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Dina Al Sabah Healthy & Fit Pregnancy Update

Checking in from the 3rd Trimester at 28 weeks !!

Lots to catch up on since I last touched base. I visited DC, celebrated my 40th birthday, took the gestational diabetes screening test (gag!), had my maternity shoot and started working on the baby room.

dina al sabah fitness

At the start of February, I decided that I needed to make more of an effort to walk more. Even with cardio, I felt that I could be more active, so I bought a Fitbit Flex. It was surprising to find out that on an average day, I did not meet the 10,000 steps that are recommended. Most of us have jobs where we sit all day, and unless we make conscious decisions to move, we end up not doing much. I have been incorporating a daily walk along with my gym workouts which has helped keep my step count above 10,000. My husband thinks I have lost my mind as I have started marching about during TV commercials, but I think it is a great way of adding additional activity to your day. I truly believe that staying active is one of the factors in allowing me to have an easier pregnancy with minimal swelling up till now.

My trip to DC was wonderful as I got to catch up with my best friends, eat Baked & Wired cupcakes  (hands down the best cupcakes ever!) and walk all over to burn off the calories! I managed to log 22,000 steps one of the days we walked to the Capitol. I thought that my DC cupcake escapade would be the last time I ate cupcakes as I usually do not eat that sort of thing. However, my dear friends decided to surprise me for my birthday, and I ended up with cupcakes, mini cupcakes and cake pops. Of course, I had to sample a little bit of  all the treats which extended my sugar coma for a few more days. Once the sugar coma wore off it was time to take the dreaded glucose screening test for gestational diabetes. The glucose solution was one of the most disgusting things I have had to drink. The sweetness was so cloying that I felt nauseated. Now if only they could give you cupcakes instead!  The little munchkin, on the other hand, loved the sugar and proceeded to dance about for the next few hours. Thankfully I passed!

As far as working out, I have tried to maintain my original schedule, but I have been feeling more tired these last few weeks. I am making it to the gym about 3 to 4 times a week instead of my usual 5. When I am down to 3 days, I usually have a leg day, and then split arms, back and shoulders into 2 separate days. The days that I do treadmill cardio, I set the incline to around 5% so that the booty and hamstrings are activated. I  am listening to my body and am doing only what I feel I am up to. I have to admit that it has been a bit hard to get over the guilt of not making it to the gym, but I know that this is not the time to have a competitor’s outlook on things.I have also been a lot hungrier than usual. The 3rd trimester is when you require the most calories, so I am sure that the hunger is from the drain of growing another human albeit a rather small one (2.5lb at the last check up).  To manage the increase in hunger, I have gone from  4 meals a day to 5 so that I have a mid morning snack and a mid afternoon snack.

I have attached a collage of what I looked like prior to getting pregnancy, and what I look like now. It is pretty amazing how the human body can adapt to growing and expanding to accommodate a baby! I marvel at it daily.

dina preggo

New Finds:
Storq  – non fussy maternity basics that fit for the entire pregnancy

Isabella Oliver - stylish higher end maternity wear that can also be worn after pregnancy

Tieks - hands down the best and cutest  ballet flats I own.  I wear them to walk around everywhere and they keep my feet happy

Keep up with Dina on her Facebook fan page.

Oksana Grishina’s Road to The Fitness International

Hi Hardbody fans and friends! I’m always happy to share my thoughts with you before the Arnold Classic, so here’s another blog for you!

There are only three weeks to go before the show, and I can’t wait to get on the Arnold stage! My performance is just about ready. Now I’m working on my stamina, to put both parts of my routine together, and be sure I have energy to jump to the pole!

Fitness champion Oksana Grishina - Hardbody Road to the Arnold

Thanks to all of you for your interest in my routine, and your many supportive comments and shared videos. I really hope you like this new performance but, of course, this is still Fitness, so my focus is on completing strong and clean Fitness elements in my routine. I am very thankful to X-Pole for making this performance possible. I am grateful, also, to SAN Nutrition and Six Pack Bags for their constant support over the year. SAN supplements and my Six Pack bag both help me keep my energy up, while staying on my diet, day in and day out.

Fitness is a tough sport. Even as we work hard to perfect our routines, we must stay on a strict diet that challenges our energy reserves, and train hard in the gym to maintain muscle mass, tone, and definition to present a great shape on stage. We fight through pain and small injuries all the time, but sometimes it’s more than a body can take. Injuries are always a risk, and I am sad to see great athletes like Myriam Capes unable to make it to the stage. I know she’s a fierce competitor, so I expect to see her again at the Olympia. For the next three weeks, my goal is to keep my body as safe as possible, while finishing my prep.

Working with the pole has been a completely new workout and set of movements for me. I started from scratch, never having used a pole before, and it’s been really cool to experience the learning process from the beginning. It’s such a great workout for the whole body—arms, abs, back, legs! I am always working with my body weight, and I can see gains in size and strength in my arms from just the last few months. It’s hard work, but great fun, so give it a try. Of course, be ready for some bumps and bruises at the beginning, lol. But with experience, you’ll find your way more gently :).

As some of you may know, I’ve had a documentary film team following me around for a few months. Fall Guy Productions will continue to follow my prep and the competition at the Arnold, and I’m really excited to share some behind-the-scenes views of Fitness! I’ve never had to go through my prep in front of a film crew before, so this will mean some extra work for me, but it’s a new experience and I want to share my Fitness prep with fans. It’s a great opportunity to see what Fitness competition and the life of a Fitness athlete is like. I hope this gives fans, people in other parts of our business, and the broader public, a better understanding of what a Fitness competition is.

Thanks, again, for all the support you’ve been giving me online, through Facebook and Twitter. I will continue to post my pole workout videos, leading up to the Arnold. I hope some of you will give pole fitness a try. To all my sister competitors: stay safe, stay strong, keep motivating others, and good luck on the Arnold stage!!

