Thursday, 29 September 2016

Physique Dreams: Olympian Dreams

Today, three of the many excellent interviews done at the recent Olympia for HD Physiques by Sarah Butler, Ashley Losee and perennial mic holder Katie Lee. All are Physique pros dreaming of their date (maybe next year) on the Olympia stage, and, it's certainly no coincidence, are all firm FMS faves featured on these pages before.

Enjoy the vests, the bulging biceps, the obligatory end-of-interview flexes!

BROOKE WALKER (interviewed by Katie Lee)

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Not the first time these two have talked for the camera by any means. Brooke looks fantastic in her grey vest, her shoulders and arms rippling with solid muscle as she waxes lyrical about some of the women who were competing at the Olympia. She appears to have a bit of a woman crush on Autumn Swansen in particular.



Katie Lee isn't looking too shabby either!


SIERRA MANGUS (interviewed by Sara Butler)

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It's no secret I've had a crush on Sierra since long before she turned pro, and the recent racier turn her Instagram (aka "The Tao of Sierra") has taken has only made matters worse. Currently, as she says in the clip, Sierra's deep in prep. It doesn't necessarily show here, but head over to said IG and you'll see she's in absolutely tip-top shape.



Sierra's website - coming soon.


JEN LOUWAGIE (interviewed by Sara Butler)

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Entitled "Awesome Biceps..." and it's not hard to see why. Check it out though, Jen reveals in the interview that this is her year off. This is how her arms look when she's NOT competing!!! Must have had some security there, I mean it's the only reason I can find to explain why some drooling female muscle head doesn't rush into shot, kneel before Jen and beg her permission to touch those arms "just once".



More Jen here.


And if these three have whetted your appetite for more of this sort of thing (or, bizarrely, none of them float your - frankly weird - boat) just head over to the HD Physiques You Tube channel for a whole bunch of similar Olympia encounters.

Tomorrow, the Physique women who did compete at this year's Olympia.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Physique Dreams: FBBUK

AN OLD FLAME AND A NEW PASSION

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Two British Physique women for your viewing pleasure today, one, an old, and (very) firm favourite; the other is a much less familiar name to FMS readers, but we think she is about to become the next big muscular female thing to emerge from these shores.

Both are currently deep in preparation for the forthcoming 2016 UKBFF British Championships, which are going to take place in Nottingham on 8th-9th October.

Old Flame: CORINNE INGMAN

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She has never been had much luck with the UKBFF judges in the past. Last year at the British Championships, for example, "things didn't go to plan at all" according to Corinne. She didn't even place. But this hasn't stopped her wowing female muscle fans the world over, and that very much includes you lovely readers here. You voted her into the Hot and Hard 100 for the first time at #40 in 2016, making her the 3rd most popular Brit on the list with only Rene Campbell and Lisa Cross higher.

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And judging by what Corinne has been posting to her Instagram recently, once again you fans will be expecting great things for Corinne when she competes in Nottingham. Really happy with how things are moving, she says. And I'm not surprised.

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She had a tough year last year, and I felt for her. From what I can glean from following her (some say "stalking", I still say "following") on her social media, she is one of the most knowledgeable competitors (BSc Sport Science, Masters in Sport Physiology under construction, and a PhD to come), constantly evaluating and fine-tuning every aspect of her training and preparation. She deserves a break from those judges!

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If she doesn't place this year, I do fear bodybuilding may lose her. She is, after all, conspicuously more successful as a powerlifter (her current best a 500+kg raw total, weighing in at 72!!!) and I'm afraid she may decide to focus solely on that and we'd lose the treat that is seeing Corinne at her most "truly, disgusting peeled" ever again.

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On the other hand, she does love the process perhaps a bit too much to give it up, and as far as her personal life is concerned, this year has been - by her own admission - full of good decisions and happiness. I sincerely hope that she gets a bit more of that when she lines up on stage at the British Championships. It's about time she did.


New Passion: CHARLENE HARVEY

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Charlene first came onto our radar at the end of last year courtesy of that old female muscle lovin' publication The Mail Online. Bodybuilding mum who became 'hooked' on pumping iron reveals how she transformed her physique with intense training sessions and eating just 1,200 calories a day, ran the less than punchy headline.

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The story detailed 36-year-old Charlene's nine-month journey from gym to stage to winning the "Muscle Model" Pure Elite World Championships just over a year later. We were impressed, very impressed, and we always like to do our bit here to report the reports we come across in the mainstream UK media, but, you know, it was December, and that's a busy month on FMS. Charlene's story didn't make it onto the blog.

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When we came across Charlene's new Fit Vids preview recently, even though the name was right, we couldn't believe this was the same woman. My how she's grown! Again.



