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Women's Bodybuilding Megan Avalon

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Heather Armbrust - Policky's Super Hot Gym Posing

This is Heather Armbrust - Policky's hotest gym posing routine that I've seen. In it, she shows her biceps and legs, and more.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Gale Frankie @ the 2007 NPC Nationals - Dallas, TX, USA

Gene Frankie's looking like she's ready for her next challenge, regardless of what is it!

Kris Murrell - Strong and Sexy

Kris Murrell, originally uploaded by genexmagazine.

Not taking anything away from Kristy Hawkins, Kris Murrell's showing the perfect combination of buffed and sexy in this GeneX photo.

Kristy Hawkins @ the 2007 NPC Nationals - Dallas, TX, USA

I'm not sure when this photo was taken -- before or after Kristy won the NPC Nationals -- but it's arresting for sure.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Kristy Hawkins Wins Before The NPC Nationals In Dallas!

566566, originally uploaded by genexmagazine.

She eventually won. This is a shot in her room before the contest.

IFBB Pro Kristy Hawkins Wins 2007 NPC Nationals In Dallas!

IFBB Pro Kristy Hawkins, originally uploaded by genexmagazine.

Congratulations to Kristy Hawkins, who's worked hard and has finally gotten the prize she so deserves.

Womens Bodybuilding
Overall: Kristy Hawkins*
1) Beni Lopez*
2) Galina Serdtsev
3) Tammy Patnode
4) Tera Guzman
5) Kirsten Haratyk

1) Tina Chandler*
2) Yasha A.
3) Janet Kaufman
4) Julia Korfage
5) Terri Harris

Light Heavyweights
1) Kristy Hawkins*
2) Britt Miller
3) Karen Choate
4) Elena Seiple
5) Amy Neal

1) Beverly DiRenzo*
2) Nekole Hamrick
3) Michelle Neil
4) Krissy Murrell
5) Gale Frankie

*Eligible for IFBB Pro Card

Overall: Tina Durkin*
A Class
1) Kristina Rojas*
2) Tonya Burkhardt*
3) Breanne Robinson
4) Mary Stockbridge
5) Victoria Larvie
B Class
1) Tina Durkin*
2) Siene Silva*
3) Lisha Dean
4) Jessica Clay
5) Colleen Baldwin
C Class
1) Tanya Merryman*
2) Traci Redding*
3) Jo Marriner
4) Violet Munday
5) Pamela Drury-Graef

*Eligible for IFBB Pro Card

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Xin Li Cao Ready For The Evening

Xin Li Cao is totally beautiful in this photo, as she's dressed for the evening.

Xin Li Cao Is Buffed

Xin Li Cao, originally uploaded by pedro25602003.

Xin Li Cao Is Buffed as you can see in this photo, where someone decided they wanted to armwrestle here.


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Nicole Warburg

Nicole Warburg, originally uploaded by genexmagazine.

Nicole Warburg is a female bodybuilder from South Africa, captured by GeneX.

Jennifer Cowan In Black And White

545592, originally uploaded by genexmagazine.

Jennifer Cowan Drinks From Her Chest - GeneX

545578, originally uploaded by genexmagazine.

I don't know how this photo was conceived, but you're seeing the finished product. Wow.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Jennifer Benda | Jenny Benda Video Interview

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Heather (Policky) Armbrust

Heather Armbrust, originally uploaded by genexmagazine.

Heather (Policky) Armbrust and in this video taken at the 2007 Ms. Olympia contest ...

2007 Ms. Olympia Score Sheet

This is the score sheet from the Ms. Olympia

Place Name Country Pre-Judging (2 Rounds) Routine Round Posedown Total
1 Iris Kyle* USA 10 5 5 20
2 Dayana Cadeau* Canada 20 12 10 42
3 Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia* Venezuela 40 12 16 68
4 Lisa Aukland* USA 30 20 20 70
5 Heather Armbrust* USA 54 28 24 106
6 Betty Pariso* USA 62 31 30 123
7 Bonny Priest USA 70 32 102
8 Nicole Ball Canada 86 44 130
9 Sarah Dunlap USA 88 46 134
10 Annie Rivieccio USA 98 48 146
11 Valentina Chepiga Ukraine 110 52 162
12 Tazzie Colomb USA 128 66 194
13 Mah-Ann Mendoza USA 132 63 195
14 Stephanie Kessler USA 136 65 201
15 Antoinette Norman USA 144 73 217
* Top six qualify for the 2008 Olympia

Tomoko Kanda By GeneX

Tomoko Kanda, originally uploaded by genexmagazine.

This is by GeneX, who was lucky enough to have dinner with Tomoko in Las Vegas for the 2007 Ms. Olympia

Asa Lotbom In Las Vegas For The 2007 Ms. Olympia

537987, originally uploaded by genexmagazine.

Caissie Liberatore In Las Vegas For Ms. Olympia

537991, originally uploaded by genexmagazine.

This is the stunning Canadian FBB Cassie Liberatore in Las Vegas for the 2007 Ms. Olympia. Some information from her website:


Birthday: May 17th, 1980
Hometown: Moncton, New Brunswick
Current Residence: Moncton New Brunswick

Height: 5’8”
Off-season weight: 180lbs
Contest weight: 153lbs

Least favourite body part to train: shoulders
Favourite body part to train: arms
Favourite cheat food: peanut butter and a spoon

Trainer: Bruce Sweeney
Occupation: Nutrition Consultant for SIMPLY FOR LIFE

Favourite movies: Bad Boys 1&2
Favourite TV shows: CSI, LAW&ORDER, DALLAS SWAT, CRIMINAL MINDS, all those cop / investigation type shows.

Hobbies/Interests: Well Bodybuilding first, helping people achieve their own personal goals, shopping, and just hanging out with friends.

