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Fitness Magazine Covers Feature Popular Figure Trio


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Nicole Wilkins, Candice Keene and Erin Stern are arguably the top three IFBB Figure Pros on the planet. Popular fitness magazines Muscle & Fitness Hers, FitnessRX for Women and Oxygen decided to feature the trio on their respective magazine covers. Nicole and Candice will be competing next month at the Figure Olympia in Las Vegas. Nicole will be looking for the record-setting 4th Figure Olympia title and Keene will be after her first Olympia win. Keene has won the Arnold twice and played second fiddle to Stern and Wilkins at the Olympia the past two years. Erin Stern will not be competing in this year’s Olympia.

The online response has been positive to the magazines. Three strong women on the covers appears to be inspiring more females than a celebrity, at least when it comes to these magazines.

Which magazine cover do you like the best? Each has their strengths and weaknesses but you decide which is your favorite in our HARDBODY POLL.

candice keene hers Candice Keene, Muscle & Fitness HERSErin Stern OxygenErin Stern, Oxygen

Nicole Wilkins FitnessRXNicole Wilkins, FitnessRX for Women

Discuss the Fitness Magazine Covers Feature Popular Figure Trio on Facebook and twitter. You can also PIN your favorite cover on Pinterest.



Which Current Women’s Fitness Magazine Cover Do You Like?


New issues of your favorite women’s fitness magazines are hitting the shelves this week and we want to know which is your favorite. Take a look at Muscle & Fitness Hers, Oxygen and Fitness RX for Women and vote for which one you like the best. All three covers feature IFBB Pro competitors on a white background. The women all wear athlete apparel and the covers chose to focus on abs. Perfect Abs or Flat abs. Your choice.

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Muscle & Fitness Hers features Michelle Lewin. Michelle had success in the amateur ranks and has competed in one pro show to date. She’s the lone brunette in this trio. Oxygen went with the reigning Figure Olympia champion, Nicole Wilkins for their cover. She’s clearly more muscular than the other women but has a great look. Dianna Dahlgren graces the cover again for Fitness RX for Women. While the photo isn’t the most recent she is showing off a solid set of abs. We can see things we lim in each of the covers and things we’re not totally crazy about. Take a look at the covers and then cast your vote for which is your favorite.

Congrats to Michelle, Nicole and Diana for their covers.

muscle and fitness hers michelle lewinMichelle Lewin, IFBB Bikini Pro – Muscle & Fitness HERS

oxygen nicole wilkinsNicole Wilkins, IFBB Figure Pro – Oxygen Magazine

diana dahlgrenDiana Dahlgren, IFBB Bikini Pro – FitnessRX for Women

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Beyonce vs Bruno – Who Did It Better?


The Super Bowl is one of the most watch tv events in the world. It’s the final professional football game of the season and while most watching are interested in the game others are waiting for the commercials and/or halftime show. The halftime entertainment has been hit or miss over the years but it’s sure to get people talking one way or another. This year Bruno Mars opened the halftime event on the drums and then showed off some old school dance moves.

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers then took the stage and performed “Give It Away”. Lead singer, Anthony Kiedis’ fashion may be in question but he gave men over fifty hope. Yes, he’s really 51 on and rocked the hardbody.

Last year, Beyonce performed at the Super Bowl and many thought it was nothing short of amazing. So who put on a better show… Bruno this year or Beyonce last year?

Bruno vs Beyonce

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New Law to Require Calorie Info on Vending Machines


The United State government continues to takes steps in the fight against obesity. New rules are in the works that would require vending machines to display calorie information. Education is a huge part of the obesity problem and any steps to help fight is good but will posting calories encourage healthier eating?

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The bigger problem with items in vending machines isn’t necessarily the calorie count but where the calories are coming from and more often than not it’s sugar. Those who are already health conscious will find the info helpful but what if you don’t know how to read a label? Lots of questions come from it and it’s certainly a timely discussion with the new year and weight loss being one of the top resolutions for most Americans.

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PRESS RELEASE
HEALTH LAW TO PUT CALORIE INFO ON VENDING MACHINES
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Office workers in search of snacks will be counting calories along with their change under new labeling regulations for vending machines included in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law.

Requiring calorie information to be displayed on roughly 5 million vending machines nationwide will help consumers make healthier choices, says the Food and Drug Administration, which is expected to release final rules early next year. It estimates the cost to the vending machine industry at $25.8 million initially and $24 million per year after that, but says if just .02 percent of obese adults ate 100 fewer calories a week, the savings to the health care system would be at least that great.

The rules will apply to about 10,800 companies that operate 20 or more machines. Nearly three quarters of those companies have three or fewer employees, and their profit margin is extremely low, according to the National Automatic Merchandising Association. An initial investment of $2,400 plus $2,200 in annual costs is a lot of money for a small company that only clears a few thousand dollars a year, said Eric Dell, the group’s vice president for government affairs.

“The money that would be spent to comply with this — there’s no return on the investment,” he said.

While the proposed rules would give companies a year to comply, the industry group has suggested a two-year deadline and is urging the government to allow as much flexibility as possible in implementing the rules. Some companies may use electronic displays to post calorie counts while others may opt for signs stuck to the machines.

Carol Brennan, who owns Brennan Food Vending Services in Londonderry, said she doesn’t yet know how she will handle the regulations, but she doesn’t like them. She has five employees servicing hundreds of machines and says she’ll be forced to limit the items offered so her employees don’t spend too much time updating the calorie counts.

“It is outrageous for us to have to do this on all our equipment,” she said.

Brennan also doubts that consumers will benefit from the calorie information.

“How many people have not read a label on a candy bar?” she said. “If you’re concerned about it, you’ve already read it for years.”

But Kim Gould, 58, of Seattle, said he doesn’t read the labels even after his choice pops out of a vending machine, so having access to that information wouldn’t change what he buys.

“People have their reasons they eat well or eat poorly,” Gould said.

Standing with his 12-year-old daughter near a vending machine in a medical clinic where he bought some drinks last week, he said he only makes purchases at the machines when he’s hungry and has no other options.

“How do we know people who are buying candy in the vending machines aren’t eating healthy 99 percent of the time?” he added.

As for the new labels, Gould said he wasn’t sure what the point would be, and that they would just be “nibbling around the edges of the problem.”

The FDA also is working on final rules for requiring restaurant chains with more than 20 locations to post calories information, something some cities already mandate and some large fast-food operations have begun doing voluntarily. A 2011 study in New York found that only one in six customers looked at the information, but those who did generally ordered about 100 fewer calories. A more recent study in Philadelphia found no difference in calories purchased after the city’s labeling law took effect.

“There is probably a subset of people for whom this information works, who report using it to purchase fewer calories, but what we’re not seeing though is a change at an overall population level in the number of calories consumed,” said Brian Ebel, the study’s author and an assistant professor at New York University’s department of population health and medicine.

Ebel said he wouldn’t be surprised if the vending machine labels end up being equally ineffective, but he said it’s possible that consumers might pay more attention to them for a couple of reasons. In some locations, a vending machine might be the only food option, he said. And reading a list of calorie counts on a machine will be less overwhelming than scanning a large menu at a fast-food restaurant with other customers waiting in line behind you, he said.

“It could go either way, but I think there’s at least some reason to think it could be slightly more influential in vending machines.”

