Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Abs: 6x6

De La Soul taught us that 3 is The Magic Number, and far be it from me to contradict that, but for an old abs fan like me, 3 just won't cut it (get it?). I need 6. At least!

And thankfully, there are more than a few wonderful women out there who agree, and who absolutely will not stop until they have achieved that perfect number.

Today, FMS brings you just 6 of those many wonderful women.



Chelsea Hagan

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She's a big big fan of Ryan Gosling, she's an NPC physique bombshell, and she's known as "Hulk Hagan". She was #96 in the FMS Hot and Hard 100, and in August 2011, Chelsea was Social Paintball's "Paintmate of the Month". Check it out here.

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She says her biggest inspiration is Larissa Reis, and she claims to have a fun and spunky charisma. Believe! Wouldn't mind getting fun and spunky with her, if you know what I mean [oh, I think I can see where this post is heading. - ed.]

Follow Chelsea on Facebook and Instagram.


Katie Bartlett Davis

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Are these the best looking abs ever? Well, according to one muscle website, physique pro Katie Bartlett Davis is definitely in the top two. She has the best low body fat result which you can achieve, claims the author. Whether you agree or not, you have to admit it's not surprising she's gazing at her abs with such a look of love.

More of Katie and Katie's abs here.


"Renata"

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Renata who? you are probably asking, and so are we. Hopefully one of you lovely readers will be able to help, because it would be a damn shame if this kind of skin and muscle abdominal perfection were to remain unidentified. Really. Left-hand picture. Follow the cut away from her belly button towards your right. When it forks, take the left (ie. upwards) path. See that cut there? How sexy is that?!

Please. Help!


Tali Coelho

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As featured on the mighty PumpItUp, and the hottest thing in Curitiba, Brazil (and that's probably saying something), Tali Coehlo is a bodyfitness competitor with the kind of midriff that makes you want to remortgage your house and blow the lot on a one-way ticket to, well, in this case, Curitiba, Brazil, "eu quero adorar o seu sexy abs" the only phrase in the book you have bothered or are going to bother learning.

Adore at your leisure on Tali's Instagram and/or Facebook.


Ida Bergforth

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Yet another Swedish muscle goddess (and yes, I know she's "only" bodyfitness, but "bodyfitness goddess" hardly has the same ring, does it?). Check out the veinzzz on pre-contest Ida two days out from her first show, Tammerpokalen 2014. She took second place, describing it as one of the absolute best moments in my life! on her Instagram.


Suan Garcia

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Great ridges of muscle, covered only with a fine layer of skin, cuts so deep you could lose your keys in them, and a penchant for showing her sexy muscle midriff off, Suan Garcia's Puerto Rican abs are to die for. I can almost feel the life force leaving me...

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Plenty of Suan here.

Enjoy!


Monday, 21 July 2014

Fire!

News that a female firefighter from the New York Fire Department was going to be the first woman to feature in the Department's charity calendar made me think it would be a good moment to celebrate some of the (apparently) numerous women who are or have been firefighters while at the same time sculpting their bodies with iron.

But first, what of this pioneering New York firefighter?

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Her name is Danae Mines and she is part of the crew of South Bronx Engine Company 60, according to the Chicago Tribune. She's one of only 41 women working as firefighters in the Department, and has been dousing the flames (while simultaneously making temperatures rise - I'll get the jokes in early, I guess) for 11 years.

Interestingly, there was no call for women to audition for the calendar - the Department didn't decide to feature a woman until Ms Mines took the lead and, with over a hundred male hopefuls, just turned up. Strong woman. I'd love to inspire other women to come to the job, she said at an event to promote the calendar.

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And here she is. Miss March, in "the red suspenders" showing off her "taut arms". A fully loaded gear belt over olive work trousers, her arms crossed defiantly as one of New York's Bravest, the Tribune added. I think Ms Mines has a bit of Mmmmonique Jones about her, don't you? Curious to think she'll be adorning the walls of the calendar's fans - who the Tribune described as "moms and giddy young women".

So, we have our Miss March.

That leaves us in need of 11 firefighting muscle goddesses, I reckon...