2007 Ms. Olympia Winner Iris Kyle

2007 Ms. Olympia Iris Kyle, originally uploaded by genexmagazine.

Picked as the favorite, Iris Kyle deservedly won the 2007 Ms. Olympia in Las Vegas. There's more here as we present the photos and fun from an event that's described as The Super Bowl of Women's Bodybuilding.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Lisa Aukland and Nicole Ball Win 2007 Atlantic City Pro Show

class champs, originally uploaded by genexmagazine.

Lisa Aukland and Nicole Ball won the 2007 Atlantic City Pro Show, and Ms. Aukland qualifies for the 2007 Ms. Olympia as a result. Congratuations to Lisa and Nicole. The score cards for the women are below in verticle order.



Mary Ellen JERUMBO

Klaudia LARSON
Nicole BALL*


Melanie DeROSA


Elizabeth Meza GOMEZ


Carmella CURETON

Mario CALO


Puerto Rico


Heather FOSTER



United Kingdom





Gina Davis Shows Us Her Arms and Chest

Gina Davis, originally uploaded by tommywri000.

And it's obvious she's in contest shape. Gina's one of the most popular women in the sport, but it's not just for her body, but her smile and grounded personality.

The Sultry, Sexy Heather Policky

Policky88, originally uploaded by tommywri000.

Proving just how sexy FBB's can be, Heather Policy poses in a one-piece dress cut at the thigh!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Allison Bookless Runs For Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Ally Bookless here....hello

Sorry about the mass e-mail but I wanted to send you all some information on my upcoming marathon. I will be running the Marine Corp Marathon on October 28th For Team TAPS in honor of Dustin Derga.

TAPS is a national non-profit organization serving families, friends and military service members who have been affected by a death in the armed services.
TAPS offers peer support, crisis response and intervention, grief care and counseling resources, casework assistance, long-term survivor wellness, and community and military education and outreach.

Here is some information on Dustin:


If you know anyone who might be interested in sponsoring me, please have them visit this link. I am running under my married name (Allison Wendt)


Thank you!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

2007 Atlantic City Pro Show List Of Competitors and Info

Show Information:

Date: September 14-15, 2007

Venue: Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort
1000 Broadwalk and Virginia Avenue
Atlantic City
NJ 08401

Host Hotel
Taj Mahal
Host Hotel Tel. No.: (800) 825 8888
(Refer to Group Code ‘BSPORTS’)

Back-Up Hotel
Trump Plaza
Host Hotel Tel. No.: (800) 677 7378
(Reference ‘Sports Partners LLC’)

Schedule of events

Friday 14th September at 5pm
Pro Men's Bodybuilding - Prejudging
Pro Figure - Prejudging

Saturday 15th September at 12 noon
Amateur Figure - Prejudging
Pro Fitness - Prejudging
Women's Pro Bodybuilding - Prejudging

Saturday 15th September at 6pm
All Finals

Ticket Prices
Prejudging $40

Finals $55/$85/$115

(All ticket prices are subject to applicable sales tax and fees)

Ticket Booking
Tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

Direct link to Trump Taj Mahal events ticket booking:

For additional information, call (609) 449-5150


FBB Competitors ....

Andersen, Irene Sweden
Aukland, Lisa USA
Ball, Nicole USA
Bazemore, Mercedes USA
Bouchard, Helen Canada
Bramwell, Debbie USA
Calo, Maria USA
Caputo, Giusy Italy
Cureton, Charlotte (Carmella) USA
Debatin, Angela Brazil
DeRosa, Melanie Bermuda
Grozajova, Aurelia Slovakia
Jerumbo, Mary Ellen USA
Larson, Klaudia Sweden
Laszewski, Debi USA
McCready, Wendy United Kingdom
Miller, Emery USA
Ottenad, Lora USA
Partenza, Claudia Italy
Roberts, Beth USA
Salotti, Carla USA
Thomas, Joanna USA
Veselova, Irina Russia

Train With Rae - A Personal Trainer

Train With Rae, originally uploaded by Sgt. Gooch.

This arresting photo of "Rae" a personal trainer at Train With Rae.com was taken by Sgt. Gooch.

Train With Rae - A Personal Trainer

Train With Rae, originally uploaded by Sgt. Gooch.

This arresting photo of "Rae" a personal trainer at Train With Rae.com was taken by Sgt. Gooch.

Fit Woman Stretching (Who I Don't Know)

kg stretch, originally uploaded by amproshoot.

I have no idea who this is, but her arms are totally cut.

Shawna Walker FBB (GeneX Black and White)

Shawna Walker, originally uploaded by genexmagazine.

This information is from Andy's Muscle Goddesses . Check out Andy for more info and links!

Where and when were you born?
April 20, 1977 -Redwood city

What is your profession?
Personal Trainer and Nutrition Consultant

Were you involved in sports or fitness prior to bodybuilding and how did you get started with weight training?
Soccer, Basketball, Softball and Volleyball. I hurt my back playing collegiate volleyball so I started wt training to strengthen it and then I got addicted to it.

Was it a goal for you to compete in bodybuilding competitions right from the beginning or was it something that grew in your mind as time went on and you saw the progress in your body?
It grew in my mind. Thinking someday I would like to try and compete. I wanted to make sure I had enough size to compete with.

Can you give me your competition history?
Comp history:
Central Valley classic 2003- 1st hvywt and overall
San Francisco 2003 - 1st hvywt and overall
Contra Costa 2004 - 3rd hvywt
California 2004 - 1st middlewt
Contra Costa 2005 - 1st hvywt and overall
USA 2005- 14th hvywt

Which contest has been your biggest success; which has had the most meaning to you?
I was really noticed at the Cal in 2004. But the Conta Costa this year 2005 meant the most to me because I did not win it the year before.

