A Throwback Thursday from the 2013 NPC Nationals with physique competitor Kirsten Van Arsdale. “K-Guns” is a 5-foot-1, 117-pound personal trainer from Aurora, Illinois.
The amazing Kim Baum, our new high school P.E. teacher and elite strongwoman competitor is just the right girl for your holiday viewing pleasure. The “Strongest Middleweight in America” added another highlight to her resume at the Jr. Nationals, winning her physique class and capturing a pro card in her national debut. Some of Kim’s video clips should be appearing shortly but for now check out her YouTube channel to see some of her dazzling feats of strength.
Let’s rewind the clock to last year’s NPC North Americans and visit with striking figure girl Angela Kegler. The Ohio native and longtime competitor made the top ten and brought her best look ever to this shoot.
When more than four hundred women compete at a show, you know something special is bound to happen and we’ve got nine new shoots coming up from this year’s Jr. Nationals to prove it. This is always a great event for fresh faces making national debuts and six of the nine models rolling out in the coming weeks are brand new to the studio. Let’s take a look at the recap.
First, we caught up with three returning models including today’s photo update, Olivia Moschetti. Back with serrated abs and wildly improved biceps, the 23-year-old rising star from Colorado competed in figure and placed seventh out of a stacked group of 29 in class D. She’s in line to compete again at the USAs next month. Facing Olivia in the same height class was Jamie Byron, returning with her great physique, killer eyes and those sexy dance moves. Plus, we have more Brienne Eubanks, who had one of her best shows to date and finished third in the physique tall class.
Now for the new girls and we’ll start with the amazing Kimberly Baum, who made quite a splash in winning her physique class and a pro card in what was only her second show. The athletic local girl had already made her mark in strongwoman competitions—named the Strongest Middleweight in America—beating a pro football player in a series of challenges. Kimberly, also a physical education teacher at Oswego East High School just outside Chicago, should get a warm and rousing reception from her students when classes resume in the fall!
Also in physique, we have Ohio’s Jennifer Underwood Kallas, who placed fifth in class C matching her finish from last year; and Colorado’s Kimberly Rieck, who took fifth in the tall class, besting a ninth place finish at the Jr. USAs earlier this year.
New from the figure division, Fey Hackett finished sixth in class C. The ambitious youngster from Chicago is currently a trainer and student, working on a degree in nutrition and looks to be heading to the U.S. Marines as an officer. Also from the Windy City by way of Poland is the very intriguing Paulinka Mora, a beauty who took third (out of 36) in figure’s tallest class, one of the most competitive in the show.
Providing a sweet finish is Alabama’s Robin Castro, who came in 14th in bikini class C. And while that number doesn’t sound impressive, it’s well inside the top half considering the class had 37 women. Robin is a fine addition to our growing roster of striking bikini gals and one to keep an eye on for sure.
Colorado hosts a pro and amateur event today with the IFBB and NPC Mile High taking place out in Denver. Some of our own will be there including Jacklyn Abrams, who will compete in the pro physique event. This will be her second show of the young season after taking an impressive seventh at the Emerald Cup pro last month.
Also in pro physique, streaking Danielle Mastromatteo will make her IFBB debut just one week after winning the physique overall title at the Jr. USAs. She’s obviously been very busy of late but we hope to have an interview with one of the hottest young talents on the scene in the near future so stay tuned.
Former figure girl Nicole Logan will take the stage in the NPC round in Colorado. The Tennessee native took some time off last year to prepare for a crossover to the physique division and has done well since the switch, placing second in a previous event.
Elsewhere, the Toronto Pro is also this weekend north of the border. Carly Lobato had hoped to compete in fitness but a knee injury has unfortunately sidelined the 2013 Jr. Nationals overall champ. We’ll keep you posted on her status for the rest of the season.
Just updated to the site is a new photo gallery of rising star NPC physique competitor Danielle Mastromatteo, who will make her national level debut tomorrow at the Jr. USAs in Charleston, South Carolina. The 25-year-old resident of Anaheim, California made a splash on the scene last year at the California State Championships, winning the class-A title before capturing the overall in physique. The athletic brunette is going to be tough to match up against this weekend.
Danielle’s new shoot took place just a few days ago and the former cheerleader and Florida State University graduate is definitely looking ready for the stage. Remarkably, she’s only been training since college but has made extraordinary gains. Stay tuned for the video clips coming up because we’ve got Danielle confidently posing arms, abs and quads and even squeezed in some fun, impromptu pull-ups on a nearby basketball hoop that you won’t want to miss.