January SANDY RIDDELL

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The first female muscle firefighter I knew of back in the day, Sandy was on duty in the Phoenix Fire Department: Station 13 (although apparently not these days).

Check out this '80s news clip of Sandy in the gym, on stage, and on the job.



February NADINE YOUNG

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Also known as Nadine Williams, this 34-year-old Canadian figure competitor was IDFA Ms Figure World Champion in 2010. When not competing or modelling, she works as a personal trainer and "nutrition counsellor", and owns a tiling business(!). Oh, and she has been putting out fires in the Toronto suburb of Ajax for ten years.

April CHARLOTTE ANDERSON

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Britain's fittest female firefighter, according to Britain's most female muscle-friendly publication, the Daily Mail. 27-year-old Charlotte is a full-time council worker and "retained" firefighter in her hometown of Shepton Mallett in Somerset.

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She began lifting weights after she had entered the fire service "to keep up with the boys", and last year she qualified for the UKBFF British Championships in the bodyfitness division. But Charlotte has plans. I am hoping to work up to the next class of physique, she told the Mail, but lean muscle will take years to obtain naturally but is worth the patience and dedication. I like her thinking.

May ERICA BLOCKMAN

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The very gorgeous Erica Blockman is certainly one woman who found greater success after making the move up to physique, and is (or was) also a paramedic with the Mount Shasta (California) Fire Protection District - she had been with the department for four years in 2011 according to a forum post of hers.

June SUZANNE ENGHED

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A full-time firefighter from Cheltenham, Suzanne has been a serial medal winner at the annual Firefighter Games since 2010, and has won the title of Toughest Female Firefighter on more than one occasion. Last year the Games were held in Belfast, and she won gold in the Ultimate Firefighter event. This included an event called "The Stair Climb", which involved, according to an article in the Gloucestershire Echo, ascending 27 floors of a building in full firefighting kit and breathing apparatus. And Suzanne's winning time was... 3 minutes 24 seconds!!! I've been in slower lifts.

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Her exploits led to her being chosen as one of the torch bearers in for the London Games in 2012. She was nominated by Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service's Chief Fire Officer, who called her a superb role model for so many people.

July ALLISON BOOKLESS

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Some of you may remember Allison Bookless, an early '90s bodybuilder who became a fitness competitor from the late '90s on. She was at that time, and, according to one forum post I've seen, still is, a firefighting paramedic in Columbus, Ohio.

August BRITTNIE LYNN PETTIFORD

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This firefighter and medic from Katy, Texas is also an NPC physique competitor who calls herself "LadyFirefighter" on her Bodyspace page - and it's well worth a visit if you are a fan of transformations. The Mirror drives me, she says, People who said I would never be here drive me... the image in my head of what I want to look like motivates me... my fans/followers/supporters drive me... pictures of the "old me" motivate me. Passion drives me. Discipline drives me. Guess you could say she's driven!

September NICOLA GOODWILL

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As featured on FMS before, NABBA and UKBFF physique competitor Nicola Goodwill never wanted to be anything other than a firefighter, first applying at the age of 18. Her dream came true when she joined the team in Selby, North Yorkshire in 2010. One of her (many) tattoos reads: Firefighters walk where the devil dances.

A preview of Nicola from fitvids. While you watch, you may find yourself imagining being carried out of burning building cradled in those arms. I know I was.



October ANNA MILLINGTON

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Another British World Champion I'd never even heard of, natural bodybuilder Anna Millington. She won the drug-free INBF World title in 2011, and last year came second at the European Championships. And, yes, she's a firefighter (although I can't find a single pic of her in her uniform, sadly). Anyway, Anna fights those fires in Keighley, West Yorkshire. So with Nicola Goodwill, and now Anna in the area, Yorkshire seems to be the female muscle firefighting capital of the world!

November SARAH HALLETT

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Full-time Swansea firefighter Sarah Hallett was the overall NABBA Ms Britain in 2013 and has, in my humble opinion anyway, one of the better backs in the country.

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Despite working in baggy flame-proof overalls during the day, Sarah is confident donning a tiny bikini and displaying her body on stage, the Daily Mail reported last October after Sarah's Britain win. She got into body building after competing as a long-distance runner at the World Firefighter Games in 2007. When she saw the winner of the woman’s bodybuilding competition, she thought, I’m in better shape than her.

