Striking the Balance – Femininity, Muscle, and Symmetry
An Interview with IFBB Pro Women's Bodybuilder Shannon Courtney
Striking the balance is the goal. For a woman, especially a young woman entering a sport that many say is on its way out, that's an important milestone. There's a segment of Women's Bodybuilders, the pragmatists if you will, that see the writing on the wall and they've started jumping ship. Some will choose retirement, meanwhile others will opt to join the ranks of Women's Physique, Figure, or maybe even Bikini.
What exactly does it mean to be a 9x Olympia champion in the world of professional bodybuilding? It means you’re in an elite club of one. Iris Kyle is now the sole member in this exclusive fraternity and it may have just defined and cemented her legacy as the greatest bodybuilder-- male or female-- of all time.
KRIS MURRELL: TRAINING FOR WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
Hybrid: Noun: A thing made by combining two different elements; a mixture
Adjective: Of mixed character; composed of mixed parts
Hybrid happens to be one of Kris’s favorite words. To her, it means something different, something better, something no one has even seen or done. The women’s physique category falls into this criteria. In my opinion, women’s physique will be a hybrid of women’s bodybuilding and figure. I am basing this on the top five competitors chosen in their respective classes at the 2011 NPC Nationals. In my opinion, these competitors resembled figure athletes in bodybuilding condition.
An Exclusive Interview With the Ms. Olympia Champion Iris Kyle
First off Iris, I want you to know that I have dreamed about interviewing you for MANY years, so I am on cloud nine right now! I REALLY appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer my questions! I am enthralled by your motivation, passion, mental outlook and drive in the sport of bodybuilding. Without further ado.....let's get started.....
FROM WOMEN'S BODYBUILDING TO WOMEN'S PHYSIQUE
Physique contests for women date back to at least the 1960's with contests like the Miss Physique and Miss Americana. However, these early "bodybuilding" contests were really not much more than bikini contests. The first U.S. Women's National Physique Championships, promoted by Henry McGhee and held in Canton, Ohio in 1978, is generally regarded as the first true female bodybuilding contest.
Who is Victoria Dominguez????
Ever hear the catch phrase "There are two sides to every story"? Well, the same can be said about me...or my personality that is. There are two sides to my persona and when brought together, they create the unique combination of who Victoria Dominguez is and what I represent. My cultural background is as unique and dynamic as the woman you're reading about.
25 Things NO ONE Knows About Helle Nielsen
Are you ready to learn a little more about the 2011 IFBB FIBO Power Pro Germany Female Bodybuilding Champion? Here she shares what NO ONE knows about her........until now.................
COUNTDOWN TO TAMPA: TINA CHANDLER
The competitive season is well underway now and one of the major events on the women's calendar - The Tampa Pro - is fast approaching. So, with that in mind I thought it was time to catch up with one of the front runners, Tina Chandler, and find out a little bit more about this relative newcomer and her meteoric rise to pro status...
It's mid-1983 in Kansas City, Missouri and a young, wide-eyed, blonde girl is applying her last applications of tan and oil. Waiting patiently amid the mist of PAM cooking spray, she watches the solemn gaze of the others backstage. She twitches her thumbs, taps her feet, nervously awaiting the expeditors call. "5 minutes! You all have 5 minutes"! The resounding boom of the expeditor's voice echoed throughout the hall, decimating the wave of silence. Reaching beside her, she grabs a dumbbell. The hard uncomfortable knurling wakes up her hands. She curls, raises and presses; contracting the granite-hard musculature of her shoulders and arms. Squeezing every rep, every second, her thick rope-like veins push through her almost non-existent layer of skin.
Before you read this article, take a look at the pictures...What does the guy in the picture have in common with the woman?
The answer....they are the SAME person! Yes, Christina Foxx used to be a typical all-American bodybuilding guy with a successful business, a marriage and a couple of kids. Then one day he made a decision that would change his life forever.....
But where did it all start and when did Christina finally come to terms with who she really was inside?
