OCB Best of the 'Burgh


OCB Best of the 'Burgh (Pro Qualifier*)



Greetings Competitors!
Due to the most recent mandate from President Trump lasting through April 30, 2020, the OCB Best of the ‘Burgh contest cannot be held in-person. As an alternative, the OCB has considered a way to honor YOU during this extended quarantine.
We know you have stayed determined, persevered, and kept training /dieting throughout this crisis. We do not want to let you down.

We have figured out a way to make it possible!

OCB Pittsburgh is converting its show into a virtual competition! The show will still be conducted on Sunday May 3rd, 2020. It will be a unique and innovative format. You can still participate and show case all of your hard work while being a reason for hope to others who may have no hope at this time. We can be an inspiration to others to prioritize health and fitness while confined to their homes!

The event will be held as a "Bodybuilding" Body Transformation Before & After OCB COMPETITION, allowing your competition to be the same as if you were competing in your category; (i.e., Bodybuilding, Classic Physique, Physique, Women's Physique, Figure, Bikini). We are also including an "Inspiration Segment" where you can share how you accomplished your training despite the hurdles of the shutdown.

1. A BEFORE photo of your choice that shows your true starting point from a date in 2020 (Before you began your pre-contest dieting, can be clothed or in your competition suit.)

2. One (1) 60 seconds of continuous video in mp4 format that includes you performing the OCB Mandatory Pre- judging poses in the order listed at ocbonline.com under category Guidelines. (Please no music due to online copyright laws requiring licenses.)
70% of your score

3. An AFTER photo taken at the time of your video performance.
15% of your score (Before & After Photo Comparison)

4. An ESSAY no more than 200 words explaining how you continued to train and stay the course despite facing obstacles during this pandemic.
15% of your score

OCB Best of the Burgh Webinar Competition Tips:
*Aim to film yourself in the best lighting to show your physique.
*Lack of professional stage tanning will not be held against your score.
*You can begin sending your results anytime starting now when you feel you are peaked and ready.
*The exact OCB Best of the Burgh expert judging panel will be judging you on May 3rd via webinar.

We will be providing you with ZOOM Webinar details so that you can connect and be part of this competition LIVE on Sunday, May 3rd, 2020. Your submissions will be viewed by all who attend. We will feature you LIVE individually as you read your essay portion. (You will only be judged on content, not delivery.)

Other Contest Details:
*EVERY registered athlete competing in the 2020 “Best of the Burgh” will AUTOMATICALLY qualify for one of our future OCB Pittsburgh Competitions through 2021:
1. The OCB Natural Steel City Championships slated to take place on October 31, 2020
2. Spring 2021: The OCB Best of the Burgh
3. Fall 2021: The OCB Natural Steel City

Obviously (and unfortunately), we will not be able to award pro cards at this webinar competition due to lack of drug testing methods with social distancing mandates currently in place. However, we will be featuring you on OCB social media.
All other contest details remain the same.
Please Note that "regular" Body Transformation competitors will still compete at this webinar with their specific guidelines and will be featured LIVE reading their essay submissions.

New Entries are still welcome through April 24th 2020. Please visit ocbonline.com to enter.

Last possible date to submit your photos, video & essay is April 25th.

Awards, t-shirts & goody bag items will be mailed to competitors within 2 weeks.

Hotel accommodations, polygraph testing, tanning appointments & music for DJ will not be required so you can cancel those reservations.

All pre-paid ticket purchases will be refunded via PayPal over the next 2 weeks.
In Summary there are 3 Options for competitors who are already entered:
1. Compete in the Webinar Competition & transfer your Entry Fees into another OCB Pittsburgh show through 2021. (Outlined above)
2. If opting not to do the Webinar Competition, transfer your entry fees into another OCB Pittsburgh show through 2021. (Outlined above)
3. If opting not to do the Webinar Competition or compete in a future OCB Pittsburgh show through 2021, receive a refund of entry fees via PayPal within the next 2 weeks.***New Entries for 2020 Webinar Competition will automatically qualify for a future OCB Pittsburgh show through 2021.


For now, we need you to respond to this email and let us know if you would like to compete and show all of your hard work and dedication. We really want to showcase YOU, your perseverance & determination through this unprecedented season of crisis. Thank you! I appreciate your continued patience and thank you to those of you that have reached out in kindness to offer support and encouragement during these recent times of uncertainty.



Division Offerings

Men's Bodybuilding: Debut, Teen (ages 13 to 19), Novice (Under 5' 9" and 5' 9" and over), Age 40+, Age 50+, Age 60+, Open (Bantam: 156 Lbs. and under, Lightweight: Over 156 - 169 Lbs., Middleweight: Over 169 - 190 Lbs., Heavyweight: Over 190 Lbs.), Physically Challenged: Open
Men's Physique: Debut, Teen, Novice, Age 40+, Age 50+, Age 60+, Open
Men's Classic Physique: Debut, Teen, Novice, Age 40+, Age 50+, Age 60+ Open
Women's Physique: Debut, Teen, Novice, Age 40+, Age 50+, Age 60+, Open
Mixed Pairs Bodybuilding: Open
Figure: Debut, Teen, Novice (Under 5' 4" and 5' 4" and over), Age 40+, Age 50+, 60+, Open (Under 5' 4" and 5' 4" and over)
Bikini: Debut, Teen, Novice, Age 60+, Age 50+, Age 40+, Open
Body Transformation Challenge: Men's & Women's

Physically Challenged: Open, Available in every category. *Promoter reserves the right to add or drop classes based on the number of competitors entered.

