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Women's Bodybuilding Megan Avalon

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Heather Policky Gets Ready For Las Vegas NPCs



Dieting, lifting, and generally forming herself into a form not unlike this picuture, the ever-popular Heather Policky's getting ready to compete in the upcoming Las Vegas NPC contest. Heather thinks she's still heavy, but I totally disagree. Still, she's working to drop more pounds and look even tighter than she already does.

Melissa Detwiller Improves Her Body - Strong Finish In NPC Jr Nationals Has Many Projecting Her As Most Improved FBB



Melissa Detwiller is certainly the most business-savvy female bodybuilder, even if her sex-based (not, as in showing sex-acts, just in presenting her freakly-awesome body in revealing clothes) marketing approach stirs the emotions of some of her more "closed and confused" competitors.

(Also Mel has an incredible website and internet marketing approach. Everyone should study it.)

But Melissa Detwiller may finally have reached the point where her bodyshaping process is transforming her into one of the best female bodybuilders.

A look at posts over at "Unrealmuscle" shows that fans are reacting to the constant improvement in the muscularity and definition her body expressed at the NPC Jr. Nationals. I personally think Mel should work on her biceps, with an eye toward adding an inch. Her legs are very well-formed. With this constant improvement, a pro-card is in the future for Melissa Detwiller.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Darla Benfield Recruiting For Women's-Tri-Fitness World Show - July 6-9, Las Vegas



Darla Benfield reports:

I am recruiting athletes for the Women's-Tri-Fitness World Show in July to represent my Fitness-4-You Team. I have 5 athletes that I am working with now and am excited to increase my team size for this show! Serious applicants contact me at
www.fitness-4-you.com .

To learn more about the event, go to: http://womenstrifitness.com

Johanna Dejager Shows How To Build Shoulders - Video



Johanna Dejager is a Canadian National fbb with a killer website at http://www.johannadejager.com .

As her profile reads: "I was born in a small town just outside of Ottawa, Ontario (Canada) and spent my early years growing up in the surrounding area on a dairy farm.

With growing up on the farm came a lot of responsibilities. The chores were shared between the family members and there wasn't much time left over for any after school activities. So, for the athletic department, I did not develop a specific talent for any sport. But I was particularly good at certain track events that required brute strength i.e. shot put or discus but I recall soccer and field hockey something that I enjoyed during regular gym classes. I did alot of horseback riding, swimming and cycling during my spare time at home. I have always attributed my bodybuilding base from the hard work on the farm.

I didn't go to a gym until collage and just trained on and off for a few years until I went to a local bodybuilding show and friends convinced me to give it a try. So I decided to get a bit more serious.

What I enjoy the most from the weight training is the elated feeling after a work out - the bodybuilding shows are a bonus and a challenge. The competitions give me a goal and something to push me a little harder in the gym everytime I walk through those doors.

I will always train even if I do not compete in bodybuilding shows. I truly believe - 'what you put in is what you get out'. Bodybuilding is a great experience."


Below, Johanna shows how she works out her shoulders.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Julie Stamper At 2006 NPC Jr. Nationals Weigh Ins - GeneX Video

Once again, the genius of GeneX comes through in this video of female bodybuilder and Indiana police officer Julie Stamper at the weigh ins for the 2006 NPC Jr. Nationals held in Rosemont, Ill, outside Chicago.



