Sherrie Carnicle Wins Bikini Overall at Sacramento Champs

•November 8, 2010 • 3 Comments

Former figure competitor Sherrie Carnicle crossed over to bikini this year and has made tremendous strides. On Saturday night, she won her class and then captured the overall title and symbolic victory sword at the hotly-contended Sacramento Championships, which hosted around 60 competitors.

It was just Sherrie’s second time gracing the stage in her new division — after taking sixth in her class at her debut in San Francisco — and definitely signals she’s one to keep an eye on at the national level next season. Congratulations, Sherrie!

Be sure to check out Sherrie’s new website.

New Pro Marina Lopez Enjoys Breakout Season

•November 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Rocky Mountain Hardbody: Marina capped a banner year flexing to a pro card at Nationals.

Marina Lopez nearly dominated the lightweight bodybuilding scene in 2010. Through three contests — the Jr. Nationals, USAs and Nationals — she came away with an overall title, a second-place finish, and a first-place finish earning a pro card.

Only Claire O’Connell, by edging the 42-year-old from Denver, Colorado to win the lightweight class at USAs, kept Marina from making it a clean sweep. Claire, by turns, was no fluke; she went on to claim her own pro card with a win at North Americans. Now both competitors head into their rookie campaigns seeking success and a chance to quell those critics who believe lightweights can’t stand up to the bigger women of the pro ranks.

Reason to Smile: Next stop is the IFBB stage for the Colorado lightweight.

Meanwhile, Marina showed her championship physique in a shoot from Chicago, and this highlight of the 5-foot-2, 120-pound former bodybuilder, turned figure, turned bodybuilder again tells the tale. After considering quarter turns, Marina turned back to flexing in ‘08 and has rediscovered her niche.

The mighty brunette builder and current “Goddess of the Month” at Andy’s site has been busy off stage, launching a new website with a members section, blog and more. She also has a Twitter page and a Youtube channel.

Fitness Pro Minna Pajulahti Coming Soon

•November 4, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Finnish Flash: Minna travels to South Florida to bring her athletic moves to the pro stage at the Ft. Lauderdale Cup on November 20th.

We have more sensational new talent coming to the studio in Minna Pajulahti, an accomplished fitness competitor from Finland who turned pro last April after winning a national show in Northern Europe. The reigning Finnish Fitness Champion is two weeks away from making her IFBB debut at the Ft. Lauderdale Cup.

The always active Minna has been competing in fitness for ten years and grew up with an immense passion for athletics. She began lifting weights as a teen and a love for fitness blossomed. “I have always admired muscles…and athletic, good-shaped women,” she writes on her blog.

You can definitely see how Minna’s background in gymnastics and cheerleading influenced this energetic and fun routine from a show in 2008. Beautiful and highly skilled, this Nordic fitness force promises to be a dazzling addition to the pro stage.

Quick Takes

•November 3, 2010 • 2 Comments

Sexy in Sin City: Figure competitor Katrinka Danielson stretches for a pose during her shoot in Las Vegas over the summer. Former class winner at the Emerald Cup in 2009, the 34-year-old from Eugene, Oregon brought her great smile and sporty look to the national stage at this year’s USAs.

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Splendor in the Grass: Mona Muresan kicked off an unbeaten season at the Jr. Nationals, where she poses above in an all-new shoot. Shortly after taking first in her class in Chicago, the figure competitor went to Team Universe and kept the winning streak alive to win her pro card.

Fitness Tricks & Flexing Treats

•October 31, 2010 • 2 Comments

Mighty Swell: Figure competitor Tori Stroud examines her impressive peak.

Something different today. First, a look at high-flying fitness competitor Paula Williams-Gulman showing strength and athleticism in a quick snippet from her wildly energetic routine at this year’s Jr. Nationals. Paula placed sixth and went on to consecutive third-place finishes at Team Universe and North Americans. The 5-foot-1 “firecracker” is definitely a short class pro card contender.

Then shifting from firecrackers to firefighters, here’s a new sample clip of figure girl Tori Stroud, who many of you voted as a favorite among the models featured on the current banner. No question, the Seattle firefighter certainly has a way of heating things up. So there you have it, some fitness tricks and flexing treats to help sweeten the holiday. Happy Halloween!

Pro Bodybuilder Jody Wald — Coming Soon

•October 30, 2010 • Leave a Comment

New IFBB Pro Jody Wald

Another of Canada’s renowned and highly popular faces of female bodybuilding, Edmonton’s Jody Wald, is coming soon to the studio in a new shoot featuring gym footage that took place during this year’s North Americans in Cleveland.

Jody was still beaming from her big triumph at the Canadian Nationals in Toronto the previous weekend, where she took first in the heavyweight class and won a long-awaited and well-deserved pro card. She joins Maria Mikola (also covered in an upcoming encore shoot) as two of our North of the Border bodybuilding champs on the site.

No word yet on when Jody will make her much anticipated pro debut, but I’ll keep you updated and pass along any news — along with a few more pics from her shoot — as soon as it’s available.

Stephanie Willes Targets Las Vegas Classic For Bodybuilding Debut

•October 29, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Striking Poses: Former figure and soon-to-be bodybuilder Stephanie draws a crowd during her shoot at Muscle Beach.

Certified personal trainer and Las Vegas local Stephanie Willes has marked the Las Vegas Classic on November 6th as the site for the former softball and volleyball player’s bodybuilding debut. Last year, the 31-year-old mom of three began her competitive journey on the same stage as a figure competitor and reached the top five in her class. This summer, she finished third at the West Coast Classic.

However, Stephanie quickly started thinking about a crossover to the flexing side after her national figure debut at USAs fell short. Sporting a powerful, marvelously athletic but thicker and more muscular physique than current division standards, the brunette got lost in the shuffle and didn’t make it beyond prejudging.

Like many tweeners, she might face a similar conundrum on the other side of the track (too big for figure but too small for bodybuilding), but it’s the journey that counts and having fun. Besides, as you can tell by the picture accompanying this post, few casting glimpses during her blockbuster shoot at the venerable Muscle Beach in Venice, California were particularly worried about contest rankings — they were too busy admiring her.

Good luck to Stephanie in Las Vegas and be sure to check out her new website for more pics and the latest news.


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