Legendary NFL football coach Vince Lombardi once said, "Winning isn't everything......It's the only thing". And while there are those who might argue the point with the famed coach who won the first Superbowl, Iris Kyle probably likes the sound of the philosophy he trumpeted.
You see, Iris Kyle has always enjoyed winning in her chosen sport of bodybuilding. And she has done it with regularity. So often, in fact, that she is fast becoming a legend in her own time.
February in Phoenix can be a mixed bag of weather. You can enjoy anything from summer-like warm days, to rains falling so hard and fast it causes flash floods - even nights around the freezing mark aren't out of the question. But on this February 20th day there was more than the ordinary levels of heat emanating from the Mesa Arts Center stage in the southeastern Phoenix suburb of Mesa.
For bodybuilding fans from the Grand Canyon state, this contest was a welcome relief from the usual long treks for a muscle fix while living in the middle of the Sonoran desert. Pro bodybuilding was being brought to their own backyard complements of promoter Stryker Salmon.
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In a majority of dictionaries, the definition of the word ‘genetics' is pretty simplistic. The Oxford edition uses just one word to define it: inherited. Funk & Wagnalls tells us genetics "....deal with the interaction of the genes in producing the similarities and differences between individuals". And Webster's definition of genetics is described as "the origin of something". Any way you care to slice it, the understanding is, in general, that genetics are the basics of a beginning.
In virtually all sports, genetics play a pivotal role in determining an athlete's potential success and the suitability to a given athletic endeavor. If you are 7-2 and weigh 240 pounds, chances are your future won't be in powerlifting. And conversely, if you happen to be 5-6, 240 pounds, the likelihood of playing center on a college basketball team is highly unlikely.
Nineteen-Ninety may not sound like a long time ago, but it is, nonetheless, two decades past. Twenty calendars have come and gone, and it is an especially long time in bodybuilding years - but more about that later.
The hit movies of the time offered a wide range of silver screen faire. Home Alone; Ghost; Dances with Wolves; Pretty Woman, and Arnold's Kindergarten Cop were all top grossing flicks in 1990. Popular music also ran the spectrum of variety with Ice, Ice, Baby, by Vanilla Ice; U Can't Touch This by MC Hammer; Madonna's Vogue, and Sinead O'Connor's Nothing Can Compare to You. All the previously-mentioned vocal artists produced videos featuring their hits and were played unendingly on MTV with chart-topping success.
History has noted that in 1977 Jan Todd became the first woman to surpass 1,000 pounds in powerlifting's three-lift event. Todd's totals included a 424 ¼-pound squat, a 176 ¼-pound bench press, and a 441-pound deadlift. Following Todd's watershed efforts came the seismic evolution of the sport. Her 1,041 ½ total has been topped numerous times in several weight classes since then, and it points dramatically to just how rapid the progression of that sport's growth has been. In fact, while Todd was still at the top of her game, she also became the first female to surpass the 1,200 pound level. Today that mark is but a distant memory.