This is Julia's contest history:

1990 Southern Indiana 2nd middle weight
1991 Ms. Wabash Valley 1st overall
1991 Mid-states U.S.A. 1st middle weight
1991 Teen nationals top five
1992 Ms. Wabash Valley 1st overall
2001 Hoosier muscle classic 1st overall
2002 Ms. Indianapolis 1st overall
2002 Jr. Nationals 7th middle weight

Bench press
A.N.P.P.C. Indiana/Illinois meet 1st overall women
A.P.A Tri-state 1st (Illinois)
A.P.A. golds gym classic (ohio) 1st
2001 World Police and Fire Games 1st new world record
2005 World Police and Fire Games 1st new world record

Tracy Mason Wins 2006 NPC Junior Nationals Women's Bodybuilding And Fitness Championships



GeneX reports on Tracy Mason's victory in the 2006 NPC Jr. National Bodybuilding Fitness and Figure Championships, and presents the results posted below. For more, visit GeneX

Women's Bodybuilding

Overall: Tracy Mason

Lightweights: (scoresheet)
1) Kirsten Haratyk
2) Rose Diaz
3) Tammy Patnode
4) Maria Carolina Davis
5) Kim Marie Pauline
6) Debra Brockway

Middleweights: (scoresheet)
1) Tracy Mason
2) Rita Kaya
3) Roxanne Edwards
4) Rose Bouatic
5) Amy Sibey
6) Barbara Barnowich

Light Heavyweights: (scoresheet)
1) Theresa Hendricks
2) Diana Cook
3) Melissa Dettwiller
4) Kelly Patrick
5) Amy Schmid
6) Kimberly Ferrell
7) Joan Skipper
8) Marilee DeArmond
9) Lisa Hamm

Heavyweights: (scoresheet)
1) Krissy Murrell
2) Heather Pedigo
3) Marcia Ferguson
4) Michelle Falsetta
5) Angela Rayburn
6) Julia Stamper

Fitness (scoresheets)

Overall: Breann Robinson

Short Class:
1) Breann Robinson
2) Maggie Blanchard
3) Cari Huppert

Medium Class:
1) Karen Patten
2) Angie English
3) Tina Durkinn
4) Becky Wagner
5) Susan Groshek

Tall Class:
1) Sandi Stuart
2) Leslie Rae Newton
3) Michelle Mayberry
4) Amy Demling
8) Evette Wigfall

Figure

Overall: Elizabeth Lamm *

5'2" and under (scoresheet)
1) Heather Mae French*
2) Jennifer Gates
3) Jennifer De Joya
4) Shelby Wright
5) Kara Flowers
6) Carmen Chavez
7) Jamie Eason
8) Kristie Newsome
9) Selena Zinno-Radzai
10) Jessica Madden
11) Michele Dennis
12) Lori Quintero
13) Melissa Froio
14) Heather Burtoft
15) Vicki Counts
NP) Audrey Burk
NP) Robin Channel
NP) Linda Crow
NP) Toni Hatcher
NP) Cari Huppert
NP) Karen Jones
NP) Brooke Katz
NP) Angela Robertson
NP) Esther Taylor
NP) Huong Vo
NP) Dena Ward
NP) Jennifer Whitfield

over 5'2"-5'4" (scoresheet)
1) Tinamarie Bloomfield*
2) Lois Powell
3) Ginger Redeker
4) Michele Naylon
5) Angie Picarello
6) Jana Stewart
7) Reagan Brenner
8) Ava Cowan
9) Brenda Smith
10) Hazel Nelson
11) Nina Schumacher
12) Janet Routzong
13) Diana Tinnelle
14) Becky Clawson
15) Stacy Cannady
NP) Tamara Amend
NP) Heidi Andonian
NP) Nadine Baker
NP) Christine Baranda
NP) Maurence Beamer
NP) Nina Cash
NP) Jennifer Cowan
NP) April De La Paz
NP) Edith Driver
NP) Tina Durkin
NP) Allison Edwards
NP) Jesse Ferguson
NP) Andrea Ferry
NP) Susan Groshek
NP) Allyson Hamilton
NP) Kim Higley
NP) Allison Jones
NP) McKensy Knapp
NP) Carla Machado-Jones
NP) Michelle Mauro
NP) Nicole Moore
NP) Karen Mullarkey
NP) Koril Probst
NP) Trish Rice
NP) Laura Richards
NP) Denise Rose
NP) Tiffany Ryan
NP) Connie Strength
NP) Shawna Swartzmiller
NP) Leanna Thomas
NP) Nicole Wilkenfeld
NP) Tonya Wood

