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Arnold Women’s Physique International Poll, Preview & Predictions


Arnold Physique International

This year the Arnold Sports Festival has added the IFBB Pro Women’s Physique division. Many of the women are familiar names to those who follow the division. The inaugural Women’s Physique International will likely be a repeat of what we saw at the 2014 Women’s Physique Olympia. You’ll likely see fan favorite, Dana Linn Bailey standing next to the genetic wonder girl Juliana Malacarne. Dana Linn Bailey, or DLB as she’s known to her thousands of fans, won the first-ever Women’s Physique Olympia. She finished in the runner-up position to Juliana Malacarne last year. In 2013, Juliana was too big and too muscular for what the judges were going for. Last year, she brought a smaller and more streamlined look and the judges rewarded her for it.

While those two women will likely be the last two standing, don’t count out Tycie Coppett. Tycie is one of the taller women in the division and with that has to enter the show with more muscle than the other women to fill out her tall frame. I like the look she brings to the stage and wouldn’t argue with her taking the top spot. She’s that good. I don’t see anyone shaking up the top three but you never know what will happen until show time.

Cast your vote for who you think will win the the Arnold Women’s Physique International. You can read a full preview on all the competitors on Bodybuilding.com. If you’re unable to attend the Arnold you can watch a replay of the action on bodybuilding.com. There will be no live webcast of the event but there will be video footage provided after the show.

IFBB Pro League Women’s Physique will be held at the Arnold Sports Festival for the first time in 2015. Prejudging and finals will be held on the Arnold Fitness EXPO Stage at Noon, Friday, March 6.

2015 Arnold Women’s Physique International Payout:
1st: $5,000
2nd: $2,000
3rd: $1,500
4th: $1,000
5th: $1,000
6th: $500

MY 2015 WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE INTERNATIONAL PREDICTIONS
1st: Juliana Malacarne
2nd: Dana Linn Bailey
3rd: Tycie Coppett
4th: Karina Nascimento
5th: Sabrina Taylor
6th: Jillian Reville

Schedule of events for Arnold Women’s Physique International
WHEN: Friday, March 6, 2015
WHERE: COLUMBUS CONVENTION CENTER – Arnold Fitness EXPO Stage
TIME: Prejudging & Finals / Noon-1:30 p.m.

2015 Arnold Women’s Physique International Competitor List
Dana Linn Bailey
LaDrissa Bonivel
Tycie Coppett
Nathalie Falk
Heather Grace
Juliana Malacarne
Karina Nascimento
Mindi O’Brien
Jillian Reville
Jennifer Robinson
Sabrina Taylor

For more information visit arnoldsportsfestival.com and follow @arnoldsports on twitter. Be sure to use the hashtag #asf2015 for all your Arnold related tweets.



2015 Arnold: Bikini International Preview, Poll & Predictions


2015 Bikini International

The 2015 Arnold Bikini International is just days away and he only returning competitor from last year’s top five is the champ, Ashley Kaltwasser. Ashley has been on a win streak since she last Spring but you have to keep your eye on the up-and-coming threat, Janet Layug. When the dust settles on Saturday night you’ll likely see one of them shaking Arnold’s hand and accepting the Bikini International trophy. Janet has the stage presence and stunning good looks to take the top spot and there’s never been a repeat champion in the history of the division, at least at this contest. Ashley has a more athletic physique and seems to be what the judges are looking for lately.

The field is stacked with first time Arnold competitors. Look for Stephanie Mahoe and Sarah LeBlanc to make an impact on the top 10. If I was judging, which I am not, I’d roll the dice on Justine Munro, Christina Strom Fjaere and Sara Back. The three of them have incredible bikini bodies and if they are at their best belong in the top spots. You can’t rule out former Bikini International Champ, India Paulino either. The judges will have their work cut out for them next Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

Cast your vote for who YOU think will win the 2015 Arnold – Bikini International. Get a complete breakdown and preview of all the competitors on bodybuilding.com. If you’re unable to attend the Arnold Sports Festival you can watch the bodybuilding.com webcast free next weekend.

 

If everyone is at their best, I’d have the top six as…
1. Janet Layug
2. Ashley Kaltwasser
3. Sarah LeBlanc
4. Justine Munro
5. Christina Strom Fjaere
6. Sara Back

I’m predicting it goes more like…
1. Ashley Kaltwasser
2. Janet Layug
3. Stephanie Mahoe
4. India Paulino
5. Sarah LeBlanc
6. Narmin Assria

JUDGING:
WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 2015
WHERE: COLUMBUS CONVENTION CENTER – Battelle Grand
TIME: Prejudging: 2pm – 4pm / Finals:7 pm

2015 Arnold Bikini International Payout:
1st: $7,000
2nd: $3,000
3rd: $2,000
4th: $1,000
5th: $1,000
6th: $1,000
Total: $15,000

PAST WINNERS
2014 – Ashley Kaltwasser
2013 – India Paulino
2012 – Sonia Gonzales
2011 – Nicole Nagrani

2015 Bikini International Competitor List:
Noy Alexander
Nicole Ankney
Narmin Assria
Sara Back
Bianca Berry
Christina Strom Fjaere
Ashley Kaltwasser
Janet Layug
Sarah Elizabeth LeBlanc
Stephanie Mahoe
Justine Munro
Noemi Olah
India Paulino
Anna Starodubteseva
Kenea Yancy

For more information visit arnoldsportsfestival.com.



Support Your Favorite Arnold Sports Competitor


Arnold Sports competitors

We’re under two weeks out from the annual Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio. The IFBB Pro women will be competing in the Figure International, Fitness International, Bikini International and the inaugural Women’s Physique International on March 6 & 7, 2015. You can help show your support by sharing and tagging your favorite competitor with one of the graphics below. Post to Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram with your favorite competitor and use the hashtag with their team name. The official Arnold Sports Festival tag is #ASF2015. These women work hard and your support will be greatly appreciated.

FITNESS INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS

FIGURE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS

BIKINI INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS

WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS


Follow along as we cover the women’s events live from Columbus. Be sure to use the hashtag #ASF2015 and follow @ArnoldSports on twitter for official coverage.

 



2015 Arnold Amateur Competitor Lists


Arnold AmateurThe 2015 Arnold Amateur Competitor Lists have been announced. The Amateur event coincides with the Arnold Sports Festival held in Columbus, Ohio on March 5-7th. Some of today’s leading ladies have competed in this event before they went on to the professional ranks. India Paulino finished in second at the 2011 Arnold Amateur and went on to be a top Bikini pro. In the same show (and same class) was an unknown bikini competitor by the name of Ashley Kaltwasser. Ashley finished in 14th in the 2011 event. The next year she won the overall amateur bikini title. Last year Ashley shook Arnold’s hand as the 2014 Bikini International champion. It’s a great reminder that ever pro was once an amateur and you have to start somewhere.

Which of these Arnold Amateur competitors could be the next top pro? We’ll find out in a just over two weeks.

WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE

Women’s Physique Short
Nicole Berube (Canada)
Paola Jaira Sanchez Bonetti (Dominica Republic)
Priscila Cristiane Cavilha (Brasil)
Jennifer Duncan (Indianpolis, Ind.)
Nicky Foord (Australia)
Teresa Heron (Canada)
Jenaya Hofer (Canada)
Amy Kozie (Brighton, Mich.)
De Franciscis Loredana (Italy)
Roberta Gomes (Brasil)
Tiana Holtzhausen (South Africa)
Indira Yunuem Dominguez Lopez (Mexico)
Fino Mara (Italy)
Daniele Oazen (Brasil)
Maria Ortiz (Reading, Pa.)
Claudia Gabriela de Leon Pardo (Mexico)
Rocha Grou Patricia (Italy)
Lada Plihalova (Czech Republic)
Jenna Reid (Canada)
Thea Renee Schuler (Canada)
Brianna Smith (San Antonio, Texas)
Georgianna Spybey (Pataskala, Ohio)
Indrell Thomas (Greenacres, Fla.)
Petra Urbánková  (Czech Republic)
Tammy Wallace (El Paso, Texas)

Women’s Physique Tall
Stacy Always (El Dorado, Calif.)
Julia Axford (Canada)
Marjorie Beck (Brasil)
Tina Chinchic (Warren, Ohio)
Dana Connell (Clarence Center, N.Y.)
Robin Eve (Canada)
Lydia Fernandes (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Julia Föry
Alessandra Grimaldi (Brasil)
Carrie Grissinger (Ozarks, Mo.)
Kathy Hornbuckle (Copake, Texas)
Arie Gail Humphrey (Idledale, Colo.)
Linda Jensen (Norway)
Debbie Marcy (Rochester, N.Y.)
Caló Maria Melania (Italy)
Claire McGee (United Kingdom)
Adele Moyton (Round Rock, Texas)
Ryzhikova Natalia (Russia)
Piari Oksana (Russia)
Susan Ormiston (Canada)
Imane Russchen (Netherlands)
Karma Schopp (Canada)
Dana Shemesh (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Chelsea Staedter (Oceanside, Calif.)
Fralova Tatsiana (Belarus)
Joan Liew Lee Ting (Singapore)

FITNESS

Fitness Short
Elva Concepcion Gonzalez Luna (Mexico)
Shelby Maynard (Bargersville, Ind.)
Emma Paveley (United Kingdom)
Sandra Grajales Romero (Mexico)
Julia H. Luz Sanchez (Mexico)
Dominika Multanova (Slovakia)
Kim Scoffins (Canada)
Shesterikova Svetlana (Russia)
Toni Wheeler (Morehead, Ky.)
Brittany White (Lousiville, Ohio)

Fitness Tall
Kelley Durbin-Williams (Missoula, Mont.)
Foroni Giorgia (Italy)
Narandzic Milica (Serbia)
Toni Naramone (Maumee, Ark.)
Venus Ramos (Long Beach, Calif.)

FIGURE

Figure A
Milly Cowan (Miami, Fla.)
Krista Easto Johnson (Canada)
Sara Huxter (Canada)
Sharonda Lowe (Southgate, Mich.)
Stephanie Onorato (Kingwood, Texas)
Angela Robinson (Canada)
Brenly Rosenblatt (Canada)
Dusty Smith (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
Chie Terui (Homewood, Ill.)

Figure B
Michelle Bailey (Trinidad & Tobago)
Emily DeSalle (Springfield, Ohio)
Janaina Ferreira (Brasil)
Ihona Gonzalez (Riviera Beach, Fla.)
Francesca Hartman (Buckeye, Ariz.)
Leidy Hernandez (Spain)
Pam Leather (Canada)
Melanie Noel (Canada)
Visintainer Roberta (Italy)
Kathleen Shreve (Erie, Pa.)
Mercedes Sousa (Brasil)
Finsas Kristine Terese (Hong Kong)

Figure C
Amie Adcock (Woodbury Heights, N.J.)
Ally Chargualaf (Redmond, Wash.)
Jaime Coughlan (Marion, N.Y.)
Menini Cristina (Italy)
Alejandra Diaz Mercado Chavez (Canada)
Ann-Marie Flinn (Canada)
Ariadna Fontelio (Panama)
Amber Forrest (Canada)
Nikolaeva Iaroslava (Russia)
Donya Jackson (Cleveland, Ohio)
Kaitlyn Kollar (Canfield, Ohio)
Jaclyn Lefebvre (Canada)
Amani Moss (Seattle, Wash.)
Donna Murphy (United Kingdom)
Molly Musselman (Camp Hill, Pa.)
Rachel O’Connor (Pembroke, Mass.)
Morgan Oiler (Elkhart, Ind.)
Carolina Solano Peralta (Dominican Republic)
Michele da Silva Pinto (Brasil)
Rita Singh (India)
Karla Plott (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Jeannette Post (Delray Beach, Fla.)
Vanessa Rogers (Canada)
Wagna Vargas Savietto (Brasil)
Leticia Vecchi (Brasil)
Nicole Walters (Findlay, Ohio)
Aimee Welu (Winnetka, Ill.)
Jenna Marie Wilcox (Canada)
Li Yi-Ming (Chinese Tapei)

Figure D
Mabel Alvarez Alvarez (Dominican Republic)
Oksana Balanyuk (Lakewood, Wash.)
Navarrskaya Daria (Russia)
Ashley Garcia (Marshall, Ill.)
Dezio Giusy (Italy)
Carly Gregson (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Mariia Gubanova (Ukraine)
Mimi Macias (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Ilic Marsela (Serbia)
Catherine O’Guin (Bloomfield Hillis, Mich.)
Julie Peterson (Canada)
Helen Petras (Canada)
Zuleica Resende (Deerield Beach, Fla.)
Amanda Schmidt (Canada)
Yulia Shumakova Catron (North Las Vegas, Nev.)
Chantal Swart (South Africa)
Carli Terepka (Fayetteville, N.C.)
Agnes Tüske (Hungary)
Jena Weiss (Ardmore, Okla.)
Denise Wortheim (Lake Park, Fla.)

Figure E
Kalugina Anna (Russia)
Avril Belanger (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Yvette Brown (Australia)
Egorova Ekaterina (Russia)
Charlene Gilbert (Canada)
Rachel Killam (Canada)
Kelly King (Canada)
Alisa Kron (Birmingham, Ala.)
Shamaine McVay (Clinton Township, Mich.)
Paula Miller (Rochester, N.Y.)
Barbara Moyneaux (Canada)
Morennah Camila S. Nascimento (Brasil)
Marcia Olsen (Canada)
Viridiana Sanchez (Mexico)
Rachel Solano (Hewitt, Texas)
Chephirah Williams (Jamaica, N.Y.)
Sara Willis (Barbourville, Ky.)

Figure F
Denean Arntson (Canada)
Robyn Askew (Canada)
Delyse Botes (South Africa)
Rebecca Broadwater (Owings Mills, Md.)
Azusena Cardenas (Mexico)
Lauren Connell (Columbus, Ohio)
Ramona Curiel (Netherlands)
Teri Donald (Canada)
Jennifer Gordon (Shelby Township, Mich.)
Monika Kaczmarski (Canada)
Khady Malombe Toure (Canada)
Jennifer Ozari (Carlsbad, Calif.)
Rosemarie Roodenburg (Netherlands)

FIGURE MASTERS

Figure Masters Short
Milly Cowan (Miami, Fla.)
Ann-Marie Flinn (Canada)
Jill Frew (New York, N.Y.)
Claudinea Gentil (Brasil)
Britney Gonzalez (Birmingham, Ala.)
Beatriz Vazquez Heredia (Mexico)
Jennifer Hill (Sumter, S.C.)
Donya Jackson (Cleveland, Ohio)
Shrell Krawczyk (Williamsville, N.Y.)
Sharonda Lowe (Southgate, Mich.)
Melanie Noel (Canada)
Roseli Perfoll (Brasil)
Edna Alessandra Piu (Brasil)
Lada Plihalová (Czech Republic)
Jeannette Post (Delray Beach, Fla.)
Dusty Smith (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
Patricia Spezia (Brasil)
Chie Terui (Homewood, Ill.)
Nicole Walters (Findlay, Ohio)
Mel Warrington (Canada)
Aimee Welu (Winnetka, Ill.)
Li Yi-Ming (Chinese Tapei)

Figure Masters Medium
Oksana Belanyuk (Lakewood, Wash.)
Lisa Brown (United Kingdom)
Lea Deonarain (Richardson, Texas)
Judy Doughty (Canada)
Esmeralda Higareda Gonzalez (Mexico)
Carol Grayer (Canada)
Cindy Lee (Waco, Texas)
Ilic Marsela (Serbia)
Hege Mathisen (Norway)
Catherine O-Guin (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
Zuleica Rezende (Deerfield Beach, Fla.)
Leigh Rumball (Canada)
Liese Scott (Round Rock, Texas)
Yulia Shumakova-Catron (North Las Vegas, Nev.)
Mende Todd (Secretary, Md.)

