May Magazine Watch – Vote for Your Favorite Cover

may fitness magazines

The latest issue of your favorite fitness magazines are hitting store shelves and arriving in your mailbox this week. One thing you can almost always count on these days is that the cover will be on a white background. That aside you never know who might make the cover and this month’s crop of mags is evidence of that.

FitnessRX for Women features top IFBB Bikini Pro and Miss Hooters International, Janet Layug. Muscle & Fitness HERS went with the WWE’s Bella Twins for their May/June cover. Oxygen Magazine is throwing it back to a model who is no stranger to their covers, Alicia Marie. This is her sixth Oxygen cover over a span of ten years. SHAPE showcases it’s first issue under new publishers and with the combined content of the now defunct, FITNESS magazine. Hilary Duff was SHAPE’s choice for their coming out party. Women’s Health features actress Cobie Smulders on their newest cover.

Which is your favorite? Cast your vote in our May Magazine Cover Watch.

FitnessRX for Women

Muscle & Fitness HERS 2015

Alicia Marie Oxygen Cover

Shape Magazine 2015

Women's Health Magazine May

HARDBODY POLL: Baddest Bitch in the Gym – Offensive?

baddest bitch

When Dana Linn Bailey’s cover of Muscular Development hit the web most people were impressed that the magazine took a chance on putting a female on the cover. Not just a female but one with muscle and by herself. Most people have no issue with that, although I’m sure there’s someone complaining about some dude not getting a cover and how dare they put a woman on the cover.

What’s ruffling a few feathers (not DLB’s mind you) is how the magazine refer to her as. The cover calls her the “Baddest Bitch in the gym” and the opening spread inside does the same. Is it offensive? Most seem to feel that if Dana isn’t offended by it why should you? Others think referring to a woman as a bitch is offensive and should never be done much less put on a magazine cover. Join the conversation on twitter and Facebook.


Arnold Fitness International Preview, Predictions & Poll

Fitness International
The 2015 Arnold Fitness International will take place this weekend in Columbus, Ohio. The Fitness International competitors will earn the most money out of all of the female divisions and rightfully so. The women of fitness are tasked with not only being in top shape for the two-piece round but also perform a routine. Their routines aren’t just dancing around and doing a few jumping-jacks. Oh no, the women of the Arnold are some of the elite fitness competitors in the world.

The defending champ, Oksana Grishina will be back and one thing you can always count on from her is a passion filled routine. Oksana doesn’t just go through the motions when it comes to performing her routine. Key word here is performing. The hours of routine practice show in her performances. She usually fairs well in her routines but its the two-piece round that could hold her back from another title. She’ll face another Fitness International champion this week, Tanji Johnson is back and looking to regain the top spot. If Tanji is in shape, and I have no reason to believe she won’t be, she’ll be in the driver’s seat heading into the routine round. Then it will come down to Tanji performing a clean routine whether she takes the top spot again or not.

Don’t sleep on Bethany Wagner-Cisternino. Bethany has the best physique in Fitness and look for her to take the top spot in the two-piece round. If she nails her routine she could also give the champ a run for her money. Of course you can’t rule out Regiane Da Silva who leaped into the third place spot at the 2014 Olympia. Regina’s routines will leave you exhausted just watching. Those are my top four competitors and then after that it gets dicey.

Read the full Fitness International preview on Cast your vote for who your think will take the top spot in the 2015 Fitness International. If you can’t make it to the finals to see these incredible routines you can watch it live and FREE on

2015 Arnold Fitness International Predictions
1. Oksana Grishina
2. Tanji Johnson
3. Bethany Cisternino
4. Regiane DaSilva
5. Myriam Capes
6. Trish Warren

2015 Arnold Fitness International Payout:
1. $25,000
2. $13,000
3. $8,000
4. $5,000
5. $3,000
6. $2,000

Friday, March 6, 2015

Prejudging – 11 am – Noon

Finals – 7 pm

Fitness International Champions
1994: Carol Semple
1995: Carol Semple
1996: Alexandra Beres
1997: Carol Semple
1998: Susie Curry
1999: Susie Curry
2000: Kelly Ryan
2001: Jenny Worth
2002: Susie Curry
2003: Susie Curry
2004: Adela Garcia
2005: Jen Hendershott
2006: Adela Garcia
2007: Kimberly Klein
2008: Kimberly Klein
2009: Jen Hendershott
2010: Adela Garcia
2011: Adela Garcia
2012: Adela Garcia
2013: Tanji Johnson
2014: Oksana Grishina

Arnold Figure International Preview, Predictions & Poll

2015 Arnold Figure International
The 2015 Arnold Figure International Preview, Predictions & Poll on hardbody. Will Candice Keene win the Figure International again or someone else dethrone the champ? Candice Keene will tie the Figure International record with three wins should she take top honors this week in Columbus, Ohio. Jenny Lynn and Nicole Wilkins both won the Figure International three times. She’s taken the top spot the last two years and is poised to collect a third title in just a few days.