over 5'4"-5'6" (scoresheet)
1) Elizabeth Lamm*
2) Nina DeTommaso
3) Elisha Archibold
4) Stephanie Collins
5) Helen Turley
6) Natalie Calland
7) Paola Almerico
8) Jelena Abbou
9) Carrie Schindley
10) Tiffany Rabon
11) Yolanda Tullman
12) Nola Trimble
13) Kendra McAdams
14) Robin Rosche
15) Dorothy Trojanowicz
NP) Suzanne Barlas
NP) Michelle Bishop
NP) Amy Demling
NP) Danielle Kifer
NP) Stacey Kisting
NP) Amanda Marinelli
NP) Lauren Noah
NP) Catherine O'Guin
NP) Dawn Parker
NP) Tara Richards
NP) Lewanna Sanford
NP) Kimberly Schaefer
NP) Jennifer Schumm
NP) Natalie Verges
NP) Kelly Vinardi
NP) Juliet Waldman
NP) Makecia Whitfield

over 5'6" (scoresheet)
1) Mary Jo Cooke*
2) Jessica Wright
3) Amy Fry
4) Danielle Rouleau
5) Avis Ware
6) Shari Yates
7) Stephanie Philosophos
8) Catherine Anderson
9) Catherine Boshuizen
10) Misty Green
11) Stephanie McDonald
12) Melissa Montanaro
13) Brandie Gardner
14) Caity Hunt
15) Alissa Carpio
NP) Natalie Ariel
NP) La Drissa Bonivel
NP) Renee Bradford
NP) Felicia Bruno
NP) Michelle Chadwick
NP) Diana Chaloux
NP) Amanda Chapman
NP) Lisa Jackson
NP) Michelle Larson-Grose
NP) Martha Lepe
NP) Kerry Macias
NP) Megan Payan
NP) Randi Post
NP) Sonia Razo
NP) Stacy Tomasini
NP) Brenna Tomlinson

* eligible for IFBB pro card

Tracy Mason Wins 2006 NPC Junior Nationals Women's Bodybuilding And Fitness Championships



GeneX reports on Tracy Mason's victory in the 2006 NPC Jr. National Bodybuilding Fitness and Figure Championships, and presents the results posted below. For more, visit GeneX

Women's Bodybuilding

Overall: Tracy Mason

Lightweights: (scoresheet)
1) Kirsten Haratyk
2) Rose Diaz
3) Tammy Patnode
4) Maria Carolina Davis
5) Kim Marie Pauline
6) Debra Brockway

Middleweights: (scoresheet)
1) Tracy Mason
2) Rita Kaya
3) Roxanne Edwards
4) Rose Bouatic
5) Amy Sibey
6) Barbara Barnowich

Light Heavyweights: (scoresheet)
1) Theresa Hendricks
2) Diana Cook
3) Melissa Dettwiller
4) Kelly Patrick
5) Amy Schmid
6) Kimberly Ferrell
7) Joan Skipper
8) Marilee DeArmond
9) Lisa Hamm

Heavyweights: (scoresheet)
1) Krissy Murrell
2) Heather Pedigo
3) Marcia Ferguson
4) Michelle Falsetta
5) Angela Rayburn
6) Julia Stamper

Fitness (scoresheets)

Overall: Breann Robinson

Short Class:
1) Breann Robinson
2) Maggie Blanchard
3) Cari Huppert

Medium Class:
1) Karen Patten
2) Angie English
3) Tina Durkinn
4) Becky Wagner
5) Susan Groshek

Tall Class:
1) Sandi Stuart
2) Leslie Rae Newton
3) Michelle Mayberry
4) Amy Demling
8) Evette Wigfall