Even without the calorie counts, consumers already have ways to make healthier choices from vending machines. The vending machine industry group launched its “Fit Pick” system in 2005, which includes stickers placed in front of products that meet healthy guidelines for fat and sugar content. The program is used by nearly 14,000 businesses, schools and government agencies, as well as all branches of the military.

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Final Day to Vote for Your Top IFBB Women of 2013


Today is not only the last day of 2013 but it is also the final day to vote for who YOU think are are the leading ladies of 2013. Who made their presence known in the IFBB Pro ranks and would make a case for being on our Hardbody Top Ten List?

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We’ve narrowed down the lists by divisions and the voting is super close in some division. Cast your vote today! Leading the pack in all the votes is Women’s Physique Pro, Dana Linn Bailey. Oksana Grishina and Nathalia Melo are next in the mix and rounding out the top spots is Nicole Wilkins. Alina Popa is in the lead over 9-time Ms. Olympia Iris Kyle. Leading the fan write-in votes is Boise, Idaho figure pro Brooke Erickson.

You can see all the nominees and if you think we missed someone add them in as well. Tell a friend, this is the home stretch before the polls close.



Ronda Rousey Takes More of A Beating After Win Than During


The UFC’s first female champion, Ronda Rousey successfully defended her title against Miesha Tate and moved to 8-0 in the process. Until last night, all of Rousey’s fights had ended in the first round by arm bar. The end result was the same (arm bar once again) but took place in the third round of UFC 168 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Those who follow Women’s Mixed Martial Arts (WMMA) along with the Vegas odds-makers knew a snowball in hell had a better chance of surviving than Tate did in this fight. UFC president Dana White reminded the media and fans that Tate was a “fighting dog” and she did manage to do what no one else had done, taking Ronda into a round outside of the first, but Rousey’s simply a superior fighter. Ronda suffered very little damage in the fight, so little in fact that at the post-fight press conference her next fight was announced. Ronda will square off against fellow Olympic medalist Sara McMann, a fight many fans thought should have been the first one made in the octagon.

There seems to be more chatter online and in the post-fight interviews about Ronda not shaking Miesha’s hand than the fight itself. After Miesha tapped out and the referee called off the fight, she stuck her hand out but Ronda walked away. The MGM Grand erupted in boos and twitter lit up. It’s no secret to those who watched The Ultimate Fighter and followed the pre-fight hype that the two don’t care for one another. So why would this come as a shock?

Some fans were brutal with their comments and surprisingly most of them are women. Calling Rousey “classless”, an “asshat”, “poor sport”, “not a champ”, “disgusting” and more. One of the most dramatic female comments reads, “I used to like her and now wouldn’t bother to piss on her if she were burning.”

Really? Come on people.

I’m sorry but I don’t see it as a class-less move, instead I have MORE respect for Rousey by NOT shaking her hand. Sure… Ronda came across as a bit of a loose cannon at times when she was coaching on The Ultimate Fighter. Miesha was shown as the good girl in a positive light. It’s the classic good versus evil. Do I think it was a great move by the UFC to show the champion as a bit of nut? Not so much. The show helped facilitate and manufacture the “rivalry” when diehard WMMA fans knew when the octagon door shut it would be all Rousey.

How many times do we see this monster build up where two opponents are shown hating each other and talk more trash than imaginable? Often. Why? It gets people excited, it creates buzz and interest. Then when the fight is over more often than not we hear them say it was just hype and they hug it out. That’s great and all but it’s the UFC and not the WWE. I’d rather see two people keep it real at the end of a fight and not pretend like they are besties. I’ve seen it countless times in bodybuilding, figure, fitness and bikini competitions where the competitors hug, smile and shake hands only to talk shit as soon as the other person leaves. Oh but that’s being a good sport and showing class right? Not so much. It’s amusing and baffling all at once that a handshake, or lack there of, can cause such controversy.

Rest assured, Rousey knows what she is doing. You may not like the gesture after the fight but you’re talking about her and taking a side. She forces you to have an opinion… for, against or simply don’t care. The buzz keeps her relevant and as long as she continues to win people will tune in. How much will people be talking about Miesha after this fight? She’s lost twice, by the same move, to Ronda so likely not much.

The crazy thing is how no one is talking about her male counterpart being a poor sport or lacking class in an earlier fight. Chris Leben, a veteran of the UFC and fighting on the same card, was knocked silly at the end of his first round. He threw in the towel and left the octagon before the official announcement was made. Many on twitter were applauding him for “knowing it was the right move to hang it up.” How is it that he’s not the one people are blasting for being a poor sport? Oh ya, he lost and he’s on his way out. He’s not the champion and apparently people could care less.

Rousey explained herself and why she didn’t shake her hand in the post fight interviews and at the press conference. She gave Miesha her props as a fighter and said she respected what she had done but until she apologized for what she said to her coaching staff/family; she wouldn’t think about shaking her hand.

Love the move or not she’s speaking her mind and not blowing smoke up your ass. She’s being herself and if that makes her an “ass hat” then sign me up cause I’ll buy one. That’s my take. What’s yours? Join the conversation on Facebook or on twitter #noShakeGate and share your thoughts on the topic.

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UFC 168 Preview & Poll: Tate vs Rousey in Co-Main Event


This weekend UFC champion Ronda Rousey (7-0) puts her belt and title on the line against her bitter rival, Miesha Tate (13-4). The fight is the co-main event one of the UFC’s biggest cards of the year. In the main event, Chris Weidman defends his title against legendary Anderson Silva. The attention has largely been on the Silva rematch but fans are also anxious for the rematch between Ronda and Miesha.

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Ronda Rousey was virtually unknown 3 years ago and when I interviewed her at the LA FIT EXPO before her first fight with Miesha, many people believed she had talked her way into the fight. She shut those people up when she not only defeated Miesha but also submitted her to remain undefeated. She did so in convincing fashion and in the first round. That fight took place during the Arnold Classic weekend as part of the defunct Strikeforce promotion. The fight was impressive enough to get the attention of the UFC’s president Dana White and he changed his tune on Women’s Mixed Martial Arts.

Ronda was part of the UFC’s first women’s event and the event had more media attention from the “mainstream” than anyone since Brock Lesnar. The fight arguably had the most mainstream media attention of any UFC fight. The UFC hype machine went into overdrive to push the fight and while it did a good job of selling fans on Ronda, it left little desire to pay attention to the Women’s MMA after that. As evident in this weekend’s rematch, we see little to no attention outside of the usual MMA media. ESPN’s Sports Center is giving it about as much attention as a high school football game. When Ronda fought in the octagon the first time you saw TIME, LA Times, HBO and countless other outlets covering the event.

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Ronda at the UFC 168 Weigh-ins looking hardbody.

Does Ronda care? Hell no. She wisely put herself on the map heading into her first match with Miesha by giving the media sound clips they could run with for days and she continues to do so today. She took a bit of a hit from MMA fans by the way she was portrayed on The Ultimate Fighter but outside of that fan base it’s done little to cause he stock to drop. She appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and was a very happy, upbeat and likable champ.

Miesha’s fan base grew out of The Ultimate Fighter appearance. She was shown as a smiling, happy but tough athlete. The fans showed their support when the UFC put her against Ronda for the UFC’s video game cover. She was victorious over Ronda in that contest and will look to do it again tonight but can she?