With love,


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Five Tips for Juicing

Thinking about Juicing? What You Should Know Before You Start
It’s no longer just celebrities, world-class athletes and alternative-lifestyle hippies turning to green smoothies and freshly juiced vegetable and fruits for improved health, says nutritionist and juicing pioneer Cherie Calbom, MS. (“The Juice Lady”).


“People from all walks of life are looking for proven ways to lose weight, energize, sleep better, strengthen their immune systems, and have brighter skin and a younger appearance. They’re also juicing to help their bodies heal from a variety of ailments,” says Calbom, author of a new book full of juicing tips, tricks and recipes, “The Juice Lady’s Big Book of Juices and Green Smoothies,” (

“No matter your diet, juicing offers a shot of goodness – nutrition, minerals, phytonutrients and more – that you might not otherwise get,” Calbom says.

Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been juicing awhile and want to optimize the experience, Calbom shares some important pointers that will help.

• Fruits & veggies happiness studies: Plenty of new research shows that adding more produce to your daily diet can benefit your mental health and sense of well-being. In one analysis of the eating habits and moods of 80,000 British adults, researchers at Dartmouth and the University of Warwick found that those who consumed the most fruit and vegetables every day rated themselves as significantly happier and more satisfied with their lives than those who ate lesser amounts. Research shows that the well-being score for people who ate seven to eight servings of vegetables and fruits per day was consistently three points higher than for those who ate little or none.

• More studies … Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health concluded from a study of 982 Americans that those who exhibited the most optimistic outlooks on life also had the highest blood levels of carotene, a key antioxidant that’s delivered by a colorful array of produce: dark green spinach and kale, carrots, and sweet potatoes, and vibrant yellow or orange fruits like peaches, papayas and cantaloupe, among others. And “juicers” should consider starting at a young age. A study of 281 adults with a mean age of 20, conducted at the University of Otago, New Zealand, showed that those who reported the highest daily intake of fruits and veggies also declared they were happier, calmer and more energetic than those who ate less.

• “Do I need to juice; can’t I just eat produce?”: This is a common response, but the reality is that most people in today’s society – especially those who are booked from morning to evening with a busy lifestyle – rarely get an optimal amount of produce throughout the day. A half-cup of veggies is a serving and ¾ of a cup of juice equals one serving; chewing seven to eight servings of produce every day requires much more effort and time than drinking fresh juice for some of the servings. That makes people much more likely to benefit from juice, she says.

• Flavor diversification: Some people soon fall into creative ruts because they stick to the same basic ingredients, and that can be a disincentive for sticking with juicing. Diversify! Try gourmet and exotic juice blends, or even plant-based ingredients you simply haven’t yet considered, some of which may include: butternut squash, one-inch ginger chunks, beets with leaves and stems, Brussels sprouts, and fennel bulbs with fronds. “Juicing is not about just using common fruit ingredients – spice it up and experiment with healthy vegetables; it works!” Calbom says.

• An exotic example: A fennel-watercress-cucumber blend juice is an excellent way to mix up your typical cocktail. It includes: 1 handful of watercress; 1 dark green lettuce leaf; 1 cucumber, peeled if not organic; ½ fennel bulb and fronds; 1 lemon, peeled if not organic. Cut produce to fit your juicer’s feed tube. Wrap watercress in lettuce leaf and push through the juicer slowly. Juice all remaining ingredients. Drink immediately; this portion serves one.

About Cherie Calbom, MS
Cherie Calbom, MS is the author of 21 books, including the best-seller “Juicing for Life,” with 2 million copies sold in the United States and published in 23 countries. Known as “The Juice Lady” for her work with juicing and health, her juice therapy and cleansing programs have been popular for more than a decade. She holds a Master of Science degree in nutrition from Bastyr University. She has practiced as a clinical nutritionist at St. Luke Medical Center, Bellevue, Wash., and as a celebrity nutritionist for George Foreman and Richard Simmons.

Can Dieting Make You Fat? A Look at Metabolic Burnout

There’s been numerous discussions online and we’ve heard the chatter offline about “Metabolic Burnout”. The blame game continues to be played with few players stepping up to take responsibility. We decided to consult with professionals to get their take on the matter and help shed some light on this hot topic.

What is Metabolic Burnout? Are you suffering from it? What causes it? The answers to those questions and more.


Can Dieting Make You Fat?
Metabolic Burnout is a recently popular term used by many women in the competition world.  It is known to occur due to the result of many years of abuse (stress, lack of sleep, prescription and over-the-counter medications, poor diet and exercise patterns) that cause your organ(s), most specifically the adrenal glands, pancreas or thyroid, to work less efficiently. Your internal balance is thrown off and the body struggles to bring itself back into equilibrium.  A few of the most common symptoms include: fatigue or inability to fall asleep, hunger and difficulty losing weight.

This controversial topic embodies the notion that if an individual drops below an intake of about 1400 calories/day (or perhaps 1200), the metabolism will “shut down” and he or she will “hold on to fat” and will not lose weight.  In addition, the extreme low calorie dieting then predisposes them to acquire even more body fat.  This debate underscores the large gap that exists in our understanding of basic physiological laws that govern the regulation of human body composition.  A striking example is the key role attributed to adipose (fat) cells as feedback signals between adipose tissue depletion as a consequence of dieting followed by increases in food intake.  A feedback loop between fat depletion and food intake cannot explain why individuals after dieting begin to overeat well after body fat has been restored to a normal level, and then continue to eat and cause “fat overshooting”. In order to address the credibility of dieting causing predisposition for increased fatness, this paper will examine both the physiological and psychological relationship between dieting and re-feeding.

The Metabolic Effects of Low Calorie Diets
A low calorie diet is a diet that contains between 900 and 1,300 calories a day, while a very low calorie diet has no more than 800 calories per day. Typically a very low calorie diet is for obese individuals on a short-term basis and monitored by a physician.  This type of chronic restrictive dieting may tend to decrease a person’s basal metabolic rate overtime. A study published in the 1987 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition was conducted over a six-month period to determine the effects of a low calorie diet, energy expenditure and resting metabolic rate. The 15 women who participated in the study had a reduction in basal metabolic rate in the last three months as well as a decrease in energy expenditure. Another study published in the 1991 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that the participants had a significant decrease in resting metabolic rate in the last two weeks of the three-week study.