Please tell me something about your training routine (ie: how many days per week / training split /cardio, etc.)
6 days a week
chest and calves
back and abs
quads and calves
shoulders and traps
Bis and tri and abs
hams and calves
Cardio 3xs a week for 30 to 45 min in the off season.

What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much?
Favorite exercise. I really to not have a favorite exercise or a non favorite exercise. They are all fun and dreadfull at some point.

Which body part is your best in your opinion?
Best body part = Back

If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)?
Squat- 325, Bench press- 225, leg press 1200, one arm dumbell rows- 150's. I dont really measure my body parts. Except my friends measured my arms and they were about 16 and a half inches.

What do you enjoy about training for competition....what do you enjoy about the 'off season'?
I enjoy seeing my body transform and seeing new muscles and separations that I have not seen before.I enjoy lifting heavy and eating in the off season and having somewhat a life.

Please describe a typical day in the life of Shawna Walker.
I wake up at 6:00am and get to work by 8:00 and then I train people all day and squeeze my workout in too. I leave work around 9:30 pm and and get to bed around 11:00. Then the next day I do it all over again.

Please tell me about what you do when you don’t work out ( hobbies, what do you do to relax?, etc.)
I play with my pitbull "Lurch". I ride my yamaha raptor 350 quad in the mountains and on tracks and I spend time with loved ones and relax at home with my candles burning.

What do you enjoy most about the bodybuilding/fitness lifestyle?
I love being different. Thanks to bodybuilding I have become more confident and less shy. I am very secure with the way I look (NOW) I used to be a tooth pick. I love being able to see my body transform when ever I want it to. I enjoy looking the role as a personal trainer.

Tell me something interesting about yourself, something people may be surprised to hear.
I am very self motivated. If I want to do something or learn how to do something then I will teach myself. I tought myself how to play the guitar, knit, cross stitch, make rugs, make candles, ridew my quad, make gift baskets, cook. Oh and I also have chickens at my house because I eat so much eggs. I got chickens so they could lay me fresh eggs everyday.

What are your competition goals or personal future goals?
I would like to take a year off so that I could put more muscle on my tall frame. I would like to do the Emeral cup in Washington in 2007 and then go from there.

Please note:
Shawna does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Heather Smith - Strong And Sexy By GeneX

Heather Smith, originally uploaded by genexmagazine.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Christine Roth Female Bodybuilder In Ann Coulter Video

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

World's Strongest Woman Aneta Florczyk Bends Frying Pan

This is the most beautiful "Strongest Woman In The World" I've ever seen. Watch what Aneta Florczyk does in this video.

Here's more about her from her website:

Aneta Florczyk comes from hamlet near Malbork, where can be found about 16 houses. Living in that place, she had no opportunities for bright future. The only one way of spending free time for youths were discos in the nearby village. Very soon ( in the age of sixteen) Aneta decided to pull away from there at any price. Her vocation wasn’t leading the life in a village. Before she landed up in the gym, she’d tried shooting sport. At the first sight, it seemed that Aneta hadn’t enough abilities to train strength sports. But her stubbornness and determination caused that good results appeared very soon. In the age of sixteen, weight about 60 kilos, Aneta began to start in powerlifting and benchpress. The effects were quite good, but the first year of trainings was dedicated to improve the technique and general development on the first place. After the year, when Aneta had generally good preparations, she started exercises with much bigger weights. It was mostly strength training, however we still emphasized efficiency, speed, fitness by developing all groups of muscles. For 3 years Aneta had been training powerlifting, 13 times winning Polish Championship in powerlifting and benchpress in all age categories. She competed Junior World Championship and in 2000 she became Europe’s Senior Vice-Champion (Luxembourg). Aneta, as the first Pole, pushed back the magic barrier of 500 kilos in powerlifting during Polish Championship in Bydgoszcz in 2001, where she reached 507,5 kilos. She has also, as a firs and up till now the only one Pole, crossed the barrier of 200 kilos in deadlift, with the result of 213 kilos in 2001 (Bydgoszcz). It was Europe’s Junior record at that time.

It was thought that Aneta could be one Pole who is able to fight for medals in senior age category in powerlifting during international competitions and get results over 600 kilos. Yet, owing to the situation in Polish Union of Bodybuilding and Powerlifting (Polski Zwiazek Kulturystyki i Trojboju Silowego) and incompetence of the chairman as well as the whole board, Aneta decided to change the discipline because, as she said, she couldn’t find further possibilities of development and cooperation in this Union. Then she took up weightlifting. She had lots of power and fantastic genetic conditions so it was only the matter of technique - after only few months Aneta titled Polish Junior Champion in weightlifting, got into the National Team, started in Europe’s Junior Championships (Nauro, Italy) and inside the year she became Polish Senior Vice Champion (in weightlifting, of course). In this discipline Aneta mostly started in weight category to 69 kilos.

After ending 2002 competing-season, for making the trainings more varied Aneta began using equipment typical to strongwoman competitions. The results after some first training were incredibly better than I expected. It started simply, from some scores better than informal world’s record, for instance in farmer’s walk, yoke and log lift.

Strongwoman seemed to be created for Aneta - she finally could fully use her sports abilities, such as great power, speed, perfect technique, strength and will to fight.

Aneta not only liked very much those trainings but also competitions as well, which are more interesting and thrilling than powerlifting. So we decided to focus on strongwoman and those other disciplines are treated as a variety of exercises.

Aneta’s career in Strongwoman is continuous success. Oh, maybe without her first European Championships (July 2003), when she was fourth, losing only one point to the bronze medal - she paid for being novice, since the opponents were more experienced and older. Moreover, she fell down during yoke, losing both points and time (so important in general classification). Yet, after the next contest - World’s Strongest Woman (Zambia, September 2003) - Aneta’s never missed first place, wining all another editions of World and European Championships. One of the biggest successes was wining with world’s twice champion - Jill Mills.