Anything is possible in the octagon but if you’re a gambler don’t be against the champ. Ronda is an Olympic athlete who is used to intense pressure and media attention on her. She’s talked about how she has more energy than ever before by teaming up with Mike Dolce on her nutrition. When the two stepped on the scales yesterday, you could see Ronda looked the best she has heading into a fight and it could spell bad news for Miesha. Miesha is no slouch but she’ll need to put her emotions in check and fight much smarter than she did the first time against Ronda. Miesha’s stand up is her best bet against Ronda but she better hope it knocks “Rowdy” out because when it goes to the ground we know how it will end. In an arm bar, like every other one of Ronda’s fights, and in the first round.

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Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate have developed one of the fiercest rivalries in the UFC, spawned from Rousey’s armbar submission of Tate for the Strikeforce title in 2011 and their stint as coaches on TUF 18. The pair battle again at UFC 168.



Hardbody Poll – Who Are The Top Ten IFBB Pro Women of 2013?


The 2013 IFBB competitive season has come to an end and we need your help in determining who made the biggest impact. There were a number women who made an their presence known in the IFBB Pro ranks and could make a case for being on the our Top Ten list. We’ve narrowed down the lists by division. Cast your vote, one for each division. We’ll compile the votes and come up with our final top 10 list. Did we leave someone off? If you think we did mention them in the final poll below.

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FITNESS

Tanji Johnson – Tanji won the Fitness International in Columbus and followed it up with another win at the Arnold Europe.
#TeamTanji

Adela Garcia - Adela sat out the Fitness International but won the Fitness Olympia once again. She continues to be the all-time fitness queen in Olympia victories.
#TeamAdela

Ryall Graber-Vasani - Ryall won not only the inaugural Arnold Brazil Fitness event but also took top honors at the Toronto Super Show.
#TeamRyall

Oksana Grishina - Oksana Grishina continues to be a fan favorite and moved up into the runner-up position at this year’s Olympia, her highest finish at the event. She ended the year with a win at the Phoenix Pro.
#TeamOksana

Michelle Blank - Michelle took top honors at the Tampa Pro Fitness and made her presence known after returning from an injury.
#teamBlank

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FIGURE

Candice Keene - Candice had a break out year in Figure. She won the Figure International to start the year off and followed it up with wins in Australia and New York.
#TeamKeene

Nicole Wilkins - Nicole Wilkins sat out the Figure International and was less than her best at the New York Pro where she finished third. Just when many were counting her out, she transformed her physique and returned to the top spot by winning the Figure Olympia.
#TeamNicole

Erin Stern - Erin Stern slipped to third at the Figure International but won the Sarasota Pro. She was turn for turn with Wilkins at the Olympia but was relegated to the runner-up spot.
#TeamStern

Heather Dees - Heather started the year off with a second place finish at the Figure International and followed it up with a win in Sacramento. She continues to be a threat to the top five in every show she enters.
#TeamDees

Mallory Haldeman - Mallory started the year off with a fifth place finish at the Figure International but won not only the Tampa Pro but also the Tahoe Pro. She finished out the year with a fifth place finish at the Olympia.
#teamMallory

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WOMEN’S BODYBUILDING

Iris Kyle - Iris continues to be the most dominate female bodybuilder of all-time. She won what appears to the the last Ms. International and followed it up with a record 9th Olympia victory.
#TeamIris

Alina Popa - Alina sat out the Arnold and came back to push Iris to the wire at the Olympia. It was the best she’s ever looked and many wouldn’t have argued had she taken the top spot at the Ms. Olympia event.
#TeamAlina

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WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE

Dana Linn Bailey - Dana, or DLB as she’s known in the industry, returned to the stage after many thought she hung up the posing suit for good. She was the runner-up at the Tampa Pro and followed it up with a victory in Dallas. She went on to become the first winner of the Olympia Physique showdown.
#TeamDLB

Sara Hurrle - Sara won the inaugural Mile High title and followed it up with a third place finish at the Olympia. She continues to be a contender in every Women’s Physique show she enters.
#TeamHurrle

Toni West – Toni took top honors at the Toronto Pro show and went on to finish 4th at the Olympia. Many feel Toni has what it takes to be the champ in the division.
#TeamToni

Tycie Coppett – Tycie won the Greater Gulf States and took that momentum to Vegas where she finished in second behind DLB. Tycie also has the physique to be a top contender in ever show she enters.
#TeamTycie

Patricia Mello - Patricia started the year off where she left off in 2012, the winner’s circle. She won Los Angeles Grand Prix and also the Orlando Pro. She finished the year in fifth place at the Olympia.
#teamPatricia

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BIKINI

Ashley Kaltwasser - Ashley started the year off with a 10th place finish at the Bikini International. She bounced back, collected a few first place titles along the way before becoming the Bikini Olympia Champion. She finished the year off with a win at the Sheru Classic in India.
#teamAshley

India Paulino - India Paulino started the year with a win at the Bikini International and followed it up with another victor in Australia. Many thought she was poised to win the Olympia however she dropped to fifth at the event.
#teamIndia

Yeshaira Robles - Yeshaira had a break out year with victories in Pittsburgh, New York and finished in the runner-up position at the Olympia.
#teamYeshaira

Amanda Latona - Amanda won the Greater Gulf States title in June. She finished in 6th place at the Olympia and went on to win the Sacramento Pro to close out the year.
#teamLatona

Nathalia Melo - Nathalia was the runner-up at the Arnold and in Australia. She closed out the year with a fourth place finish at the Olympia. Despite not winning a show in 2013, Nathalia continues to be a fan favorite wherever she goes.
#TeamNat

Courtney King - Courtney took top honors at the Orlando Pro and the Tampa Pro. She closed out the year with a top ten finish in her first Olympia. She was named “rookie of the year” by FLEX magazine.
#teamCourt

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FAN WRITE-IN 

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Hardbody Poll – Should Wonder Woman Be More Muscular Than Gal Gadot?


Gal Gadot was announced as the new Wonder Woman and fitness fans are not stoked. Our friends at FitnessRX for Women magazine posted the announcement on their Facebook fan page and asked, “Are there any current fitness personalities or competitors you think have the ideal shape for Wonder Woman?”

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The two most popular responses to the question were Gina Carano and Erin Stern. Amanda Latona had a few votes as well. Obviously, the role of Wonder Woman requires some acting chops but should the character be more muscular?

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The following comments all came from women on the FitnessRX for Women fan page…

- She looks anorexic… I thought Wonder Woman is supposed to be strong and fit!

- This Gal I don’t Know Who, is thin with no muscles on…

- I would expect someone more like a fitness model or more muscle.

- Hate me all you wont but I love my comic characters & she will ruin it.

- She needs to gain some weight… Too skinny

- She does not have the physique of Wonder Woman. I am disappointed with the choice, but hopefully she can bulk up.

- She’s pretty but wonder women has way more muscle and is bustier.

- The only thing to wonder about this woman is how she can stand with just a meal day.

- She’s thin… wonder woman looks strong and sexy.

- I personally think she is too skinny and doesn’t represent a fit body.

Lead image of Erin Stern by Scott Harben via fb.



Celebrate Wonder Woman Instead of Bashing Gadot


Warner Bros. Pictures confirmed Wednesday that Gal Gadot will play Wonder Woman in an upcoming, untitled “Batman vs Superman” movie. The 28 year-old actress is best known for her role in the “Fast & Furious” and Fast Five as Gisele Harabo. She’s a mother of one, model and was Miss Israel in 2004.