Division Details

Debut Division: Never competed. This is your first competition ever.
Teen Division: Open only to those who are ages 13 to 19
Novice Division: Open only to those who have not placed first in any class besides Teen within any division in the same category (Ex. Figure) with any organization (unless only competitor in the class). Eligibility will be verified during polygraph testing
Masters Age Divisions: Open only to those falling into the stipulated age range (ex. 40+ is age forty and over)
Open Division: Open to anyone regardless of age and level of experience.

Armed Forces & First Responders Division: Open to anyone who has served in the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard and/or Police, Fire, EMT etc.

Crossover Entries

A "crossover" is entering more than one division. For example, someone may enter the Novice division, if eligible, and also elect to crossover into the Open division and or the Masters division and compete in them as well (as long as they qualify for all three). Competitors may compete in three events maximum. Crossovers are permitted in "like" categories only. In other words a Men's Physique competitor cannot cross over into Men's Bodybuilding, a Bikini competitor cannot crossover into Figure etc.

Check-In & Polygraph Scheduling

Sonshine Fitness LLC on Saturday, May 2nd, 2020, from 1:00 to 9:00 pm where polygraph testing will also take place. To schedule a polygraph appointment time, visit CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE POLYGRAPH.

Heights will be checked and Men’s Open Bodybuilders will weigh in. *Teen and Masters Contestants must present Driver’s License or valid ID as proof of age. Contestant numbers, goody bags and tee shirts will be given out at this time. *Please see Drug Testing below. Polygraph test results are valid for other amateur OCB shows that are held within 6 weeks. View the upcoming schedule of events. Sonshine Fitness LLC (Malonos Building) 3025 Washington Road Suite 310 McMurray, PA 15317 *Please park in the rear of the building and enter at the rear entrance. There are steps and elevator. Go to top floor (3rd floor) to Suite 310.

Music / Individual Routines & Stage Walks

Competitors are to supply their own music for finals performance by emailing an Mp3 format copy of music to DJ Tim Harris: webookedtj@gmail.com by 4/26/20. NO PROFANITY. Props allowed. Routine length should be 60 seconds. Please include your full name, cell phone number and what divisions you are competing in when emailing DJ Tim Harris your music. ALL competitors, please use discretion and show respect to the audience and judges with your performance.

Contest Day Check-In

Sunday, May 3rd. It is MANDATORY that you arrive to venue at least 30 minutes before you are scheduled to compete and check in with show staff. NOTE: We cannot hold the competition back if you are late arriving.


Entry Fee: $69 Entry fee for each additional class (Crossover fee): $49. Monday, April 24th is the last day entries will be accepted. *Please note that all entry fees are non-transferable and non-refundable with the exception of a mandated government shutdown of this event or venue. In that case refunds will be given. However we are praying & hoping that this COVID-19 situation will have subsided by then. OCB Membership Fee: $75.50 must be obtained prior to the contest at ocbonline.com. Competitors must show proof of current OCB Membership at contest Pre-Registration on Saturday, 5/2/20. *Please note that it is the responsibility of each athlete to obtain an OCB Membership prior to 5/2/20. Polygraph Testing Fee: $50 cash only please payable directly to the examiner at the time of testing on Saturday, 5/2/20 at Registration at Sonshine Fitness LLC.


Trophy Awards for top 5 placements in each amateur class
OCB Medals awarded to any competitor not placing in the top 5
"Best of the Burgh" medallions will be presented to overall winners in Open & Masters Men's & Physique, Classic Physique & Open Figure and Open Bikini
OCB Pro Card status will be awarded to overall division winners of Men's & Women's Bodybuilding Open, Men's Physique Open, Classic Physique Open, Women's Physique Open, Figure & Bikini Open provided there are a minimum of 6 competitors in the division except Women's Physique which is 3. *Please get your entries in early!
OCB MASTERS PRO Card status will be presented to 1st Place winners of: Men's 40+ Bodybuilding, Men's Physique & Classic Physique 40+, Women's Physique 40+, Figure 40+ and Bikini 40+ provided there are a minimum of 3 competitors in the division. *Please get your entries in early!
Best Poser Award for best male and female presentation in the competition
Team Trophy Award: Presented to the Team/Coach or Gym who has the most competitors in the competition. Proof required, please be specific and list your Gym, Trainer/Coach or Team name on the entry form.