Aneta, rich in experience from numerous starts in competitions and sports shows, in 2005 set up own firm “Aneta-Strong” which organizes sports events. The most meaningful achievement of ‘Aneta-Strong” is organizing individual World Strongwoman Championship in 2006.

In the age of 24 Aneta became the most titled polish sportswoman from those who practice power sports. She says that sport isn’t only her job, but first of all - her hobby and the trainings are still pleasant for her. Owing to starting in many contests Aneta was able to visit a lot of exotic places and meet interesting people. Furthermore, she’d won a great deal of sports plebiscites. She also supports some charities.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Cindy Phillips Wins IFBB Pro Card At 2007 Canadian Nationals

Cindy Phillips, originally uploaded by genexmagazine.

Cindy Phillips, a very nice and popular female bodybuilder from Canada, has finally been awarded for having a terrific body, well sculpted and symetrical.

On her blog, she could not believe her good fortune. But I for one, am happy to see it for her, especially in the wake of this post on her blog:

"I think this show may be it for me. I may hang up the suit and put the protan away. I'm not saying i wanna be skinny or something like that (cauz i don't!), but i don't know i wanna continue on the competitive stream.

I don't wanna feel i have to get bigger, or be harder or turn into someone i'm not or whatver it it is to attain a certain score because at the end of the day it is only ME that has to be hapy with how I look. ONLY ME.

In 10 yrs I'll still be Cindy but...and it wont matter what some judge said about me at a bb show. I want other women to really hear what i'm saying too.....i want them to always be conscious they they are in control of their life and realize that bb shows are a very small part of life before it is too late.

Do what u like, dont let someone dicate how u should look. Be strong and healthy and a proactive women. Wake up and take control before competing in bb takes your life, your looks, and your self esteem. "

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Annie Rivieccio Lift and Carry At 2007 NPC Las Vegas - GeneX

This video's by GeneX!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Michelle Neil At The 2007 NPC Nationals Las Vegas

Michelle Neil, originally uploaded by genexmagazine.

GeneX captures Michelle Neil at the 2007 NPC's in Las Vegas.

Jennifer Sedia Wins Pro Card and The 2007 NPC USA's In Las Vegas

Photo by Gene X

Overall Winner

1. Jennifer Sedia
Earned Pro Card
1. Jennifer Sedia

1. Michele Neil
2. Sheila Bleck
3. Julia Stamper
4. Candy Canary
5. Diane Solomons
6. Bettina Kadet
7. Joella Bernard
8. Kim Winn
9. Geri Deach
10. Gabriella Nicander
11. Bonnie Pappas
Christina Rhodes
12. Rose Kasallis
13. Cindy Johnson
14. Giulia Divina
16. Tammy Jackson
16. Brenda King
16. Yamlie Marero
16. Jody May
Robyn Mentgen

Light Heavyweight
1. Angela Salvano
3. Star Blaylock
3. Karen Choat
4. Beverly DiRenzo
5. Holly Geersen
6. Christine Sabo
7. Kimberely Ferrell
8. Gina Spengler
9. Diana Cook
10. Tina Zampa
11. Casey Daugherty
12. Theresa Hendricks
13. Shar Courtney
13. Courtney Shar
14. Roxanne Edwards
15. Akila Pervis
16. Diana Feather
16. Jennifer Benda
16. Julie Williams

1. Jennifer Sedia
2. Diana Tinnelle
3. Kelly Dobbins
4. Sally Taylor
5. Holly Robey
6. Hedi Bagwell
7. Rebecca Greaig

1. Galina Serdtsev
2. Beth Wachter
3. Tracy Witherspoon
4. Melinda Williamson
5. Tricia Travis
6. Sharon Garrett
7. Melissa Alvarado
9. Natalie Barnett

Friday, July 13, 2007

Jennifer Benda | Jenny Benda Before The NPC USA's

Jenny Benda, originally uploaded by genexmagazine.

SBS Personality Jennifer Benda's captured in this photo taken by Gene X this week. She's also the focus of a popular video that SBS did, the first of a series. Visit her site at http://www.jenniferbenda.com

Here's the video:

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Jaime Buffalari in Iraq - Posted By GeneX

Jaime Buffalari in Iraq, originally uploaded by genexmagazine.

Jamie Kocher-Buffalari NPC Bodybuilding

How did you get interested in bodybuilding/working out?

I've always been athletic, but bodybuilding started in the Marine Corps.

How was your first show like, any interesting experiences?

It was an NPC show, so I was very nervous there was more competetion then at the ABA shows, I did novice with another lady, when the announced the placing they gave me 2nd, well the crowd started to boo, and we did a front double bi for photos. Well a few seconds later they called us back out, they awarded the placing wrong, took her trophy and gave it to me... the crowd cheered. I felt bad for her, but great for myself. what a crappy mistake to make.

What are your future goals in this industry?

I would eventually like to go pro and look towards the Olympia

What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?

Still competing

Please tell us something special about you that most people wouldn’t know?

I'll get back to you on that one :)

Any additional notes? People you would like to thank?

My husband Eric, he got me into lifting, he was in Iraq for my 1st show, but his team was ambushed and he was injured, so he was sent home and actually made it to my 1st show. I would also like to thank my team, Danna, Rey, Taylor, Tony and Glenn, The Camp Pendleton Bodybuilding team. My friends, family, and fans. Pharmagenx- Cory and Brian.