Figure

Overall: Elizabeth Lamm *

5'2" and under (scoresheet)
1) Heather Mae French*
2) Jennifer Gates
3) Jennifer De Joya
4) Shelby Wright
5) Kara Flowers
6) Carmen Chavez
7) Jamie Eason
8) Kristie Newsome
9) Selena Zinno-Radzai
10) Jessica Madden
11) Michele Dennis
12) Lori Quintero
13) Melissa Froio
14) Heather Burtoft
15) Vicki Counts
NP) Audrey Burk
NP) Robin Channel
NP) Linda Crow
NP) Toni Hatcher
NP) Cari Huppert
NP) Karen Jones
NP) Brooke Katz
NP) Angela Robertson
NP) Esther Taylor
NP) Huong Vo
NP) Dena Ward
NP) Jennifer Whitfield

over 5'2"-5'4" (scoresheet)
1) Tinamarie Bloomfield*
2) Lois Powell
3) Ginger Redeker
4) Michele Naylon
5) Angie Picarello
6) Jana Stewart
7) Reagan Brenner
8) Ava Cowan
9) Brenda Smith
10) Hazel Nelson
11) Nina Schumacher
12) Janet Routzong
13) Diana Tinnelle
14) Becky Clawson
15) Stacy Cannady
NP) Tamara Amend
NP) Heidi Andonian
NP) Nadine Baker
NP) Christine Baranda
NP) Maurence Beamer
NP) Nina Cash
NP) Jennifer Cowan
NP) April De La Paz
NP) Edith Driver
NP) Tina Durkin
NP) Allison Edwards
NP) Jesse Ferguson
NP) Andrea Ferry
NP) Susan Groshek
NP) Allyson Hamilton
NP) Kim Higley
NP) Allison Jones
NP) McKensy Knapp
NP) Carla Machado-Jones
NP) Michelle Mauro
NP) Nicole Moore
NP) Karen Mullarkey
NP) Koril Probst
NP) Trish Rice
NP) Laura Richards
NP) Denise Rose
NP) Tiffany Ryan
NP) Connie Strength
NP) Shawna Swartzmiller
NP) Leanna Thomas
NP) Nicole Wilkenfeld
NP) Tonya Wood

over 5'4"-5'6" (scoresheet)
1) Elizabeth Lamm*
2) Nina DeTommaso
3) Elisha Archibold
4) Stephanie Collins
5) Helen Turley
6) Natalie Calland
7) Paola Almerico
8) Jelena Abbou
9) Carrie Schindley
10) Tiffany Rabon
11) Yolanda Tullman
12) Nola Trimble
13) Kendra McAdams
14) Robin Rosche
15) Dorothy Trojanowicz
NP) Suzanne Barlas
NP) Michelle Bishop
NP) Amy Demling
NP) Danielle Kifer
NP) Stacey Kisting
NP) Amanda Marinelli
NP) Lauren Noah
NP) Catherine O'Guin
NP) Dawn Parker
NP) Tara Richards
NP) Lewanna Sanford
NP) Kimberly Schaefer
NP) Jennifer Schumm
NP) Natalie Verges
NP) Kelly Vinardi
NP) Juliet Waldman
NP) Makecia Whitfield

over 5'6" (scoresheet)
1) Mary Jo Cooke*
2) Jessica Wright
3) Amy Fry
4) Danielle Rouleau
5) Avis Ware
6) Shari Yates
7) Stephanie Philosophos
8) Catherine Anderson
9) Catherine Boshuizen
10) Misty Green
11) Stephanie McDonald
12) Melissa Montanaro
13) Brandie Gardner
14) Caity Hunt
15) Alissa Carpio
NP) Natalie Ariel
NP) La Drissa Bonivel
NP) Renee Bradford
NP) Felicia Bruno
NP) Michelle Chadwick
NP) Diana Chaloux
NP) Amanda Chapman
NP) Lisa Jackson
NP) Michelle Larson-Grose
NP) Martha Lepe
NP) Kerry Macias
NP) Megan Payan
NP) Randi Post
NP) Sonia Razo
NP) Stacy Tomasini
NP) Brenna Tomlinson

* eligible for IFBB pro card

Thursday, June 15, 2006

"GetBig" Message Board Attacked As Unfriendly Toward Women

The owner of Femuscle.org has launched an attack against "GetBig", a message board reported to be hostile toward women athletes. What George Legeros, the owner of Femuscle.org wrote can be seen here, and below (in case the link goes bad for some reason.)

