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The Ruthless Report 17: WPD to the O—In Their Own Words, Part 1

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It’s Showdown time. As in the very first Olympia Women’s Physique Showdown, which is happening in Las Vegas next weekend along with all the rest of the Big O festivities. Much has been said, speculated about—grumbled about—what this new division, lying somewhere between figure and women’s bodybuilding, is supposed to be, what the competitors are supposed to look like and, naturally, what the judges are looking for. Too much actually—it was time to ask the women what they think.

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The Ruthless Report 16: Women and Muscle (Part 2): The Reboot

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This season I have been mightily amused—and a little distressed—to hear contest commentators so not getting it right on the topic of muscularity, conditioning and Women’s Physique. The result: Some thoughts as we head into the Olympia stretch, 2013.

 

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Ruthless Report 15: Women and Muscle (Part 1), Plus Pittsburgh Tales

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The further we get into the first Olympia-bound season of pro women's physique, the more it's shaping up to be the "Battle of Brazilian Butts and Other Bodyparts." This week all eyes are on the New York Pro, where Optimum Classic champ Karina Nascimento hopes to show reigning New York Pro champ Juliana Malacarne what exactly she can do with her body-that-WPD-was-invented-for reputation. (Patricia Mello, the other Brazilian bombshell of WPD, won two shows this spring.)

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A Special Addition:The Ruthless Report 14: Working for Joe—Memories of a Galaxy Far, Far Away

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For those who knew Joe Weider only as a figurehead, the face on the publisher's page or an old man who came out onstage at the Olympia, here are some personal memories of the human being behind the icon.

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The Ruthless Report 13: Fitness Follies of 2013…and More

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The ascension of Tanji Johnson to the head of the class at the Fitness International on March 1 in Columbus, Ohio, set up a dramatic scenario for the Olympia that none of us could have imagined six months ago—or even five months ago, after Adela Garcia had won the Fitness O for the seventh time and then lost to Oksana Grishina two weeks later at the Arnold Europe.

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The Ruthless Report 12: Wham! Bam!… Plus Celebrity Notes

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Wham! Bam! That's Some Bikini, Ma'am

We often talk about a competitor who has “burst on the scene,” but in the case of Arizona bikini bombshell Bam Bridges it was more like an explosion. The 5'2 3/4" mother of two from Scottsdale came out of nowhere in 2010 to take first in figure at the NPC Brown Chiropractic Arizona Open—Bam!—a feat she has duplicated in most of the contests she's entered in since then, including the recent ’13 NPC Iron Man Naturally Championships at the Los Angeles Fitness Expo, where she dominated the A-class and masters bikini lineups

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The Ruthless Report 11: Adela and Lisa—Redemption and Reinvention

 

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This month's Report updates a couple of fitness stars who have a lot in common besides the fact that they both competed at the ’02 Olympia.

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The Ruthless Report 10: Darrian's Whirlwind Flight Into Fitness

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It's no secret that I love the sport of fitness. I covered it in its infancy back in the late ’80s, and I was present in Santa Monica, California, in 1999 when now-seven-time Fitness Olympia champ Adela Garcia beat out some 40 women to win the overall at the NPC USA. Of course, that was back in the day—before figure, before bikini, before women's physique.
 

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