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A large part of the Internet is in a tizzy wondering how she was picked for the role. Not because she can’t act (she can see clip below) but because of her appearance. Obviously as a model and Miss Universe contestant she has the face but does her physique match that of a super heroine? Not to some standards but hey the movie isn’t slated to hit the big screen until the Summer of 2015 so cut the woman some slack.

Wonder Woman is thought of as strong female character and Gal’s slender frame doesn’t exactly exude “strength”, at least not in the physical sense. Director Zack Snyder said, “Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe.” Will fans buy into Gal as Wonder Woman? Would a bit of muscle on Gal make her a more believable choice? In my opinion, it wouldn’t hurt but you could argue Gal doesn’t look all that different from the 1970s TV version of Wonder Woman. Lynda Carter played Wonder Woman from 1975-1979 on the series and wasn’t overly muscular. In 2011, Davide E. Kelley wrote a Wonder Woman pilot but the show never aired. Adrianne Palicki starred as Wonder Woman and looked the part despite the show not being picked up. She recently co-starred in the film G.I. Joe: Retaliation as the lead female role of Lady Jaye.

I bet we see Gal make a shocking transformation for the role as Wonder Woman. Those who are saying she is “too skinny” now will be eating those words come 2015. We’ve seen many actors transform their physiques and I’m betting we see her do it as well. You can count on the fitness magazines featuring Gal in the Spring/Summer of 2015.

If you question her ability to be a bad ass, check out this clip.

I’ve read numerous comments from people in the fitness industry talk about who looks more like Wonder Woman but they fail to mention none of those women are actresses. No disrespect to those being mentioned but when your acting reel is being interviewed after a show you’re not much of an actress. You might have dark hair and abs but that doesn’t mean much in Hollywood unless you’re a body double. Instead of bashing Gadot, I say applaud the fact that Wonder Woman is finally making it to the big screen and that’s awesome no matter who is in the role.

That’s my take. What’s yours? Join the conversation on Facebook.

Lead Photo via Facebook.



2013 Figure Olympia Preview, Poll and Predictions


We’re one week away from the 10th annual Figure Olympia in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event has been won by five different women with two of the champions back looking for another win. Erin Stern will be back to defend her title and will be looking for her third Olympia crown. Nicole Wilkins is determined to bounce back from a string of lackluster showings to win her third Olympia title. Erin and Nicole have gone back and forth for the top spot since 2009.

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Jennifer Gates was victorious in 2008 and before that Jenny Lynn held the title for two years in a row. The inaugural champ, Davana Medina won the Figure Olympia title in 2003, 2004 and 2005. We could see a 6th title holder but it will be a hard fought battle to defeat Wilkins or Stern.

Candice Keene has been on a winning path this year defeating Stern at the Figure International and Wilkins at the New York Pro. She poses the most likely threat to disrupt the duo. You can’t rule out Mallory Haldeman, Candice Lewis and Heather Dees at making a run for the title as well.  That’s not to say that any one of the 18 competitors in this year’s show couldn’t crack the top six but based on prior shows these women are the most likely to be in the mix. Many women are coming off wins but when you break down the big shows, you find it’s a whole different animal.

Read the complete preview on all the competitors and the top six predictions.

Who do YOU think will win the 2013 Figure Olympia? Cast your vote below and share the poll with your friends so they can vote as well. Powered by BSN.

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2013 Bikini Olympia Poll, Preview & Predictions


The 2013 Bikini Olympia will take place for the fourth time in Las Vegas, Nevada. Three different champions have been crowned but will history repeat itself? Four of the top six from 2012 will not be in this year’s line-up which leave the door wide open for the hungry field of competitors.

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The 2011 champ and last year’s runner-up, Nicole Nagrani has opted out to focus on her education. It’s the first time she hasn’t been in the line-up since the inaugural Bikini Olympia in 2010. It’s worth noting because not only did she win the title in 2011 but she’s been in the top spots every year since the show’s inception. Dianna Dahlgren announced she was hanging up her heels earlier this year. Jaime Baird has decided not to compete and will sit out the big show for the first time as well. The first Bikini Olympia champ, Sonia Gonzales is expecting her first child.

Who will step up into the top six. There are some likely veterans who will contend for the top spots but there are also a few rookies who could shake things up. Ashley Kaltwasser and Courtney King have been on the fast track to the top this season. Don’t rule out Yeshaira Robles and Justine Munro to make their presence known next week. The field of 22 will all be gunning for that number one spot.

Read the complete preview on all the competitors and a few fun predictions here.

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Sunday Night Faith No More – Faith Hill Tweets Departure


When the National Football League returns the NBC broadcast will have at least one change. The Country singer shared via twitter that she would be stepping away from the Sunday Night Football opening. She’s sang “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” as part of the NBC telecast.

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She followed it up with another tweet.


Who should be Faith Hill’s replacement? The logical choice and leading lady on the web seems to be Carrie Underwood. She fits with the brand, has the voice and from a marketing stand point, she’s “safe”. Will the NBC execs go with Carrie or opt for someone else like Katty Perry, Beyonce, Pink! or stray from a female singer all-together? No replacement has been named yet.

Who would you like to see take Faith’s place?



Hardbody Poll: Vote for Your Favorite Fitness Magazine Cover


Thew newest issues of women’s fitness magazines are hitting the newsstands now. Each magazine has taken a slightly different approach. Oxygen has gone outside the norm by not putting one but four women on the cover. Fitness RX for Women has India Paulino on their cover for a second time and represents the Bikini division this month. Muscle & Fitness HERS went with Figure Olympia Champion, Erin Stern for their cover and feature. Which of these covers do you like the best or maybe none of them? Cast your vote below.

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Below you will find larger versions of each cover.

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Sneak Peek at Next Muscle & Fitness HERS cover – Cast Your Vote


Today an email went out from Muscle & Fitness HERS asking which cover you like better. Featured on the two covers is reigning Figure Olympia Champion Erin Stern. The covers both feature Erin in workout wear. The callout is “Totally transform your body! You won’t believe Erin’s fat-blasting super-sculpting routine.”

Cast your vote for which, if either, cover you like.

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Cast your vote below and join the conversation on Facebook where people are chiming in with their thoughts. Follow Erin on twitter at @ERINFAST and let her know what ya think.

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You can catch Erin compete at the 2013 Arnold Sports Festival – Figure International the first weekend of March, in Columbus, Ohio.

 

 



Hardbody Poll: Jamie Eason vs Amanda Latona Booty Cover


The New Year is right around the corner and women’s fitness magazines are focusing on building a better booty, at least on their covers. Fitness RX for Women features popular fitness spokesmodel Jamie Eason and Muscle & Fitness HERS showcases popular Bikini Pro Amanda Latona. As you can see the magazines took totally different approaches in how they feature the female posterior. We want to know which cover do YOU like better?

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The two covers feature the popular models looking over their left shoulder and both are smiling. Jamie is in workout clothes but her booty is show in a pair of pants. Amanda’s cover has her in a workout top and a mid-cut pair of bottoms. When you compare the two next to each other you can see a distinct difference in how the two magazines chose to feature the female butt.

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Jamie Eason – Fitness RX for Women

 

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Amanda Latona – Muscle & Fitness HERS

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Which Veronique Morin Cover is better?