“My father was a bodybuilder in the early 50’s. In those days they had no real facilities and had to work out with weights they made themselves from empty cans and cement.” Nora Girones
Now, although Nora knew nothing about her father’s background in bodybuilding until she actually began to compete herself, you have to wonder whether the ‘bodybuilding gene’ was dormant in her system just awaiting an encounter with a gym to be activated. I mean as Nora herself points out it was a definite case of ‘love at first sight’ when she walked through the gym door. From that point onwards there was no holding her back and having made the switch from figure to bodybuilding a few years ago she appears to be making quite a name for herself on the scene.
For newly instated Pro, Gina Quinn, life has currently taken on a somewhat surreal quality. From regular wife and mother to one of bodybuilding’s elite athletes. She is certainly proof of the concept that if you really put your mind to something and make it your goal to achieve it…stuff happens!
Or to put it more eloquently…dreams do come true!
However way back in those early days when weight training was still a somewhat unusual diversion from her daily schedule, Gina was not always sold on the new body that was beginning to come out of its shell, but I will let Gina fill you in on the details beginning with just how she got involved in
the sport in the first place….
"Life is full of fun fulfilled adventurous avenues some of us tend to locate our niche others take a lifetime wondering when will it happen all to find out later that it doesn't.. We need to keep life as simple as repeating our own name... That's the game I play.... I'm a smooth sailing symbol of pride, dignity and mobility a definite leader with a desire to be the center of attention. I'm very proud of who I am graceful, creative dramatic, determined, extremely generous, enthusiastic and forever direct on all levels..." --Iris Kyle, 6x Ms Olympia
When you run your eyes over her contest history there can be no doubt that Bonnie Pappas has had a pretty impressive track record so far and with her recent 4th placing in the Heavyweights and 2nd placing in the 35+ Masters at the North American Championships it is certain that even greater things lie ahead. However, at this point in time not a lot has been written about this rising star. Well I am about to change that as once again RX Muscle gets up close and personal with your favorite athletes from the bodybuilding world....
I FINALLY FOUND MY WAY...
"So many people tried to help me on my way,
So little time and there's so much to say,
There's no explainin' all the things that I've been through...
But I finally found my way to you." KISS
"Just a small town girl, living in a lonely world. She took the midnight train goin' anywhere...." (Journey)
Opening lines from a classic song which could very well describe the early life of one of our favorite bodybuilders, Sheila Bleck. However, despite being a fan favorite and having a very successful career in bodybuilding the fact is that very little is known about the REAL Sheila Bleck. Preferring to stay in the shadows rather than court the spotlight, Sheila has kept herself very private over the years and interviews have been few and far between. In fact her quest for solitude may have led to some people finding her somewhat aloof and unapproachable. As it happens, this is far from the truth. Sheila is just one of those people who prefer to quietly go about their business and keep their private life PRIVATE.
When Marina Lopez took to the stage at the recent Junior Nationals in Chicago she was a woman on a mission. That mission was to alter the perception some people may have had of female bodybuilding and make a positive contribution to its rebirth.
After winning both the lightweight and overall titles (at a height of 5’ 2” and weighing in at 112lbs) she was well on her way to successfully completing that mission. Currently preparing for the USA’s in Vegas I decided to check up on Marina and find out a little more about her time in the sport, her diet and training strategies and what her future hopes are for the sport …
Nicole Ball belongs to a select group of bodybuilders who, in truth, need never set foot on a bodybuilding stage again yet still be universally accepted as a champion within the community.
However, that being said, since turning pro in 2006, her competitive endeavors have been impressive enough for her always to be considered a threat in the pro ranks. As she currently prepares to return to competition at the PBW Tampa Pro, the anticipation is building as to what she will bring to the stage this time around. One thing is for sure, surprises are in store. In fact Nicole is a woman full of little surprises, as I discovered when I spoke to her recently about her life on and off the stage......
"Visualize yourself hiking up a mountain...you've hiked for 45 mins and you are almost there. Would you stop 5 steps before the top of the mountain? NO!"
I love that quote from this interview with Ms Olympia contender, Zoa Linsey because it sums up what leg training HAS to be all about. It has to be taken beyond the comfort zone and into the pain zone. It HAS to be extreme and no one can accuse Zoa of cruising through a leg workout with a "let's get this done and get out of here" attitude. The legs you see in these pics are a result of hard work and extreme training....how extreme?