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The Ruthless Report

Female Flexers and Women's Physique—Is It a Good Fit?

The question: What's the difference wpbetween a women's bodybuilding physique and a women's physique body? The answer recalls a famous Supreme Court quote about pornography: I can’t exactly define it, “but I know it when I see it."

The fortunes of so-called smaller women bodybuilders have been inconsistent over the years. Juliette Bergmann's reign in the early 2000s, in which she won the lightweight title at the Olympia three times and beat Iris Kyle for the overall in 2001, is a notable exception, but it's been a while since a smaller flexer made it into the top five at the O.

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The Ruthless Report 22: Bods to Keep an Eye On—and Catching Up With Colette

 

The months of April and May broughrutht an astonishingly fine set of champs and almost champs in the women's physique sports. With shows in multiple cities almost every weekend, it's sometimes tough to remember last week's golden girl or promising newcomer. Here are a few who caught my eye this spring from the hundreds of promising contenders who hit the stage. See if you don't agree that they're worth keeping on your radar as the 2014 Olympia season rolls on.

 

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Ruth's Thoughts on Bikini

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And in case you think those words are mutually exclusive—“thoughts” and “bikini”—think again. With six pro shows in the books for the month of March alone, there’s plenty to report.

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The Ruthless Report 20: Meandering Through Memory Lane

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Meandering Through Memory Lane

I was searching my photo files for a shot of Scotty Peckham, who passed away just before Christmas, and before you could say, ‘Cheese!’ I was so deep into back-in-the-day, I almost forgot what I was looking for. Scott was the nice guy who married Monica Brant about a decade ago, and I’ll come back to his story in a bit. 

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The Ruthless Report 19: Ms. O and the Outlaw: A Pair of Movers and Shakers

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Ms. O and the Outlaw: A Pair of Movers and Shakers


Two very different enterprising ladies have my attention this month. One is a rising bikini star; the other is Ms. Olympia. What could these two women—poles apart in terms of physique development—possibly have in common (besides the gym, of course)? For one thing they've both got spunk, a.k.a. grit, moxie, determination. For another, they don't let grass grow under their feet. Let's start with the newcomer.

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The Ruthless Report 18: A Room With a Fitness View… and More

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Rx Muscle honcho Dave Palumbo is a cool guy as well as a man of action. When he got the idea to put on a Webcast of a women's roundtable TV show last summer, he didn't mess around. Before you could say Barbara Walters, "The Fitness View" was making its debut live from a Las Vegas hotel suite during Olympia Weekend. Happily, my long time contest-wrap partners, Carolyn Bryant and Nancy DiNino, and I got to be part of fitness-Webcast history, along with our two new friends, supplement maker Liz Gaspari and Nancy Noreman.

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The IFBB North American WPD Spells Mega-Growth
The IFBB North American WPD Spells Mega-Growth

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Canadians Dominate IFBB North American Overall Women's Bodybuilding Titles
Canadians Dominate IFBB North American Overall Women's Bodybuilding Titles

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Kim Buck Two, and More in Pittsburgh, Too!
Kim Buck Two, and More in Pittsburgh, Too!

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FROM TAMPA TO OLYMPIA – AMAZING GRACE!
FROM TAMPA TO OLYMPIA – AMAZING GRACE!

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The ‘Bleck Factor’ is the Real Deal at the Tampa Pro
The ‘Bleck Factor’ is the Real Deal at the Tampa Pro

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Karin Hobbs is a Golden Physique at the Golden State Pro
Karin Hobbs is a Golden Physique at the Golden State Pro

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Tonya Hocker Takes Overall NPC USA Physique Title
Tonya Hocker Takes Overall NPC USA Physique Title

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Aleesha Young Owns Women’s Bodybuilding at the NPC USA
Aleesha Young Owns Women’s Bodybuilding at the NPC USA

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LaDrissa Bonivel Wins Inaugural San Jose Pro WPD
LaDrissa Bonivel Wins Inaugural San Jose Pro WPD

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Shrink-Wrapped Rita Bello Wins Chicago Pro Bodybuilding
Shrink-Wrapped Rita Bello Wins Chicago Pro Bodybuilding

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