Covers are a fitness model’s dream. Oxygen Magazine is often on the bucket-list of a hardbody to appear in and a cover would be a dream come true. There are only twelve covers a year for Oxygen and half of that for Muscle and Fitness HERS. HERS is published every other month so your chances of landing a cover are few and far between. Magazines are fighting for slumping sales and a great cover can help on newsstands.

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Consider the odds of landing one cover much less two AT THE SAME TIME. It’s rare to see the same model a cover of two different magazines at the same time but this month IFBB Bikini Pro Veronique Morin did it. She is wearing workout attire on both. Oxygen went with a NIKE top while HERS opted for an Addidas top. Veronique looks significantly more muscular on HERS an sports curly hair.

We’re throwing it out to you Hardbody Nation, which cover did it better?

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Vote for your favorite ESPN The Magazine BODY cover.


ESPN The Magazine launches it’s fourth annual “BODY issue this week and today we received a look at the six different covers. The annual issue will feature 27 athletes from a variety of sports. The six athletes gracing the cover are Candace Parker, Ronda Rousey, Daniela Hantuchova, Jose Bautista, Tyson Chandler and Rob Gronkowski.


ESPN’s Front Row spoke with The Mag’s Deputy Editor, Neely Lohmann how the covers were chosen.

“We had an overwhelming number of truly amazing photographs to choose from this year, which is why there are six covers. We wanted to have as many as we could get because whittling the photographs down to the best of the best isn’t easy. When making the final call, we paid attention to diversity — we like to have a good mix of men and women, a good mix of different body types represented, different sports, etc.”

Read the complete interview with Neely on ESPN.com and you can see the behind-the-scenes video with some of the athletes at www.espn.com/bodyissue.

We have a couple covers that we’re partial to but which is YOUR favorite? Cast your vote below.

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The Sport of Cheating on Your Girlfriend – Reebok Under Fire


Reebok has been on the upswing recently, at least in Crossfit community, due in large part to their association with the CrossFit Games. Reebok is the title sponsor of the Crossfit Games, an event that seeks to find the “fittest on earth”. Their involvement in these types of events help build credibility, unlike their “toning shoes” which the FTC deemed false advertising and slapped them with a $25 million dollar fine.

The term “Sport of Fitness” was coined by the founder of CrossFit, Greg Glassman, after he saw how competitive people were with the “workout of the day”. Reebok is in the news for a poster that reads, “Reebok The Sport of Fitness Has Arrived.” It’s not portion of the poster that’s causing the buzz. It’s the headline that accompanies the poster that reads, “Cheat on your girlfriend, not on your workout.”

Well, that’s certainly what women across the world want to hear. Um Ya, not so much.

Reebok spokesman, Dan Sarro told CBSBoston.com the ad was not part of a global marketing campaign and only appeared at a local gym partner in Germany. Thanks to Social Media it’s become a global topic and as you can imagine one met with outrage.

Cheaterviille.com‘s founder wrote a letter to Reebok’s headquarters stating, “This form of advertising shows a dishonest and disrespectful attitude towards women and your company should be ashamed to have even placed this ad in various places thinking it would be perceived in any other way.”

Sarro said Reebok removed the signs as soon as they were made aware of them and apologized for their offensive nature.

It could be a publicity stunt or an isolated incident. Whichever it is people are talking about Reebook but not in a positive way. Earlier this month The Wall Street Journal talked about Reebook’s financial woes.

What if the roles were reversed and it said… Cheat on Your Boyfriend, Not Your Workout… Would it cause the same controversy or would women find it empowering?

 

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Can Anyone Stop Adela From Another Fitness International Win?


The leading ladies of Fitness will take the stage this Friday in Columbus, Ohio for the Fitness International and it’s going to be a great show. Adela Garcia hasn’t been beaten in years and already has one win under her salsa suit this year, will she collect another win? There are a number of women looking to end Adela’s winning streak this weekend but who will step up? Michelle Blank, one of the rising stars of the division is sidelined with an injury. Myriam Capes has the routine to do so but will she dial it in? Oksana Grishina has become a bit of a fan favorite but will she prevail in the judges’ eyes? Don’t forget about the return of Julie Palmer who is looking to capture a title in her own backyard.

 

 

Tanji Johnson will look to rebound from her fourth place finish and there are rising stars like Jodi Boam on the rise. Check out the entire line up and who has the best chance at beating the champ in the bodybuilding.com preview. Cast your vote below for who you want to see win the Fitness International crown.

 

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Which IFBB Bikini Pro Would Make a Better Sports Illustrated Cover Model?


There are few magazine covers that are as highly anticipated as the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. The SI cover has turned into a media event and has helped launch model’s careers. This year’s cover, in our opinion, is one of the worst we’ve seen. The swimsuit isn’t flattering, there’s too much touch up on the body and it’s overall just bleh.

The NPC/IFBB Bikini division has hundreds of women who would make better cover models than (no offense) Kate Upton, at least as she appears on this cover. Kate is actually a beautiful woman but you’d never know it from this image. Check out the photos of her on ESQUIRE and she looks pretty hardbody . This cover, well not so much.

Photo via Sports Illustrated facebook. Kate Upton cover model.

Keeping things real, there is no chance in hell that a fitness or figure competitor would appear on an SI Swimsuit cover but the chances of a bikini competitor doing so are a bit more realistic. A bikini body is the closest thing to “mainstream” in the women’s division. That said who would you vote to put on the cover? We’re going to keep the poll open for awhile and who ever YOU think would make the best cover, we’re going to mock it up and show a comparison.

Will Sports Illustrated take note? Let’s find out.

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Madonna Performs & M.I.A. flips the bird during Super Bowl halftime show


There’s no question that Madonna rocks a hard body, especially at the age of 53 but is she someone you want to see perform during the Super Bowl halftime show? Many people on facebook and twitter loved it while others hated it. When we asked our facebook fans what they thought, similar responses poured in.

While there was no wardrobe malfunction (Janet Jackson’s 2004 nip slip) the NFL and NBC found themselves apologizing for M.I.A.’s flying of the bird. M.I.A. was on of several acts that joined the material girl on stage. Millions of people witness the singer (M.I.A not Madonna) flip the camera off and appeared to sing “I don’t give a (bbeeeep)” at one point. .

“The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing and we apologize to our fans,” said Brian McCarthy, spokesman for the NFL, which produced Madonna’s halftime show.

Madonna mixed her performance with new and familiar songs. During the opening of the show she was carried in by a gaggle of muscled up dudes. It was pretty obvious that her performance was lip synced but sadly that’s become the norm.

The one comment that continues to surface is, she looked great… for her age. People aren’t saying she looked great but rather great for her age which prompts the question, do people want to see Madonna perform during the Super Bowl?

While the verdict is still out on whether Madonna won people over with her performance, the Giants defeated the Patriots 21-17.

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Photo By David J. Phillip. Parts of this story from the associated press.



2011 IFBB Iowa Pro Bikini Preview & Poll


This weekend marks the second to last chance for IFBB Bikini pros to qualify for the the 2012 Olympia, at least this year. Next year IFBB Pros will need to win a show in order to qualify for the big dance but at this show the top three women will be qualified to compete in Las Vegas next Fall. Seventeen women have signed up to compete and while there are no super-star names in the line up, it is a competitive one. This is the first time we’ve seen Pro Bikini in Iowa and promoter Jack Titone tells me it won’t be the last. Let’s break down the competition.