Figure Masters Tall
Denean Arntson (Canada)
Donna Boyd (Australia)
Dana Connell (Clarence Center, N.Y.)
Teri Donald (Canada)
Cindy Gregoire (Canada)
Monica Kaczmarski (Canada)
Barbara Molyneaux (Canada)
Marcia Olsen (Canada)
Jennifer Ozari (Carlsbad, Calif.)
Rosemarie Roodenburg (Netherlands)
Brenda Whitehead (Canada)

BIKINI

Bikini A
Lori Alix (Montgomery, Ala.)
Elisangela Angell (Allex, Texas)
Svetlana Berman-Majeau (Canada)
Ninoshka Cano (Hamburg, N.Y.)
Karolina Fierlej (Boynton Beach, Fla.)
Renee Freeman (Canada)
Bishop Green (Laurel, Md.)
Stephania Fabiola Andrade Jimenez (Mexico)
Heather Krause (Columbus, Ohio)
Deanna Demay Lee (Canada)
Sheyla José Rodriguez Molina (Dominican Republic)
Ericka Jeannette Morales Morgan (Guatamala)
Kozlova Oxana (Russia)
Karen Pham (Canada)
Phananya Powell (Lowell, Va.)
Sierra Roach (Sylvania, Ohio)
Jessica Suarez (Miami, Fla.)
Hyacinthe Tamayo (Canada)
Denis Mireles Torres (Mexico)
Jen Trotman (Canada)

Bikini B
Tumeko Allen (Snenville, Ga.)
Mandi Ashley (Effingham, Ill.)
Caroline Aspenskog (Sweden)
Heather Cobb (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Nicole David (Ewa Beach, Hawaii)
Lauren Elizabeth David (Canada)
Julenoy Dias (Brasil)
Sherry Mae Junsay Espera (Phillipines)
Danitza Alejandra Espino de Dios (Mexico)
Ana Doljuejra (Redmond, Wash.)
Anya Ellis (Canada)
Maria Ferrari (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Larissa Evidente Francisco (Philippines)
Lauren Hagwood (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Lauren Hardaway (Coppell, Texas)
Elizabeth Hwangbo (Canada)
Danika Johnson (Fairfax, Vt.)
Virág Kiss (Hungary)
Vanessa Kurtzman (Beachwood, Ohio)
Ashley Lemos (Hurricane, W. Va.)
Amanda Lima (Brasil)
Paige Lodge (Canada)
Jaana Malytcheva (Finland)
Ekaterina Rozemborskaya (Ukraine)
Nancy Rodriquez Martinez (Mexico)
Jenna Parente (Olmsted Township, Ohio)
Sabina Plevakova (Slovakia)
Oemil Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas)
Flor Maria Moran Romero (El Salvador)
Nahed Abdul Sater (Lebanon)
Sachie Sonkin (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Finessi Stefania (Italy)
Lisa Traugott (Pflugerville, Texas)
Alyssa Vance (London, Ohio)
Lauren Wheeler (Mount Morris, N.Y.)

Bikini C
Kaufman Alena (Russia)
Erin Joanna Augis (New York, N.Y.)
Samantha Barnes (Galena, Ohio)
Karen De Beer (South Africa)
Silvie Beránková (Czech Republic)
Nicolene Booysen (South Africa)
Marina Borodyanskiy (Columbus, Ohio)
Tamkia Bullock (Fishers, Ind.)
Carly Byron (Chicago, Ill.)
Burova Elena (Russia)
Katrina Freds (Hamilton, Ind.)
Marina Gatica (Argentina)
Victoria Gill (United Kingdom)
Keishawna Griffin (Mitchellville, Md.)
Giovana Guido (Brasil)
Lindsay Honaker (Grove City, Ohio)
Alexi Rae Irvine (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Stefanini Jessica (Italy)
Thais Urbam Jorge (Brasil)
Jordan Judd (Hanover, Md.)
Pudovikova Julia (Russia)
Sherstneva Karina (Kazakhstan)
Lucy Kim (Canada)
Amanda Kurt (Maumee, Ohio)
Melissa Lefebvre (Sudbury, Calif.)
Chandelle Lombard (South Africa)
Chelsea Louik Peterson (Davison, Mich.)
Shumakova Marina (Kazakhstan)
Renee Mazza (Toms River, N.J.)
Shelbi Neumann (Clinton Township, Mich.)
Maidê Salles Nogueira (Brasil)
Andrea Ortiz (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Shelagh Paton (Canada)
Sauyuri Paula Torres (Brasil)
Denise Trindade Real (Portugal)
Krystal Ricci (Lincoln, Calif.)
Andrea Romero-Munoz (Las Cruces, N.M.)
Julie Royer (Canada)
Crystal Rutherford (Westerville, Ohio)
Natalie Saul (Columbus, Ohio)
Kelly Shamrock (Warren, Ohio)
Cassidy Shell (Winfield, W. Va.)
Nathasha Simpson (Port Sanilac, Mich.)
Jill Smetlz-Klinker (Attica, Ohio)
Tasha Star (Canada)
Joana Talim (Brasil)
Tizana Temple (Canada)
Sabine van Pelt (Netherlands)
Danielle Watkins (Keller, Texas)
Brittaney Weyand (New Albany, Ohio)

Bikini D
Melissa Allen (Tampa, Fla.)
Raven Barnes-Harrington (Pasadena, Calif.)
Olivia Cambalova (Slovakia)
Nora Prado Carvajal (Mexico)
Diane Chazelle (France)
Nora Denno (San Antonio, Texas)
Cara Dukes (Milford, Mich.)
Krasavina Ekaterina (Russia)
Sandee Estes (Reynoldsburg, Ohio)
Gobbetti Fedrica (Italy)
Iordanova Galia (Italy)
Siliana Chanel Gaspard (Houston, Texas)
Chantelle Harvey-Houghton (Canada)
Vanessa Hill (Trinidad & Tobago)
Angela Howden (South Africa)
Nicole Hubertu (West Bend, Wis.)
Tiffany Inboden (Logan, Ohio)
Alysha Jamal (Canada)
Kerri Keller (Canada)
Raquel Long (Birmingham, Mich.)
Kaori Matsumoto (Lafayette, Calif.)
Briana Neumann (Clinton Township, Mich.)
Katya Nosova (New Zealand)
Diem Nugyen (Canada)
Mana Noda (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Anessa Norman (Canada)
Jamie-lee Phillips (Trinidad & Tobago)
Tiffany Roy (Canada)
Diana Salamon (Hungary)
Brandie Sharp (Columbus, Ohio)
Naomi Sonek (St. Louis, Mo.)
Sierra Steinback (Canada)
Sheila Tague (Pollock Pines, Calif.)
Diana Hilda Alvarez Trejo (Mexico)
Desma Triplett (Columbus, Ohio)
Jennifer Weintz (Canada)
Joanna Wolosz (United Kingdom)

Bikini E
Elma Adanalic (Sterling Heights, Mich.)
Alina Alexeahu (Canada)
Zubkova Anna (Russia)
Jade Atkinson (Canada)
Olivia Caldareri (Canada)
Madeleine Conti (Atlanta, Ga.)
Brittany Fendikevich (Rochester, N.Y.)
Christy Float (Pickerington, Ohio)
Marcia Cristiane Goncalves (Brasil)
Jacqueline Groleau (Canada)
Vasilyeva Irina (Russia)
Julie Johnson (Fairhope, Ala.)
Jaime Kurgan (Lowell, Ind.)
Jennifer Lee (Columbus, Ohio)
Darlene Lizotte (Oakland, Calif.)
Pellegrino Mariella (Italy)
Whitney Matthews (Canada)
Jessica Maxon (Chandler, Ariz.)
Shelia McCarthy (Eugene, Ore.)
Kalugina Nataliya (Russia)
Elis Naumanis (Estonia)
Lisa Netherly (Columbus, Ohio)
Mariana Maria Pereira De Oliveira (Brasil)
Elizabeth Perez (Spain)
Abby Pollock (Canada)
Laura Prerost (Downers Grove, Ill.)
Sara Reis (Brasil)
Ayazhan Seitkazina (Mountain View, Calif.)
Karina Skowronska (United Kingdom)
Frida Paulsen Stern (Sweden)
Danielle H. Vaughn (Canada)
Susanne Zavelle (Florence, S.C.)

Bikini F
Shellie Andrews (Miami, Fla.)
Stephanie Blackburn (Waukesha, Wis.)
Brittany Brinkman (Columbus, Ohio)
Jill Bunny (Canada)
Rebecca Burger (France)
Lotten Daberno (Denmark)
Oksana Davydova (Ukraine)
Anne Everett (Hampstead, N.C.)
Luciana Del Giudice (United Kingdom)
Melissa Hardesty (Ashland, Ky.)
Kayla Harrington (Palm Desert, Calif.)
Sarah Harrison (Canada)
Lauren Henley (Groveport, Ohio)
Amanda Insalaco (Jackson, Tenn.)
Anna Jaworska (Poland)
Nadia Kovacova (Alexandria, Va.)
Kate Linehan (Dublin, Ohio)
Olya Lomakina (New Zealand)
Traisha Martin (Garland, Texas)
Maria Carolina Meyer Martins (Brasil)
Lyndsay Maynard (Shadyside, Ohio)
Valerie Mazza (Chicago, Ill.)
Leanne McFarland (Canada)
Nicole Muller (Brasil)
Kristen Olson (Ira Township, Mich.)
Jennifer Amari Peña (Dominican Republic)
Angela Palumbo (Agoura Hills, Calif.)
Jasmi Qvick (Finland)
Gabriella Rákóczi (Hungary)
Maggie Resztake (Canada)
Whitney Scurlock (Chicago, Ill.)
Mileane Silva (Danbury, Conn.)
Nataly Castanheira Da Silva (Brasil)
Maria Stamer (Tempe, Ariz.)
Heather Stump (Adrian, Mich.)
Olga Svyrdova (Wayne, Pa.)
Alicia Sweet (East Aurora, N.Y.)
Brooke Tabor (Alburquerque, N.M.)
Cherise Taylor (Chicago, Ill.)
Miranda Van Orden (Lake Ariel, Pa.)
Josiane Weber (Brasil)
Courtney Wicks (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Haley Young (Ames, Iowa)
Rebecca Zirkle (Noblesville, Ind.)

For more information and men’s competitor lists visit ArnoldAmateur.com.

2011 BIKINI OVERALL: Ingrid Romero (USA)
2012 BIKINI OVERALL: Ashley Kaltwasser (Akron, Ohio)
2013 BIKINI OVERALL: Anna Starodubtseva (Russia)
2014 BIKINI OVERALL: Kenea Yancey (USA)



2015 Arnold Kids Fitness Expo Schedule & Events


The Arnold Sports Festival continues to expand and new events. This year multi-day event in Columbus, Ohio has added an Arnold Kids Fitness Expo. Children ages 6-16 (and their parents) will be able to watch various demonstrations and participate in a variety of activities. Children 10 and under get in FREE.

Arnold kids expo

Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO Stage Schedule
Bricker Building, Ohio Expo Center

The Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO will be open from 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 8. The event will feature a variety of sport demonstrations and a stage with two days of entertainment.

Saturday, March 7, 9:00am-5:30pm
9:15 am Cyril Scott Pipe Band and Scottish Highland Dancers
9:45 am Hooping Ninja
10:00 am Extreme Table Tennis
10:30 am Comedy & Juggling of Matt Jergens
11:00 am Richens Timm Academy of Irish Dance
12 Noon Father & Son Jugglers – Rejean & Sebastian
12:30 pm Hula Hoops & More
1:00 pm Arnold’s Quest For Talent! FINALS
2:45 pm OSU Cheerleaders
3:00 pm Chess: Arnold vs. Emma Chang
3:30 pm Jedi Fencing
3:45 pm Arnold’s Quest For Talent! Awards
4:00 pm Self Defense / Karate Seminar with Ashley Hill
4:15 pm World Jump Rope
4:30 pm Straub Dance

Sunday, March 8, 10am-4pm
10:00 am World Jump Rope-Double Dutch U.S. Championship
12:30 am Father & Son Jugglers – Rejean & Sebastian
1:00 pm Richens Timm Academy of Irish Dance
2:00 pm Hula Hoops & More
2:30 pm Extreme Table Tennis
3:00 pm Pinnell Dance

Admission to the Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO and the sports and events at the Ohio Expo Center is included in the Daily EXPO Ticket ($10 in advance, $15 at the door). Children 10 and under are FREE.

Parking at the Ohio Expo Center will be $6 and FREE shuttles will run between the Ohio Expo Center and the Greater Columbus Convention Center from…
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, March 6
8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 8

FREE Shuttles will transport attendees between the Ohio Expo Center and the Greater Columbus Convention Center on Friday , Saturday and Sunday.

Ohio Expo Center-Greater Columbus Convention Center Shuttle Hours
Friday, March 6: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, March 7: 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 8: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO to Energize Columbus Youth
PARENTS AND KIDS CAN EXPERIENCE 28 SPORTS, ACTIVITIES IN ONE PLACE!
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The newest B-I-G thing at the Arnold Sports Festival in 2015 is a focus on kids ages 6 to 16 (and their parents) by providing a smorgasbord of 28 sports and activities at the Ohio Expo Center. And those age 10 and under will get in FREE.

“Each year we try to present a variety of sports and events to accommodate the many ways people choose to express their physicality,” said Jim Lorimer, who has partnered with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to present the Arnold Sports Festival since 1989.

“We created the Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO to give parents a great way to let their children experience literally dozens of sports and activities, hopefully helping them find one they wish to pursue.”

The activities and demonstrations available at the Ohio Expo Center during the Arnold Sports Festival and new Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO include: archery, ballroom dance, baseball, chess, Crossfit Endeavor, disc golf, equestrian, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics, hockey, hula hoop, Irish dance, jump rope, juggling, karate, lacrosse, pickleball, power and speed training, rowing, Scottish dance and bagpipes, soccer, table tennis, talent show, tennis, unicycle and zip line.