It won’t be an easy win for her as she’ll have some tough competition with new-comers like Latorya Watts and Cydney Gillon. The usual suspects Camala Rodriquez, Candice Lewis and Ann Titone will look to give the champ a run for her money as well. Heather Dees took some time off at the end of last year and if I was a betting man, I’d say she’ll be back better than ever. My sleeper pick that many many not see coming is Latorya Watts. She has an incredible physique and if she looks anything like she did at the Olympia she could be standing in the first callout being compared for the top spot.

Read the preview on every competitor on Cast your vote for who you think will win the 2015 Figure International below. If you can’t make it to the Arnold you can catch the finals on the live webcast.

1. Candice Keene
2. Candice Lewis
3. Camala Rodriquez-McClure
4. Latorya Watts
5. Ann Titone
6. Heather Dees

Friday, March 6, 2015

Prejudging – 11am – Noon

Finals – 7pm

1st $16,000
2nd $10,000
3rd $8,000
4th $5,000
5th $3,000
6th $2,000
Total $44,000

2003: Jenny Lynn
2004: Jenny Lynn
2005: Jenny Lynn
2006: Mary Elizabeth Lado
2007: Mary Elizabeth Lado
2008: Gina Aliotti
2009: Zivile Raudoniene
2010: Nicole Wilkins
2011: Nicole Wilkins
2012: Nicole Wilkins
2013: Candice Keene
2014: Candice Keene

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 If you’re unable to attend the Arnold you can watch a replay of the action on 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

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
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 and follow @arnoldsports on twitter. Be sure to use the hashtag #asf2015 for all your Arnold related tweets.

Vote for Your Favorite Fitness Magazine Cover

Fitness covers

Four IFBB Pros grace the covers of popular women’s fitness magazines. It’s something that hasn’t happened in awhile as many of the magazines have been opting for “celebrities” over competitors. IFBB Bikini Pro, Dianna Dahlgren hasn’t competed in over a year but that hasn’t stopped her popularity and graces the cover of FitnessRX for Women. This is her third FitnessRX for Women cover. The 2012 Biking Olympia champ, Nathalia Melo landed her first Muscle & Fitness Hers cover but not her first cover in the industry. Reigning Figure International Champ, Candice Keene scored her first Oxygen (North American edition) and it’s good timing heading into the Arnold next week. 2x Figure Olympia Champ, Erin Stern hasn’t competed in nearly a year but that didn’t stop Oxygen Australia from using her on their cover.

Dianna Dahlgren CoverDianna Dahlgren – FitnessRX for Women Cover.

Nathalia Melo coverNathalia Melo Muscle & Fitness HERS Cover,

Candice Keene CoverCandice Keene Oxygen Cover.

Erin Stern coverErin Stern Oxygen Australia Cover.

Supplement Companies Want Women to “Be Strong”

Be Strong

We’re seeing more and more companies embrace and empower women in their marketing efforts. The ALWAYS’ “Like a Girl” campaign and Under Armour Women’s “I WILL WANT I WANT” are just a couple that have been successful with their messaging. I’m a fan of both campaigns and more importantly women are. Last year, 13-year-old Mo’ne Davis put the world on notice and forced everyone to rethink what “throw like a girl”. Last month “This Girl Can” was another campaign encouraging women to “do their thing”.

The “empowerment movement” is catching on with a few supplement companies. Instead of showing dudes looking like their constipated and screaming in pain they’re opting to feature strong women. Companies are taking varied approaches and some have created women specific lines. The results remain to be seen as it’s still too early to tell how successful a women’s only supplement line will be. Most of the companies are using pink (or some shade variation of it) for their “women’s line”. One could argue it’s smart to use pink because you’ll automatically associate it with women. Others may debate that it’s a bad move in that you’re implying it’s a “weaker” version of a men’s line. The color pink is commonly associated with feminine so can pink be strong? Two companies currently targeting women would like to think so. So much so that they are both using the hashtag #BESTRONG.

