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Female Bodybuilder Lynn Conkwright Biography

lynn-conkwrightLynn Conkwright is a former professional female bodybuilder from the United States.

Lynn was born on May 30, 1954 in Norfolk, Virginia. Conkwright trained for eight years in gymnastics, and won the Virginia State Gymnastics Championships. She began weight training to improve her gymnastics.

Despite her small stature (5′ tall and just over 100 pounds), she was one of the top professional competitors in the early 1980s. During her competitive career she became known for her incrededible flexibility during her performances. Her greatest success was winning the 1981 Pro World Championship. She also won the couples competition with Chris Dickerson in the same contest. Lynn competed in the first six Ms. Olympia contests (the only other woman to do so was Carolyn Cheshire), twice finishing as high as third.

Lynn was selected by ABC to represent women’s bodybuilding in the women’s Superstars competition in 1982, where she finished tenth in a field of twelve competitors. Conkwright placed first in rowing, third in basketball shooting, third in swimming, fifth in the bicycle race, fifth in golf, and seventh in the obstacle course. After retiring in 1988, Lynn continued to be active in the fitness industry. In the late 1988 and early 1989 at the age of 34 she became the first United States academy student to be certified as a bodybuilding coach after the United States Sports Academy began offering a Masters of Sport Science in Fitness Management. This suited Lynn very well since at one time she was the weight training coach for tennis superstar Martina Navratilova.

Currently, Conkwright works as the director of Weider Athlete Promotions and manages Weider contracted athletes. Lynn was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame in 2003.

Contest history

* 1980 NPC Miss Virginia Beach – 1st
* 1980 NPC USA Championship – 5th
* 1980 NPC Frank Zane Invitational – 3rd
* 1980 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 3rd
* 1981 IFBB Pro World Championships – 1st
* 1981 IFBB World Couples (with Chris Dickerson) – 1st
* 1981 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 3rd
* 1982 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 4th
* 1983 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 4th
* 1984 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 8th
* 1985 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 16th
* 1988 IFBB Pro World Championship – 14th

Magazine Covers

* 1981 August Muscle & Fitness
* 1982 September Body & Power

Caster Semenya’s Family Speaks Up


The controversy over the 800-meter world champion, Caster Semenya, has flooded the media for weeks now. Her gold medal remains hers and apologies have been made, but the damage is done. Her family has spoken out and the words remain sound and honest. Her father speaks about his “little girl:”

”I raised her and I have never doubted her gender. She is a woman and I can repeat that a million times. For the first time South Africans have someone to be proud of and detractors are already shouting wolf. It is unfair. I wish they would leave my daughter alone.”

Caster’s father wasn’t the only voice of defense, her grandmother spoke out too:

”[The controversy] doesn’t bother me that much because I know she’s a woman – I raised her myself,” she said in her rural village in northern Limpopo province. She called me after [the heats] and told me that they think she’s a man. What can I do when they call her a man, when she’s really not a man? It is God who made her look that way.”

Her country is behind her and rallying for her continued involvement in the sport. It will be up to Caster if she competes again.

Female Bodybuilder Mayra Conde Biography

mayra-condeMayra Conde (born January 28, 1969 in Guatemala City, Guatemala) is a professional Personal Trainer and mixed martial artist, who has also competed in bodybuilding, kickboxing and brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Conde hails from Guatemala City, where she grew up on her grandparents’ farm. She has spoken fondly of her time there in interviews, as well as citing her grandfather as “my source of strength”. However, at the age of nine when her younger brother was born, Conde moved with her parents to Toronto, Canada, hoping for a better education.

Her early years as an immigrant were tough; “I was constantly picked on because I couldn’t speak English and was very small”. Conde proved up to the challenge, never failing a grade, and is now bilingual, speaking both her native Spanish and adopted English. While still at school, Conde got into sports drinks and nutrition through her father, which led to her becoming a bodybuilder at the age of 16. Her muscular physique proved useful when she moved into construction work after high school. Earning a living as a welder, she would later become a foreman. Meanwhile, she continued to attend fitness seminars and read any health-related books she could get her hands on.