The relocation of several competitions to the Ohio Expo Center and the debut of several new events is the result of the closing of Franklin County Veterans Memorial, which hosted the Arnold Sports Festival since 1989. Arnold Sports Festival events, including the popular 900-booth Arnold Fitness EXPO, will continue to be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO will be held on Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8 at the Bricker Building. The event will feature demonstrations by the Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Clippers, Columbus Crew, Ohio Machine, Royal Arts Fencing Academy, Cyclone Gymnastics, Ohio State Chess Club, the United States Tennis Association and others. The non-profit Buck-Icon will offer football demonstrations featuring former Ohio State University football players.

The Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO will also feature a stage with two days of entertainment, highlighted by the by the Arnold’s Quest For Talent! Finals presented by Columbus Children’s Theatre from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. Chris Kirkpatrick, of the band *NSYNC, will emcee the talent show. At 3 p.m. Saturday, a Chess Challenge Featuring Arnold vs. 8-year-old Emma Chang of Dublin, Ohio will be featured on the stage. (See Page 2 for complete Kids Fitness EXPO Stage Schedule).

In addition to the Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO, a variety of sports will be held in other buildings at the Ohio Expo Center, including Archery, Cheerleading & Dance, CrossFit Endeavor, Disc Golf, Equestrian, Pickleball, Table Tennis, XPC Powerlifting, and POWER X.



Arnold Webcast to Stream Live On Bodybuilding.com


Arnold Webcast

If you’re unable to attend the Arnold Sports Festival don’t lose too much sleep over it. You’ll be able to watch the Arnold Webcast stream LIVE and FREE on bodybuilding.com. The webcast will kick off with the Arnold Amateur championship on Friday, March 6, 2015. The Friday night webcast will feature the finals for the Men’s 212 Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure International. The prejudging for those events will be held earlier and not on the live web stream. Following the conclusion of the pro events, the webcast will switch gears and feature the 2nd Annual National Pole Fitness Championships. If you’ve never seen pole fitness, you’ll want to check it out. It’s incredible to watch and props for it moving to the big stage this year.

Saturday will feature the Bikini International and the Arnold Classic Bodybuilding. No word on the newly added Men’s and Women’s Physique competitions being aired or recorded. The events will have their prejudging and finals on the expo stage, like at the Olympia.

Bodybuilding.com Announces Exclusive 2015 Arnold Webcast
Boise, ID – February 9, 2015 – Bodybuilding.com, the Internet’s most-visited fitness website and largest online retailer of nutritional supplements, will offer a free worldwide webcast of select portions of the 2015 Arnold Sports Festival, presented by BPI, BSN, and MuscleTech.

The 2015 Arnold Classic is a must-see event for all fans of physique competition. Thanks to this live webcast, everyone can tune in—for free! The live HD webcast, as well as post-event video-on-demand replays, will stream on the Bodybuilding.com website and via the Livestream mobile app.

The webcast will commence with the live Arnold Amateur championship early Friday morning, March 6, from the Battelle Grand Ballroom at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (6:00 a.m. Pacific).

The Friday night webcast will feature the finals for the Men’s 212 division (men weighing 212 pounds or less), as well as the beautiful women of the Fitness International and Figure International competitions, starting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time (3:30 p.m. Pacific) with a preshow commentary segment.

A new addition to the webcast lineup this year is the inclusion of the 2nd Annual PCS Championship (Pole Fitness National Championship), immediately following the IFBB Friday night show. The Pole Fitness webcast segment starts at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time (6:30 p.m. Pacific).

On Saturday, March 7, the webcast coverage continues at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time (10:30 a.m. Pacific) and culminates with the Saturday IFBB night show events at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time (3:30 p.m. Pacific). Saturday coverage features the men’s Arnold Classic competition, as well as the fan favorite Bikini International, and plenty of preshow discussion and post-show analysis and interviews.

The webcast also includes the annual Arnold Webcast Fan’s Choice Award, where fans get to vote for their favorite athlete. As always, Arnold Schwarzenegger himself will be on hand to congratulate the winners and interview them after their victories.

Each live segment will kick off with an insightful pre-show discussion hosted by veteran sports broadcaster Dave Farra (SyFy, Fox Sports, NBC), who will also provide play-by-play coverage of the competition. Farra will be joined by a panel of leading experts including Bodybuilding.com team athletes IFBB Physique Pro Steve Cook and IFBB Figure Pro Kathleen Tesori, along with reigning Ms. Figure Olympia Nicole Wilkins. Each will provide valuable insights into the streamed competitions as they happen.

Pole Fitness experts Fawnia Dietrich and Annemarie Davies round out the expert panel, and will provide play-by-play commentary during the pole fitness webcast segment.

Stay tuned for details and more 2015 Arnold Sports Festival coverage available soon at Bodybuilding.com!

Be sure to check out all of Bodybuilding.com’s 2015 Arnold Sports Festival coverage at:
http://www.bodybuilding.com/arnold



2015 Arnold Prize Money Climbs to Over 1/2 a Million Dollars


arnold prize money

The Arnold Sports Festival is one of the few invite only competitions in the IFBB Pro League. New to the 2015 pro lineups are the men and women’s physique divisions. The two new divisions will have an equal payout for both the men and women. The biggest payout goes to the Arnold Classic Men’s bodybuilding winner. The payday for one lucky lad will be $130,000, which is more than the entire women’s payouts combined. The total prize payout for the women’s divisions will be $126,000 with the Fitness champion taking home the biggest pay check. The Fitness women will also take home more than the Men’s 212. Figure is nearly equal to the Men’s 212 Bodybuilding division. See how the entire 2015 Arnold prize money pays out with a total of over 1/2 a million dollars.

Women’s Prize Payout by Division:

2015 Arnold Fitness International Payout:
1st: $25,000
2nd: $13,000
3rd: $8,000
4th: $5,000
5th: $3,000
6th: $2,000
Total: $56,000

2015 Arnold Figure International Payout:
1st: $16,000
2nd: $10,000
3rd: $8,000
4th: $5,000
5th: $3,000
6th: $2,000
Total: $44,000

2015 Arnold Bikini International Payout:
1st: $7,000
2nd: $3,000
3rd: $2,000
4th: $1,000
5th: $1,000
6th: $1,000
Total: $15,000

2015 Arnold Classic Women’s Physique Payout:
1st: $5,000
2nd: $2,000
3rd: $1,500
4th: $1,000
5th: $1,000
6th: $500
Total: $11,000

TOTAL WOMEN’S PRIZE MONEY: $126,000

2015 Arnold Classic Men’s Bodybuilding Payout:
1st: $130,000
2nd: $75,000
3rd: $50,000
4th: $30,000
5th: $15,000
6th: $10,000
7th: $2,000
8th: $2,000
9th: $2,000
10th: $2,000
11th: $1,000
12th: $1,000
13th: $1,000
Total: $326,000

2015 Arnold Classic 212 Men’s Bodybuilding Payout:
1st: $22,000
2nd: $10,000
3rd: $6,000
4th: $4,000
5th: $2,000
6th: $1,000
Total: $45,000

2015 Arnold Classic Men’s Physique Payout:
1st: $5,000
2nd: $2,000
3rd: $1,500
4th: $1,000
5th: $1,000
6th: $500
Total: $11,000

TOTAL MEN’S PRIZE MONEY: $379,000

TOTAL ARNOLD PRIZE PAYOUT $505,000



2015 Arnold Athlete Invite List Announced


2015 Arnold Invite
The 2015 Arnold Athlete invite list has been released courtsey of Arnoldsportsfestival.com. New to the Arnold Classic Festival this year are the Men and Women’s Physique divisions. Oksana Grishina will be back to defend her Fitness International Title as will Ashley Kaltwasser in Bikini and Candice Keene in Figure. We’ll see the first two Women’s Physique Olympia champs face off once again with Dana Linn Bailey and Juliana Malacarne both on the invited list.

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UPDATED LISTS – DECEMBER 18, 2014
Felipe de Franco was added to Men’s Physique and Nathalie Falk added to Women’s Physique.

2015 Fitness International (14)
Michelle Blank
Myriam Capes
Bethany Cisternino
Regiane Da Silva
Ryall Graber
Oksana Grishina
Fiona Harris
Tanji Johnson
Whitney Jones
Sara Kovach
Ashley Sebera
Melinda Szabo
Aurika Tyrgale
Trish Warren

2015 Fitness International


2015 Figure International (15)

Dana Ambrose
Ava Cowan
Heather Dees
Amanda Doherty
Cydney Gillon
Candice Keene
Candice Lewis
Vera Mallet
Julie Mayer
Andressa Ribeiro
Camala Rodriguez-McClure
Myra Rogers
Gennifer Strobo
Ann Titone
Latorya Watts

2015 Figure Internationals

2015 Bikini International (15)
Noy Alexander
Nicole Ankney
Narmin Assria
Sara Back
Bianca Berry
Christina Strom Fjaere
Ashley Kaltwasser
Janet Layug
Sarah Elizabeth LeBlanc
Stephanie Mahoe
Justine Munro
Noemi Olah
India Paulino
Anna Starodubteseva
Kenea Yancy

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2015 Women’s Physique International (11)
Dana Linn Bailey
LaDrissa Bonivel
Tycie Coppett
Nathalie Falk
Heather Grace
Juliana Malacarne
Karina Nascimento
Mindi O’Brien
Jillian Reville
Jennifer Robinson
Sabrina Taylor

2015 Women's Physique Arnold

2015 Arnold Classic (14)
Mohamad Ali Bannout
Lionel Beyeke
Evan Centopani
Justin Compton
Brandon Curry
Marius Dohne
Vitaley Fateev
Toney Freeman
Dexter Jackson
Michael Kefalianos
Cedric McMillan
Ben Pakulski
Branch Warren
Roelly Winklaar

2015 Arnold Classic 212 (10)

Aaron Clark
Eduardo Correa
Charles Dixon
Eduard Duque
Shawn Joseph-Tavernier
Cory Mathews
Jose Raymond
Marco Rivera
Angel Manuel Rangel Vargas
Hidetada Yamagishi

2015 Arnold Men’s Physique (11)
Mathew Acton
Andre Adams
Michael Anderson
Mark Anthony
Anton Antipov
George Brown
Felipe de Franco
Xavisus Gayden
Sadik Hadzovic
Jason Poston
Rodney Razor



2015 Arnold Sports Festival Expands


2015 Arnold

The 2015 Arnold Sports Festival will expand to the Ohio Expo Center and all bodybuilding events will relocate to the convention center. The professional and amateur bodybuilding events are relocating to the Greater Columbus Convention Center due to the Veterans Memorial closure. There are a number of new events slated for 2015 including the addition of Men and Women’s Pro Physique.

2015 Arnold Sports Festival Expands To Ohio Expo Center & Bodybuilding Events Relocated to Convention Center
18,000 athletes compete in 50 sports and events before 175,000 attendees

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Arnold Sports Festival, the largest multi-sport event in the nation, will move several competitions to the Ohio Expo Center in 2015, including the NEW Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO. All professional and amateur bodybuilding shows will be relocated to the Greater Columbus Convention Center, due to the closing of Franklin County Veterans Memorial.

Sports and events to be held at the Ohio Expo Center in 2015 include Archery, Cheerleading & Dance, CrossFit Endeavor, Disc Golf, Pickleball, Table Tennis and XPC Powerlifting.

The new Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO will feature demonstrations and clinics in baseball, chess, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics, hockey, soccer and tennis, among others. The Kids Fitness EXPO will feature nonstop stage entertainment, a new Arnold’s Got Talent show, and vendor booths. It will be held Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8 at the Bricker Building at the Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Avenue.

The Arnold Sports Festival’s professional bodybuilding shows that have traditionally been held at Veterans Memorial, will be held at Battelle Grand at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The Pole Fitness National Championships, returning for its second year, will be held at Battelle Grand on Friday, March 7 at 9:30pm, immediately following Arnold Classic 212, Fitness International and Figure International Finals.

The Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini & Physique Championships that were held at Veterans Memorial on Thursday and Friday in the past will also move to Battelle Grand.

Other new events in 2015 include IFBB Pro Men’s Physique, IFBB Pro Women’s Physique, Model Search, WWE, Chess, America’s Next Great Trainer, Soccer, MAS Wrestling and Rowing.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Lorimer have co-produced the Arnold Sports Festival since 1989, when it debuted as a one-day bodybuilding competition known as the Arnold Classic. The Arnold Sports Festival has grown over the years and is now a four-day festival that features a variety of sports, including professional and amateur bodybuilding, strongman, weightlifting, and powerlifting. Youth sports include gymnastics, cheerleading and dance, fencing, martial arts and many others.

Admission to the Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO and the sports and events at the Ohio Expo Center is included in the Daily EXPO Ticket ($10 in advance, $15 at the door). Children 10 and under are FREE. Parking at the Ohio Expo Center will be $6. FREE shuttles will run from the Ohio Expo Center to the Greater Columbus Convention Center on Friday, March 6-Sunday, March 8.

The 2015 Arnold Fitness EXPO will be held March 6-8 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and feature more than 900 booths of the latest in sports equipment, apparel and nutrition and a stage that hosts unique, non-stop competitions and entertainment that combine to make the Arnold Fitness EXPO the heart of the Arnold Sports Festival.

“A Daily EXPO ticket affords a great entertainment value and allows our attendees to experience a great variety of sports and events,” co-promoter Jim Lorimer said. “We are very proud to provide the opportunity for athletes, a majority of them youth, to compete at the largest multi-sport festival in the U.S.”

A daily ticket to the EXPO includes admission to most of the 50 sports and events. For a complete list of events visit the website’s Ticket Information page.

Separate tickets are required for the following events:
• Arnold Amateur Classic Bodybuilding Prejudging & Finals, Fitness, Figure and Bikini Prejudging 4pm Thursday, March 5, Battelle Grand $25.
• Meet & Greet with IFBB Pros, 8pm Thursday, March 5, Hilton Columbus Downtown $25.
• Amateur Bodybuilding Prejudging, Physique & Figure Masters Prejudging & Finals, 9am Friday, March 6, Battelle Grand $25.
• Arnold Classic 212, Fitness International, Figure International Finals and Pole Fitness National Championships, 7pm Friday, March 6, Battelle Grand $50-75.
• Amateur MMA Festival, 7pm Friday, March 6, Lifestyles Communities Pavilion $30-$75 (not included in VIP package).
• 27th Annual Arnold Classic and Bikini International Prejudging, 2pm Saturday, March 7, Battelle Grand $50.
• 27th Annual Arnold Classic, Bikini International and Strongman Classic Finals, 7pm Saturday, March 7, Battelle Grand $50-$100.
• Arnold Party With The Pros, 9pm Saturday, March 7, Hollywood Casino $25.
• Arnold Pro Boxing, 7pm Saturday, March 7, L.C. Pavilion (not included in VIP package).
• Arnold, Sunday Showcase Featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, 11am Sunday, March 8, Hilton Columbus Downtown $50 ($25 for students with ID).

