Today we have some real double trouble with Lauren Fogle and Derina Wilson, a wild Sisters in Arms duel shoot from this year’s Olympia. What happens when powerful Lauren, an LFL football player and tough-as-nails bikini fighter, teams up with athletic Derina, a longtime gymnastics coach and now first year IFBB pro Fitness Olympian? Anything goes. Just a couple of beautiful, strong girls showing off their feminine muscles and having fun doing it on this Flex Friday. Special thanks to JP at Athletic Women Magazine for these great pics.
Another NPC Nationals has come and gone and there’s reason to be excited about the lovely treats coming your way as another year winds down at the Studio. The final national show of the year boasted upwards of 900 competitors and nice weather in Miami left plenty of opportunity for Team Kriv’s cameras to roll. When things wrapped up, we finished with 9 new shoots including eight brand new models. Look for plenty of new pictures, news and notes and more on the girls as updates roll out.
Linda Estavillo – If you’re a diehard female bodybuilding fan, this is the girl for you. A licensed massage therapist from New York, Linda began competing in figure way back in 2006, but quickly shifted to bodybuilding and has remained in the division ever since, even during the rise in women’s physique. The determined former high school dance captain and track athlete is out to prove that women can still be beautiful and feminine while competing as bodybuilders. No argument here.
Suha Qasem – If great female bicep peaks really get your heart pounding, consider this fair warning. This 36-year-old lifetime lifter, personal trainer and exercise physiologist out of New York has some of the most sharply-defined and amazingly distinctive peaks seen anywhere in the sport. A world-record powerlifter, Suha came back from a recent triceps tendon injury to win the physique division at the 2016 NPC Brooklyn Grand Prix and seized that momentum by earning a pro card in Miami. You’ll get to see this new standout in top contest shape fresh from her big win.
Jessica Silver – This fit and fab forty-something message therapist normally competes in the physique division but took the Nationals off this time around. Jess is never too far removed from the stage, however, as evidenced by her showing at this year’s Prestige Crystal Cup, where she took third. The local brunette out of Boca Raton has an outstanding overall look, including signature bicep peaks you’ll want to stay tuned for.
Athena Vangalis – When it comes to Athena, don’t let the bikini competitor designation fool you – she’s no cupcake. First consider that the top ten national level competitor is a towering, 5-foot-10 stretch of sexy muscle; then factor in that Athena has showcased her strength by competing in strongwoman contests. Check out this YouTube video of the 27-year-old training delts at the Extreme Iron Pro Gym in her home city of Dallas. Athena will be paired with Aubrey Skyy in a new Sisters in Arms feature.
Aubrey Skyy – Joining Athena, Aubrey is the second half of our newest Sisters in Arms feature that will include height comparisons, lift and carry and flexing. The 5-foot-1 blonde beauty is an up and coming bikini gal with a cute, sporty frame that could eventually make her a force in the short class. She’s a genuine southern belle from West Virginia worth keeping an eye on.
Yesenia Perez – Our own tall and athletic Yesenia used her considerable skills as a former gymnast to become one of the newest IFBB pros, winning the fitness overall title earlier this year at the North Americans. She’s back in an offseason, sophomore shoot from her hometown of Miami. Dan Ray helped out with this one.
Chara Dixon – Poised to become a pro card contender in short order, striking Chara finished second at the Eastern USA Championships just before taking on the Miami Nationals. The 25-year-old sassy blonde muscle chick is a biology student and soon-to-be nursing school graduate from Penn State University. Highlights of her physique include tremendous abs, calves and traps to go along with very well developed arms. Chara is a beautiful and very powerful young figure girl.
Kessia Mirellys – This exotic and shapely redheaded firecracker stands out for her amazingly well-developed midsection, a signature brick wall of abs that’s a product of years of training as a gymnast and Junior Olympic runner. But the 20-year-old rising star figure competitor — who’s already a pro in the WBFF federation — also has a great upper body, huge quads, boulder calves and a tiny waist. Kessia has future pro written all over her.
Celia Torres – This accomplished, smart and highly photogenic new face has a master’s degree in communications from the University of Texas-Pan American and works at a television station in San Antonio as a producer, writer and host. The 34-year-old is also a personal trainer and was recently featured in an issue of Oxygen magazine on its Future of Fitness page. Celia may be short in stature but some of her training feats – like maxing out eight reverse-grip pull-ups – prove that even little muscles can be mightier than they look.
We’ve got coverage of last week’s NPC Nationals photoshoots coming up but first a special spotlight post for one of our latest models, the IFBB figure pro Jessica Reyes. This 39-year-old multi-talented athlete is skilled in kickboxing and other martial arts and works as a Hollywood stunt double away from the stage. Not only that, she’s been making waves on the figure stage since winning a pro card at the 2015 Jr. Nationals, making history earlier this year as the first Puerto Rican competitor to qualify for the Olympia. Check out this great YouTube video of Jessica talking viewers through a biceps and triceps workout at the Powerhouse Gym in Tampa Bay.
When you are a newly-minted IFBB pro, it makes you more than worthy for a Flex Friday spotlight. That’s the story with Angela Kegler, who won the overall in the bikini masters division at the NPC North Americans over the summer. The longtime favorite out of Ohio worked tirelessly to reach her goal and came onto the stage in Pittsburgh looking practically flawless. We were fortunate to capture a new shoot with the champ fresh from her win and she looks better than ever before. To the victor goes the hard-earned spoils.
This week’s Throwback Thursday spotlight belongs to Melissa Allen, a beautiful bikini competitor and former college athlete who has gathered many fans since debuting on the site. These shots are from the 2013 NPC Nationals in Florida where the Tampa native competed. More of her cute, sporty look and sexy posing is on display in pics and videos.
Abby Ball is in the spotlight for this week’s Flex Friday, showing off what this promising newcomer to the bikini ranks brings to the table — subtly peaked biceps, chiseled calves and that fiercely confident look — in great pictures from her debut shoot at this summer’s NPC North Americans. Even though Abby looks like a tough, bad ass chick for the cameras, this charming, 22-year-old personal trainer out of Chicago has a disarmingly goofy and funny side to her personality. You can follow Abby, who just began competing last year, on her Youtube channel. Hopefully she’ll make more videos soon.
Rewinding the clock for this Throwback Thursday to a 2010 shoot with the beautiful Bernadette Inoue, a very striking and talented athlete out of California. At the time of these photos, Bernadette was competing in the bikini division; later, she made the switch to figure and had quick success. The sexy brunette mom of four won the 35-and-over figure tall class at the Emerald Cup in 2012.