Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 20: The NPC Masters Nationals is an event that has a long history dating back to the 80's. In fact the 1987 Masters was held in Everett, Washington, when Shirley Kemper won the women's Masters, while husband John took the men's division. Over the years the contest has produced many outstanding women's winners including Kim Buck in 2006, Debbie Bramwell in 2007 and Gayle Frankie in 2008 – since their victories at the Masters Nationals all three have competed in the Ms. Olympia. Last year's winner Janet Kaufman has also begun to compete on the pro level entering the 2012 Battle of Champions in June.
For the past several years, the contest has been held in Pittsburgh, and this year promoter Gary Udit staged the event at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel Ballroom downtown with the lure of IFBB pro qualification to the winners of the various divisions. In women's bodybuilding, the winners of the three age groups would earn qualification to the pro ranks