As the results of these studies indicate, a low calorie diet may lead to an initial weight loss but could also cause a lowered metabolism that may not necessarily recover to its original levels even after increasing your calories back to a normal amount. So while you may drop a ton of weight fast by minimal calories a day, over time, your body will go into “starvation mode”, decreasing the amount of calories you burn at rest so as to conserve your body’s energy stores and prevent death. It may sound dramatic, but remember, our genes haven’t changed all that much since pre-historic times when death from starvation was commonplace.

Post Low Calorie Dieting and Fat Overshooting
It’s not that dieting makes you fat, but that being fat makes you more likely to diet!  Most competitors fall into this “Post Dieting – Fat Overshooting” category.  This is basically the process of losing body fat and then increasing food intake and decreasing energy expenditure to such an extreme that the person regains far more body weight than needed resulting in body fat overshooting.

The weight rebound that comes after the period of dieting apparently includes an overshoot in both increased appetite and fat gain. People seem driven to eat more than necessary to restore their normal weight, and they gain more body fat than they had prior to the beginning of the diet.

Psychological Causes for Post Dieting – Fat Overshooting
There have been countless psychological research studies concerning the most effective ways to maintain weight loss.  This research has proven that weight loss maintenance has not only a physiological component, but a psychological one as well.  Of course you do not want to attempt to maintain your contest weight and conditioning year round.  However, there is no need to find yourself in a weight loss and gain cycle due to behaviors, which cause you to re-gain all of the weight you worked so hard to lose.

As human beings, we are naturally goal oriented.  A research article published in the 2013 edition of Psychological Review outlines a common internal conflict in those concerned with their weight. This conflict exists between the desire to lose the weight and keep it off, versus the desire to enjoy food. Sports psychology research shows us that staying committed to a task-oriented goal is much easier than staying committed to an outcome based goal.  The goal to obtain a particular physique for a competition is task oriented in nature, and this task- oriented desire to obtain a stage-ready physique can often overrule the goal of food enjoyment and lead to weight loss success.  After a competition has ended, competitors no longer have the short-term, task oriented goal of obtaining a stage-ready physique to drive them to continue with their lifestyle modifications.  The goal associated with their food intake behavior then becomes outcome oriented in that it is not based on a specific event, rather it is based upon the broad outcome of not re-gaining the weight.  The less effective outcome specific goal mixed with an immediate short-term goal of food enjoyment can lead to a behavioral shift.  This shift can cause the individual to completely abandon all lifestyle modifications that led to their weight loss.  Without a task oriented physique goal in sight, this shift in goals can lead to weight gain, which often exceeds that in which they lost.

Research demonstrates that those who regain weight after losing weight during a period of dietary restraint, displays several common behavioral factors and personality traits.  In clinical trials cited in the 1997 and 1998 Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology concerning individuals who experienced successful weight loss and then suffered subsequent gain, the following behaviors were observed; lack of attempt to restrain their eating, marked decrease in physical activity, an increase in television viewing, reports of marked hunger and eating due to depression.  Another very interesting and well-documented behavior found in those who regain weight, is that they often stop weighing themselves once they have reached their weight loss goal.  This statement is not advocating that obsession with the scale is healthy.  However, according to researchers at the University of Hertfordshire, those who were able to keep their weight loss over time found the ability to utilize the scale as a measure of behavioral restraint. These individuals found themselves able to modify their dietary behavior if they observed themselves regaining an abundance of the weight in which they had lost.  Those who were not able to maintain their weight loss were more likely to have either abandoned the scale all together or did not attempt to modify their behavior when observing an increase in bodyweight.

Researchers at Brown Medical School found that there are many baseline personality traits (personality traits observed before the dietary restraint began) to be associated with the regaining of weight after weight loss goal completion.  These factors included a higher baseline level of disinhibition in relation to desirable food, higher baseline levels of binge eating behavior, a self-reported inability to maintain unrelated lifestyle and behavior modifications and a history of yo-yo weight gain and loss.  This does not mean that individuals who possess these personality factors cannot be successful in maintaining weight loss.  Rather, it serves as an alert to these individuals that they must be conscious of their predisposed triggers, which may cause them to have difficulty in maintaining their weight once their weight loss goal has been achieved.

Following a diet that contains too few calories can have some very negative (and possibly permanent) effects on your metabolism and overall health. Not only is it impossible to meet your nutrient goals for the day, but chronic crash dieters or contest dieters are also shooting themselves in the foot in terms of weight loss by slowing their metabolism and thereby making it even more difficult to shed excess pounds in the long-term. In addition, you’ll be setting yourself up for nutritional deficiencies, which can have long-term complications (i.e. anemia, osteoporosis, etc.)

It seems as if those people who are claiming damage from dieting and competing most often “cheat” on their nutrition plans and then attempt to make up for it by increasing exercise duration and cutting back calories even further.  The even bigger issue is that many of these same people will gain 20-30 pounds (or more!) after their competitions by completely ceasing exercising and becoming a stranger to the gym for weeks or months! So when its contest time again they have even more weight to lose!

Competing in a sport based on obtaining a lean, tight, sculpted physique requires dietary restriction.  However, starving one’s self or resorting to extremely low calorie diets is not necessary to obtain a stage-ready physique.  By taking your time to lose the initial weight correctly, the final stages of your competition prep will not be as difficult.  In addition, having a strategy for success after you have left the stage is equally as important.  Honestly assess your personality traits in relation to the research demonstrated concerning those who have difficulty in maintaining weight loss success, and take the steps necessary to assist yourself in modifying your behavior.  Additionally, prepare for how you are going to maintain a majority of your weight loss after your task oriented competition goal has been completed.