VIP Ticket Packages and individual event tickets are available through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com/arnold or 800-745-3000. Daily EXPO tickets are available for $10 in advance (plus service charge) or $15 at the door of all Arnold Sports Festival venues. Children 10 and under free.

Presenting Sponsor: Europa Sports Products.

Diamond Sponsors: EAS Abbott Nutrition, Hollywood Casino Columbus, MHP, MusclePharm, Quest Nutrition.

Gold Sponsors: 6 Pack Fitness, Animal, BPI, BSN, CytoSport, Gasp & Better Bodies, Gymshark, Jan Tana, Muscle & Fitness Magazine, Optimum Nutrition, ProMera Sports.

Silver Sponsors: 4 Dimension Nutrition, AEP, ABB Performance, Allmax Nutrition, Beast Sports, Bodybuilding.com, Gaspari Nutrition, GAT / World Health Products, GEAR, Inc., Gifted Nutrition, Kiosk Kings Champion Energy, Liftag Sport, Lone Star Distribution, MuscleTech, Nutrex Research, Oh Yeah! Nutrition, Ricart.com, Rivalus, Rogue Fitness, SAN Nutrition, USN, VPX.

Bronze Sponsors: 1 Up Nutrition, Active Interest Media, BioRhythm, Blender Bottle, Cellucor, Flexicus.com, FUEL, Gold’s Gym, Grow Dietary Supplements, GT Nutrition USA, Infitnitude, iSatori, Inc., Mutant, MRI, MRM, Muscle Egg, N.V.E. Pharmaceuticals, Scivation, Skechers, SmartShake, Twinlab.
For more information, including schedules, locations and hours, visit www.arnoldsportsfestival.com.



2015 Arnold Model Search


2015 Arnold Model Search
The Arnold Sports Festival is always a weekend of non-stop activities and events. There are a variety of new events taking place in Columbus, Ohio (March 5-8th) and one of them will be the Arnold Model Search. The model search kicks off online and the Top 10 in the first-annual Arnold Model Search will be invited to compete in the Arnold Model Search Finals during the Arnold Sports Festival. The registration is open and all entries must be submitted by January 30, 2015. You’ll want to get your entry in early because voting begins on January 1, 2015 and closes on January 31, 2015.

We’re proud to join the Arnold Sports Festival in this first annual event. We’ll see you in Columbus!

The Arnold Model Search strives to discover and reward aspiring “fitness models” through an online contest that will identify finalists that will compete in finals at the 2015 Arnold Sports Festival.

For more information and to register, visit www.arnoldmodelsearch.com.

Overview
The Arnold Fitness Model Search (“Model Search”) strives to discover and reward aspiring “fitness models” through an online contest that will identify finalists that will compete in finals at the 2015 Arnold Sports Festival. Sponsors for the 2015 Arnold Model Search include, but are not limited to, Maximum Human Performance (MHP), Muscular Development Magazine and Hardbody News. The “Model Search” is owned and operated by the Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini & Physique Championships and the Fitness Factory. (“Operators”).

Registration
Registration for the first-annual Arnold Model Search will close on January 30, 2015

Finals
The Top 10 in the first-annual Arnold Model Search will be invited to compete in the Arnold Model Search Finals during the 2015 Arnold Sports Festival. Finals will be held on Friday, March 6 during the Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure & Bikini Championships at the Battelle Grand at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Voting
Once a contestant’s entry is approved, her name, hometown and three photographs will be posted on the MHP Web site at http://mhpstrong.com/arnold-model-search/. At that point, the contestant should encourage family, friends and others to visit the MHP Web site link to vote.

The top ten (10) vote getters plus two at-large finalists (chosen by event organizers) will be invited to the 2015 Arnold Sports Festival to compete for the title of “2015 Arnold Fitness Model Search Winner.”

Winners will be announced via e-mail. Winners are responsible for all travel and hotel expenses incurred to travel to the 2015 Arnold Sports Festival to compete in the finals.

Prizes
The winner of the 2015 Arnold Model Search will win a prize package that includes a Sponsorship Package totaling over $4000 from MHP, feature photo spread in Muscular Development Magazine, a feature on Hardbody News and a photo shoot with Lift Studios, and the opportunity to be the cover girl and participate in a variety of promotional opportunities for the 2016 Arnold Model Search.

2015 Arnold Classic Model Search Prize Package
First Place:
• 1 Year Sponsorship by MHP
• Joining MHP Booth Staff at Arnold Expo and Olympia
• $300 in MHP Gear
• $400 in 2015 Contest Reimbursements from MHP
• Feature photo spread in Muscular Development Magazine
• Feature on Hardbody News including a photoshoot with Lift Studios
• Two tickets to the Fitness International, Figure International and Arnold Classic 212 Finals on Friday, March 6
• Two tickets to the Party With The Pros (Official After Party Of The Arnold Classic) on Saturday, March 7 at Hollywood Casino
• Lunch and photograph with Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday, March 8
• The opportunity to be the cover girl and participate in a variety of promotional opportunities for the 2016 Arnold Model Search.

Second Place:
• $500 MHP Supplement Prize Pack
Plus consideration for additional MHP Sponsorship package

Third Place:
• $300 MHP Supplement Prize Pack
Plus consideration for additional MHP Sponsorship package

ENTER THE MODEL SEARCH and find out more at arnoldmodelsearch.com. Looking for more information on the 2015 Arnold Sports Festival? Check out arnoldsportsfestival.com.



2014 Arnold Classic Europe Results


Arnold Classic Europe

The 2014 Arnold Classic Europe is in the books and things went as expected in the women’s pro fitness division. Oksana Grishina was coming off her first Fitness Olympia win and brought all the moment with her to Madrid, Spain. She was able to perform the same routine that earned her the top spot at the Fitness International, in Columbus, Ohio to kick the year off. Oksana’s “pole routine” demonstrates not only her versatility as an athlete but also as a performer. She becomes the first woman to win the Fitness International, Olympia and Arnold Classic Europe Fitness all in the same year.

Defending Arnold Classic Europe Fitness champion, Tanji Johnson brought an improved physique to the stage but had to settle for third. Definitely no shame in that placing and Tanji continues to be one of the mainstays in the Fitness division. The third place finish matches her Olympia Fitness placing form last week. Myriam Capes suffered an accident after the 2014 Fitness Olympia that left her with an injured hand but it didn’t hold her back from a fifth place place finish. Leaping into the top five with an always beautiful routine was Canadian Fitness star, Danielle Ruban. Danielle always has a smile on her face and consistently in the hunt for a top spot in every show. The always high-flying and energetic Regiane Da Silva was coming off a second place finish at the Olympia and matched that placing in Madrid. Regiane always has to play catch up after the 2-piece round but her routines help her land a top spot due to the non-stop nature. She also makes strength moves look easy but try any one of them and you’ll likely land on your face.

2014 Arnold Classic Europe Fitness Results
Madrid, Spain

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1. Oksana Grishina 8 – 10 – 18
2. Regiane Da Silva – 13 – 24 – 37
3. Tanji Johnson 9 – 32 – 41
4. Danielle Ruban 26 – 58 – 84
5. Myriam Capes 42 – 48 – 90
6. Marta Aguilar 20 – 72 – 92
7. Whitney Jones 29 – 70 – 99
8. Diana Monteiro 36 – 68 – 104
9. Amanda Hatfield 43 – 84 – 127
10. Aurika Tyrgale 49 – 88 – 137

Kai Greene and Mamdouh “Big Ramy” were slated to compete in the show but didn’t take the stage. This left the door open for the rest of the field to move up as Kai had to be the favorite heading into the show and Big Ramy a threat for the top five. An improved Dennis Wolf took top honors by his size and improved conditioning. Shawn Rhoden was able to hold onto his conditioning from last week’s Olympia and landed him in second. Rounding out the top three is the always dangerous Dexter Jackson. Dexter proves that age is just a number as he continues to be a top contender into his 40s.

2014 Arnold Classic Europe Bodybuilding Competitors
1. Dennis Wolf – $40,000
2. Shawn Rhoden – $25,000
3. Dexter Jackson – $15,000
4. Victor Martinez – $12,500
5. Roelly Winklaar – $5,000
6. William Bonac – $2,500
7. Juan Morel
8. Robert Piotrkowicz
9. Michael Kelfalianos
10. Jonathan DelaRosa
11. Fred Smalls



2014 Arnold Classic Europe Competitor Lists


Arnold Europe

The 2014 Arnold Classic Europe will feature some of the biggest names in professional Fitness and Bodybuilding. Oksana will look to make it three major wins in a row. She took top honors in Columbus to kick the year off at the Fitness International and followed it up with her first Fitness Olympia title. She’ll face the defending champion, Tanji Johnson this weekend in Madrid, Spain for the Arnold Europe Fitness title.

2014 Arnold Classic Europe Fitness Competitors
1. Marta Aguilar
2. Myriam Capes
3. Regiane Da Silva
4. Oksana Grishina
5. Amanda Hatfield
6. Tanji Johnson
7. Whitney Jones
8. Diana Monteiro
9. Danielle Ruban
10. Aurika Tyrgale

2014 Arnold Classic Europe Bodybuilding Competitors
1. William Bonac
2. Jonathan DelaRosa
3. Mamdouh Elsbiay
4. Kai Greene
5. Dexter Jackson
6. Michael Kelfalianos
7. Victor Martinez
8. Juan Morel
9. Robert Piotrkowicz
10. Shawn Rhoden
11. Fred Smalls
12. Roelly Winklaar
13. Dennis Wolf

For more information on the show visit http://arnoldclassiceurope.es/wp/en/



First-annual Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO Announced


arnold kids expo

The first-annual Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO will be held March 7-8, 2015 at the Ohio Expo Center.

The Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO will serves as the activity core for youth sports competitions and family activities at the Ohio Expo Center. The Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO will combine thousands of youth athletes, coaches and family members and fitness enthusiasts in an event dedicated to providing young athletes access to hours of entertainment and youth/family sports, products and services.

Located in the Bricker Building, the 2015 Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO will feature sport specific demonstration areas; individual skill development clinics, hundreds of vendor booths, awards ceremonies and other activities. The Ohio Expo Center will also host a variety of youth competitions in Cheerleading, Archery, CrossFit Endeavor and Table Tennis, as well as the Arnold Survival Race. The Kids Fest will be the hub of the activity.

The Arnold Kids Fest will have more than 30,000 square feet of space dedicated to sports demonstrations and clinics in: Gymnastics, Fencing, Tennis, Table tennis, Martial Arts, Wrestling, Jump Rope, Teen Challenge and many others.

The Arnold Kids Fest will have more than 25,000 square feet dedicated to youth sports and fitness equipment, apparel and service providers to market your business to thousands of athletes and attendees.

Schedule
Saturday, March 7, 2015
9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 8, 2015
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

OHIO EXPO CENTER
Bricker Building

To learn more about the expo visit http://arnoldsportsfestival.com/kids-expo/. Visit https://www.facebook.com/arnoldsports for the latest updates on the 2015 Arnold Sports Festival



Arnold Sports Festival Adds Pro Physique to 2015 Lineup


The Arnold Sports Festival will feature the IFBB Pro Women’s and Men’s Physique divisions for the first time in 2015. The announcement was made on Facebook and noted the first Women’s Physique Olympia winner, Dana Linn Bailey would be competing. As you might expect from a few online keyboard warriors, not every comment about the addition was positive. The Arnold Facebook page boasts over 2 million fans and with that you have to expect varied opinions on pretty much everything.

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When the Olympia added Physique to the 2014 event the division was validated. The announcement from the Arnold Sports Fesitval reinforces it. Competitors now have two major titles to strive for and it will ultimately help increase the numbers in the amateur ranks. If you look at the big picture, the IFBB Pro women’s physique division is still in its infancy. This year’s pro competitions have been attracting more entrants but are we seeing more ticket buying fans? As of yet, I’d guess no but like anything new time will ultimately be the deciding factor.

The challenge will be HOW to make the division appealing to fans. It’s a challenge that should be, at least in my opinion, a shared responsibility by everyone in the industry. The Pro League is helping do their part by providing competitors a stage to compete on and at the biggest events. The division has to gain more traction within the bodybuilding industry before it can gain popularity outside of it. The bodybuilding and fitness media has yet to do much on the division and you rarely see women physique competitors in any of the magazines. Men’s Physique competitors are getting more exposure in the magazines because it’s a more “mainstream look”. Let’s be honest, there’s nothing “mainstream” about the Women’s Physique division and that’s okay. The same could be said for other divisions as well, with maybe the exception of Bikini when it comes to mass appeal. It’s not a look most people can related to and that too is not a bad thing. Instead of trying to gain “mainstream” acceptance better time may be spent sharing the benefits of eating healthy, training and goal setting. Many of the pro physique competitors are doing a bang up job of promoting themselves but are missing the big picture. They share a responsibility in promoting the division as well. As Dana Linn Bailey’s husband pointed out in his Facebook comment after the announcement.

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The 2015 Arnold Sports Fesitval will be held on March 5-8, in Columbus, Ohio. Visit arnoldsportsfestival.com for tickets and more information on next year’s events.



2014 Arnold Classic Brazil Fitness Results & Review


The second annual Arnold Classic Brasil took place on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Rio de Janiero. Eleven IFB Fitness pros made the trip to Rio in hopes of qualifying for the Fitness Olympia and shaking Arnold’s hand. The competition had no clear cut favorite heading into the show which made for an exciting competition.

2014 Arnold Fitness Brasil

The HARDBODY 411
2014 Arnold Classic Brazil Fitness Results & Review

PHYSIQUE ROUND
The first round of competition was the two-piece swimsuit held during the prejudging portion of the show, directly after the men’s competition. It was clear that Bethany Cisternino would be your winner with the most balanced physique and just the right amount of conditioning. Second in the physique round was Whitney Jones who was one of the most muscular competitors in the show and drastically more conditioned than Cisternino. Whitney was tighter from the backside than she has been in previous competitions. She definitely doesn’t need to add any more muscle to her frame. An argument could have been made for Danielle Ruban or Marta Aguilar to be in the second place spot as they weren’t as muscular as Whitney. It was close on the judges score sheets for the first round with Marta in third, Danielle fourth and Regiane da Silva in fifth. A distant sixth was defending champion Ryall Graber who wasn’t as sharp as she needed to be with her conditioning.

bethany-brazil

ROUTINE ROUND / Final Placings
Bethany Cisternino took top honors on the judges’ score sheets in the routine round. While it wasn’t her cleanest routine but she demonstrated great strength and conditioning throughout the routine. Bethany’s gymnastic background shines when she performs and the consistent routine combined with an on point physique earned her the victory. I had no problem with this decision and how I saw it from the front row as well. It was a well deserved win. Bethany shared with me after the show that she will not be competing again until the Olympia and despite having a few challenges while in Brazil, she was pleased with the outcome.