The first is MusclePharm’s women’s line “FITMISS”. They use the colors black and pink in their marketing and claim “the new brand dosed + formulated specifically for women”. They’ve trademarked “STRONG IS THE NEW SEXY” and utilize it throughout their marketing efforts.  I’m not a huge fan of the saying but that’s a topic for another time. Most of their imagery tends to feel “real” and convey “strong” at least when it comes to featuring the face of the brand, WBFF pro Chady Dunmore. In the image below, they show Chady in a gym with the hashtag #BESTRONG . It’s much better than their background banner on the site that showcases Chady and “instafamous model” Jen Seltzer (which is a little weird considering neither is a NPC or IFBB competitor).

BE STRONG - FITMISSFitmiss wants you to #BESTRONG

A new supplement line is using the same hashtag but with different imagery. MuscleTech’s new line called “STRONG GIRL” claims to have  “effective formulas, made by strong women, for strong women.” They want you to “Be the best you!” and to “Be Positive”. I’m not quite sure how they arrived at all of that but again another topic for another day. They’re using race car driver Danica Patrick as their lead athlete and also using the hashtag #BESTRONG. STRONG girl uses more of a purple than pink with black for their color scheme. The line is exclusive to GNC which means you’ll have to order it through the GNC website or visit your local shop to BE STRONG with STRONG GIRL.

Danica Patrick StrongStrong Girl wants you to #BESTRONG

FITMISS has been on the market for awhile and STRONG girl only recently launched. So… FITMISS did it first but did they do it better than STRONG girl? Cast your vote below.

Katy Perry’s Halftime Show – Love it or Hate it?

katy perry rides a tiger or lion
The people who sit by their TVs and watch the Super Bowl Halftime show instead of getting another snack or walking the dog want to be entertained. They’ve grown to expect larger than life performances and why wouldn’t they? It’s the biggest day in American football and one of the few times people choose to watch commercials. The halftime show is no different. Most people genuinely want to like it before it starts. Sure there are a few “haters” who will think it sucks no matter what happens but that’s the case in anything.

So what about this year? Did Katy Perry deliver or did it fall flatter than a Patriots ball in a playoff game? We’ve seen comments range from YOU ROCKED to THAT SUCKED and everything in between.

One debate was did Katy ride in on a lion or was it a tiger? The verdict is still out. The question we want to know is where does that feline end up and how can we get a ride on it? Seriously.

Missy Elliott seemed to be a hit with most who watched it, especially those 90s kids. The younger generation watching it may not understand the excitement their elders had for seeing Missy on stage but that’s to be expected. Just chalked that up to #oldPeopleProblems.

Hardbody Poll – Katy Perry’s Halftime Show – Love it or Hate it? Cast your vote.

The dancing sharks were more memorable that most of the commercials even if it felt like you were watching a Barnie meets Sharknado mashup on acid.

Coffee or Bottled Water… Which Do You Spend More?

coffee vs bottle water
Which do you spend more money on each year… Bottled water or Coffee? We’ve never actually added it up but found ourselves buying both today and it made us stop and think. You could easily use a reusable water bottle and filter water. You could also buy your own coffee grounds instead of the trip to Starbucks. It might frighten you to add up what you spend per year on either one of these or both.

Coffee or Bottled Water… Which Do You Spend More on Per Year?

Anyone want to keep track in 2015?

2014 Figure Olympia Poll, Preview and Predictions

Figure Olympia

The 2014 Figure Olympia is upon us and 20 women will compete for the coveted crown of Figure Olympia champion. Nicole Wilkins will look to make history with a record-setting 4th win. Nicole won her first Olympia title in 2009, finished second in 2010 and reclaimed the title once again in 2011. In 2012 she was relegated to second once again and bounced back last year to claim her third title. The only other woman to win three titles was Davana Medina, so Nicole is in elite company as it is. Candice Keene will look for her first Olympia and is in the best position to upset the champ. Erin Stern was Nicole’s biggest nemesis but she has opted out of competing in this year’s event. There are a number of other women who could give Nicole a run for her money but can beat the champ? We’ll find out soon… Check out the preview of the show on and cast your vote for who you want to see win the Figure Olympia title.

2014 Fitness Olympia Preview, Poll and Predictions

2014 Olympia Fitness

The 2014 Fitness Olympia is upon us and twelve women will compete for the coveted crown. The reigning and all-time winningest fitness champion, Adela Garcia will not be competing this year. Adela was won the title a record 8 times. Who will be the next to take over the fitness reign? Oksana Grishina, Tanji Johnson, Bethany Wagner or someone else? Cast your vote for who you think will win the Fitness Olympia in the poll below. Check out the preview on the event and how you can watch the routines if you’re not able to attend in person.