This type of “yo-yo” weight loss makes losing weight more and more difficult over time.  In order to be successful and healthy throughout years of this sport, you MUST make this a lifestyle and live it 365 days a year.  Then it won’t be so difficult or dangerous when its time to prepare for a competition.  The intelligent choice is to remain within 5-7lbs (no more than 10lbs) of your contest weight year round.  This lifestyle choice makes competition training and nutrition easier and more enjoyable.  If you chose to be involved in this sport then you aspired to be fit and healthy so why would anyone allow herself to gain 20+ pounds of fat?  LIVE THE LIFESTYLE and be happy, healthy and fit forever!

Tracey C. Greenwood, PhD
Associate Professor of Exercise Science
Eastern University
IFBB Fitness Pro

Shannon Dey
M.S. Heath Education
Doctoral Candidate Sports Psychology
IFBB Fitness Pro

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Nathalia Melo’s 8 Essential Tips for Traveling to Rio de Janeiro

Our resident Hardbody Brazilian, Bikini Olympia Champ and fitness cover model, Nathalia Melo shares some insight on what to expect when heading to Rio de Janeiro. She hits on what to eat, what not to drink, what to expect when tipping and more. We’re stoked that Nat will be there along with us. It will make communicating in Portuguese much easier. HA!


Hello Hardbodies,

I am all packed and ready to head to Rio de Janeiro for the 2013 Arnold Classic Brasil! Are you?? Woot woot!

Here are 8 Essential Tips for the ones heading to Rio this weekend:
1. Do NOT drink the tap water! I am not sure what the results from it would be, but I am sure you don’t want to risk your weekend with…aham… some tummy problems!
2. The safest and best way to get around is by Taxi or Subway (It doesn’t go everywhere).
3. To exchange money you will need your passport.
4. Leave your nice jewelry at home, better safe than sorry.
5. Tipping in Brazil is 10% and it is normally included in the check, but you can always give a little extra if you had good service – the extra can’t be on the card, it has to be cash.
6. Restaurants there are normally family style, which means that one dish will feed a couple people. Make sure you ask your server how big the dish is.
7. You can find wifi connection in many places there
8. Make sure you check out a Brazilian Steak House, which is an all you can eat restaurant where you can eat Brazilian bbq till you drop.

Hope these tips were helpful!

Safe travel guys and see ya in Rio!!

Nathalia Melo

Confessions Of An Insecure Competitor

Jessica Paxson has been on a number of magazine covers and has consistently been a top IFBB Pro. Many would assume a beautiful woman like Jessica is always confident and never experiences self-doubt. She opens up to share her own insecurities and shares a friendly reminder to not only competitors but all women.


Confessions Of An Insecure Competitor
By Jessica Paxson

I was recently asked by a client, “How do you keep from comparing yourself to other competitors backstage at a show/how do you keep yourself calm before going on stage?”

The first part of the question reminded me of being back stage at the 2005 Jr Nationals. I remember looking around at all of the amazing competitors with tears welling up in my eyes, I felt I didn’t measure up at all! I was wondering what I had gotten myself into. How did I think I could step on stage with these amazing competitors?! The negative self talk kept coming.

I called my coach (Mike Davies) very upset. He said to me “Jessie, nobody ever won a show sitting backstage”. Isn’t that the truth?! I got myself together, and I went on to win my class and my pro card at that show! I don’t say that to sound arrogant, but only to illustrate that we can be our own worst enemy at times, and get worked up over nothing!

I have never been the most muscular, lean/hard competitor. I have to confess… I would struggle with insecurities that people would look at me off the stage and say “how is she even a pro?”. I would look at other competitors or even women in the gym and covet their more muscular arms. I would get so down on myself! As a competitor and as women we need to stop comparing ourselves to others! God has blessed us each with qualities both physically and otherwise that make us beautiful and unique in our own ways! Know that and own that! It has taken me YEARS to come to this realization and I have such a peace about it! I just wish I could have taught my younger self this lesson!

Take the time backstage at a show to pray and thank Him for the blessing of health and being able to compete, visualize yourself calmly presenting your hard work on that stage with confidence! Take a deep breath and take your time presenting your physique that you have worked so hard on and ENJOY yourself! Your time on stage will be over in the blink of an eye! Stay present and in the moment. Take in the crowd, the judges, the feeling of being on that stage, smile (and mean it! :) ).

Know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made! So, shine! Whether it be on stage or in life in general!

Stay fit and God bless!

Follow Jess on Twitter @Jessfit and like her facebook page.

2010 IFBB Ft. Lauderdale Pro Results

2010 IFBB Ft. Lauderdale Figure Pro Results

1. Kristal Richardson – USA – 7
2. Ava Cowan – USA – 10
3. Candice Keene – USA – 15
4. Alicia Harris – USA – 19
5. Gennifer Strobo – USA – 27
6. Emily Nicholson – USA – 33
7. Petra Mertl – Czech – 37
8. Elizabeth Earhart – USA – 39
9. Candice John – Trinidad – 40
10. Lenay Hernandez – USA – 52
11. Ginette Delhaes – Canada – 54
12. Natalie Revajova-Lenartova – Slovakia – 57
13. Ann Titone – USA – 68
14. Tina White – USA – 73
15. Teresa Gillian – USA – 76
16. Tessa Wood – USA – 77
17. Aleisha Hart – Canada – 78
17. Ann Pratt – USA – 78
19. Tinamarie Bloomfield – USA – 80
19. Viviana Casarubbia – Argentina – 80
19. Raechelle Chase – New Zealand – 80
19. Caroline Hernandez – USA – 80
19. Charmayne Jackson – USA – 80
19. CeaAnna Kerr – Canada – 80
19. Georgina Lona – Mexico – 80
19. Amanda Marinelli – USA – 80
19. Teresita Morales – USA – 80
19. Elvimar Sanchez – Venezuela – 80
19. Susan Salazar – USA – 80
19. Mavis Tozzi – USA – 80