December SHERRY SMITH

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And to end the year, her Vascular Armness herself, the great great Sherry Smith, who was (and may well still be) an Oklahoma City firefighter - an article about her from way back in February 2003 was already describing her as a "veteran".

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She had initially begun training because of the job, and she turned pro in 2006. The highlight of her career was probably the Europa Supershow in Dallas in 2008, when she beat Kim Perez and Annie Riveccio to the heavyweight title. But after coming a lowly 16th at the Olympia that year, she seemed to have retired until she came back in 2012 at the Chicago Pro, where she competed again last year.

So, female muscle firefighters, hot or what?

Enjoy!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Swell Digs: Ariel Gail

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I have been an athlete for as long as I can remember, says Ariel Gail. Her first sport was swimming. She started "at a very young age" and continued to race until she finished college. I was a sprinter (50 & 100 yard freestyle) as well as 100 butterfly, she says. She also competed in and won "local and state classes" in equestrianism.

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Born in California, she grew up in Michigan, where she first started to lift weights. I did some "power-lifting" and was one of the strongest girls [in High School], which was hard because I wanted to be strong but the boys would make fun of me.

I continued to lift during my swim seasons in college and I looked forward to those days more than I did swimming. When I stopped swimming I really missed competing and found myself with a lot of extra time on my hands, so I began spending hours reading and looking at pictures on Bodybuilding.com.


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By this time Ariel had her degree in Psychology and had moved to Colorado, where she still lives. At this point, I decided to give up being afraid and intimidated of the weight room, she says. I started to build my physique on a regular basis.

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In her first two contests, local Colorado shows during 2011, she competed as a middleweight/light-heavyweight bodybuilder, winning her first ever show and placing third in her second. But as 2011 became 2012, Ariel "waited eagerly" to enter the new physique division. She finished 2nd at a regional show, and two weeks later came 7th in her class at her first national contest, the 2012 NPC North Americans.

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Last year, she finished 3rd at the NPC Colorado State show, and also competed at the USAs. So far this year she has gained a runners-up spot at state level, and been awarded 9th in her class at the Jr USAs. In the past year, I have learned more than I could have ever imagined, she says. Looking ahead, I see many more years of building a physique that I've always wanted but never believed I could achieve.

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The gym in Colorado where she trains is the one owned by Heather Policky/Armburst and her (former?) husband. It's a gym frequented by more than its fair share of top pros, and the very same gym where a certain Alina Popa prepares for her yearly assault on Iris Kyle's Olympia title. It's little wonder, then, that Ariel feels she's learning there. I have worked out in the gym next to pros that I used to admire from the safe space of my home in front of my computer screen, she says.

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When she's not training herself or her clients (or hiking in the Rockies) Ariel is working on writing projects. The series I am working on is a collection of women's stories. All of them have set out to achieve self-confidence and personal power over their life through physical fitness and nutrition. Their stories are meant to provide hope, motivation and education so others may embark on a self-loving, self-caring journey. You can read the first two of Ariel's pieces on her blog, Becoming Complete.

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You can follow Ariel on her Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, and via her YouTube channel. And if I haven't managed to persuade you you want more of her yet, I imagine this recent preview clip from HDPhysiques might just do the trick...



Enjoy!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Tube of the Week

From the marvellous watatiwatatio, a guest posing clip from "Tokyo 2013" starring the very beautiful Japanese bodybuilder Aki Nishimoto. (At least I am pretty sure it's her. Google Translate says the name is "Nishimoto ShuNozomi" and a search under that name only brought up Aki, although I am fully aware of the limitations of my research method, so if anyone can tell me with any certainty who this is, please do!).

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Remember Aki Nishimoto? She's probably best-known (to me anyway) from a set of photos by fibofoto.de from way back. Seems she is still around, and by my reckoning in her mid-40s now. Damn she looks amazing! Get proper comfy and see for yourself...



And this is by no means the only terrific clip you can find on watatiwatatio's channel. Among the many other delights are clips from the bodybuilding show at the recent Toronto Pro. I humbly suggest you pay a visit and fill your proverbial boots.

Have fun now!