Regiane Da Silva‘s high energy and high flying routine moved her up into the runner-up position. If she was a bit closer to Bethany in the physique round she may have pushed her for the win but a solid showing in second place. Regiane continues to refine her physique and her routines are always action packed.

Danielle Ruban finished in third after a solid routine. She performs with a smile and always seems like she is having fun. It’s something other competitors should take note on. No one wants to see an angry poser and Danielle is definitely not that. She had a number of strength moves and demonstrated great endurance from start to finish. This was one of Danielle’s best showings and arguably her best as a pro competitor.

Whitney Jones was in a solid second place heading into the routine round however had to settle for fourth. No shame in fourth at the second annual Arnold Classic Brasil. Whitney’s routine didn’t flow quite as well as some of the others but she did have a number of strength moves throughout. If she ditches some of the dancing in the routine and adds a bit more flow to it she should move up. A solid showing from her though.

Ryall Graber had a good routine which helped move her up into 5th. It wasn’t repeat performance she had last year but she still performed a good routine. Missing seemed to be the energy we’ve seen from Ryall in the past and she didn’t appear quite as amped up as usual in her routine round. She has a number of strength moves but they didn’t quite have the snap and crispness she’s capable of. The judges scored her routine the third best in the lineup.

Rounding out the money spots, in sixth place was Marta Aguiar from Uruguay. Marta has the potential to be one of the top competitors in the division. When she refines her physique just a bit and adds a few more strength moves to her routine you’ll see her move up into the top three. I like the look she brought to the stage and the potential she has. An impressive pro debut for Marta after competing as an amateur in this year’s Arnold in Columbus, Ohio.

Another competitor to keep your eye on in the future is Melinda Szabo. She needs a bit of refining on her physique and just a few minor tweaks to her routine’s flow but overall she stands out. I would have had Melinda in the top 6 but she finished in 8th. I like her look, great energy on stage and she has fun.

2014 Arnold Classic Brasil Fitness Results
1. Bethany Cisternino
2. Regiane Da Silva
3. Danielle Ruban
4. Whitney Jones
5. Ryall Graber
6. Marta Aguiar
7. Diana Monteiro
8. Melinda Szabo
9. Amanda Hatfield
10. Tiffany Chandler
11. Babbette Mulford



Updated 2014 Arnold Classic Brasil IFBB Competitor Invitation Lists


The 2014 Arnold Sports Festival Brasil will be held April 25-27, 2014 in Rio de Janerio. After a wildly successful event in 2013, the expo and events are moving to a bigger venue. One of the highlights of the weekend will be the Arnold Fitness Brazil and Arnold Classic Brazil. Ryall Graber will be back to defend her title in the fitness division and three’s been a few changes to the lineup since they were originally announced.

2014 Arnold Classic Brasil IFBB Competitor Invitation Lists

Updated 2014 Arnold Classic Brasil IFBB Competitor Invitation Lists
Myriam Capes is still nursing an injury that forced her to withdraw from the Fitness International last month in Columbus, Ohio. Michelle Blank suffered a broken foot during her Arnold routine and is on the road to recovery which will keep her out of this show. Fiona Harris was also on the original list but will no longer be competing. Added to the Fitness line-up was Tiffany Chandler.

Bethany Cisternino and Regiane DaSilva are the highest ranking fitness competitors in the line-up and will be the biggest threat to Ryall’s title. Don’t sleep on Melinda Szabo after an impressive performance in Columbus.

2014 Arnold Fitness Brasil Competitors
Marta Aguiar
Tiffany Chandler
Bethany Cisternino
Regiane DaSilva
Ryall Graber
Amanda Hatfield
Whitney Jones
Babette Mulford
Diana Monteiro
Danielle Ruban
Melinda Szabo

The Men’s lineup has a few changes as well. Baito Abbaspour, Julio Balestrin and William Bonac have been added to the list since it was announced in February. Roelly Winklaar and Hidetada Yamagishi have been removed from 2014 Arnold Classic Brasil IFBB competitor lists. Roelly suffered a motor cycle accident which forced him out of the Arnold Classic in Columbus and Hidetada made the move down to the 212 division.

2014 Arnold Classic Brasil Competitors
Baito Abbaspour
Julio Balestrin
Lionel Beyeke
William Bonac
Jonathan De LaRosa
Marius Dohne
Toney Freeman
Michael Kefalianos
Martin Kjellstrom
Steve Kuclo
Juan Diesel Morel
Ed Nunn
Ben Pakulski
Robert Piotrkowicz
Fred Smalls

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2014 Bikini International Results & Scores


2014 Bikini International results are in and Ashley Kaltwasser took home the victory. This was Ashley’s second major win, the first being the 2013 Bikini Olympia.

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COLUMBUS, OH – Ashley Kaltwasser of Akron, Ohio won the 2014 Bikini International competition at the Arnold Sports Festival 2014. Contestants were judged on attractiveness and presentation of their curvier, less muscular physiques.

Kaltwasser received a prize of $7,000 from Jeff Compton of Europa, a trophy from Jason Birney of Hollywood Casino and a Tony Nowak jacket from Arnold Schwarzenegger.

top six in bikiniTop six at the 2014 Bikini International.

For photos from the 2014 Bikini International visit Bodybuilding.com.

Other major prizes awarded in the Bikini International were:
• 2nd place: Yeshaira Robles from the Bronx, NY received $3,000 presented by Kevin DeHaven of BPI and a trophy from Cory Gregory of MusclePharm.
• 3rd place: Amanda Latona of Las Vegas, NV received $2,000 presented by Rich Gaspari of Gaspari Nutrition and a trophy from Mick Skinner of Bodybuilding.com.
• 4th place: Nathalia Melo of Ft. Lauderdale, FL received $1,000, presented by Jay Jacobsen of Optimum Nutrition and a trophy from Mark Garces of MuscleTech.
• 5th place: Stacey Alexander of Las Vegas, NV received $1,000, presented by Truman Leuing of ALLMAX Nutrition and a trophy from Gera Rivkin of 6 Pack Fitness.
• 6th place: India Paulino of Pembrook Pines, FL received $1,000 presented by Edwin Yang of The Columbus Dispatch and a trophy Jay Jacobsen of ABB.

Presenting Sponsor: Europa Sports Products.

Diamond Sponsors: Hollywood Casino Columbus, MHP, Muscle Pharm.

Gold Sponsors: Animal, Bodybuilding.com, bpi Sports, BSN, EAS Abbott Nutrition, Gaspari Nutrition, Gasp & Better Bodies, Optimum Nutrition.

Silver Sponsors: 4 Dimension Nutrition, 6 Pack Fitness, ABB, AEP, ALLMAX Nutrition, American Airlines, BEAST, Body Fortress, Cellucor, Cytosport, Flexicus.com, GAT/World Health Products, Jan Tana, MET-RX, MuscleTech, Nutrex Research, Oh Yeah! Nutrition, ProMera Sports, Pure Protein, Quest Nutrition, Ricart.com, Rogue Fitness,VPX.

Bronze Sponsors: Active Interest Media, Badass, Blender Bottle, Champion Energy, Fitmark, Gear, Gold’s Gym, GT Energy, iSatori, Inc., Liftag Sport, Lone Star Distribution, MRI, MRM, Mutant, N.V.E. Pharmaceuticals, Nationwide Realty, PH9 Generator Bottles, Power Crunch, Probiotica Lab, Rivalus Inc., Scivation, Smartshake, The Columbus Dispatch.

Bikini Score Sheet

 

2014 Bikini International Results & Scores
1. Ashley Kaltwasser
2. Yeshaira Robles
3. Amanda Latona
4. Nathalia Melo
5. Stacey Alexander
6. India Paulino
7. Courtney King
8. Janet Layug
9. Margret Gnarr
10. Justine Munro
11. Anna Virmajoki
12. Jennifer Andrews
13. Juliana Daniell
14. Jessica Mone
15. Noy Alexander
16. Anna Starodubtseva

For photos from the 2014 Bikini International visit Bodybuilding.com.

 



2014 Fitness International Results & Scores


2014 Fitness International Results from Columbus, Ohio. Oksana Grishina of North Hollywood, California is the winner of the Fitness International competition at the Arnold Sports Festival. She received $25,000 presented by Jon De La Rosa of MHP, a trophy presented by Jeff Compton of Europa, congratulations and Tony Nowak jacket from Arnold Schwarzenegger.

oksana grishina wins

Other prizes in the Fitness International were:
• 2nd place: Regiane DaSilva of Gudensberg, Germany received $13,000 presented by Gasp & Better Bodies and a trophy from Hollywood Casino.
• 3rd place: Tanji Johnson of Renton,WA received $8,000 presented by Cytosport and a trophy from Flexicus.com.
• 4th place: Bethany Cisternino of Bridgewater, NJ received $5,000 presented by GAT/World Health Products and a trophy from Nutrex Nutrition.
• 5th place: Trish Warren of Copper Canyon, TX received $3,000 presented by Pure Protein and a trophy from Oh Yeah! Nutrition.
• 6th place: Ryall Graber of St. Thomas, Barbados received $2,000 presented by VPX and a trophy from BPI.

View photos from the show here.

2014 Fitness International Results
1. Oksana Grishina
2. Regiane DaSilva
3. Tanji Johnson
4. Bethany Cisternino
5. Trish Warren
6. Ryall Graber-Vasani
7. Melinda Szabo
8. Whitney Jones
9. Michelle Blank
10. Kizzy Vaines
11. Allison Ethier
12. Danielle Ruban
13. Amanda Hatfield
14. Babette Mulford

fitness international



2014 Figure International Results & Scores


The 2014 Figure International Results from Columbus, Ohio. Candice Keene of Maitland, Florida won the Figure International for the 2nd year in a row. She received $16,000 from Jason Birney of Hollywood Casino, a trophy from Jeff Compton of Europa, and a Tony Nowak jacket from Arnold Schwarzenegger.

2014 Figure International

Other prizes in the Figure International were:
• 2nd place: Heather Dees of Lehi, UT received $10,000 presented by BPI and a trophy from Gaspari.
• 3rd place:Camala Rodriguez McClure of Morrison, CO received $8,000 presented by Jan Tana and a trophy from Optimum Nutrition.
• 4th place: Ann Titone of St. Louis, MO received $5,000 presented by Body Fortress and a trophy from 6 Pack Fitness.
• 5th place: Candice Lewis of Aurora, CO received $3,000 presented by MuscleTech and a trophy from ALLMAX Nutrition.
• 6th place: Gennifer Strobo, of Lake Mary, FL received $2,000 presented by American Airlines and a trophy from The Columbus Dispatch.

View photos here.

2014 Figure International Results
1. Candice Keene
2. Heather Dees
3. Camala Rodriguez
4. Ann Titone
5. Candice Lewis
6. Gennifer Strobo
7. Alicia Coates
8. Ava Cowan
9. Allison Frahn
10. Amanda Doherty
11. Dana Ambrose
12. Elissa Martis
13. Larissa Reis
14. Karina Grau
15. Giada Simari
16. Natalie Waples
17. Kati Alander

2014 Figure International Scoresheet:

scoresheet figure international



2014 Figure & Fitness International Prejudging Report


The 2014 Arnold Sports Festival is underway in Columbus, Ohio and the IFBB pro women kicked things off this morning. The Figure and Fitness International prejudging took place this morning and the finals will be held at 7pm this evening. You can watch the finals LIVE on Bodybuilding.com’s Free webcast.

prejudging

HARDBODY FIGURE REPORT
The judges have it between defending champion, Candice Keene and last year’s runner-up Heather Dees. Personally, I have Candice Lewis for the win. Candice Keene looked good and since she is the defending champion, I don’t think too many people will baulk at her winning. I’ll be shocked if she’s not crowned the champ for the second year in a row. She presented herself with confidence and had all the details right. Heather Dees came in a bit fuller than last year with a little added size however when she posed she was shaking like a leaf in the Columbus win. I think Heather is a beautiful woman but I wouldn’t have her in the second place spot. Nothing personal, just other physiques that structurally are better and when the little details count, posing should be one.

I am often overly critical of Candice Lewis and it’s because she has so much potential that despite winning numerous shows in 2012 and 2013, it wasn’t until this show that she nailed it. Candice has nice shape, her legs were streamlined and presented a polished look from head to toe. The judges might say her legs are overpowering but I’d disagree on it today. It looks like the judges have her in 4th but it will be close. Camala Rodriquez brought a balance physique and she is strongest from the back. I would have liked to seen her next to Candice Keene for a comparison from behind. It looks like she’ll be in the third place spot. Ann Titone looks good when she stands alone on stage however when you put her next to the other women she starts to fade. She has improved her physique over the years and continues to improve however I think she’ll be in the 5th place spot but could sneak into 4th if the judges favor her to the look Candice Lewis brought.

Gen Strobo brought one of her better physiques to date and I could see her locking in the 6th place spot. She has great delts but her lower body still lacks a bit behind her upper body. Still one of her best showings though and if she snags sixth it would be a score for her.

The rest of the pack. I would have put Elissa Martis a bit higher. I like her look and with a little more stage time she’ll be a contender. Alicia Coates was off her best but will still likely end up in the top ten. Her posing was a bit off, make-up/face didn’t match her physique color and her legs were off from her previous shows. Beautiful girl but not her best showing to date. Ava Cowan will likely be in the 8-10th place range. She’s overcome a lot over the past year and physique wise she was too lean, too muscular and too ripped compared to the other women. It was more of a women’s physique. Look for Allison Frahn, Dana Ambrose and Amanda Doherty to be in the hunt to round out the top ten.

I think the judges will go:
1. Candice Keene
2. Heather Dees
3. Camala Rodriquez
4. Candice Lewis
5. Ann Titone
6. Gen Strobo

I’d have Candice Lewis, Candice Keene and Camala Rodriquez as my top three but it looks like it’s all Candice Keene and then Heather Dees. The tighter race is between Rodiquez, Lewis and Titone for 3-5.

Check out prejudging photos here.

HARDBODY 2-PIECE FITNESS
Bethany Cisternino looks poised to win the two-piece round with Tanji in second. This could flip flop but ultimately it will come down to the routine round. Tanji looks like she’s in the driver’s seat to repeat as the champ if she nails her routine. In the third and fourth place spots you have Trish Warren and Regiane DaSilva. Regiane typically doesn’t end up this high in the two-piece and I was a bit surprised to see her in the first callout. I would have liked to see Danielle Ruban and Oksana Grishina in the mix for the top three. Oksana didn’t come in as hard as previous years and downsized her muscle a bit however the judges didn’t seem to favor it to be in the top four. She could be fifth but also 6 or 7th based on comparisons. I like the shape Danielle Ruban presented she could have been a tad tighter but overall I thought it was a top five look. The judges didn’t see it that but she’ll be one to watch in upcoming shows.