In summer of 1996, Conde moved to Los Angeles for the love of Personal Fitness Training, and in search for something bigger and more challenging. California brought Conde her first taste of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, training at the Beverly Hills Jiu Jitsu Club with such luminaries as Mark Kerr and Bas Rutten. Learning from them and another trainer, Marcus Vinicius, she would later fight in the US, Brazil and Greece, Japan, and was a part of the groundbreaking all-female “Hook N Shoot” Revolution promotion.

She was asked her to represent Team Canada at the 1st World Wide Pankration Championships on 11 November 2000, in Lamia, Greece. Despite a last minute notice and traveling at her own expense, she earned two gold medals. She was later invited to train with Coach Scott Miller and the Women’s Wrestling Team at Pacific University in late 2002 and March 2003. Conde is a Purple Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor, having studied under 4th Degree Black Belt Master Marcus Vinicius and Bas Rutten at The Beverly Hills Jiu Jitsu Club.

Conde is now living and working in Frankfurt am Main, Germany as a professional Personal Trainer. According to German authorities (in Frankfurt), she is the only foreign Self-Employed Personal Trainer authorized to live and work in Germany, without the need of an employer at first, due to the fact she is a high level Certified Martial Artist/Instructor/Personal Trainer.


* 1st Place at the 3rd American International Championships, Grappling (148-160lbs) Light Weight Division, Carson, CA, 9 December 2001
* 1st Place at the 3rd American International Championships, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Women’s Open Division, Carson, CA, 8 December 2001
* 1st Place in the US Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu CHAMPIONSHIPS, October 2001
* 2001 Bronze Medalist in the World Wide Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (July 26-29 )
* Double GOLD Medalist in 1st World Wide Pankration Championships on 11 November 2000, Lamia, Greece
* 1st place winner in the Heavy weight & Open Division in the U.S. Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships in Santa Cruz, 5 November 2000
* Winner in NHB Bout at the Mark “The Cobra” Hall’s Cobra Challenge Federation, in Anza CA on 3 June 2000
* 1st Place winner in the California State Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships, 26 March 2000
* U.S. Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Heavy Weight and Overall Winner, Santa Cruz (White Belt), 5 November 2000
* Won Cobra Challenge NHB fight, 6 March 2000
* Women’s Kick-Boxing Division Winner, September 1999
* Women’s Heavy Weight Grappler’s Challenge Champion, August 1999
* Winner by technical K.O. in Kick-Boxing Bout at the Bas Rutten Invitational in Littleton CO, 26 June 1999
* Winner in NHB/Vale Tudo Bout at the 1st Bas Rutten Invitational, 6 February 1999
* 1st Place Women’s Heavyweight Winner at the Grapplers Challenge in Toronto, Canada on 8 August 1998
* Nite Magic Flexmania Ladies Overall (Bodybuilding), July 1996

Nationals: New Women’s IFBB Pro Bikini

jessica anderson 2009 nationals

The NPC had its first National Bikini competition in Hollywood Fl. last weekend.  The turn out for the first year was great! Six girls went home as new IFBB Pro’s and Jessica Anderson (pictured) took the first ever National Bikini Overall Champion title. Here are your top five from each class:

Class A
1. Trina Goosby (IFBB PRO)
2. Kelly Gonzalez 
3. Cher Nicolas 
4. Janice Gunderson 
5. Ronda Sundermeier 
Class B
1. Erica Reder(IFBB PRO)
2. Keva Matovina 
3. Andrea Carpinelli 
4. Michelle Cagle 
5. Toniann Rotante 
Class C
1. Alea Suarez (IFBB PRO)
2. Vanessa Prebyl 
3. Megan Zumpano 
4. Christina Giese 
5. Ami Seier 
Class D
1. Tianna Ta (IFBB PRO)
2. Brittany OConner 
3. Tisha Des-Marteau 
4. Chelsie Beanblossom 
5. Shannon Rockweiler 
Class E
1. Jessica Anderson (OVERALL & IFBB PRO)
2. Michelle Maxwell 
3. Ellen Beckner 
4. Alison Rosen 
5. Shina Mitchell 
Class F
1. Stephanie Lindsey (IFBB PRO)
2. Meredith Long 
3. Rhiannon Genov 
4. Lisa Bockwell 
5. Cynthia Kidd

