level. Which is what he did. This guy is a solid competitor. What was it like going up against him?
I’LL BE MAKING MY PRO DEBUT IN 2019!”
knew that I’d have to work once we got out there. He is in great shape and had
already won shows. I truly just focused on having fun and doing my best to
showcase all my hard work. I’m very grateful that I was able to walk away with
So, I know we discussed this a bit after the show… At Prejudging
looking like Steve was getting the upper hand in that class. Then, midway through,
seemed to really come alive. We all (the judging panel) and maybe even the
crowd, felt a shift. What happened there?
CLINE: I was dealing with nerves. I had forgotten my posing briefly and didn’t have my flow. After a couple turns I got comfortable, remembered everything I had worked on, and started feeling it.
it’s refreshing to know that even coaches can get a case of the nerves!
you say to athletes out there who find themselves a bit “off” when
they hit the stage? And maybe even to those who may fear this happening to them?
CLINE: Practice, practice, practice before getting to the stage. Then don’t get discouraged if you’re not nailing it 100% because you’re judged on not just one aspect in the IPL, but your entire package. I always encourage everyone to focus on seeing themselves doing amazing and hitting their poses 100%!
said! I am sure you are familiar with the current crop of IPL Men’s Athletic
Pros. Who are you especially looking forward to going up against? And, when
will we get to see you make your Pro Debut?
very impressed with all of the IPL Men’s Athletic Pros and very excited to get up
compete with all of them! I’ll be making my Pro Debut
man! Love it! I am super pumped to see you battle it out in the Pros. There are
some incredibly talented guys at this level, so it certainly will be exciting!
Any final thoughts?
Ben! I’m just
excited to be a part of the GROWING IPL! GAINZ