Photoshoot Recap — Charlotte Europa 2017

Young Guns: Physique standout Chelsea Allegro is coming soon!

It’s something new for the Studio as we covered the Charlotte Europa from North Carolina over the weekend. The show held at the Convention Center downtown features a bodybuilding and fitness expo with plenty of booths and a mix of events – crossfit and kettlebell games, strongmen and strongwomen challenges – along with an amateur and pro physique competition. We’ve got Charlotte Pro highlights and five brand new models all making their photoshoot debuts on the site.

We kick things off with the versatile physique pro Gillian Ward, who last year competed in four sports (strongwoman games, pro physique, powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting) and was featured in a national health magazine for breaking the world record for most push-ups. Gillian showed off some of her push ups skills during her shoot with other strength moves.

We’ve also got another local girl, Carol Bennett, who’s big into powerlifting and could possibly be doing a physique show down the road. Along with a solo shoot with Carol, there’s a sisters in arms feature with friends Carol and Gillian together.

Charlotte amateur physique champ Amanda Imperato poses with new hardware.

Next is the impressive Amanda Imperato, who has quite a military resume as a captain in the army who’s also on her way to Ranger school. She’s no less accomplished on stage and proved it in Charlotte over the weekend by winning the amateur physique novice and physique overall title.

Then there’s Chelsea Allegro, a striking 25-year-old physique pro with baseball biceps and an Olympia-worthy overall look; she made her IFBB debut at the Europa, made first call outs and ended up placing well at sixth. The blonde bombshell from Alabama is a personal trainer at Southern Muscle & Fitness Gym and holds a degree in exercise science. Keep an eye on this young star.

Finally, we have Sherri Gray, a personal trainer and physique pro from Charlotte who competed and took seventh in the show. Along with a solo shoot, the powerful Sherri also is featured in some impromptu sisters in arms action with Chelsea, so be sure to keep an eye out for that.


~ by Dean Sucich on April 27, 2017.

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