2010 IFBB Ft. Lauderdale Bikini Pro Results

1. Nicole Nagrani – USA – 6
2. Justine Munro – Canada – 9
3. Nathalie Mur – France – 15
4. Jennifer Andrews – USA – 21
5. Missy Coles – USA – 24
6. Nicole Guerrero-Moneer – USA – 30
7. Lindsey Morrison – USA – 38
8. Zara Pineda-Boorder – Canada – 39
9. Khanh Nguyen – USA – 47
10. Nicole Coleman – USA – 51
11. Desha Rodriguez – USA – 55
12. Samantha Morris – USA – 57
13. Gemma Williams – United Kingdom – 63

2010 IFBB Ft. Lauderdale Fitness Pro Results

1. Kizzy Vaines – United Kingdom – 11 – 20 – 31
2. Nicole Duncan – USA – 20 – 12 – 32
3. Tina Durkin – USA – 9 – 38 – 47
4. Ryall Graber-Vasani – Canada – 10 – 46 – 56
5. Allison Ethier – Canada – 32 – 42 – 74
6. Deana Martinez – USA – 45 – 74 – 119
7. Tamee Marie – USA – 25 – 102 – 127
8. Michelle Craven – USA – 37 – 92 – 129
9. Michele Mayberry – USA – 37 – 118 – 155
10. Sylvia Tremblay – Canada – 59 – 104 – 163
11. Venus Nguyen – USA – 70 – 100 – 170
12. Kary Odiatu – Canada – 74 – 98 – 172
13. Debbie Fowler – USA – 58 – 122 – 180
14. Minna Pajulahti – Finland – 52 – 134 – 186
15. Donna Jones – Australia – 72 – 122 – 194
16. Peggy Sue Barber – USA – 75 – 136 – 211

2010 IFBB Kentucky Muscle Pro Figure Results

Here are the complete results with the scores next to them name. Congratulations.

1. Cheryl Brown – 3
2. Chelsey Morgenstern – 6
3. Candice Keene – 9
4. Ava Cowan – 12
5. Emily Nicholson – 15
6. Gennifer Strobo – 19
7. Stephanie McDonald – 21
8. Teresa Gillian – 24
9. Ella Horton – 27
10. Jaquelline Hoppe – 30
11. Ann Pratt – 35
12. Mavis Tozzi – 36
13. Tiffany Procopio – 38
14. Shalmieno Paper – 42
15. Elisha Archibold – 45
16. Tina Marie Bloomfield – 48
16. Jennifer DeJoya – 48
16. Valerie Haines – 48
16. Charmayne Jackson – 48
16. Cea Anna Kerr – 48
16. Amy Lee Martin – 48
16. Danielle Reutter – 48
16. Natalia Lenartova Revajova – 48
16. Shala Singer – 48
16. Mikaila Soto – 48
16. Natalie Waples – 48
16. Sandie Ward – 48
16. Tina White – 48

2010 NPC Jr. USA Figure Results

Solevi Hernandez

Class A
1. Jordan Meyer
2. Aketa Thomas
3. Alicia Bell
4. Alicia Gifford
5. Christine Anderson
6. Anne Strauch
7. Krissy Richard
8. Kawana McCough
9. Betzabe Arnaiz
10. Alicia Meza
11. Jo Burleson
12. Cheri Nguyen

Class B
1. Solevi Hernandez**
2. Tatiana Koshman
3. Cindy Martinez
4. Megan Wyble
5. Leslie Hasselbach
6. Monique Anreson
7. Sandi Gravatt

Class C
1. Rose Ronquillo
2. Carla Sizemore
3. Tara Hollingsworth
4. Kalani Barber
5. Allison Frahn
6. Adriana Sanchez
7. Abby Busby
8. Tiffany Ryan
9. Kisha Nicole Wilson
10. Lauren Stogner
11. Bonnie Bundy

Class D
1. Lacy Taylor
2. Tennille Ray
3. Christina Larson
4. Christine Mouser
5. Ginger Haas
6. Jessica Bourcier
7. Jennifer Winters
8. Joni Neilson
9. Stephanie Flores
10. Elena Erickson
11. Tamara Remmers
12. Desha Hout

Class E
1. Kimberly Sheppard**
2. Christy Hill
3. Summer Rogers
4. Kimberly Renee
5. Elizabeth Pollison
6. Jessica Vetter

Class F
1. Sara Polston
2. Amy Palmquest
3. Michelle Beck
4. Shonte Turner
5. Stephanie Toomy
6. Anissa Payne
7. Wanda Gil

**New IFBB Pros

2010 NPC Jr. USA Bikini Results

Vanessa Prebyl

Class A
1. Alexis Weiner
2. Tara Granberry
3. Elena White
4. Kierstin Flores

Class B
1. Priscilla Barrera
2. Jennifer Chapman
3. Jennifer Pimental
4. Mercedes Perez
5. Gidget Migliaccio
6. Ella DeLallo
7. Mandie Taketa
8. Stephanie Jones

Class C
1. Vanessa Prebyl**
2. Charish Hammond
3. Cheryl Foster
4. Stacy Miller
5. Venus Ramos
6. Ashley Rich

Class D
1. Christy Merritt**
2. Ashley Gay
3. Tawna Eubanks
4. Shauna Hudrall
5. Heather Burman
6. Stacey Naito
7. Judy Replogle
8. Shauna Smith
9. Kara Esades
10. Audrina Torres
11. Shannon Rockweiler
12. Jennifer Childs
13. Sarah Brooks
14. Amy Campbell
15. Sherry Hasty
16. Dixie Reynolds
16. Karin Traber
16. Jessica Esposito

Class E
1. Michelle Maxwell
2. Crystal King
3. Michelle Hanson
4. Keridon Davis
5. Shannon Griffee
6. Hillary Jones
7. Brittney Touchton
8. Emily Carey
9. Christy Johns
10. Janaee Adams

Class F
1. Jennifer Rankin
2. Crystal Mathews
3. Kendra Warren
4. Tiffany Gilley
5. Stephanie Bentley
6. Tianna Flores
7. Monica Perez

** Qualified for IFBB Pro Status

2010 NPC Jr. USA Fitness / Women’s BB Results

Fitness Results

Rachel Johnson**

1. Babette Mulford
2. Skye Fisher

1. Rachel Johnson
2. Michelle Gales
3. Viko Newman

1. Lena Mishin
2. Alissa Carpio
3. Dawnice Beckley

Women’s Bodybuilding Results
Olivia Terry

1. Olivia Terry

Light Heavyweight
1. Emanuela Silvagni
2. Dominique Durand
3. Lisa Guameiri
4. LaQuita Sanders

1. Marie Samperio
2. Martha Ibarra

1. Brenda Boyd
2. Emily Berryman

**Qualified for IFBB PRO STATUS

2010 IFBB Jacksonville Results

Here are the results from the IFBB Pro Contests held in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, August 7th, 2010.