Nationals: New Women’s IFBB Pro Figure

Mindi Smith 2009 nationals

NPC National Figure competition included six classes of amazing girls, which gave the sport six new IFBB Pro’s. The turn out was amazing! There were 179 competitors divided up into the six classes. Ava Cowan, a early favorite proved her right. She and five others will be added to a list of Pro’s. Mindi Smith took home the overall honor and is pictured above. Look at your top five from each class here:

Class A
1. Kimberle Trowbridge (New IFBB Pro)
2. Debra Lavette 
3. Tina Francis 
4. Mandy Henderson 
5. Sylvia Lopez-Roule 
Class B
1. Kathleen Tesori (New IFBB Pro)
2. Josie Zamora 
3. Jennifer Smythe 
4. Tiffany Procopio 
5. Michelle Krause 
Class C
1. Ava Cowan (New IFBB Pro)
2. Alexandra Porshnikoff 
3. Rachel Gichert 
4. AJ Jerome 
5. Casey Brocato 
Class D
1. Taylor Gallagher (New IFBB Pro)
2. Casandra Madero 
3. Ryan Everson 
4. Jami DeBernard 
5. Jennifer Marchetta 
Class E
1. Mindi Smith (Overall & New IFBB Pro)
2. Kimberly Sheppard
3. Amy Vetter 
4. Alexandra Johnston 
5. Summer Rogers 
Class F
1. Holly Beck (New IFBB Pro)
2. Jennifer-Marie Martin 
3. Jeanne Nimmer 
4. Andrea Holliday 
5. Jessica Smith

Nationals: New Women’s IFBB Pro Bodybuilders

Kris Murrell 2009 nationals

Hollywood Fl. didn’t just see some amazing men’s bodybuilders. Nope, they were privileged to 70 tip-top women’s competitors. The chiseled physiques were some of the best this show has ever seen. Four classes produced four new IFBB Pros! The Heavyweight, Kris Murrell (pictures), brought an amazing overall package that the judges rewarded with the overall trophy. Check out the top ten from each class here:

1. Kris Murrell (OVER ALL & NEW IFBB PRO)
2. Amber DeFrancesco 
3. Monique Jones 
4. Sarah Hayes 
5. Nicole Hamrick 
6. Tina Zampa 
7. Bonnie Pappas 
8. Dana Richards 
9. Robyn Mentgen 
10. Julie Peavey 
Light Heavyweight
1. Nicole Berg (NEW IFBB PRO)
2. LaDawn McDay 
3. Anita Nikolich 
4. Tierany Chertein 
5. Jennifer Gutierrez 
6. Pamela Franklin 
7. Joella Bernard 
8. Michele Pome 
9. Theresa Hendricks 
10. Cindy Johnson
1. Lisette Acevedo (NEW IFBB PRO)
2. Janet Kaufman 
3. Terri Harris 
4. Suzanne Germano 
5. Angie Robertston 
6. Cheryl Faust 
7. Rachael McMillan 
8. Kimberely Ferrell 
9. Julia Korfhage 
10. Deanna Harvick 
1. Lori Steele (NEW IFBB PRO)
2. Kirsten Haratyk 
3. Barbara Fletcher 
4. Stacey Pillari 
5. Margaret Negrete 
6. Maria Carolina-Davis 
7. Denise Dinger 
8. Ellen Woodley 
9. Elizabeth Schneider 
10. Laurie Smith

Nationals: Men’s New IFBB Pro’s

Cedric McMillan 2009 NPC Nationals

NPC Nationals, held in Hollywood Fla last weekend, had seven men’s bodybuilding divisions. Each division had an overwhelming number of competitors. Middleweight alone showed up with 39 competitors. At the end of the day, there were only seven IFBB pro cards handed out and one overall to the Super Heavyweight, Cedric McMillan (pictured). Here are your new IFBB Pro’s:

Earned Pro Card
Bleu Taylor 
Cedric McMillan 
Joe Vu 
Shavis Higa 
Nathan Detracy 
Seth Feroce 
Jeff Long

Female Bodybuilder Laura Combes Biography

laura-combesLaura Combes was a professional female bodybuilder from the United States.