 

 

The Hardbody 411:
Only Vanessa Campbell is qualified for the 2012 Olympia in this line up so she’d be the logical winner, right? Not so fast. Here’s the skinny on this weekend’s competitors. Vote for who you think will win below.

1. Jennifer Andrews – Jennifer has been up and down in her placings since turning pro. She was just inside the top 10 at the Bikini International and won the St. Louis Pro in March. She slipped 12th at the Dallas Supershow and then the dreaded tied for 16th at the Olympia. Where will we see Jennifer finish at this show? She has the potential to be in the top five but will need to come in on her A game to return to the Olympia stage.

2. Vanessa Campbell – Vanessa has found her stride and continues to improve at the end of this season. She’s coming off a second place finish at the Ft. Lauderdale Cup and the pressure is off to return to the Olympia stage. She switched up her bikini suit and has been on point with her physique and presentation. I look for her to be in the hunt for her first pro win.

3. Kim DeArcangelis – This will be Kim’s pro debut and if she brings a tight backside she could fair well. It won’t be easy to crack the top spots but she found a winning combo at the Masters Nationals to achieve pro status. We’ll see how she stacks up in the big league.

4. Jennifer Dietrick – One thing you can give Jennifer props for is she’s persistent. She’s looking to improve on her 14th place finish at the Titans Grand Prix a few weeks ago and should move up here. She has a solid booty and if it was simply a booty contest she’d be in the top spots every time. Unfortunately, it’s not and she’ll have her work cut out for her to crack the top five.

5. Diana Fields – Diana has enlisted the help of bodybuilding guru Hany Rambod for her training. She was one of the first women to turn pro and her physique is playing catch up in terms of size and proportion. She’s improving and at the end of the day if you’re improving that’s the real name of the game.

6. Trina Goosby – Trina will look to crack the top five for the first time in her pro career. She’s coming off a 9th place finish at the Ft. Lauderdale Cup and will need to be a bit tighter with her conditioning than she was there if she wants to be in the hunt.

7. Candyce Graham – Candyce has a sic physique. If she doesn’t “angry pose” she’ll be in the mix. I’ve seen her pose where she over exaggerates her poses and sometimes has a scowl. If she smiles, chillaxes and presents in a calm, controlled manner she’ll have a chance at the top three.

8. Christie Marquez – Christie had her best showing at the Tijuana Pro a few weeks ago where she finished in 4th. She was 10th at the Titans Grand Prix and if she can land in the top ten here it will be a successful showing for her.

9. Christy Merritt - Christy landed on the fast track to success in 2010 going from a local show, to winning the JR USAs, qualifying for the Olympia and competing at the big show. Christy has yet to crack the top five this year and she’ll look to do so here. Many times it depends on who Christy is on stage with as to how she compares. This show she should be in the top two call-outs.

10. Nicole Moneer-Guerrero – Nicole got a whole lotta love at the Ft. Lauderdale Cup where she placed fourth. She slipped to sixth at the Houston Pro and I see her finishing somewhere in that spot again here. She’s a top 10 contender but needs a bit more booty to hang in the top spots at least in my opinion.

11. Heather Nappi – Heather finished in fifth at her pro debut. She has a nice physique and look to land her in the top cal-lout. I’m not a fan of the legs spread wide pose and when she does this I think it detracts from her backside. Heather should be in the mix at this show.

12. Khahn Nguyen – Khahn is a a rockstar. Despite missing out on the top spots she continues to come back and do her best. If shows were judged on comedic ability, she’d be the winner every time because she’s hilarious. Unfortunately, it’s a physique competition and while she has a great physique it’s not one that the judges seem to favor in the division. What can she do to improve? Not much except continue to bring her best. It’s a testament of how competitive pro shows can be. She has turned competing into some modeling work so there is a silver lining to competing and not winning.

13. Tianna Ta - Tianna has been in the top five her last three shows however an Olympia qualification has avoided her. She did make it to the 2010 Olympia with her 4th place finish at the Pittsburgh Pro. Can she make it into the top three? She can but it won’t be a walk in the park. She’s improved her stage presence and become much more relaxed on stage which was needed. She used to shake on stage and that’s long gone. If she has a tight booty and brings confidence to the stage, she can be top three. IF she let’s nerves get the best of her and isn’t tight from the back side, no O for her.

14. Roya Tehrani – Roya won the 2011 Team Universe and jumped into the pro competition right away. She finished 5th at the Phoenix Pro and dropped to 8th at the Houston Pro. Roya has to come in tighter in her lower body and change up her posing if she hopes to make it into the top three. When she poses with her legs spread wide and apart it’s not flattering and makes her hips look bigger.

15. Michelle Trasey-Hutton - The twins are back again. Michelle finished in a respectable 7th place at the Ft. Lauderdale Cup, her pro debut. She tends to pose with borderline over the top enthusiasm. Many times you will see the “hair whip” where she flips her hair with a snap of the neck. I’m not a fan of it but she definitely has fun with it. One thing you can count on is she’ll be smiling from ear to ear.

16. Kristie Trasey-Winter - Kristie tied with her twin sister for 7th at her pro debut and I guess that speaks to her physique as it compares to her sister. I give her the nod over her sister based on her presentation and I think she has a bit more balance physique. The sisters will battle it out once again this weekend.

17. Cristina Vujnich - Cristina has a nice physique and one of the few women who can rock the short hair and look sexy. The only issue that I go back to with Cristina is she tries too hard to be sexy sometimes on stage. The myspace face and sometimes goofy facial expressions can be distracting. If she smiles, presents with confidence and rocks it sans goofy face she’ll be in the hunt for the top three. She finished in second at the Phoenix Pro and will becoming off a 15th place finish at the Olympia. I hated her Phoenix suit but loved her Olympia one.

Isaac’s Predictions:
1. Candyce Graham
2. Vanessa Campbell
3. Cristina Vujnich
4. Tiana Ta
5. Heather Nappi

Ron’s Predictions:
1. Cristina Vunjnich
2. Vanessa Campbell
3. Tiana Ta
4. Roya Therani
5. Candyce Graham

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Event info:

When:
Prejudging 10am / Finals 6pm
November 12, 2011

Where:
Davenport, IA

The River Center convention center
136 E. 3rd Street
Davenport, IA 52801
563.326.8500

For more information on the show and to get tickets visit: npcmidwest.com/iowa. The show will also play host to a n IFBB Men’s 2012 Bodybuilding show and a large NPC event.



2011 IFBB Kentucky Pro Figure Preview, Poll & Predictions


The 2011 IFBB Kentucky Muscle Pro marks the last chance for the women of the figure division to qualify for the 2012 Olympia, at least for this season. Starting in 2012 only the winners of the show will be qualified for the Olympia so this is the last chance to go top three and head to Vegas. The line up for this show ended up being pretty deep and 21 competitors are slated to compete. The only competitor qualified in the field is Gen Strobo who qualified with her second place finish at the 2011 Ft. Lauderdale Cup. Cheryl Brown will not be defending her title so a new Kentucky Champion will be crown on Saturday, November 5th.

 

The Hardbody Breakdown:
The favorite heading into this show has to be Gennifer Strobo given that she’s the only one qualified and has won pro shows in the past. That said, Gen is not unbeatable. If she doesn’t come in full she’ll look like a string bean on stage and will battling for a top five. I don’t see her outside of the top three but she’s not a lock for the win here.