Competition History:

-April 17th 2004 NPC Orange County 1st Novice
-May 1st 2004 ABA 1st Novice 1st Open
-June 26th 2004 ABA 1st Open
-September 24th 2004, Unlimited Women 7th

Monday, June 18, 2007

Diana Cook Is The Overall Winner Of The 2007 NPC Jr. Nationals

1 Diana Cook
1 Diana Cook
2 Kim Bergman
3 Angela Rayburn
4 Robyn Mentgen
5 Giulia Divina
6 Debbie Brock
7 Clarice Zimmer
8 Kelly Patrick
9 Yvonne Edmunds
Middleweight- view pics
1 Wanda Moore
2 Colleen Sgro
3 Carrie Ann Simmons
4 Jamie Terrill
1 Tracey Toth
2 Judy Gaillard
3 Justine Dohring
4 Andrea Allaire
5 Anita Nelson
1 Lori Steele -
2 Suzanne Germano
3 Sharon Garrett
4 Natalie Barnett

Robyn Mentgen FBB

Robyn Mentgen, originally uploaded by genexmagazine.

This incredible photo is of Robyn Mentgen who placed 4th in the 2007 NPC Jr. Nationals. There's little information about her, but for Google references to a Robyn Mentgen who's working to help dogs. Perhaps that's the same person?

Tracy Beckham By GeneX

Tracy Beckham, originally uploaded by genexmagazine.

The arresting photo's about Tracy Beckham. I don't know if she's related to the famoud soccer guy, but here's more about her from Andy Vogel:

Where and when were you born? Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; 11/11/1961

What is your profession? Certified Personal Trainer and Owner of Tracy Beckham’s Unique Physiques.

What kind of activities/sports did you do before you started lifting weights? This is on website – BIO area.

How and when did you get involved into lifting weights? I started lifting weights in 1985 in an “all female” gym just to get into better shape. As like most women, I was bottom heavy and wanted to balance out my shape. Lifting weights did that for me with amazing results and quickly. I joined Gold’s gym in Canada early 1986; hired Mr. Canada to train me and won my first show that year.

Was it a goal for you to compete in bodybuilding competitions right from the beginning or was it something that grew in your mind as time went on and you saw the progress in your body? I had the bodybuilding bug from the start, especially winning my first show.

What was your first competition and how did you place? 1986 Alberta Body Building Championships – 1st Middleweight

And which contest has been the biggest success for you yet? The 2004 Masters National Light Heavyweight Champion. I think each contest for me has been a stepping stone to a successful career.

Could you please add a history of all contests that you have entered so far?
Contest History:
2005 4th Masters National Light Heavyweight
2004 1st Masters National Light Heavyweight – over 35
2004 10th Junior Nationals – Light Heavyweight
2003 Overall, Masters Overall and Middleweight winner - Caveman Classics - National Qualifier
2002 1st Kentucky Bodybuilding Championships – Masters Overall
2002 2nd Kentucky Bodybuilding Championships – Heavyweight
1999 2nd Kentucky Bodybuilding Championships – Heavyweight
1996 2nd Battle of the Champions – Heavyweight
1996 Overall, and 1st Middleweight – Derby Classics Bodybuilding Championships
1987 4th IFBB Hawaiian International Championships (one of four on Canadian Team) - Heavyweight
1986 6th Western Canadian Championships – Middleweight
1986 1st Alberta Bodybuilding Championships – Middleweight

Please describe a typical day in the life of Tracy Beckham. I’m up at 6:30 am, as I personal train clients 6 days a week from 8 AM to 7:30 PM. I train between 4:30 and 7 PM depending on the day.

Please tell me something about your daily training routine. How often do you train in a week? I train 5 days a week in the off-season with maybe 3 days of light cardio a week.

What are the main differences when you train for a competition and in off-season? I train 6 days a week at contest time; more cardio at contest time – 5 days a week if needed.

Which bodypart is your best in your opinion? My Back and Delts

What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much? I love DB pullovers for Back; I don’t love doing biceps – such pain for a small muscle group!

Judging in Women’s Bodybuilding has always been criticised in one or the other way. Please tell me your honest thoughts about today’s judging in Women’s Bodybuilding. As an NPC body building, fitness/fiqure judge, I understand body building is about building muscle, etc. but females should not look like men and should try to maintain a feminine look from head to toe.

Please tell me about what else you are doing when you don’t work out (profession, hobbies, etc.) I enjoy movies, dinners out, dancing, travelling and spending time with friends.

What are your future plans for 2005/2006? I am competing in the 2005 NPC Masters National Body Building Championships July 23. I was the Light Heavyweight winner of this show last year and I am going back again, as the Overall winner can turn Pro!!

Please note:
Tracy does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Jennifer Benda Becomes SBS Personality!

Female Bodybuilder Jennifer Benda's now an SBS Personality and joins a growing list of people on the Sports Business Simulations web portal from Kate Troescher to Ed Goines. Soon we'll have our first exclusively made videos of Ms. Benda as she prepares for the 2007 NPC USA's in Las Vegas. See Jennifer Benda's page on SBS.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Cindy Johnson Overall Winner - 2007 Emerald Cup Winners - GeneX

2007 NPC Emerald Cup, originally uploaded by SSCusp.

Overall: Cindy Johnson
1. Kelly Dobbins
2. Genevieve Moreno
3. E.Q. Pruitt
4. Cindy Goodrich
5. Suzanne Moran
6. Gina Parise
1. Cindy Johnson
2. Leann George
3. Marga Martin
4. Peggy Willis
5. Vicki Combest
1. Becky West
2. Shawna Walker
3. Teresa Knoll
4. Shawn Tan
5. Merry Harris
6. Susan Stone

Masters Bodybuilding
Overall: Janet Guenther
Over 50:
1. Janet Guenther
2. Denise Rathwick
3. Ann Gannon
4. Jeanne Morris
5) Sherry Chambers
Over 35:
1. Nancy Lublink
2. Heidi Young
3. Janice Cook
4. Teresa Maine
5. Diana Frankowiak

Overall: Michelle Mayberry
1) Chandra Young
2) Safiya Johnson
3) Genie Markwell
4) Mia Phillips
5) Haleina Desrosier
1) Michelle Mayberry
2) Vikko Newman
3) Erica Hamilton
4) Kolbie Best
5) Kristina Lum
6) Melissa Mitchell