A stand-out to me was Michelle Blank. It’s the best presentation she’s put together from her hair to makeup, presentation and her physique. She wasn’t as conditioned as the other women and faded just a bit but overall it was her best look to date and would have her in the top five. She could sneak in there but likely on the bubble and could end up 6-8th. Whitney Jones might be in the top five and will likely be in the 6-8th spot as well. I’d like to see her work on her posing a bit, especially from the back.

Ryall is scratching to get into that mix as well. Her tan was a little light and yellow looking. She had some issues with her posing suit riding up a bit too high and showed some under boob.

Heading into the routine round I think it looks like this…
1. Bethany Cisternino
2. Tanji Johnson
3. Trish Warren
4. Regiane DaSilva
5. Whitney Jones
6. Oksana Grishina
7. Michelle Blank
8. Ryall Graber

Check out prejudging pics here. Follow on twitter or watch the live webcast tonight!



LIVE 2014 Arnold Sports Festival Coverage


We’re in Columbus, Ohio for the 26th Anniversary of the Arnold Classic. You can follow our coverage all weekend long, LIVE from the events. Along with HARDBODY’s twitter coverage we’ve added EVERYONE across the globe using #ASF2014 on twitter. Now you can see what everyone is saying about the Arnold Sports Festival.

The fastest and easiest way to get update is via twitter or bookmark this page to see the info roll in live.

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Arnold Classic South Africa – Coming in 2016


It’s official. The Arnold Classic is adding another country to its growing list of events. Since 1989 the Arnold Classic has been held in Columbus, Ohio. The Arnold Classic then expanded into Spain and last year into Brasil. Next year the Australia Pro will become the Arnold Australia and in 2016 we’ll see an Arnold Classic South Africa.

arnold south africa

Wayne Price, former strongmen athlete and current President of South Africa National Bodybuilding Federation, made the news official on Facebook this evening.

“It is official, it is big news- Arnold Classic Sport Festival is coming to South Africa – Arnold Classic South Africa, will be hosted in Durban, South Africa 2016! Watch this space for the launch of the Arnold Classic South Africa facebook and webpage! Body Building and Fitness Rocks in South Africa.”

I had the pleasure of meeting Wayne and part of his team while in Columbus for the Arnold Sports Festival and they will be amazing. Look for another world-class event to be held in Durban, South Africa.



Interview with Iceland’s First (and only) IFBB Pro Margret Gnarr


Iceland’s first and only IFBB Pro took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to share a bit more about herself. Margret Gnarr will be making her IFBB Pro debut this weekend at the Bikini International in Columbus, Ohio. You may not have heard much about her before but rest assured you will in the coming days. Marget’s hardbody and looks speak for themselves but what you may not have known is that she’s a blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do. Get to know a bit more about Margret and give her a bit of encouragement as she’s not only competing as a pro for the first time but also representing an entire country.

margret gnarr


Name: 

Margret Gnarr

Born in:
1989

Currently live in:
Reykjavik, Iceland

Any brothers or sisters?
Yes I have 6 siblings, 3 brothers and 3 sisters

Where do you fall in the ages?
I grew up with two of my siblings to the age of 11 and I was the middle child. My brother is 2 years older than me and my sister is 3 years younger.

Any pets?
I have two dogs. Dolly is a Chihuahua/Cavalier mix and Ronja is a Icelandic sheepdog / Russian sled dog mix.

One food you will NOT eat:
Cucumbers !!! Hate them! Sometimes I say I’m allergic just to avoid eating them! I don’t know what is is with cucumbers. My dad and my younger sister are the same. haha

After my workout I typically eat…
Chicken, sweet potatoes and sweet peppers

Did you play sports growing up?
Yes, I was all over the place growing up! I loved all sports and I was very active from a young age. My favorite class in school was gym-class! I started in gymnastics when I was 6 but I didn’t have a lot of discipline so my parents sent me to Taekwondo for one year. At the age of 8 I went into figure skating and that’s when I started competing in sports and absolutely loved competing! I wanted to be the first figure skating competitor from Iceland to compete at the winter Olympics! At the age of 14 I hurt my ankles and couldn’t handle the landings after the high jumps so I took 6 months off from training and after 6 months my friend asked me about Taekwondo and told me she wanted to try it out. I went with her to our first training and after my first Taekwondo class I was hooked. I stopped figure skating and found another passion. Soon I got in the youth national team in Olympic Taekwondo Sparring and started competing. I have competed several times in Taekwondo and I have the black belt. I have been doing Taekwondo for over 10 years.

margret gnarr world champions winner

How did you get into competing in Bikini?
I have been interested in Bikini fitness since 2008 when it started in Iceland. My friend competed at the IFBB Icelandic Championship and I thought she looked so great. I have always been interested in modeling and I am also a singer so I love to be on stage. When it comes to modeling I was always told I had the face for it but not the body. My body was too athletic for modeling. When I saw the Bikini fitness class for the first time I thought to myself: “that’s perfect for me!” But at that time I had very low self-esteem after years of bullying and I knew I had to work on my self first to be able to handle fitness competitions. In beginning of 2011 I finally had the self-esteem I needed and decided to compete. My first competition was the IFBB Icelandic Cup in November 2011 and after that contest I was hooked!

A singer huh… Who is your favorite singer?
I have so many favorite singers! Can’t pick one:) Here are couple of my absolute favorite: Jason Mraz, Ed Sheeran, Imogen Heap, Hayley Williams and Jonathan Davis.

Will you give us a sample of your singing at the Arnold?
Yes! Of course! Will you play the guitar then?

margret gnarr world champions winner

Yes, totally! (Note to self forget to pack guitar).

 

Contest history:
IFBB Icelandic Cup 2011 – 3rd place
Arnold Amateur USA 2012 – 4th place
IFBB Icelandic Championhip 2012 – 2nd place
IFBB World Championship 2012 – NP
Arnold Amateur Europe 2012 – 13th place
IFBB Icelandic Cup 2012 – 1st place
IFBB World Championship 2013 – 1st place

How long have you been practicing taekwondo?
– For over 10 years now

Do you still do taekwondo while prepping for a bikini show?
I do Taekwondo in my off seasons but 12 weeks into a bikini show I only train Taekwondo

by myself. The reason is I don’t want to get hurt or bruised on Taekwondo trainings. When I train Taekwondo I do a lot of sparring and you can get hurt and that’s not good when you are prepping for a bikini show. Doesn’t look very good on stage to be bruised. haha

Do you have any foods in Iceland that you won’t find in the USA?
Yes! Icelandic Candy, Icelandic dry fish, Icelandic yogurt skyr.is (You can find Skyr in Wholefoods but its not the same as in Iceland)

margret gnarr world championships contest

What is Icelandic candy like?
– Its heaven! Icelandic chocolate is the BEST! I will bring some Icelandic candy with me for everybody to taste!!

What’s iceland dry fish like or is there nothing like it and it’s super amazing?
Icelandic dry fish is awesome in competition prep. There are 83 grams of protein in 100 grams of dry fish and no carbs. It’s very popular in Iceland and we grow up eating it like candy.

What’s the biggest difference between USA and Iceland that you’ve noticed?
The biggest difference in general is the size and population! There are 320.000 people who live in Iceland! That’s like a small town in the US!

How’s it feel to be the only IFBB Pro from Iceland?
I can’t explain the feeling. I still can’t believe I achieved that dream. Ever since I started competing I wanted to be the first Icelandic fitness competitor to become an IFBB Pro. I am honored to be the first IFBB Pro from Iceland and I hope I will make my country proud.

How long do you prepare for a competition?I’m prepping all year round but I start the competition diet 12 weeks into a competition.

Do you follow the same training you did from a couple years ago?
No, I got a new personal trainer last year and changed a lot. Doing more reps, lighter weights and more cardio.

Do you workout with a trainer?
No my coach lives on the other side of the country so I workout alone but sometimes a have a workout partner.

What tips would you give women who are looking for a trainer – what should they look for?
Always look for a trainer that has the right experience for your goals. I also think it’s really important to feel 100% trust to your trainer.

What are you doing when not measuring food, hitting the gym or hitting pads?
I’m a personal trainer, a posing coach, a spokesmodel and a singer. I barely get any free time! When I have some free time I like to just lay in bed and watch TV shows with my fiancé and my dogs and I also love to go to the spa at my gym, World Class.

I understand you have asthma. How do you overcome having asthma with cardio – any tips for others who suffer from asthma?
The right exercises helped me with my asthma. I barely feel it anymore. The asthma was very bad when I was younger but after I started doing sprints 3 times a week my endurance has never been better!

Do you listen to music while you work out? If so what’s your go to song for this prep?
Yes! I LOVE listening to music! I listen to dupstep and I have the volume very high. Keeps me more focused. Currently I’m listening to Skrillex, Modestep, NERO, Korn, House of Titans, Aviici and more.

What’s your typical breakfast look like?
I always have oatmeal for breakfast and when I’m not 12 weeks out from a bikini show I like to add cashew nuts, green apples and goji berries in my oatmeal.

photo of margret gnarr

Any tips for surviving a long flight?
Get a good sleep! That’s the best thing to do!

Has this prep been different from previous shows?
Yes, I have been doing way more cardio than I’m used to. That was probably the only difference but what matters most to me while prepping for a show is to feel good mentally, physically and emotionally.

How important is it to have a strong support system around you?
I find it very important because it keeps me motivated! That’s why I always surround myself with peop

le who support me.

Any one you’d like to thank?
There are so many people I would like to thank. My family and friends for all of their support. My coach Johann Nordfjord for always being there for me. My Icelandic sponsors: Nings, Harlengingar.is, Jan Tana Iceland, BPro Iceland, WOWair, Fitness Sport, Hamark, NYX Iceland, LG Simar, NIP+FAB Iceland, Fitness Akademian, Mizu beauty salon and Kiss Kringlunni. My American sponsors: BN Shape and Ravish Sands. I am also extremely thankful to the IFBB Pro league for giving me this amazing opportunity to compete at the Arnold Classic, Bikini international. It has been a dream ever since I started competing in Bikini fitness and I am so honored.

What’s the best advice anyone has given you so far in life?
My coach taught me not to take myself too seriously and that has helped me in my competitions and life in general.

Where can people find more info on you?
On my Facebook fan page www.facebook.com/margretgnarr
Twitter account @margretgnarr
Instagram @margretgnarr

What’s your favorite social media outlet?
Facebook.

Thanks for your time Margret and we look forward to seeing you compete at the Bikini International this weekend. For more information on the Arnold Sports Festival visit arnoldsportsfestival.com and be sure to follow us on twitter.com/hardbodynews for updates through out the week.

Behind the scenes video from Marget’s photoshoot.

Photos provided by Margret Gnarr. Photographers Sasha Paleeva & Lalli Sig.



2014 Fitness International Preview, Poll & Predictions


The 2014 Fitness International is upon us once again and it will feature some of the most athletic women in the IFBB Pro League. The competitors have a variety of backgrounds from gymnastics to cheerleading, dance and more. The Fitness International has two round. The two-piece round where the competitors are judged on their physiques and the routine round. The routine round is always a highlight of the weekend as we see incredible feats of strength, endurance, flexibility and entertainment. The competitor list isn’t all that different from the 2013 roster but will the results end up the same? We’ll have to wait until Friday night to find out.

fitness international

Tanji Johnson is back to defend her title and will have her work cut out for her to make it two in a row. She had surgery last spring on her knee but proved it didn’t slow her down when she competed at the Olympia just a few months later. Oksana Grishina is always a crowd favorite and pushes the envelope with her routines. She makes incredibly difficult moves look easy and they are anything but simple. Bethany Cisternino always brings a great physique to the stage and has moved up into title contention with an improved routine.

Myriam Capes withdrew earlier this year due to injury which could open up a top five spot. Look for Regiane DaSilva, Trish Warren, Michelle Blank and Whitney Jones to make a run at the top six. Kizzy Vaines always seems to amaze the crowd with her insane flexibility but has been inconsistent with her performances.

Who do you think will win the 2014 Fitness International?
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Friday, February 28, 2014

PREJUDGING
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
COLUMBUS CONVENTION CENTER
Arnold Fitness EXPO Stage

FINALS
7 p.m.
VETERANS MEMORIAL



2014 Bikini International Preview, Poll and Predictions


The 2014 Bikini International showcases a competitive field and you’d have better luck picking the lotto numbers than correctly predicting the top ten in exact order. The line-up has defending champion India Paulino in it along with Bikini Olympians Nathalia Melo and Ashley Kaltwasser. Rookie Janet Layug has caught the attention of fans online and hopes to do the same with the judges in her pro debut. Seasoned vets like Amanda Latona, Yeshaira Robles and Justine Munro will be looking to get into the top spots as well. Don’t count out third place at the Olympia, Stacey Alexander who came on strong at the end of 2013.

2014 bikini international

If history repeats itself, we’ll see a new Bikini International champion. Nicole Nagrani won the inaugural event and Sonia Gonzales took top honors the second time around. India Paulino edged out Nathalia Melo for the win last year. Read the skinny on all the competitors at Bodybuilding.com. The preview breaks down each competitor and what we might expect from the women next week in Ohio. One woman to watch who isn’t getting any attention but should is Margret Gnarr. She is Iceland’s only IFBB Pro and not only that but she’s a blackbelt in Taekwondo. Keep your eye on her, she’s good.

Cast your vote for who you think will win the 2014 Bikini International. The event takes place in Columbus, Ohio with the prejudging on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 2pm and the finals to follow later that night. For tickets visit arnoldsportsfestival.com.

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2014 Figure International Preview, Poll & Predictions


The 2014 Figure International is one week away and defending champ, Candice Keene is looking to make it two wins in a row. Erin Stern didn’t submit for an invite and three-time Figure International Champ Nicole Wilkins withdrew due to an injury. One might think that would put Keene squarely in the driver’s seat for the victory however a few other women are looking to put the brakes on that.

2014 Arnold Figure International Preview, Poll & Predictions
Heather Dees was the runner-up last year and will bring a fuller look to the stage this year in hopes of moving up into the winner’s circle. Ann Titone has been putting in the work to continue to move up in the ranks and could be in the hunt for the top spot. She’s coming off her best year as a pro and hungry to keep the ball rolling. You can’t count out Camala Rodriquez who made the successful switch from Fitness to Figure and has more than held her own in every Figure competition she’s entered. How will Candice Lewis look? Will she come in conditioned enough in her legs to show off her incredible shape or will she be off the mark like she was at the 2013 Olympia? Those are questions we’ll have answered next week in Columbus.