Candice Lewis is a competitor who I think has the shape and structure combined with stunning good looks to be a leading lady in the Figure division. I have her in my top call-out and in the top three. We’ll see if the judges agree but judging by the response from fans on facebook and twitter they definitely like her look for the division as well.

Candice John has streamlined her physique and it landed her on the Olympia stage. Look for her to be in the hunt for a top spot in this show and battling for a return trip to the Olympia.

Chelsey Morganstern got a whole lotta love at this show last year when she ended up in second. This year she hasn’t faired as well. She’s a pretty woman but we’ll have to see if it was beginners luck or if this crew of judges are fond of her look again.

Charmayne Jackson was just outside the top five earlier this year at the Europa Super show. She could be a top five contender here.

Chikondi Mseka is a competitor who I had much higher on my score card than where she finished at the Ft. Lauderdale Cup. She’s the 2011 JR USA Champ and in her pro debut (Ft. Lauderdale Cup) placed 10th.

Kristen Nagrani positioned herself as a contender this year and made her way to the Olympia. She’ll look to repeat and head back to the big dance. She could be in the mix here.

 

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There’s no clear cut top three at this show which will make it interesting to follow. We will unfortunately NOT be in attendance and unsure of who will be covering the event.

WHEN:
November 5, 2011

WHERE:
Kentucky International Convention Center
221 South 4th Street
Louisville KY, 40221

TIME:
9:30am – Doors Open to the General Public
10:00am – IFBB Pro Figure Prejudging
11:30am – NPC Prejudging
7:00pm – IFBB and NPC Finals

MORE INFO:
www.kentuckymuscle.com



2011 IFBB Sacramento Pro Preview, Predictions & Poll


Only three IFBB Pro Bikini competitions remain on the 2011 calendar and this weekend one will go down in Sacramento, California. Eleven hardbody bikini women will take the stage in hopes of qualifying for the 2012 Olympia. The top three will go to the big dance in Las Vegas. The defending champ, Amanda Latona will look to make it two wins in a row and hold onto her title. Tiffany Marie Boydston qualified for the Olympia with a third place finish at the Titans Grand Prix. The Vegas duo are the only ones qualified in the line up.

 

 

The Hardbody Breakdown:
1. Narmin Assria – Narmin made her pro debut at the Titans Grand Prix and held her own with another top five finish. She’ll obviously be gunning for a top three finish here. Can she do it? Yep but it won’t be easy in this line up. I have her my top five fighting for a top three spot.

2. Sandra Augustin turned pro in Fitness and will be competing in bikini. I can only assume that she’s doing this show since she lives in Sacramento. Always an energetic and lively women, Sandra will have her hands full cracking the top five here but bet on her having fun in the process.

3. Tiffany Marie Boydston - Tiffany’s birthday wish came true when she qualified for the Olympia on her birthday a couple weeks back at the Titans Grand Prix. I look for her to be in the top five but can she return to the top three? This will be a more competitive line up than she faced in Culver City so we’ll have to see.

4. Mary Jo Cooke-Elliott - Mary Jo battled back from an illness and finished in 11th at this year’s MuscleContest. She’ll look to move up now that she has the swing of things in the bikini division since making the switch from Figure.

5. Tawna Eubanks - I like the look that Tawna brings to the stage and think she has a great BIKINI body. She made her pro debut at the Houston Pro where she finished fourth. I had her in my top three and disappointed that she didn’t get the nod I thought she deserved. She’ll face some tougher competition and a different set of judges here so we’ll see how she fairs.

6. Diana Fields made her return to the competitive scene at the Tijuana Pro and finished at the bottom of the pack. She’ll make a run at it again here and will see how she fairs. You never know with a different set of eyes on you where someone like Diana may end up.

7. Brittany Gaylord returned to the stage at the Titans Grand Prix and many were left wondering WHO DAT? Those of you who have been around awhile and in the industry will remember her as Brittany Thorsch, the fitness pro. Brittany turned pro at the 2005 NPC USAs. She’s since married and had a baby. Now that she is back in the swing of things look for her to bring a better presentation and physique than she did in Culver City.

8. Many Henderson made the switch from Figure and still carries a good deal of muscle. She’s one of the shorties in the IFBB Pro league and it’s a balancing act for the shorter competitors. If you come in too soft it can look like you’re out of shape but come in too lean and you risk looking jacked. She wasn’t at the bottom of the pack but some where in the middle of the Titans Grand Prix. I look for her to be in a similar spot here.

9. Amanda Latona is obviously the one to beat. She took some time off but you wouldn’t know it when she took the stage at the Titans Grand Prix. Amanda picked up where she left off and left win another pro victory. She’s shown she is beatable however I don’t see it happening here unless she decided to hit the local fro-yo shops since her last competition. She’s the returning champ and I look for her to hold onto her title once again.

10. Natalie Pennington was in the top three at this show last year and don’t be surprised if she does once again. She presents a look the the judges favor and I look for this show to be much the same. I don’t mind her look from the front however when she turns to the back I’m left wondering where her booty is at. In the comparison rounds don’t be surprised if she standing next to Amanda Latona and when they turn to the back take not of the booty difference.

11. Talia Terese is looking to find her groove in the pro ranks since winning the NPC USAs in July. She improved to 6th place at the Titans Grand Prix and is a stunning woman. She’ll look to get in the hunt of things here and back to a top contender status. If she brings the look, confidence and presentation she did to USAs she can be a threat. If she doesn’t she’ll be in the middle of this pack.

 

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Our West Coast correspondent Ron “Yogi” Avidan will be covering the action and tweeting @ronavidan the call-outs. One thing of note is that Sandi Williamson will be head judging this show which is a great opportunity for the up-and-coming NPC women and also the pros. Sandi is your go-to woman in the division and when she gives you advice it’s best to put it into action.

Ron’s Predictions:
1. Amanda Latona
2. Talia Terese
3. Narmin Assria
4. Natalie Pennington
5. Tiffany Bodyston

Isaac’s Predictions:*
1. Amanda Latona
2. Natalie Pennington
3. Narmin Assria
4. Talia Terese
5. Tawna Eubanks

*NOTE: It’s not necessarily how I would judge it based on previous shows however it’s how I see it potentially going down. These are subjective and just opinions. Don’t get your panties in a bunch if you’re not in the mix. Who will be closer to predicting the top five… Yogi or Isaac? We’ll find out on Saturday.

 

When:
Saturday, November 5, 2011

Time:
Prejudging – 9:30am
Finals – 6pm

Where:
Crest Theatre
1013 K Street
Sacramento, CA

More information:
www.npcsacshow.com

 



Hardbody Bikini Preview & Poll: Europa Supershow Dallas


The 2011 IFBB Europa Supershow Dallas Women’s Bikini will be the most competitive show of the year, at least to date. I think it will be more competitive than the Bikini International and could be every bit as competitive as next month’s Olympia. We’ll see 15 women who on their own turn heads left and right in any room. What happens when they all take to the same stage? We’re about to find out.

 


The HARDBODY Breakdown:

Jessica Anderson: One word. STUNNING! Jess is a name some of you may not remember but you will after this weekend. She is one of the most beautiful women in the IFBB and you may not recall her name because this is her pro debut. She turned pro at the 2009 NPC Nationals and hasn’t taken the stage since. That’s because she’s active duty in the United States NAVY and spent some time deployed overseas. I know she’ll look better than when she turned pro, we’ll have to see if it’s enough to hang in her debut. Regardless, you’ll see a lot more of her coming up.