Drug Testing

Please see the Banned Substances Link: ocbonline.com. Polygraph testing is required for all competitors. Polygraph fee is $50 payable in cash or money order to the polygraph examiner at the time of testing. Photo identification is required. It is the competitor's responsibility to ensure they are polygraph tested for the event. If any competitors are not polygraph tested for the event they are ineligible for competition. Results from recent polygraph exams performed by other OCB affiliate natural organizations will accepted within a strict six-week period. *HOWEVER PLEASE NOTE that you must present proof of your previously passed polygraph to the promoter via email by Monday, 4/27/20 at ocbpittsburgh@hotmail.com. It is the competitor's responsibility to show proof of a passed polygraph test by Monday, 4/27/20. All competitors are subject to additional forms of testing, if requested, at the discretion and expense of the promoter. Polygraph testing will take place on Saturday 5/2/20 at the host gym: Sonshine Fitness LLC from 1:00 to 9:00 pm. Please make your polygraph appointment as soon as possible at this scheduling link: https://calendly.com/credibilityassessmentsolutions/ocb-best-of-the-burgh-athlete-polygraph-testing
Urine (sample collection) testing is required for All OCB Pro Card recipients immediately following their perspective award ceremony. Please have your current driver’s license with you for testing ID. Pro Card recipients that do not produce a urine sample with our medical staff before leaving the contest venue will forfeit their OCB Pro Card and contest placement. No Exceptions! (Urine testing is the promoter's expense.)

Backstage Policy

ONE (1) assistant/trainer per competitor allowed- NO EXCEPTIONS! Every assistant/trainer MUST buy a Trainers Ticket which is good for General Admission and back stage access. *Please Note: Trainers tickets are nontransferable and nonrefundable - NO EXCEPTIONS!


Tickets will be sold at the door for general seating and are nontransferable & nonrefundable. Cash is encouraged to keep the admission line moving, no checks will be accepted. Please tell your family and friends. Online Advance Ticket sales (also general seating) will close on Wednesday, 4/14/21.

Men's Show Adult General Admission (for any & all segments): $35.00

Body Transformers & Women's Show General Admission (for any & all segments): $35.00

Child Admission: (under age 12) $10.00

ALL DAY Adult General Admission: ALL shows, Men's & Women's & Body Transformers Shows: $50.00

Trainer's Ticket: Good for back stage access entrance and audience admission. One per competitor. $60.00

Contest Hotel

Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh South
164 Fort Couch Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15241

Reservations can be made by calling 1-866-807-2819 or 412-833-5300 and ask for the “OCB BODYBUILDING GROUP RATE” of $114.00 per night. This Group Rate will be available until 4/1/21. All rooms are equipped with refrigerators. Onsite hotel restaurant “Gather” serves breakfast, lunch & dinner. *Please note: Requests and name changes received after the cut-off date of 4/1/21 will be accepted on a rate and space-available basis at the group rate or best rate available.

Professional Contest Photography

Professional competition photography will be provided by Doug Swaim of "Never Forgotten Photography." www.nfphotography.com
Please contact Doug for his competition package rates and register for his professional photography services prior to the competition at this link: https://www.nfphotography.com/stage-photos-order-form---ocb-best-of-the-burgh-050320.pdf

Professional Contest Tanning

Contest preferred Professional competition tanning is strongly suggested and will be provided by our Preferred Competition Tanning Expert, Sarah Rubino of BRONZE BEAUTY TANNING. Sarah and her team will be at the contest hotel on Saturday, May 2nd providing the spray tan services and will be at the venue on Sunday providing touch-ups throughout the entire show. To contact for appointment times, pricing & details email Sarah at tan@bronzebeautyst.com

*NOTE* Tanning products have a tendency to stain and damage clothing, sheets, and other surfaces. To purchase protective attire that will prevent staining, visit Wear & Away

Professional Hair Stylist

Please contact “Best of the Burgh” preferred Professional Competition Hair Stylist, Tracey Hrach of “Tracy’s Cutting Creations Salon” at 412-487-7700 or 412-922-1269. Tracey will be available all day at the venue starting at 8:00 am.

Professional Make-up Artist

Please contact “Best of the Burgh” preferred Competition Makeup Artist, Jessica G of Jessica G Lash & Beauty at 724-312-2719. Jessica will be available all day at the venue starting at 8:00 am. She is also available for waxing (Male & Female) and Lash appointments the week prior to the show. Makeupbyjessicag@gmail.com

Body Transformation Division Details

The 2019 OCB "Best of the Burgh" Body Transformation Challenge is open to any drug-free participant who has never competed before or who has competed but never placed in the top 5 in Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure, or Bikini competition. For full details about the Body Transformation challenge, view the Transformation Packet

Event Sponsorship Opportunities (for businesses interested in sponsoring the event)

To view event sponsorship opportunities, view our Sponsorship Packet

If you need assistance with coaching for your contest preparations please contact:

Stasi Longo, Owner~ Sonshine Fitness LLC, Certified Professional Trainer & Physique Coach, Competition Promoter & Head Judge www.sonshinefitness.com. Gym~ 724-942-BFIT/Cell~ 412-551-6836. ***Pre contest training/coaching discounts available for contest entrants.

Please Note

None of these competition services can deter you from the mandatory Saturday contest check in, the mandatory contestant meeting before prejudging OR prejudging competition! Please Plan accordingly.