You can’t overlook rookie Elissa Martis who won the 2013 Overall NPC Figure Nationals title and will be making her pro debut. A confident Alicia Coates has gone undefeated as a pro racking up two wins in her first two shows. Will she be able to hang with a deeper, more competitive line-up and make it three in a row?  Don’t bet against her but it’s far from a sure thing on that wager for another win. Dana Ambrose has quietly positioned herself as a top six contender. These women and others are in pursuit of one goal… shaking Arnold’s hand and being named the 2014 Figure International Champion.

For a full review of every competitor and my top 10 predictions (which are all in good fun and not to be taken personally) visit Bodybuilding.com. Follow HardbodyNews on twitter for more Arnold related news and be sure to use the hashtag #ASF2014 in all your social media posts.

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This will be the last Arnold Classic at Veterans Memorial Auditorium


The 2014 Arnold Sports Festival will begin in just one week.  The Arnold Sports Festival is the largest multi-sport event in the United States. The four day event held in Columbus, Ohio plays host to over 18,000 athletes in more than 45 sports. Along with the athletes, the festival attracts more than 175,000 fitness fanatics each year.

Veterans Memorial Auditorium

The main attraction for bodybuilding fans is the Arnold Classic. The invite only event brings the world’s best IFBB Pro Bodybuilders to Columbus. Every year the Arnold Classic prejudging and finals are held at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium however this will be the final year for the event at the historic building.

The Veterans Memorial was dedicated on November 11, 1955, to honor the men and women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Over the years, the Vets Memorial has played host to a variety of events. One of the most significant events was in 1970. Thousands of fans witnessed Arnold Schwarzenegger being awarded the Mr. World title. In 1989, Arnold returned to Columbus and partnered with Jim Lormier to host the first annual Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic.

“The Arnold”, as it is known locally, makes the auditorium the center of the weightlifting and physical fitness universe every March. Today the event is the largest multi-sport festival in the nation and a bronze statue of Mr. Schwarzenegger’s classic bodybuilding pose is prominently located on the south lawn of Veterans Memorial. 
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A report by Columbus Business First confirmed rumors that the Franklin County Veterans Memorial will be demolished. The city of Columbus has decided to redevelop the site and will move forward with what it calls the Scioto Peninsula plan, which includes a new Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum, a Columbus Zoo Indoor Adventure exhibit, mixed-use development and park and recreation space.

proposed vet auditorium A look at the roposed renovations to the existing Vets Memorial Auditorium.

Efforts were made to save the iconic auditorium with a renovation plan. The Veterans Memorial board proposed a $50-million to $60-million renovation plan of their own. The photo above was a proposed look to the auditorium however the efforts were not approved.

Ohio Veterans MemorialThe new Memorial and Museum will be built on the site of the current Franklin County Veterans Memorial.

Earlier this month, the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation issued a Request for Qualifications for the construction of the new Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum Project.

Those in attendance for the 2014 Arnold will be part of history. If you haven’t purchased your tickets for the Arnold Classic, Arnold Classic 212, Fitness International, Figure International or Bikini International do so now. This will be your last chance to witness the events in the historic auditorium.

I’m told that the 2015 Arnold Classic events will be held at the convention center however nothing has been finalized as to exactly where. While it will be nice to have all the events in the same location and not have to worry about hailing a cab or finding parking, a little bit of the character will be lost. Like anything in life you have to expect change and embrace the good with the bad. I’ll make a little extra time to savor the events that take place this year in the auditorium. I’d encourage those of you in attendance to do the same and if you’re watching the webcast, know you’ll be witnessing history in the making as the events take place for the last time in the auditorium.

 

Sources:
fcvm.com
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bizjournals.com



Arnold Amateur Competitor Lists Announced


The Eighth-Annual Arnold Amateur NPC/IFBB International Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini and Men’s Physique Championships will once again include amateur competitors from the NPC and IFBB from around the world. The Amateur competitor lists have been announced!

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Figure Competitors

Figure Competitors will be split into SIX classes (A,B,C,D,E,F) upon check in from the current 4 on this list.

Figure A Class
Olivia Bulls (Blacklick, OH)
Mary Carriedo (Canada)
Nadya Cortes-Spight (Chicago, IL)
Angela Derzapf (Germany)
Jennifer Everson (Pineville, NC)
Janaina Ferreira da Silva (Brasil)
Ekaterina Grima (Ukraine)
Katrina Kocielska (Canada)
Silvia Kovacsova (Australia)
Monica Lopez Jauregui (Mexico)
Nora Raquel Martinez Jara (Paraguay)
Valentina Mazzola (Italy)
Josefina Monsivais (New Lenox, IL)
Olesia Plikus (Russia)
Elda Priscila Segovia Lujan (Mexico)
Dusty Smith (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)
Chie Terui (Homewood, IL)

Figure B Class
Reem Al-Bareeq (United Kingdom)
Chazz Anderson (USA)
Karolina Botkova (United Kingdom)
Cricel Castillo (Belize)
Jennifer Collum (Kemp)
Alexandria Colmenares (Miami Lakes, FL)
Loreto Del Carmen Soto Nunez (Chile)
Shay Diggs (Baton Rouge, LA)
Macha Douard (Canada)
Kristine Duba (Panama City Beach, FL)
Etzel Dulcarmon Delgado (Panama)
Julia Emanuele (Canada)
Erika Furtado (USA)
Michelle Guest (South Africa)
Mandy Hill (Effingham, IL)
Susse Hougaard (Denmark)
Marsela Ilic (Serbia)
Yo Lazarov (United Kingdom)
Cecilie Lind (Denmark)
Christina Lopez (Des Plaines, IL)
Rosimar Regina Lopes da Silva (Brasil)
Jessica MacMillan (Canada)
Laura Maria Marenco Avalos (El Salvador)
Alicia McDowell (Evansville, IN)
Yaroslava Nikolaeva (Russia)
Melissa Norgart (USA)
Shelagh Paton (Canada)
Karla Plott (Jacksonville, FL)
Adriannie Ponce (Ithaca, NY)
Cristina Romano (Italy)
Nathalia Santoro (Brooklyn, NY)
Nicole Schepp (Canada)
Shameella Simons (Bermuda)
Beth Marie Siracuse (Upper Arlington, OH)
Nichole Stegall (Columbus, OH)
Alessandra Tantari (Italy)
Stina Telhammer (Sweden)
Amber Trapp (USA)
Wagna Vargas Savietto (Brasil)
Marjan Washington (USA)
Margita Zamolova (Czech Republic)

Figure C Class
Ania Anvaryfar (Canada)
Jheaneale Bahadosingh (Bahamas)
Oksana Balnyuk (Lakewood, OH)
Lesley Barents (Netherlands)
LauraLee Bater (Canada)
Sabrina Burgess (Bermuda)
Vanesa Burke (Kent, OH)
Kay Clark (South Africa)
Jaidy Cruz (Dominican Republic)
Elena Cuzuioc (Italy)
Berenice Gonzalez Ulloa (Mexico)
Renata Guaraciaba (Brasil)
Rachel Killam (Canada)
Marla Lepe (Goodyear, AZ)
Jaimy Maktari (Coral Springs, FL)
Sarah Parks (Raleigh, NC)
Eszter Patti (United Kingdom)
Zuleica Rezende (Deerfield Beach, FL)
Andressa Ribeiro (Orlando, FL)
Samantha Sage (Houston, TX)
Jennifer Salinas (Reynoldsburg, OH)
Brand Red Smith (Phoenix, AZ)
Carli Terepka (Medina, OH)
Lucrecia Tolkachier (Argentina)
Katie Wargo (Overland Park, KS)
Canan Yavas (Netherlands)

Figure D Class
Beata Antoninas (Canada)
Mayra Vianey Beaz Miguel (Mexico)_
Emillie-Jean Bisgrove-Cole (Australia)
Rebecca Black (Columbus, OH)
Ranae Cann (Bermuda)
Viaura Centeno (U.S. Virgin Islands)
L. Dawn Charlton (Bahamas)
Marcelle Collison (South Africa)
Andy Forbes (Australia)
Sarah Gacsy (USA)
Charlene Gilbert (Canada)
Katherine Glen (Canada)
Amanda Graham (USA)
Rachel Killam (Canada)
Virginia Kinkel (Australia)
Eliyan Lobez (Australia)
Melissa Moen (USA)
Nury Gabriela Perez Rivera (Mexico)
Amber Price (USA)
Rosemarie Roodenburg (Netherlands)
Kristin Russell (Garfield Heights, OH)
Samantha Smith (USA)
Laura Stevenson (Canada)
Solveig Wilhelms (Norway)
Carri Woodgerd (Glouster, OH)

Figure To Be Placed
Jessica Bertha Baldeon Caballeros (Peru)
Marie-Eve Bergeron (Canada)
Jessica Coate (New Zealand)
Corletto Jeaninne (Honduras)
Sonia Marcela Lopez (Honduras)

Figure Masters Short
Nadya Corest-Spight (Chicago, IL)
Loreto Del Carmen Soto Nunez (Chile)
Patrizia Garnero (Italy)
Jennifer Hill (USA)
Linda Jensen (Denmark)
Heidi Jentes (USA)
Donna LaFevers (USA)
Theresa Lombardo (USA)
Jessica MacMillan (USA)
Laura Maria Marenco Avalos (El Salvador)
Josefina Monsivais (USA)
Melissa Norgart (USA)
Nicole Schepp (Canada)
Deb Seyler (USA)
Melitta Simmons (Dublin, OH)
Beth Marie Siracuse (Upper Arlington, OH)
Viviana Smerilli (USA)
Dusty Smith (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)
Amber Trapp (USA)
Sandy Wilkerson (USA)

Figure Masters Medium
Rosalind Louise Alexander (Singapore)
Ania Anvaryfar (USA)
LauraLee Bater (Canada)
Federica Ghezzi (Italy)
Kim Gramlich (Canada)
Heidi Griffin (Columbus, OH)
Sophie Haddad (Dearborn Heights, MI)
Kristin H. Kristjansdottir (Iceland)
Jaimy Maktari (Coral Springs, FL)
Sarah Parks (USA)
Rosemarie Roodenburg (Netherlands)
Brandy Red Smith (Phoenix, AZ)
Sonia Tavares (Brasil)
Yolanda Tillman (USA)

Figure Masters Tall
Leslie Eason (USA)
Sharon Fillyaw (Boston, MA)
Tina Glass (Little Rock, AK)
Katherine Glen (Canada)
Marta Lepe (Goodyear, AZ)
Zuleica Rezende (Deerfield Beach, FL)

Figure Masters To Be Placed
Sabrina Burgess (Bermuda)
Ranae Cann (Bermuda)
Ursula Maria Domingues Von Randow (Brasil)
Sabine Firmin Guidon (New Caledonia)
Viviana Evangelina Gimenez Guanez (Paraguay)
Jodie Parker (Australia)
Maria Scotland (United Kingdom)
Shameella Simons (Bermuda)
Brigitte Subrin (France)
Melissa Yates (Canada)
Canan Yavas (Netherlands)

Women’s Physique Competitors

Women’s Physique Short
April Dumouchel (Canada)
Brewer Eklund (USA)
Carina Roxana Espinoza (Argentina)
Chanthavivone Gambel (USA)
Federica Gastaldi (Italty)
Rosanna Harte (United Kingdom)
Teresa Heron (Canada)
Karolina Holubcova (Czech Republic)
Yeona Kim (Hong Kong)
Michelle Larrieux (Killeen, TX)
Christina Lopez (Des Plaines, IL)
Giuditta Magazzino (Italy)
Kashma Siana Maharaj (U.S. Virgin Islands)
Silvia Matta (Italy)
Amy Mendez (USA)
Margaret Negrete (El Paso, TX)
Guadalupe Ortiz (Mexico)
Gabriela Quiros (Miami, FL)
Britney Sheehan (Lakeland, FL)
Marisol Solis Vazquez (Mexico)
Marea Warde (United Kingdom)
Toni Wheeler (USA)
Amy Wolf (Ypsilanti, MI)

Women’s Physique Tall
Bianca Antunes Nobrega (Brasil)
Reshanna Boswell (Chicago, IL)
Samantha Bourassa (USA)
Hayley Brylewski (United Kingdom)
Lucy Cerantula (Canada)
Lorena Inarra Duque (Spain)
Robin Eve (Canada)
Julia Fory (Switzerland)
Gwen Fuerte (Beloit, WI)
Anthony Clyde Gibson (Guyana)
Alexandra Heberger (Canada)
Sara Heimis (Iceland)
Christine Henson (USA)
Toni Hill (Austin, TX)
Suzy Kellner (Delray Beach, FL)
Katie Lee (Germantown, MD)
Joan Liew Lee Ting (Singapore)
Camila Mendes de Campos de Silva (Brasil)
Ester Parisi (Italy)
Lada Plihalova (Czech Republic)
Evy Anita Rustad (Norway)
Paola Jaira Sanchez Bonetti (Dominican Republic)
Jennifer Scott (Gilbert, AZ)
Nicole Sill (Dublin, OH)
Iris Swatuk (Canada)
Kristina VanderWaal Shober (Reading, PA_
Luciane Vieira (Brasil)
Jorine Wieringa (Netherlands)
Veronica Young (USA)

Women’s Physique To Be Placed
Jeaneth Saskia Argandona Palomino (Peru)
Veronica Del Carmen Carassai Teran (Peru)


Bikini Competitors

Bikini A Class
Melanie Albert (USA)
Rachel Antal (North Canton, OH)
Romina Marcela Basualdo (Argentina)
Alice Belia (Italy)
Francesca Biondi (Italy)
Clarissa Campos de Oliveira (Brasil)
Aimee Chandara (Pickerington, OH)
Virginia Coffman (Philippines)
Julenoy Dias Vieira (Brasil)
Katalin Egervari (Hungary)
Amanda Fantell (Anchorage, AK)
Zina Figgiani (USA)
Amanda Fils-Aime (Virginia Beach, VA)
Sara Fiorenzo (USA)
Rosalyn Flores (Phillipines)
Joey Guz (USA)
Cydney Herndon (USA)
Marvelyn Iweh (Austin, TX)
Nikki Jenkins Robinsons (United Kingdom)
Virag Kiss (Hungary)
Michelle Kling (Edina, Minn.)
Arlene Oliva (Tampa, Fla.)
Yulia Pudovikova (Russia)
Marissa Rodriguez (Canada)
Nina Ross (United Kingdom)
Carolina Solano Peralta (Dominican Republic)
Julia Souza (Orlando, Fla.)
Kimberly Turner (USA)
Alexis Weber (USA)
Payton Whitt (Point Pleasant, WV)