2010 IFBB Jacksonville Pro Bikini

1. Alison Rosen
2. Jessica Paxson-Putnam
3. Jaime Baird
4. Jessica Jessie
5. Dina Al-Sabah
6. Alea Suarez
7. Vanessa Campbell
8. Diana Fields
9. Juliana Daniell
10. Kat Holmes
11. Bianca Binno
12. Khanh Nguyen
13. Michelle Adams
14. Janet Harding
15. Safiya Johnson
16. Dayna Maleton
17. Sonya Vecchiarelli
18. Amanda Marinelli

2010 IFBB Jacksonville Pro Figure

1. Candice Keene
2. Alicia Harris
3. Gennifer Strobo
4. Ava Cowan
5. Stacey Thompson
6. Josie Zamora
7. Katherynne Ramirez
8. Candice John
9. Ann Pratt
10. LaVonda Ezell
11. Teresa Anthony
12. Holly Beck
13. Kathleen Tesori
14. Elisha Archibald
15. Susanne Bock
16. Sue Upson
16. Tivisay Briceno
18. Kimberle Trowbridge
18. Taylor Condren
20. Viviana Casarubbia
20. Michelle Craven
20. Nicole Coleman
20. Brandie Gardner
20. Jennifer Hernandez
20. Catherine Holland
20. Sara Hurrle
20. Ines Jimenez
20. Danielle Kifer
20. Petra Mertl
20. Jennifer Migliacci
20. Joanne Murphy
20. Emily Nicholson
20. Mikaila Soto
20. Rosalind Vanterpool
20. Christina Vargas

2010 NPC Los Angeles winners heading to the NPC USA’s

Congratulations to Megan Reynolds (Figure) and Taylor Matheny (Bikini) for winning the overall titles at the NPC Los Angeles championships. Both of them are planning to compete at the NPC USA’s this upcoming weekend in Las Vegas, which is already a record breaking contest with over 530 competitors.


2010 IFBB Europa Battle of Champions competitor lists

The IFBB Tampa Pro show brought quite a few surprises in terms of competitors and placings, but on the heels of Tampa, comes another 5 IFBB Pro Contests (2 for the men). Here is the tentative pro lineup (not final lists) for the 2010 Europa Battle of Champions, set for July 23-24, in Hartford, Connecticut.

2010 Europa Battle of Champions Figure

1 – Tivisay Briceno (USA)
2 – Rachel Cammon (USA)
3 – Melody Clere (USA)
4 – Jennifer DeJoya (USA)
5 – Ginette Delhaes (Canada)
6 – LaVonda Ezell (USA)
7 – Mia Finnegan (USA)
8 – Aleisha Hart (Canada)
9 – Caroline Hernandez (USA)
10 – Jennifer Hernandez (USA)
11 – Candice Keene (USA)
12 – Julie Ann Kulla (USA)
13 – Michele Mayberry (USA)
14 – Petra Mertl (Czech)
15 – Jennifer Migliacci (USA)
16 – Hazal Nelson (USA)
17 – Vicki Nixon (USA)
18 – Kristin Nunn (USA)
19 – Marcy Porter (USA)
20 – Katherynne Ramirez (USA)
21 – Mikaila Soto (USA)
22 – Laura Sutter (USA)
23 – Gina Trochiana (USA)
24 – Terri Turner (USA)

2010 Europa Battle of Champions Bikini

1 – Dianna Dahlgreen (USA)
2 – Kelly Gonzalez (USA)
3 – Janet Harding (USA)
4 – Kat Holmes (USA)
5 – Jessica Jessie (USA)
6 – Tabitha Klausen-Leandri (USA)
7 – Davana Medina (USA)
8 – Natalie Waples (Canada)

2010 Europa Battle of Champions Women’s Bodybuilding

1 – Lisette Acevedo (USA)
2 – Irene Anderson (Sweden)
3 – Helen Bouchard (Canada)
4 – Brigita Brezovac (Slovenia)
5 – Sarah Bridges (United Kingdom)
6 – Maria Calo (USA)
7 – Tazzie Columb (USA)
8 – Cassandra Floyd (USA)
9 – Skadi Seifert-Frei (Germany)
10 – Elizabeth Gomez (Mexico)
11 – Aurelia Grozajova (Slovakia)
12 – Mary Ellen Jerumbo (USA)
13 – Cathy LeFrancois (Canada)
14 – Wendy McCready (United Kingdom)
15 – Elizabeth Meza (Mexico)
16 – Tammy Patnode (USA)
17 – Rita Rae (USA)
18 – Daniela Sell (Switzerland)

IFBB Tampa Pro Results

2010 IFBB Tampa Pro Bikini results

1. Nicole Nagrani
2. Jaime Baird
3. Vanessa Campbell
4. Diana Fields
5. Kat Holmes
6. Dinah Al-Sabah
7. Nathalie Mur
8. Natalie Waples
9. Janet Harding
10. Jessica Clay

Scorecard Results with Points


2010 IFBB Tampa Pro Women’s Bodybuilding results

1. Brigita Brezovac
2. Tina Chandler
3. Cathy LeFrancois
4. Helen Bouchard
5. Nicole Ball
6. Dayana Cadeau
7. Debbie Bramwell
8. Antoinette Thompson
9. Lisette Acevedo
10. Emery Miller
11. Nancy Lewis
12. Jennifer Sedia
13. Skadi Frei-Seifert
14. Candice Carr-Archer
15. Beni Lopez
16. Wendy McCready
17. Jena Mackey
18. Andrea Ferreira Carvalho
18. Aurelia Grozajova
18. Beverly DiRenzo
18. Carmen Knights
18. Daniela Sell
18. Irene Andersen
18. Mary Ellen Jerumbo
18. Mercedes Bazemore
18. Myriam Bustamante
18. Tracy Mason
18. Gusmary Villalobos

Scorecard Results with Points

Complete Results from Team Universe

Here are the links to the complete results from the 2010 NPC Team Universe competitions, and the 2010 NPC National Fitness Championships. Congratulations to everyone who earned the right to turn pro here.