Overall: Erin Heath
5'2" and under
1) Shelly Rego-Vega
2) Sherry Smith
3) Hong Arcedas
4) Claire Taubman
5) Julie Ann Lee
6. Tiffany Joe
7. Jessica Nabinger
8. Kari Keenan
9. Diana Kelly
10. Kimberly Lawson
11. Christine Moorman
12. Genevieve Moreno
13. Genie Markwell
14. Jen Turnbull
15. Heidi Riegsecker
16. Danielle Davis
17. Sherill Taduran
18. Melody Miles
19. Darlene Carrigan
20. Desiree Ponsness
5'2" - 5'3"
1) Gale Elie
2) Tara Chandler
3) Lisa Lattery
4) Nicole Weston
5) Sheila Bratten
6. Dion Blackburn
7. Mari Willhite
8. Kathy Fehringer
9. Karen Mayo
10. Kori Byers
5'3" - 5'4"
1) Erin Heath
2) Elsie Huxtable
3) Reagen Brenner
4) Vikko Newman
5) Susanna Backman
6. Ashli Liljenquist
7. Leah Bacon
8. Karla Coe-Specker
9. Allison Malone
10. Elisabeth Yu
5'4" - 5'5"
1) Karin Kimura
2) Austine Powell
3) Danyell Leavitt
4) Kimberly Agnew
5) Kris Isakson
6. Katheryn Stewart
7. Hope Bellar
8. Molly Gillespie
9. Stacy Leith
10. Atiya Olmstead
11. Dionne Burden
5'5" - 5'6"
1) Erica Hamilton
2) Ilona Maj
3) Kari Lege
4) Felicia O'Neal
5) Suzanna Barlas
6. Jodi Beard
7. Joanna Wilson
8. Sanne Moelgaard
9. Rose Fries
10. Amanda Smith
11. Nicole Christy
12. Nicole Shultz
13. Allyson Watts
14. Beth Markham
5'6" - 5'8"
1) Michelle Mayberry
2) Jeanne Nimmer
3) Angela Myers
4) Julie Alves
5) Tonia Francis
6. Linda Nelson
7. Jennifer Rogers
8. Tracy Royer
9. Kelly Weatherman
10. Sheila Salinas
11. Heather Skaar
12. Christine Moore
13. Stephanie Bishop
5'8" and over
1) Christine Aguilar
2) Mary Hallman
3) Mindy Shaneman
4) Emma Callaghan
5) Beth Lay
6. Erica Aydelotte
7. Shanna Tuthill
8. Ainsley Krone
9. Lauren Beckham
10. Nancy Novak
Masters Figure Overall: Tracy Chenault
Masters Figure Over 35
1) Tracy Chenault
2) Shannon O'Day
3) Heidi Hansen-Carlin
4) Heidi Young
5) Paula Williams-Gulman
6) Monica Varrasso
7) Evelynn Johnston
8) Sharyn Sullivan
9) Amy Weimer
10) Rhonda Downing
11) Catalina Illades
Masters Figure Over 40
1) Roberta Orth
2) Shawna Charboneau
3) Laura Kathryn
4) Lori Pliska
5) Lori Baggerly
6) Eileen Quenin
7) Diesta Goldsmith
8) Diane Green
9) Debra McMahon
10) Sherry Christopherso
Masters Figure Over 50
1) EQ Pruitt
2) Robin Gizzi
3) Kathryn Moore
4) Peggy Goldman
5) Staphanie Bonneau-Meece
6) Maureen O'Connell
7) Deanna Benson-Eder
8) Pattie Meyers

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Collin Fischer Comparing Guns at Bay to Breakers 2007

This is FBB Collin Fischer, apparently at one of the many parties along the route of the San Francisco Bay to Breakers run, which annually draws between 50,000 and 70,000 people. Her bio says she lives in New York, so she must have flown out for the event.

Here's more about her, from Andy's website:

"I have only done 3 shows I won the NPC New York City Championship Overall in 95, The NPC Atlantic States (Bev Francis) Overall in 96, and then 1st place middleweight in Dallas 97 Nationals. I have been holding out since then for an invitation to the Ms. International which I finally got this year, but l thought with only 7 weeks notice I was unable to participate. I wrote back to Mr. Demilia in hopes of an invitation for this next year but as yet have received no reply. I am currently pursuing my undergrad in Biology and perhaps a minor in Chemistry or Biochemistry at Queens College.

With regard to my training routine, I try to get to the gym at least 5 days a week (unless I have an exam in Organic Chem). Before a contest I often train 7 days a week. It would be rather difficult for me to give you an exact schedule because my strategy is one of constant change. Variety in ones routine is truly the key to success, once your muscles have adapted to something change comes slowly if it comes at all. I recommend changing the exercises each time you train a body part. I also believe strongly that one should train each and every body part with equal intensity (and love), this includes calves forearms neck and lower back which seem often to be overlooked by many enthusiasts. Further, I prefer to train quads ,and then hamstrings and hips with a day break from legs in between. Otherwise you will lose the intensity that these groups demand toward the end of your training session and these groups will lag behind the rest. Finally, it is very important to train hips consistently and properly, I often see many professional bodybuilders who seem to be deficient in these areas. THERE ARE FOUR WAYS TO TRAIN HIPS adduction, abduction, flexion, and extension, it is essential to perform each of these exercises regularly.

I am now bartending at a club called "Infinity" in Long Island City, New York on Thursday and Saturday nights."

Monday, May 28, 2007

Ms. Machine Shows Us How To Wii

The always funny Pro FBB Ms. Machine's into many things, one of them playing with Wii. In her blog , she explains that there are the "top five reasons" to play with your Wii:

5. How else are you going to get some pleasure if you are single?

4. Come on, I live in Philly, it is just too cold to go outside and play baseball. Not only that, but the last time I tried bowling in my thong, I got tossed out!!!???