Internet Message Boards and Forums
Where unfortunately in some places Hate Rules

The Internet can be a wonderful place. With almost an infinite number of places to visit for entertainment and to gain information and knowledge, it may well be considered the King of Media edging out television and radio from their top positions. That being said, one must be prudent in their search for entertainment and information as "minimum standards of acceptability" do not exist, and censorship on the Internet becomes the responsibility of the person "surfing the net". The use of surfing filters and blocking mechanisms are our "last stand' against Internet hatred or otherwise unacceptable and offensive materials...but first and foremost is knowledge!

Hate is a very strong and destructive emotion. Unfortunately, it's pervasive on the Internet and there is no single solution for censoring it. In the United States, we enjoy our constitutional right of freedom of speech, and the right to free thinking. Censorship, in almost any form is not acceptable to most of us. That being said, I truly believe that "just because we may have the right to say something, doesn't mean it's the right thing to say"!

Internet Message Boards and Forums are places for people to find information on a certain subjects and share opinions and ideas. There are many such places relating to the bodybuilding industry and most at least try to have a modicum of decency and decorum. Many boards use Moderators in an effort to maintain civility while others remain un-moderated, and as such, there seems to be an "anything goes" mentality.

As this is a website whose primary focus is on the Women's side of the sport, I find it necessary to point out that there are many Message Boards and Forums who are "women friendly". This is not to say that all opinions must be positive relative to women's bodybuilding. No one should look at this sport through "rose colored glasses" and criticism can be a good thing if done responsibly. On the other side of the spectrum, unfortunately I see a need to speak out against those Message Boards and Forums, who would consciously or not, approve of, or allow its members to constantly spew vile messages of hate and disrespect towards women athletes.

Unfortunately, one of the biggest and most well known message board, Getbig, in my opinion, falls into this category. As a previous member, I found the amount of mean spirited, negative, and hate driven posts against female and male athletes to be so overwhelming, that I have asked to be removed from it's data base as I refuse to post there any longer. Getbig has gotten out of control, and the veiled attempt by the owner to rectify the situation can not be taken seriously as it appears that some of their own Moderators, by their own inaction alone, appear to not only support but in fact perpetuate the disgraceful, mean spirited, demeaning, and down right libelous remarks posted by certain members. Opinions are one thing, but women bashing and slander seem to be a favorite past time and the norm there.

I am therefore appealing to you readers and calling for a boycott of Getbig and any other forums that disparage women. I am asking that all women athletes and their supporters and fans boycott such forums until such time as they clean up their act and discipline/ban any members that continue such behavior.

There is a choice! There are other Message Boards and Forums on the Internet where this type of mean spirited behavior doesn't exist and/or is not tolerated. "Women Friendly" boards allow the women athletes, their friends and fans, to enjoy free exchange of ideas and opinions, both possitive and negative, without resorting to "low life" comments. A few that I highly recommend are: MuscleMayhem, GeneX, and Tre' Scott's FemFlex forum for women.