They are

2010 NPC Team Universe Bikini Results

2010 NPC Team Universe Figure Results

2010 NPC National Fitness Championships Results

2010 NPC Team Universe Bodybuilding Women’s Results

2010 IFBB New York Pro Figure Results

Congratulations to Cheryl Brown for winning the IFBB New York Pro Figure. Dana Fallacara landed in the runner-up position her first time on a pro stage. Terri Turner notched her highest placing as a pro and secured an Olympia qualification.

1. Cheryl Brown
2. Dana Fallacara
3. Terri Turner
4. Josie Zamora
5. Gennifer Strobo
6. Gina Trochino
7. Meriza DeGuzman
8. Ann Titone
9. Marcy Porter
10. Candice John
11. Jelena Abbou
12. Tivisay Briceno
13. Chelsey Morgenstern
14. Jennifer Migliacci
15. Holly Beck
16. Michelle Mayberry
17. Jeni Briscoe
17. Christina Casoni
17. Nicole Coleman
17. Caroline Hernandez
17. Jennifer Hernandez
17. Juliana Malacarne
17. Angela Mraz
17. Marie Newman
17. Vicki Nixon
17. Katherynne Ramirez
17. Tammy Strome
17. Kimmy Trowbridge
17. Rosalind Vanterpool
17. Stacy Wig
17. Magdalena Wilk
17. Jennifer Woodruff

2010 NPC California Figure & Bikini

Congratulations to Heather Dees and Alex Zerega on their overall wins at the 2010 NPC California. Expect to see Alex vying for her pro card at the NPC USAs and Heather Dees likely competing at the 2010 NPC JR USAs.

Alex (Bikini Overall) / Heather (Figure Overall)

IFBB California Pro Figure Results


Congratulations to Heather Mae French for another win on her way to the Olympia stage. Here are the IFBB California Pro Figure results.

1. Heather Mae French
2. Katina Maistrellis
3. Carin Hawkins
4. Meriza DeGuzman
5. Michele Mayberry
6. Christina Mehling
7. Jennifer DeJoya
8. Rosa-Maria Romero
9. Angela Terlesky
10. Masae Tagami
11. Georgina Lona
12. Valerie Ganji
13. Raechelle Chase
14. Jessica Wright
15. Susan Salazar
16. Thais Cabrices-Werner
17. Zaneta Ksiazek
18. Candice Houston
19. Ginette Delhaes

2010 NPC Orange County Contest

Congratulations to Khay Rosemond for winning the Bikini Overall and to Phannary Pen for taking the Figure Overall title at the 2010 NPC Orange County Muscle Classic Contest. Over 130 competitors competed on Saturday, April 24th, in Anaheim, California. More pictures will be on in a few days.


2010 NPC Emerald Cup Bikini Winner

Congratulations to Theresa Bryne for winning the overall bikini at the 2010 NPC Emerald Cup! Theresa placed 1st in her class on March 27th at the Musclecontest Culver City contest, but didn’t win the overall there. In the three weeks since that contest, Theresa improved quite nicely!

Theresa backstage after winning

Kim Oddo was on hand, and was quite giddy backstage. Here is a pic with Kim and many of his Bikini Angels.

Kim and the Bikini Angeles

2010 NPC Emerald Cup Figure Winner

Congratulations to Heather Grace from Colorado for winning the overall 2010 NPC Emerald Cup Figure on Friday night. She looked amazing, and her family (including her Mom) were there to watch her win. Here is one pic, with last year’s NPC Emerald Overall Figure winner Courtney Bynog.


NPC San Diego

Here’s a look at the top finishers of the bikini, figure and women’s bodybuilding at the first 2010 NPC contest in California, the NPC San Diego.

NPC San Diego Bikini class winners

NPC San Diego Figure Class Winners

NPC San Diego Bodybuilding

2010 Figure International Results

Like the 2009 Figure Olympia, Nicole Wilkins-Lee continued to impress the judges with her physique, and won the 2010 Figure International in Columbus, Ohio. Erin Stern looked awesome placing second, while Heather Mae French took third. Mindi Smith, who two weeks earlier, won her first pro contest in her IFBB debut, took 4th.


Here are the complete Figure International results.

1. Nicole Wilkins-Lee ($16,000)
2. Erin Stern ($10,000)
3. Heather Mae French ($8,000)
4. Mindi Smith ($5,000)
5. Felicia Romero ($3,000)
6. Larissa Reis ($2,000)
7. Monica Brant
8. Kristi Tauti
9. Andrea Watson
10. Rosa-Maria Romero
11. Monica Mark-Escalante
12. Latisha Wilder
13. Candice Houston
14. Cristiana Casoni
15. Kim Tilden
15. Krissy Chin
16. Sherlyn Roy
17. Alicia Harris
18. Angela Mraz

2010 Fitness International Results

Adela Garcia wins an incredible Fitness International, filled with great routines and lots of excitement.


Here are the results.