3. Trust me you won’t go blind.

2. The pre contest diet and cardio is coming up and boxing is just more fun than the stairclimber.

1. Ha ha ha, this thing is sold out everywhere and I had the boys in the store put one aside for me!!!!! I just like to rub this in my guy friends’ faces! Sometimes being a girl helps :)

All of this playful exhibition with Wii caused Cindy Phillips to write.."what a lil cutie u are! Damn nice legs too girl :)"

We agree.

Speaking, er, writing of legs, here's a video of Ms.Machine showing us just how strong they are:

Heather Lee Trains To Be A Strong(er) Woman

Heather Lee's claim to fame is as a female bodybuilder. But lately, she's been training using strongman techniques. She reports on her blog:

Training has been going well....I am training Strongman Style again, and learning the techniques that I had never nailed before. 3 weeks ago I had a great workout with the Strongman crew I train with, doing a 110 pound farmers walk with a 600 pound tire flip medley. I was able to flip the tire on my own 3 times, and was spotted thru another 3 reps. Then I did a 110 pound sandbag load for sets of 15 reps on a platform to mimick the atlas stone event. The week prior I began to learn an axle clean and press, which I finally nailed the form on last week. I feel comfortable on the split stance and have learned the use my legs to make the weight pop....very different from bodybuilding style training which you want to use strict form with planted feet....but I am pretty happy with the progress....you can see some of the pics my good buddy X-tina was kind enough to take for me! :~)

Wow. This from a woman who reportedly once used her legs to lift nine people sitting on a couch, or over 1,000 pounds! How much stronger will she get? Who knows?

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Jody May Celebrated On National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Professional Female Bodybuilder Jody May was celebrated on National Girls and Women in Sports Day by her alma mater Odessa College. She even got placed over my friend Gil Brandt of NFL.com and the Dallas Cowboys!

"Jody May is one of our own, a 1998 graduate of Odessa College with an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences. After Odessa College Jody went on to become a Professional bodybuilder were she competed in many bodybuilding and fitness competitions over the years. Some of her accomplishments include finishing 1st in the Ronnie Coleman Classic (national qualifier) in the novice heavyweight division in 2003. She also finished 1st in the Southwest USA (national qualifier) in the open heavyweight division and was the overall winner in 2004. Jody has since gone on and competed at the national bodybuilding championships were she finished 11th overall in the heavyweight division in 2004. Jody is currently working as a Physical Therapist Assistant and continuing to compete as a Professional Bodybuilder."

BLOWW - Boston League Of Women Wrestlers - Body Slam

IMG_1096, originally uploaded by bostonleagueofwomenwrestlers.

This is a photo from the video in the previous post on BLOWW. Here, the "nurse girl"s got her opponent -- I'm not up on the character names -- up in the air and is spinning her around.

BLOWW - Boston League Of Women Wrestlers - These Women Wreslers AreRough and Tough

bloww4.JPG, originally uploaded by sgrafman.

I somehow ran accross this crazy photo and had to stop in my Internet tracks. If you look at this, the very scene implies an episode that's both brutal and somehow attractive as they're a couple of women who look fine depending on one's taste and are really going at it. It seems like the woman who has the girl-with-fishnets foot in her hands is getting the best of her, and if one goes through the entire photo shoot, they find this to be true.

I then learned this was caled The Boston League Of Women Wrestlers , or BLOWW.

So I decided to see if there was a video of BLOWW action on YouTube and -- YouTube seldom disappoints -- there was. I have to tell you this video you're about to see shows two women just going at it like the most action-packed WWE events, accept it doesn't look fake at all. They fiercely go at each other, picking each other up, spinning the other around and bodyslamming each other. And for guys -- ok it's a turn on to watch it, I gotta admit that openly.

Steve Wennerstrom talking to pros Amanda Dunbar and Mimi Jabalee and Genex

Steve, originally uploaded by hansk01.

This is the man who started it all. Steve Wennerstrom talking to pros Amanda Dunbar and Mimi Jabalee and Genex in the picture popularized female bodybuilding with his Women's Physique World Magazine. It was the first publication exclusively devoted to women's bodybuilding.

Tamela Jackson Wins The 2007 California Bodybuilding Championship

Tamela Jackson, originally uploaded by genexmagazine.

Tamela Jackson Wins The 2007 California Bodybuilding Championship in Culver City, CA.

Tamela posted this about her at GeneX forums; there's no website for her as of this writing.

I started looking at others & thought I would share a brief bit of info about me. I love to train hard in the gym- was brought up in the bodybuilding world training with guys (especially my husband) & still can hang with the guys in the gym today! I have always been into sports- basketball, gymnastics, dancing, etc.

If you see me in the gym don't be offended if I do not say much- I come there to train- & train hard! I am from West Virginia & have always dreamed of moving to California! I am living my dream & loving every minute of it. I am currently training at Milos Sarcev's gym in Fullerton, CA & he has been guiding me in prepping for the California State Championships. I have trained with many IFBB pro men- Hidetada Yamigishi, Silvio Saviour & train with Oscar Urbina- aka Big O who is a crazy fun guy who has been also giving me advice for the upcoming show! What a crazy group of guys that is called Team Milos. Great fun there & so much I have learned. I am soooo glad I moved out here & am dedicated to kicking some butt at the Cal States!

So thank you for your support & hopefully James & I will plan some action shots in the gym! Where the real work happens!!! xoxox Tammy

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Kris Murrell At The Arnold Classic By Hans

Kris Murrell @ the Arnold, originally uploaded by hansk01.

Kris Murell is a female bodybuilder from Georgia and Director of Personal Training, Cory Everson’s Fitness for Women. The video below captures her great legs and quad development.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Stephanie Park Shows Abs In And Muscle - Video

This interesting video shows Steph Park showing off her abs to someone in an office -- somewhere.