Bikini B Class
Maddie Abrams (Chicago, IL)
Tumeko Allen (USA)
Angelica Angel-Robert (Westerville, OH)
Amanda Barango (Chicago, IL)
Anita Bekus (United Kingdom)
Heather Cobb (USA)
Megan Divincenzo (Bay Village, OH)
Kiah Douglas (Maumee, OH)
Jennifer Espinoza (USA)
Renee Hagans (USA)
Arlene Hanson (USA)
Karen Meiling Hardy (USA)
Brianna Hogan (Aurora, CO)
Lauren Huddleston (USA)
Alexandra Kazmierczak (Canada)
Angie Mellon (Grove City, OH)
Gabriela Mendieta (USA)
Ericka Morales Jeanette Morgan (Guatemala)
Jolie Mosser (Grand Rapids, MI)
Shannon O’Shea (Fort Worth, TX)
Naylan Pulaski (Houston, TX)
Zinaida Rudenko (Russia)
Maide Salles Nogueira (Brasil)
Naiara Schubert (Brasil)
Agnes Sebestyen (Hungary)
Missraeli Jatziri Serrano Salcido (Mexico)
Ashley Sisko (USA)
Sachie Sonkin (USA)
Elena Christina Spinu (Hollywood, FL)
Antonella Trantaki (Germany)
Brooke Walker (USA)
Je Williams (Tampa, FL)
Marne Wilson (USA)
Christel Yr Johansen (Iceland)

Bikini C Class
Casey Adkins (USA)
Oksana Artemova (Russia)
Lorena Arzate Mendoza (Mexico)
Jessica Bradhurst (Grove City, OH)
Caroline Cadore (Brasil)
Heather Caster (Kansas City, MO)
Chelsea Christene (USA)
Emily Cesefske (USA)
Chelsea Christensen (Denmark)
Jana Costa (Rockville, MD)
Maranda Davis (North Little Rock, AK)
Tess de Wild (Netherlands)
Maizee Demske (Clearwater, Fla.)
Anya Ells (Canada)
Kristina Feduik (Pickerington, OH)
Lindsey Flowers (Willoughby, OH)
Melanie Galles (USA)
Federica Gobbetti (Italy)
Tracy Gramer (Atlanta, GA)
Fernanda Gratton (El Paso, TX)
Ruth Harper (Alexandria, VA)
Chantelle Harvey-Houghton (Canada)
Samantha Hastings (Gulfport, MS)
Heather Hayes (USA)
Gabriela Hosakova (Darien, CT)
Courtney Jacobs (Norfolk, VA)
Yana Kashcheeva (Russia)
Amanda Kurt (Maumee, OH)
Jenna Lightgow (South Africa)
Nicole Massaro (USA)
Brittany McIntyre (Charlotte, NC)
Kadian Mijic (USA)
Olga Helena Olafsdottir (Iceland)
Torrey Peak (USA)
Tiffany Ranalli (Columbus, OH)
Natasha Ray (Canada)
Heather Rickard (Jacksonville, FL)
Irina Rose (Key West, FL)
Julie Royer (Canada)
Cassandra Sarver (Pataskala, OH)
Andrea Secara (Downers Grove, IL)
Brenda Angelica Sosa Popoca (Mexico)
Jill Smetz-Klinker (Attica, NY)
Alina Stepanova (Russia)
Katya Syrkanova (Russia)
Ekaterina Usmanova (Russia)
Stephanie Winter (East Peoria, IL)
April Wintle (Bethesda, MD)

Bikini D Class
Rachel Alker (USA)
Sarah Allen (Australia)
Alane Ayet Adapt (USA)
Cleo Brown (USA)
Ana Rita Contreras (Dominican Republic)
Britainie DeGarbott (Hermosa Beach, Calif.)
MarJeana DeHayes (USA)
Cara Dukes (USA)
Melanie Evans (Champaign, IL)
Phyllis Frempong (USA)
Anna Friske (USA)
Kershawna Griffin (USA)
Kristin Elisabet Gunnarsdottir (Iceland)
Beth Hall (Anderson, IN)
Tiffany Inboden (USA)
Traci Kilgore (USA)
Olivia McIntire (Delaware, OH)
Liudmila Melik-Eganova (USA)
Tayler Parry (North Kansas City, MO)
Cherie Robar (USA)
Tiffany Robertson (USA)
Alzira Isabel Rodriguez Castro (Dominican Republic)
Kathryn Schlake (USA)
Vladyslava Selitbovska (Ukraine)
Allison Solomon (USA)
Gergana Stambolieva (Cincinnati, OH)
Danielle Sudbeck (Lakeland, FL)
Lisa Marie Tydings (Rochester, NY)
Irina Vasilyeva (Russia)
Olga Viazmetinova (Ukraine)
Kathy Williams (Charlotte, NC)
Kenea Yancey (Atlanta, GA)

Bikini E Class
Alesia Chuchkevich (USA)
Lauren D’Errico (USA)
Diana Nataly Delgado Balseca (Ecuador)
Egle Eller-Nabi (Estonia)
Sophie Guidolin (Australia)
Magnea Gunnarsdottir (Iceland)
Kennetha Harris (Canal Winchester, OH)
Chanel Harris-Crawford (USA)
Vivian Hodges (Reynoldsburg, OH)
Audray Hunt (Gilbert, AZ)
Hannade Ibramhim (Valparaiso, OH)
Katalin Jasztrab (Hungary)
Stefanie Juliana (Netherlands)
Kerri Keller (USA)
Leslie Lewis (Naples, FL)
Olivia London (Canada)
Mimi Macias (Las Vegas, NV)
Yitzel Mansour (USA)
Jessica McKenzie (Dover, DE)
Tiffany Morice (Chicago, IL)
Summer Nelson (Batavia, OH)
Ashley Nelson (USA)
Lisa Netherly (Columbus, OH)
Clarissa Powell (USA)
Gabriella Rakoczi (Hungary)
Alaina Ravens (USA)
Edyta Schwartz (USA)
Melissa Simpson (USA)
Lauren Tapp (USA)
Sandra Tavarez (USA)
Ekaterina Timofeeva (Russia)
Victoria Walker (Virginia Beach, VA)
Jill Zaslavsky (Findlay, OH)

Bikini F Class
Jenni Aaskov (Denmark)
Vanessa Albarran (USA)
Amy Bella (Erie, PA)
Jessica Bish (USA)
Deavin Bowser (Kalamazoo, MI)
Brittany Brinkman (Columbus, OH)
Jill Bunny (Canada)
Tyler Dean (College Station, TX)
Andrea DeOrio (Louisville, KY)
Helen Fritsch (Charlotte, NC)
Stephanie Gemmer (Topeka, KS)
Brittany Gill (Beckley, WV)
Nini Gothler (Denmark)
Lacey Hill (USA)
Kathrin Hollman (Germany)
Anna Kiseleva (Russia)
Cassandra Marshall (USA)
Traisha Martin (USA)
Shawna McClosky (Orient, OH)
Liana Moroz (Russia)
Tressia Murphy (Canada)
Alexis Nicole (Dublin, OH)
Alexandra Roane (Bowie, MD)
Nicole Simos (Troy, OH)
Olga Svyrydova (USA)
Shirley van den Box (Netherlands)
Josiane Weber (Brasil)
Carley Wissner (USA)
Alexis Young (Syracuse, NY)
Aoalheiour Yr Olafsdottir (Iceland)

Bikini To Be Placed
Gabrielle Ahmed (Canada)
Holly Baker (Canada)
Lourdes Facunada Cabrejos Vasquez (Peru)
Aimee Chitty (New Zealand)
Marina Diaz (France)
Martine Gauthier (Canada)
Marcia Cristina Goncalves de Souza (Brasil)
Michelle Jager (Canada)
Giannina Lujan-Ripoll Acevedo (Peru)
Sheena Martin (New Zealand)

Fitness Competitors

Fitness Short
Anna-Elise Bowman (Raleigh, NC)
Donnice Christian (USA)
Kristine Duba (Panama City Beach, FL)
Sydney Gilpin (Tulsa, OK)
Cicely Kyle (Mobile, AL)
Amber Parsley (Hilliard, OH)
Kendra Stiffler (Columbus, OH)
Monica Vargas (USA)
Toni Wheeler (USA)

Fitness Tall
Alyssa Gualtieri (Worthington, OH)
Brittany Kanne (Canada)
Samantha Sage (USA)

Women’s Fitness To Be Places
Marta Aguiar (Uruguay)
Olena Chekerda (Italy)
Giorgia Foroni (Italy)
Luidmila Nikitina (Russia)
Oksana Orobets (Ukraine)
Christine Ray (Australia)
Yanina Terragni (Argentina)
Aurika Tyrgale (Russia)

For the men’s list and for more information visit: http://arnoldamateur.com



Six Exercises to Six Pack Abs with Juliana Daniell


NBA cheerleader for the Atlanta Hawks and Arnold Sports competitor, Juliana Daniell shares her six exercises to six pack abs. Juliana has one of the more athletic physiques in the IFBB Pro Bikini division and one of her best body parts are her abs. She breaks down how she keeps her abs in looking tight in six exercises you can perform anywhere.

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Give Juliana’s Ab workout a try and let her know how you like it.

Six Exercises to Six Pack Abs with Juliana Daniell.
BY JULIANA DANIELL

Do you have a hard floor?

Do you have two hand towels and have a few minutes?

Well, that’s all you’re going to need to complete this ab series and be on your way to a tighter, flatter stomach! I am constantly changing up my ab routine not only because I get bored, but also because my muscles seem to adapt to exercises quickly. I’ve noticed I tend to plateau shortly there after. So by switching it up constantly, targeting ALL the muscles in my mid-section and doing them four to five days a week I am able to keep my midsection in check and where I like it.

Most people think that to get that six pack of abs you just crunch your life away; well news flash, you have four groups of muscles that make up your midsection and you have to target all three groups not just one. And of course your diet is a HUGE factor in our stomach’s appearance, but that’s a whole separate blog for a different day! ;)

I personally like to target more of my transverse abdominals; the muscles that you can’t actually see but lay underneath the muscles that you can see when you have a six-pack. For me this helps with my posture, it helps my back to be stable and secure and most importantly it keeps my stomach pulled in nice and tight even when I don’t have a visible six pack.

Below is an ab series I like to do that targets your transverse abdominals but of course incorporates the other groups, internal and external obliques and rectus abdominis, as well. Remember the key to these exercises is not speed or how many you can do, but how controlled you can be and in touch you can become with all of the muscles that make up your midsection.

Exercise 1: Bridge with a heel pull using towels.
Lie on flat on the floor, arms at your sides; knees in a bent position and feet flat on the floor on top of your towels.

Raise your hips into a bridge position, control your breathing and keep your glutes squeezed nice and tight the entire time.

Alternate legs, and maintain your bridge the entire time, slide one leg out straight using your heel to move the towel and make the letter D with your right foot and a backwards D with your left foot. And then reverse the motion the next set, so instead of going straight down to start, move your foot out to the side to make the curve of the D first and finish the movement but pulling your heel straight up the middle.

Complete 15 repetitions on each leg.

Exercise 2: Plank with knee pull-ins using towels.
Get into a plank position with hands flat on the floor, shoulders are directly above your hands and toes on top of your towels. Side note: if a plank position hurts your wrists or shoulders you can always perform this on your elbows, but it’s just a little bit harder =) and for your wrists you could perform these holding on to two free weights if you have them to allow your hands to not be flat on the floor and wrist in a stressed position.

While in the plank position make sure your booty isn’t too low causing a huge dip in your back or that your booty isn’t popped up too high either. Just be right in the middle. You will then alternate feet and pull one leg into your chest by sliding the towel all the way till your knee is almost tucked underneath you, perform on the other side the same way. Make sure your core is tight at all times, your breathing is normal, and you keep that neutral line so that you are truly using all of your muscles and not just rectus abdominis. This exercise can be performed slowly or with a slight pep in your step if you wanted to make it a little more challenging.

Complete 30 pull-ins on each leg.

Exercise 3: Windshield wipers with straight legs.
Lie flat on your back; arms outstretched making yourself look like the letter T. Raise your feet keeping your legs straight and rock your legs from side to side creating a tick-tock motion. If you want to make this more challenging place something between your feet (a pillow, a book, a can of food anything it doesn’t matter just be sure if its hard that you don’t drop it on your face!!) that you have to squeeze throughout the set. If these are too hard for you to begin with, you can always do them with your knees bent, or go as far to each side as you can and work up to being able to make the full range of motion. Note that your feet should never touch the floor and your abs should be engaged and breathing normal the entire time.

Perform 15 reps per side for a total of 30.

Exercise 4: Straight Leg Crunches
Pretty straight forward exercise. Lay on the floor with legs straight. Perform a basic crunch but make sure you are not pulling on your neck or head and that you breath out at the top of each crunch really contracting those ab muscles. You can also switch it up and put one foot on top of the other and perform the crunch and switch feet half way through.

Complete 20 crunches or 10 per foot on top, for a total of 20.

Exercise 5: Pelvic tilts (one of my favs!!)
This is an exercise where you will get super in tune with the muscles that make up your inner core. Lay flat on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Your feet are not together but placed comfortably apart. I prefer to either have my hands on my hips or on the top of my lower stomach during this exercise and I usually rotate between the two areas throughout the entire set. This exercise is really going to ensure your pelvis is in the right place, rotated correctly and supported and really targets the transverse abominis muscles.

Once you are all set and in position you are going to essentially rotate your hips by trying to pull your spine flat against the floor. The key here is to not allow your abs, the ones you can see in the mirror, or your obliques, the ones on your sides, to do ANY of the work. It is a very small, subtle movement and you might think its not doing anything or a waste of time, but I promise, when done correctly, it proves amazing results. It’s hard, frustrating at times and super challenging, so just work on it and eventually you will be using the right muscle because your stomach won’t raise up or get tight and you will really be able to feel those inner muscles working. And if it helps you, go ahead and watch your stomach while you do it so that you can SEE if it’s actually raising, getting tight, or just remaining flat and unflexed like it’s suppose too. Practice and patience are the keys to success with this exercise!! =)

Hold each repetition for 5 Mississippi’s and repeat 4 times.

Exercise 6: Tummy suck-ins
These can be done in a sitting position and the movement its literally sucking your stomach in as hard as you can; trying to pull your belly button in as far as it can go and really flexing and tensing all the muscles in your core and make sure the lower stomach is doing some work as well.

Hold each suck-in for 5 Mississippi’s and repeat 4-5 times.

You can go through these six exercises 2 or 3 times depending on how you feel. If you need more do more, if you need less do less. Totally up to you and your body!

Hope you enjoy it and I look forward to see those tight flat tummies!! ;)

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Yeshaira Robles – Two Weeks Out From The Arnold


Yeshaira Robles gives fans an update via her Youtube channel. She gives a bit of a confessional style video. Yeshaira is prepping for the Bikini International at the same time her significant other, Marco Rivera, is prepping for the inaugural Arnold 212 Bodybuilding.

Yeshaira Robles Road to The Arnold

She ends the video update with a couple samples of her training legs two weeks out from the Arnold. You can subscribe to her YOUTUBE channel here and follow along as she heads into the Arnold.

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