While I still have issues with many forums, and their apparent inability to remain independent and operate autonomously without caving in to pressures from federations and/or other entities that would stifle the free dissemination of information by attempting to dictate what information a forum site should or should not allow to be posted, they do not appear to be disrespectful to women….but that is another discussion. The bottom line….don't lend your affiliation or support in terms of becoming a registered member or supporting sponsors of Getbig or any other message board or forum that permits the disparagement of women by it's members until such time as they get their acts together. Boycott them...send them emails voicing your opinion of their board. You do have a choice, and you do have a voice. Let your voice be heard loud and clear!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Annie Rivieccio: Annie Rivieccio Does Dips In The Gym - Video

FBB Annie Rivieccio shows the proper form for doing dips in the gym.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Sarah Dunlap Photographed On 18th and Ashland in Chicago


Someone took this cool black and white shot of bodybuilder Sarah Dunlap as she was passing out cards promoting a gym at 18th and Ashland Avenue in Chicago. It's an arresting photo and the response to it just shows how popular women bodybuilders are around the World.

From her blog Sarah reports:

"Hello all.... I am updating this blog to let everyone know that I am now about fourteen weeks out of the Europa Supershow. Any and all help through sponsorship would be greatly appreciated at this time. I plan on standing tall as a top contender at the Ms. Olympia this year. I have been training my ass off. I am weighing 180 lbs right now... abs are visible and each day I am getting harder.

I only started to clean up my diet this week, and in this week, my body is already going through huge changes. So also, for anyone who checks in with the herbiceps Webcam chats, I shall be making a more regular appearance.

Thanks for all of your support on my websites and all of the wonderful comments I have received via email."


I've also included this video of Sarah produced by "TomNine."

Here's Sarah!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Jody May Does Bicep Curls - In Video Shows The Proper Form

Popular Jody May is shown doing bicep curls and demonstrating the proper focus and form. Jody will compete in this year's Las Vegas NPC Show in late July.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

What Women Bodybuilders Can Learn From Paris Hilton



(Paris Hilton on the Ellen DeGeneres Show)

Female bodybuilders have the most to gain from this method as they represent a sport where their success is based on what people see when they look at them. Some bodybuilders gain money from this process -- all wish to earn money from it. Where female bodybuilders can gain is by creating advanced buzz for who they are. Now what do I mean? I'm stating that -- and this is a theory as it's not common practice by far -- a female bodybuilder can actually impact what the judge or judges in a bodybuilding contest think of their "look" by becoming so popular that by the time they reach a contest, the judges would believe that the most well-known of the contestants should be the winner.

My evidence that this approach can work is based on the recent decisions of food-and-supplements-seller GNC and the International Federation of BodyBuilding (IFBB) to reduce the support of female bodybuilders and limit the "amount" of muscle they can build. The charges have been that people don't like "overly muscular" women. But this claim is countered by the huge number of websites featuring female bodybuilders and fitness models. My cursory count is that there are about 400 websites and thousands of photos online. Indeed, a look at Yahoo! Groups reveals several groups about women bodybuilders that serve over 10,000 members, each. These are some of the largest groups in the Yahoo! system.

While some may argue that the Yahoo! example points to the "oversexualization" of the sport of female bodybuilding, one can offer the counter-example of Women's Tennis star Anna Kornikova, who's profile increased substantially when sports talent agency Octagon marketed her sex appeal, with everything from a website with her most "interesting" photos to calendars and clothes. And then there are the websites that feature any number of near-X rated photos of the tennis stat. With Anna's celebrity, It definitely wasn't the tennis. Just as with Paris Hilton's celebrity, which had nothing to do with any industrial skill she might have. ...click for the full article

Korean Female Bodybuilders Site

This is a website presenting female bodybuilders in Korea, and if anything shows just how popular women's bodybuilding is becoming around the World. To see it, click on the title of this post.

Claire Rohrbacker-OConnel The California Champion - GeneX Forums



Dublin, CA-based Claire Rohrbacker-OConnell has taken California by storm, winning both the Cal and Contra Costa championships. Read more about the winners of the fitness contests for both events at GeneX Forums, by clicking on the title to this post. Her website's at http://www.clairerohrbacker-oconnell.com

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