Born on October 19, 1953, in New York, New York, Combes moved to Tampa, Florida in 1966 at age 13. As a teenager she played many sports, including fencing, sailing, archery, canoeing, horseback riding, water skiing, and tennis. Combes attended St. Petersburg College Prep School, and then went to the University of South Florida in Tampa.

In the late 1970s, she began lifting weights to rehab injuries to both knees suffered while playing rugby. Soon, she became involved in the fledgling sport of women’s bodybuilding. She won the first NPC Nationals in 1980, and won the AAU Ms. America title in 1981.

Combes made a dramatic national television appearance that year on the NBC series Real People. After the airing of a taped segment about female bodybuilding in which she had been featured, Combes carried host Skip Stephenson onto stage in front of the studio audience.

Combes competed in three professional shows, retiring after a sixth-place finish at the 1982 Ms. Olympia. Combes authored Winning Women’s Bodybuilding (ISBN 0-8092-5616-9) in 1983. Laura was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame in 2002.

Laura Combes was found dead in her apartment in Odessa, Florida on October 4, 1989, from acute alcohol poisoning.

Contest history

* 1979 Ms. Brandon Physique – 4th
* 1979 Ms. Florida – 5th
* 1979 Ms. Suncoast Body Beautiful – 2nd
* 1979 IFBB Best In The World – 6th
* 1979 Ms. Tampa Physique – 1st
* 1979 Ms. West Florida – 1st
* 1979 Ms. Northwest Florida – 1st
* 1980 AAU Ms. Florida – Overall Winner
* 1980 AAU Ms. America – 1st
* 1980 NPC USA Championship – 7th
* 1980 NPC Nationals – 1st (Overall)
* 1981 Pro World Championship – 6th
* 1981 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 4th
* 1982 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 6th

Female Bodybuilder Teagan Clive Biography

teagan-cliveTeagan Clive (born c. 1959) is an American writer, bodybuilder and actress.

Clive appeared in the music video “California Girls” with David Lee Roth which debuted on MTV at 9 PM Pacific Time, New Year’s Eve, December 31, 1984. Subsequently she appeared in various roles in movies and on television.

Clive writes articles for periodicals, including Iron Man Magazine and the Weider magazine Muscle & Fitness, and has since the 1980s. She wrote screenplays which were produced for the television series Conan the Adventurer and Acapulco H.E.A.T.

Clive was abandoned as a child, and was cared for by a series of institutions and foster homes. In public school and college she pursued athletic curricula including baseball and varsity volleyball.

In 1983, Clive began training with Don Ross at the Olympic Health Club in Oakland, California, where she told him, “I want to be the Arnold Schwarzenegger of female bodybuilding.”


Vice Academy Part 2     BimboCop
Mob Boss     Noelle
Alienator     The Alienator
Sinbad of the Seven Seas     Soukra
Pathos – segreta inquietudine     Teagan Morrison
Interzone     Mantis
Jumpin’ Jack Flash     Russian Exercise Woman
Armed and Dangerous     Staff Member

Television appearances

* The Incredibly Strange Film Show, season 2, episode 5: “Fred Olen Ray & Doris Wishman”. A UK documentary program which in 1988 took a behind the scenes look at Alienator.
* Clive is the female bodybuilder in “California Girls”, the David Lee Roth music video, which premiered on MTV New Year’s Eve, 1984.

Writing career

Clive wrote the “Power Café” diet column in Iron Man for 14 years.

In the 1990s Sports Illustrated hired Clive to investigate murder in bodybuilding, but she declined to capitalize on her work because her “participation in the project was met with so much disapproval” among her friends in the sport.