1. Adela Garcia ($25,000)
2. Julie Palmer ($13,000)
3. Tanji Johnson ($8,000)
4. Trish Warren ($5,000)
5. Oksana Grishina ($3,000)
6. Camala Rodriguez ($2,000)
7. Tina Durkin
8. Myriam Capes
8. Regiane Da Silva
10. Nicole Duncan
11. Bethany Wagner
12. Kizzy Vaines
13. Sylvia Tremblay
14. Kayde Puckett
15. Allison Ethier

2010 Ms. International Results

Congratulations to Iris Kyle, as she continues her win streak with another impressive win here in Columbus, Ohio.


Here are the results.

1. Iris Kyle ($25,000)
2. Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia ($13,000)
3. Debi Laszewski ($8,000)
4. Lisa Aukland ($5,000)
5. Betty Pariso ($3,000)
6. Dayana Cadeau ($2,000)
7. Zoa Linsey
8. Alina Popa
9. Elena Shportun-Willemer
10. Brenda Raganot
11. Antoinette Thompson
12. Jeannie Paparone
13. Dena Westerfield
14. Mah-Ann Mendoza

IFBB Kentucky Pro Figure Update

So far, it looks like it will be Julie Ann Kulla vs Cheryl Brown at the Kentucky Pro prejudging, with Teresa Anthony, Patricia Mello and Terri Turner rounding out the top 5. But as we all know, anything can change.

Final Figure, Fitness and Ms. Olympia competitor lists

One day left to go, and everyone is gathering in Las Vegas, with the men’s press conference set to begin at 1pm at the Orleans Hotel.

Here are the final competitor lists of the 2009 Ms. Olympia competitors, in alphabetical order. They are.

1. Heather Armbrust (USA)
2. Lisa Auckland (USA)
3. Nicole Ball (Canada)
4. Dayana Cadeau (Canada)
5. Tina Chandler (USA)
6. Gale Frankie (USA)
7. Kristy Hawkins (USA)
8. Rosemary Jennings (USA)
9. Iris Kyle (USA)
10. Debi Laszewski (USA)
11. Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia (Venezuela)
12. Betty Pariso (USA)
13. Betty Viana-Adkins (Venezuela)

Here are the competitors of the 2009 Fitness Olympia. They are, in alphabetical order,

1. Myriam Capes (Canada
2. Regiane Da Silva (Germany)
3. Nicole Duncan (USA)
4. Tina Durkin (USA)
5. Adela Garcia (USA)
6. Tracey Greenwood (USA)
7. Tanji Johnson (USA)
8. Shannon Meteraud (USA)
9. Mindi O’Brien (Canada)
10. Julie Palmer (USA)
11. Trish Warren (USA)

Here are the competitors of the 2009 Figure Olympia. They are, in alphabetical order,

1. Gina Aliotti (USA)
2. Teresa Anthony (USA)
3. Huong Arcinas (USA)
4. Monica Brant (USA)
5. Krissy Chin (USA)
6. Meriza De Guzman (USA)
7. Heather Mae French (USA)
8. Amy Fry (USA)
9. Sonia Gonzales (USA)
10. Alicia Renee Harris (USA)
11. Jenny Lynn (USA)
12. Patricia Mello (Brazil)
13. Jessica Putnam (USA)
14. Larissa Reis (Brazil)
15. Kristal Richardson (USA)
16. Felicia Romero (USA)
17. Sherlyn Roy (USA)
18. April (Fortier) Roundtree (USA)
19. Brenda Smith (USA)
20. Erin Stern (USA)
21. Kristi Tauti (USA)
22. Nicole Wilkins-Lee (USA)

2009 IFBB PBW Tampa Pro Women’s Bodybuilding Results

Results of the 2009 IFBB PBW Tampa Pro Women’s Bodybuilding

1. Betty Pariso (USA)
2. Gale Frankie (USA)
3. Tina Chandler (USA)
4. Nicole Ball (Canada)
5. Klaudia Larson (Sweden)
6. Angela Salvagno (USA)
7. Myriam Bustamante (Mexico)
8. Beverly DiRenzo (USA)
9. Carmen Knights (United Kingdom)
10. Irene Andersen (Sweden)
11. Jena Mackey (Bahamas)
12. Maryse Manios (France)
13. Aurelia Grozajova (Slovakia)
14. Nicole Acker (South Africa)
15. Elizabeth Meza Gomez (Mexico)
Best Poser – Beverly DiRenzo

For complete scorecard results, click below


For the men, the 2009 Men’s Bodybuilding Results are:

1. Dennis James (Germany)
2. Fouad Abiad (Canada)
3. Ben Pakulski (Canada)
4. Bill Wilmore (USA)
5. Ben White (USA)
6. Tarek Elsetouhi (Germany)
7. Leo Ingram (USA)
8. Johnnie Jackson (USA)
9. Frank McGrath (Canada)
10. Marcus Haley (USA)
11. Craig Richardson (USA)
12. Joel Stubbs (Bahamas)
13. Lionel Brown (USA)
14. Clarence DeVis (Belgium)
15. Robert Piotrowicz (Poland)
16. Eddie Abbew (United Kingdom)
17. Grigori Atoyan (USA)
18. Mike Debenham (New Zealand)
18. Omar Deckard (USA)
18. Alfonso Del Rio (Spain)
18. Clarence DeVis (Belgium)
18. DeShaun Grimez (USA)
18. Mike Horn (USA)
18. Jari Mentula (Finland)
18. Jonathan Rowe (USA)
18. Yans Salaks (Russia)
18. Fadi ZaaZaa (Lebanon)
DNF – Fedel Clarke (Jamaica)
Best Poser – Markus Haley (USA)

For complete scorecards results, click below

Results of the 2009 IFBB PBW Tampa Pro Men’s 202 and Under

1. David Henry (USA)
2. John Hodgson (England)
3. Lee Powell (United Kingdom)
4. Steve Namat (Hungary)
5. Tricky Jackson (USA)
6. Rod Ketchens (USA)
7. Jeffrey Long (USA)
8. Nathan Wonsley (USA)
9. Jocelyn Jean (USA)
10. Anthony Finocchiaro (USA)
11. Roland Huff (USA)

For complete scorecard results, click below

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