Yaxeni Oriquen By Lori Braun

yaxeni-oriquen_class act always, originally uploaded by loribraun.

Aspiring actress Yaxeni Oriquen is captured in this arresting photo by Lori Braun. Venezuelan-born, Oriquen reportedly lives in Florida. She's one of the most popular FBBs in the world. Visit her site at Yaxeni.com

Oakland's Kelly Dobbins By GeneX

Kelly Dobbins, originally uploaded by genexmagazine.

I've known Kelly for some time, going all the way back to when she worked out at Gold's Gym in Oakland, and then to when she and her husband set up their own gym not far away. She's a great lady. Here's her bio from her website:

Kelly Dobbins is a competitor you may recognize from her many appearances in Women's Physique World as one of Al Murch's favorite women to profile from the Bay Area of Northern California. Although it is in California, the Bay Area is much different from Southern California, but there are many impressive physique athletes suchs as Ms. Dobbins from the region better known for it wine production.
"I started weight training about 15 years ago, just for basic toning and conditioning. When I started to see how my body reacted, I started to take it a step further and people started to tell me that I should compete, so I did and started doing very well in the AAU," says Dobbins.

Her beginnings were much like many bodybuilders and she quickly fell in love with the results she was seeing. "More mature muscle started happening and I switched over to NPC and started doing even better with the right trainers and nutritionists - plus I loved the strict discipline it required and taking my body to the limit!!

"My goal is to do the Nationals next year (2000), but not to go pro. It's a must that each time I compete that it is evident that my body has greatly improved!!! I will not step on stage if I look the same as the last contest! It is very important to me that I get positive feedback from the judges each time I compete, but I can also take constructive criticism. I love to go up against strong competition, it makes me feel like I really earned my victory!" Dobbins adds.

With her grounded outlook, Dobbins sees no reason to push too hard to turn pro. Knowing what it takes to compete at the highest levels and the urrent evolution of the sport do not concide with her agenda.

"I really appreciate and respect the Pros because I know all the hard and grueling training and dieting that goes into it, however I want to keep my femininity and you have to be enhanced, which I have no desire to take that path," she adds. So what path does Dobbins want to take? It's not quite clear where she'll net out, but with the continued support of her friends and relatives, there's no telling.
Even through the crazy holiday season, Dobbins was staying focused. "I stay in pretty good shape in the off season, I keep my body fat around 11 or 12%, I still do my cardio and my training, I just dont diet strictly, but I still watch what I eat. I enjoy life a little more. Nice dinners, great wine and dancing! I love salsa dancing. I've taken quite a few group and private Salsa lessons," she adds. When not dancing or going out, Dobbins focuses intensely on her training which includes lifts such as 750 lb. leg presses, 35 lb. dumbell bicep curls, 50 lb. dumbell shoulder presses, and squats with 225 lbs. among others.

"I've been blessed with very wonderful and close friends whom I love to spend time with! I'm also currently taking private wrestling several times a week which I'm getting a huge kick out of. I'm really enjoying myself with this!!!! I have a wonderful husband who is my trainer and my nutritionist and also supports me in my wrestling." The wrestling Dobbins refers to is with Virago, also out of Oakland, California.

Recently profiled on the front cover of one of San Francisco's weekly papers, the Guardian, her wrestling career has been growing rapidly, but not at the expense of her bodybuiding career. "Contest time becomes a little tough because we become more business and we both know what it takes to get the job done - he's really tough on me! I get nothing but positive reponses from him, my friends and family, they are so proud of me!" And there is much to be proud of and if her career continues along the same path it has been, keep an eye out for Kelly Dobbins as she'll surely be causing a stir on the national stage soon.

Kelly Dobbins Wins Contra Costa Figure Competition

Kelly Dobbins, originally uploaded by genexmagazine.

Kelly Dobbins -- a long-time player in the Oakland, CA bodybuilding scene -- won the Contra Costa Figure Competition in Hayward a week ago. We're looking forward to seeing more of Kelly's biceps and smile.

Monica Brennan From The Contra Costa Figure Competition

Monica Brennan, originally uploaded by genexmagazine.

Monica Brennan should play the "Bionic Woman" on NBC. She's a totally hot hardbody from Oakland, CA (yeah, ok, actually, Alameda, but whatever!) Here's her post on GeneX Forum..

Hi all, my name is Monica Brennan and I am currently training for the May contra costa figure competition in Hayward, California. I have been weight training for about 10 years (sometimes more seriously then others) and I have recently started preparation for becomming a figure competitor. I went to my first show Saturday the 10th of March and I plan to be part of many more. I placed second in my class but there were only a few of us competing.

To give you a little background on myself, I started boxing at the age of 12. I worked a lot at a coffee shop and wasent sure of what to do with my money. So I went through the phone book and found a the Bellmore Kickboxing academy, in Bellmore,NY which became my main focus for the next 8 years. When I was about 14 I had started really taking up the art of weight training. I was very involved in both sports until recently when I moved from Long Island, New York to Alameda, California.

I had started boxing at Kings gym in Oakland but I started really getting into weight training and that aspect of my life really took off. I had always used weight training as a means of relieving stress. When I started doing personal training I realized how nice it is to see people achieve there personal fitness goals. I still find that more rewarding then making the money.

I ended up meeting a good friend, Peggy, at my gym who is a bodybuilder. I would see her and say to myself, who is that?? She had a great physique and motivation that left me in awe. She had suggested that I do figure competitions, which I had known nothing about. I started looking into them and realized that I would love the opportunity to partake in one of the competitions, so I did. With Peggy's help I placed second in my class at my first show. And plan on doing my best at the Contra Costa. I would love some feedback on my pics or just comments.

Monica Brennan

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