Television screenplays

* Acapulco H.E.A.T. “Code Name: Cult Zero” (March 13, 1999)
* Acapulco H.E.A.T. “Code Name: Bucket of Blood” (March 6, 1999)
* Conan: The Adventurer “Lethal Wizards” (May 17, 1998) (with Charles Henry Fabian)
* Conan: The Adventurer “Impostor” (November 28, 1997) (with Charles Henry Fabian)
* Conan: The Adventurer “The Siege of Ahl Sohn-Bar” (October 13, 1997) (with Charles Henry Fabian)


* Body Sculpturing (Getting Strong) Anderson World Books (1984) ISBN 0-89037-304-3

46-Year-Old Bodybuilder Repeating History

Leslie Cockwell

Leslie Cockwell, 46, is not new to the world of bodybuilding. Leslie stopped competing years ago to focus on her career, one that has been successful in helping others reach their fitness goals, personal trainer and gym owner. She just recently stepped back on stage at the International Drug Free Athletic’s (IDFA) fifth annual Canadian Classic competition, that took place on Nov. 7 in Toronto.

“I have met a lot of women in their forties who say they used to be this or they used to be that. I thought I was starting to sound like that, that I used to be a competitive bodybuilder. So I wondered if I could still do it and I wanted to show women in their forties could do something like this if they set their mind to it,” Leslie said.

Leslie’s return to the stage and first time in the IDFA was rewarding. She walked away with the women’s masters’ and women’s open amateur titles earning her professional status in the federation.

“All I wanted to do was go and have fun. When I was competing I was very serious but this time I went in with a different attitude and really enjoyed myself. I know I will definitely compete in the pro division, with the next event in July.”

Fight Card Features REAL Million Dollar Baby

maureen shea boxing

Star Boxing has announced that December 3rds fight card will feature a fan favorite and house-hold name, well nick name. Maureen Shea, 28 years old (13-2, 7KO), the real million dollar baby, will step into the ring. Maureen was the lead sparring partner and mentor for Hillary Swank as the blockbuster movie, The Million Dollar Baby, was produced.

In two weeks, it won’t be acting any more, Maureen will go against Jenna “Cowgirl” Shiver, (9-4-1, 2KO), to determine the Interim WBA Female Super Bantamweight Championship of the World. The fight will take place in New York at the Manhattan Center. Tickets are still available through Ticketmaster.

Female Bodybuilder Debbie Bramwell Biography

debbie-bramwellDebbie Bramwell is a professional female bodybuilder from the United States.

She was born on June 6, 1966 and joined her first gym at age 26. It was immediately evident that she had a talent for the sport and, after some persuasion, she entered her first contest in March 1997 where she won her class and the Overall. Her early contest history consisted mainly of regional shows which culminated in an overall victory in the 2001 Borderstates Championship.

She made her first National-level appearances in 2002, placing fifth in her class at the USA Championship and has been a consistent top five finisher ever since.

In 2006 and 2007 she won the Masters National Lightheavyweight Championship and in 2007 she won the overall title at that competition giving her professional status.

Debbie stands 5’2″ and competes at a bodyweight of 138-140 lb. Originally from New Jersey, Debbie now lives in Alabama.

Contest history

* 1997 San Diego Championships – 1st (HW & Overall)
* 1997 Los Angeles Championships – 1st (MW)
* 1997 Borderstates – 1st (LW)
* 1999 San Diego – 1st (MW)
* 2000 Borderstates – 1st (MW)
* 2001 Borderstates – 1st (MW & Overall)
* 2002 NPC USA Championship – 5th (MW)
* 2003 NPC USA Championship – 4th (MW)
* 2004 NPC USA Championship – 3rd (LHW)
* 2004 NPC Nationals – 6th (LHW)
* 2005 NPC USA Championship – 8th (LHW)
* 2005 North American Championship – 5th (LHW)
* 2006 Masters Nationals – 1st (LHW)
* 2006 NPC USA Championship – 4th (LHW)
* 2006 North American Championship – 3rd (LHW)
* 2007 Masters Nationals – 1st (LHW)
* 2007 Masters Nationals – Overall – NPC Pro Card
* 2007 Europa Supershow – 2nd (LW) (Pro Debut)
* 2007 Atlantic City Pro – 5th (LW)
* 2008 New York Pro – 7th (tie – open class)
* 2008 Tampa Pro Show – 3rd (open class)
* 2008 Europa Supershow – 4th (LW)
* 2008 Ms Olympia – 13th
* 2009 New York Pro – 4h (open class)

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