Hardbody Poll: Who Wins The 2014 Women’s Physique Olympia?

women's physique olympia poll

The second annual IFBB Women’s Physique Olympia is quickly approaching. has a preview with some of the leading contenders and one look at the comments, fans may have a different opinion on who will win. So we want to know… Who DO YOU think will win the 2014 Women’s Physique Olympia. Cast your vote below, share it with your friends and check out the preview to see if you agree with who will be crowned the champ this year.

Hardbody Bikini Olympia Poll, Preview and Predictions

2014 Bikini Olympia

The 2014 Bikini Olympia is entering its fifth year of existence. Every year there’s been a new champion crowned. Sonia Gonzales was the first and then Nicole Nagrani. Nathalia Melo won the third crown and last year Ashley Kaltwasser took top honors. So who will it be this year? Will Ashley be the first to repeat or will history repeat itself? We’ll find out next week but one thing is for certain the top six is up for grabs and as we’ve seen in the past anyone can end up in the mix.

See who is in the Olympia, who is sitting out (hint she won the Olympia once) and who the leading contenders are in my preview. Vote for who you want to win the 2014 Bikini Olympia in the poll below.

Under Armour Signs Brazilian Model Gisele

under armour signs gisele

Under Armour took the internet by storm with the launch of their new “I WILL WHAT I WANT” campaign. The first ad, featuring Misty Copeland, has 5.8 million views on Youtube and counting. The campaign was universally accepted by men and women of all ages. It’s encouraging. It’s empowering. A virtually unknown athlete was thrust into the limelight. It sparked discussion on a whether a dancer/ballerina was an athlete.

Under Armour is sure to spark more debate and be in the news this week once again. This morning a teaser video was posted on their official Youtube channel announcing they’ve signed Gisele Bündchen. Known usually as just “Gisele” the model and to sports fans as Mrs. Tom Brady. Tom Brady has endorsed UA since 2010 and now his wife will join the team.

Gisele certainly doesn’t need to rely on Tom for money. According to FORBES, the 34 year-old is the world’s highest-paid model (a title she’s held for 8 years in a row) making $47 million a year.

In a tweet this morning, Gisele shared she is “proud to join and celebrate strong women everywhere.” Hard to argue with that train of though regardless of if you’re a fan of hers or not, right?

According to the announcement/teaser video we’ll find out on September 4th what UA has in store.

The announcement is already causing controversy on social media. Some are excited. Others not so much. Comments are coming in fast and furious on espnW’s Facebook page and as you might expect they vary from the positive to the not so encouraging.

“I think Gisele can do whatever she wants. I also think that if she’s active, in shape and living a healthy life – her participation past or present in athletics is irrelevant. There is a growing number of women that are participating in healthier lifestyles that were not athletes as young people and those of us that were athletes should stop making fun of them.”

“She does Kung Fu, yoga and lives a really active healthy outdoor lifestyle so I think it’s a good fit to grow UA’s women’s segment.”

“She may be a fashion model, but everyone who puts on under armor clothing is not an ‘athlete’. Aren’t we supposed to applaud all types of women? She is another type of woman. I don’t think her modeling UA would want me to buy it, but no reason to hate her or UA for this deal.”

“Gisele, the not athlete, will be a model for athletic clothing. Cause that makes sense”

“and the rich get richer! Why not use an unknown, someone we can relate to!”

“It’s about fashion now as opposed to sports. Guess I will no longer fit their clothing.”

Cast your vote and join the conversation on espnW’s Facebook page and on our Facebook page and twitter as well.

Lead image compiled via Under Armour Youtube.

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.

women fitness magazine

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


Join the conversation on Facebook where fans are sharing which is their favorite cover and why.



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.


Visit for the complete preview and the skinny on all the athletes you’ll see in Columbus, OH on February 28.

Friday, February 28, 2014

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Arnold Fitness EXPO Stage

7 p.m.

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 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


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.

beyonce vs bruno

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


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?

calorie count

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.


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.


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.


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

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.

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

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.

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



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.

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.

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.

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.

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.



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.

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.



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.

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.

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.

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.

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.



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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.



Who did we miss? Write in your pick for a top IFBB PRO below.


Share the poll with your friends on Facebook, twitter and Instagram. Let them know who to vote for by using the # shown after every competitor above. If you wrote in someone’s name put #andTheirName in your social media posts. Join the conversation on our Facebook page and comment on who you think should be at the top of the list and why.

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?”


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?


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.


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.

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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.


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.

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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.

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.


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.



Below you will find larger versions of each cover.

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