Jennifer Andrews: Jennifer is up and down in her placings. She could be in the top three or out of the top five. Ordinarily I’d say she’s a favorite for a top three spot but here she’ll have her work cut out for her to crack the top five simply because the field is that good.

Nicole Coleman: She continues to bring her physique down but still packs a bit too much muscle from her power-lifting and figure days. Improvement is the name of Nicole’s game and she’s doing it. Won’t be top five here but if she came finish top 10 would be a win for her.

Dianna Dahlgren: Easily one of the hottest fitness models in the industry but can she translate that to the stage. If she can watch out. We haven’t seen Dianna on stage all year so she might be off her best or she could be at her best. If her booty is tight look for her to be in the top three. Her biggest challenge is presentation, if she can bring some swagga to the stage watch out. Regardless, watch for more Dianna in the magazines in the coming months. She’s an example of a woman who doesn’t have to win a show to get a magazine cover.

Amanda Duncan: A number of people are buzzing about the little blonde Texas tornado. She certainly knows how to work it on stage and this will be her pro debut. I think she’ll be in deep waters and may need a floatie to help her swim with these bikini sharks. She needs to bring a tight booty to hang in the top five, if it is you could see her in the mix.

Sonia Gonzales: The champ has a target on her back and she has used it to fuel herself to coming in better than ever. I think we’ll see an improved booty from Sonia and she will be at her best. She’s a beautiful woman who has improved her physique steadily. She’s not the curviest girl but if she can rock the stage with confidence she’ll be the one to beat. She has shown she’s beatable so it’s not money in the bank for her.

Janet Harding: I love Janet and she is the most persistent woman on the circuit. She’s improved and definitely gotten better but this show will need to be about living in the moment and having fun for her. This is like being in the Olympia for her and if she can finish in the top 10, consider it a win.

Jessica Jessie: Jessica is a bit of a wild card here. When she’s on the money she is in the mix, when she’s off she is way off. I think she’ll have a struggle to be top three here unless her legs are tight. She’s dropped the side walk presentation and toned down the hair flips. She could be top three or on the outside of the top five.

Dayna Maleton: Dayna has one of the best butts in the biz and she’s finally relaxing with her presentation. There’s no question she has the physique to do well it will be how she presents it. If she could finish top five here she should go celebrate with shots of tequila. It will be tough for her to get in there but it is possible.

Christie Marquez: Cute girl but will be one of the women hoping to come in at her all time best. If she can crack the top ten it will be victory for her but this will be her toughest show of her career.

Taylor Matheny: Taylor is adorable. Bubbly personality onstage and off and I hear she’s one helluva a chef. I really like her look and one of the few blondes in the biz. If she can break the top five she should be stoked. It will be her pro debut so she’ll need to put the rookie jitters aside and work it. I like what she’s cook’n up, let’s see if the judges do too.

Brooke Mora: Another gorgeous woman who will likely have more success off stage with her modeling then she will winning shows. She competed in last year’s inaugural Bikini Olympia so she has what it takes to do well. She could be in the top three or on the outside of the top five. It’s her first show of the year so we’ll have to see if she has any bikini rust.

Natalie Pennington: Natalie is a bit of an x factor here. The judges are really drawn to her look and she’s already headed to the Olympia so she has no pressure to qualify. Look for her to be in the first or second call-out.

Talia Terese: Talia is the one to watch out of all the rookies making their pro debut. She won the 2011 NPC USAs just a couple weeks ago and in my opinion it was no contest when it came to picking the overall at that show. She lights up the stage with her smile and has the looks to stop traffic. The question will be how tight her her backside and was she able to stay on her diet since USAs. Competing in shows close together is good for some as they improve with each show and then others it works against them. She’s the rookie to watch, not that it’s a chore to do so.

Cristina Vujnich: She’s one of the few women who can rock short hair and pull it off. It works for her look and she’s an attractive woman. The one thing that could work against her is her facial expressions when she presents herself. I know it sounds silly but I often wonder what she’s thinking while on stage. When she smiles she’s golden when she’s not it’s like she’s trying out for Zoolander. I like her look but I think she’ll struggle to crack the top three in her debut. If she can make top five she should be stoked because even that will be tough here.

A few things I hope NOT to see from these pros today at prejudging. Just MY OPINIONS from someone who is in the pit at nearly every show and seen thousands of bikini competitors since its inception.
• Legs spread wide when posing from the back. It’s not classy and doesn’t flatter your physique so why do it?
• Flipping of the hair by snapping your neck around. Why? It makes you look like you do that for a living off stage. Don’t do it, it’s tacky.
• Don’t do the myspace face or duck bill lips when posing.
• Don’t open your mouth and gasp while posing. You look like a small mouth bass out of water. It’s not a good look, especially in still photos.
• Don’t try to be a cookie cutter. What posing works for one girl doesn’t work for everyone. Just because you see Ali Rosen do a shimmy and a hip pop at the end of her posing doesn’t mean you should. Ali does it and pulls it off as her “signature” pose, find one that works for you.

Cast your vote for who you think will win the Bikini show. I would not want to be a judge at this one, they will have their work cut out for them!

{democracy: 205}


HARDBODY Europa Dallas: Figure Preview and Poll


This afternoon 25 hardbody IFBB Figure pros will take the stage in hopes of qualifying for the 2011 Olympia. The 2011 Europa Supershow is one of the last chances for women to qualify so look for a few women to step up their game.

The HARDBODY Breakdown:
No disrespect intended to the women in this show but I see this as a two woman race with the rest of the field hoping one slips up and it’s anyone’s game for third. The top two, at least on paper, look to be Ava Cowan and rookie pro Heather Dees. Ava has streamlined her physique and is looking for her first win as an IFBB Pro. It could come this weekend in Dallas. Heather Dees may have a little something to say about that. She’s competing in her first year as a pro and has solidified herself as one of the leading ladies. Heather has toned down her muscle and it’s helped her physique flow better. I look for her and Ava to stand next to each other in the middle and one of them leaving with their first pro wins.

That’s not to say they are both unbeatable. Heather’s done a number of shows already this year and some women aren’t able to be at their best every show. Will it effect Heather? Ava has been away from the stage since March which could mean she’s fresh or a little rusty.

Could someone beat Heather and Ava? Absolutely although I wouldn’t bet on it. So who gets in the third spot if Ava and Heather do go one and two? Julie Ann Kulla when on her game is good but if she comes in too small she’ll be not only on the outside of the top three but out of the top five. She could be in the mix but we’ll have to see what package she brings. Alea Suarez has been close to a top three finish since switching from bikini. She could be there. I really like Elvimar Sanchez’s look but she doesn’t come in tight enough to be in the mix. Michell Bates has a nice look and could be a top five contender. Charmayne Jackson has been knocking at the door of the top spots but will have her work cut out for her here.

Three rookies could shake things up in their pro debuts. Jamie DeBernard turned pro at the NPC USAs and Kavvy Sonhos and Rebecca Bowers won their class and turned pro at this year’s NPC Team Universe.

Cast your vote for who you think will win.

Who do you think will win the 2011 IFBB Europa Supershow Women's Figure?
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