Charlene had just won the UKBFF Midlands qualifier at the time Fit Vids came a-calling, and given the collection of trophies she's already got in her short career, you wouldn't bet against her picking up yet more silverware in Nottingham.

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But what we really love about Charlene is that she simply cannot stop herself flexing. And checking herself out. Really. And the bigger and more conditioned she is, the worse (or, from our point of view, better) it gets. Hello shredz! she writes, explaining she was just casually passing the mirror on the way to the loo (and couldn't resist). What a great advert she is for the transformative power of lifting weights!

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I do hope The Mail Online feature her again. The Mums of Britain do like a bit of The Mail you know. Then some of them might follow me and you over to Charlene's Instagram, where this gorgeous woman makes no secret of her passion for muscle.


Good luck to Charlene and Corinne.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Physique Dreams: Gilberia Cunha

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I don't know a lot about the WFF (World Fitness Federation) - other than it has a category called "Superbody" - but seeing as Brazilian muscle bomba Gilberia Cunha is the new South American champion, I could be persuaded to find out a bit more.

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Truth be told, I don't know a hell of a lot about Gilberia, either.

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But I know what I like. And she's got it. In spades.

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I do know that she has been around since 2013 or earlier, but that this year has seen her make a bit of a breakthrough. As well as WFF South Americans, she's won national and state titles in 2016. And she's also been recruited for work by some of the bigger female muscle paysites - Awefilms, Muscle Angels, and Fit Vids, for example.



Brazilian thighs, "skin like a gum" [© Loana Muttoni] on her sizzling abs. Pumped, vascular biceps. Flames on one arm, a rose on the other, and a big, sexy smile on her face as she watches herself flex in the mirror... What's not to like about her?

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OK, get some fluids on board before proceeding further.

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Watch Gilberia in further sexy flexing action in a Double Biceps preview from 2015 (full video available here), and on the Daily FBB Clips website (not much of a preview, I grant you, but it may make you explore their site more, which is no bad thing).

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I have no idea what was going on here!

More Gilberia on her Instagram.

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And here are Gilberia's compulsories at the WFF Sulamerica.



And her ultra-swoonworthy winning routine.



There's almost an hour of Gilberia training on that channel. Fluids! Then start here.

Divertir-se!

Monday, 26 September 2016

Physique Dreams: Theresa?!

No easy job, following the women of RP2016 and ultimately the Queen herself.

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Step forward Hot and Hard 100 #4 Theresa Ivancik, who we find here competing at the IFBB North Americans in Pittsburgh just over a week before Penpraghai and Alina returned to the stage and Margie donned that fiery posing suit in Arizona.

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Now in case you have been living on a remote island or something, Theresa has been a regular at the big amateur national shows since 2014. She has made almost getting your pro card something of an art form, managing to finish 2nd in her class (2015 NPC Nationals, 2016 NPC USAs) and miss out, or even, at the 2015 IFBB North Americans, winning her class but then losing out on the pro card in the overall posedown.

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This year she brought her best package by far - and that's saying something. Tanned, beautiful, her best ever conditioning. She's spent time this year focusing on her legs, "turning a weakness into a strength" as she puts it, but she hasn't sacrificed any of that glorious size, that swoonworthy thickness that we all love in her upper body.

Problem was, Theresa was competing in the Physique division.

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Last year, she'd also turned up in the Physique division at the North Americans as well as coming so close to the pro card in Bodybuilding. I'd assumed it had been a joke, a bit of a laugh at the judges' expense. This year though it was Physique only, Theresa - the Bodybuilder - against 17 Physique specialists in her class, more women than there were in the entire Bodybuilding division at the show. This was no joke.

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Predictably, she didn't do great, although 8th out of 18 is no disgrace. Thinking I was a smidgen too big, Theresa told her Instagram followers afterwards. Oh really, Theresa, do you think?! Maybe it really was a joke. Watch out 2017, she warns, I'm not playing around anymore! But Theresa, darling, why are you playing around at all?

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Not exactly business as usual on the stage for Theresa then, although very much the usual disappointment for her and her many supporters. What also didn't change was the customary consolation of many many pics of Theresa away from the show in contest shape, sizzling with muscle sexiness whether wearing more or less.

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I especially like those ones on the bed. Damn!

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Despite everything, Theresa celebrated her birthday right after the North Americans. She's 32 now, I believe, five years younger than Margie Martin, who didn't win her pro card until she was 34. So there's time yet for Theresa, for what she does she still qualifies as "young", and the chances are she hasn't reached her peak quite yet.

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Her peak as a BODYBUILDER, that is.