Enter Dana Linn Bailey, figure competitor turned physique star, 2010 NPC Jr. USA Overall Champion and the new physique divisions very first IFBB Pro. WOW! That was a mouthful, but well worth saying. This lady is amazing in so many aspects of the female muscle scene. Obviously she owns the prestige of being the very first IFBB Women’s Physique Pro, she is a successful business owner, super sexy fitness model, and is very popular product spokes model.
Like many of you, I faced some adversity and challenges growing up. Rather than defeat me, they have become a source of strength and have helped me to become the person I am today.
I was born and raised in Spain near Barcelona and began modeling when I was 11 years old. From the beginning., I knew this was what I wanted to do. At 17, I left home with little else but a big suitcase filled with hopes and dreams.
My first stop was London, England. I thought I was going to be a model. As it turned out, I made sandwiches. My English just wasn’t good. After a year, the modeling career was going nowhere, so it was time to leave. I went back to Spain. Unfortunately, I did no modeling, and I gained 50 lbs. So much for that move!
My next stop was Dublin, Ireland. That’s when things began to turn around. I began working in retail. In less than a year, I lost all the weight that I had gained and resumed my modeling career. Finally, I was back on my career path.
To realize one’s purpose in life is a goal that all successful people aspire to. Though sometimes uncertain, if one follows their heart, positions themselves in a positive environment, and surrounds themselves with good people, the end result will no doubt be a happy and rewarding life.
I was born in the Brazilian capital city of Brasilia. I am the only child of two very loving, but strict and demanding, parents who deserve all the credit for helping me to become the women that I am today. From the very beginning a love of sports, competition, and the fitness lifestyle, was a passion of mine. It’s a passion that continues to burn in me to this day.
Great video shoot from women posedown at final – Ms.International 2011 at the Arnold Sports Festival 2011, where Iris Kyle took her 6th title. See complete Ms. International 2011 Gallery here.
Arnold Schwarzenegger feels “sh**ty” when he looks at his body nowadays.
The 63-year-old star was a professional bodybuilder in his younger years and was even awarded the prestigious Mr Universe title thanks to his rippling muscles. He went on to star in a number of action movies, including the Terminator films, where his bulging biceps and chiselled chest won him legions of fans.
Winners Announced for Fifth Annual Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure and Bikini Championships
Congratulations to Ingrid Romero for second Bikini win!!!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2011
Winners Announced for Fifth Annual Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding,
Fitness, Figure and Bikini Championships
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Four hundred and forty-six of the top amateur competitors from around the world and USA competed in the Arnold Amateur IFBB International Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure and Bikini Championships at Veterans Memorial Auditorium and the Greater Columbus Convention Center March 3-6 as a part of the Arnold Sports Festival.
Overall winners in each division include:
• Men’s Bodybuilding – Matthias Botthof of Germany
• Men’s Classic Bodybuilding – Jerzy Pisulski of Poland
• Women’s Bodybuilding – Alevtina Goroshinskaya of Russia
• Fitness – Diana Monteiro Noronha de Alemida of Brazil
• Figure – Darlene Escano of Australia
• Figure Masters – Anna Maria Giordani of USA
• Bikini – Ingrid Romero of USA
“Athletes represented 51 different countries this year making it one of the biggest international events of its kind,” said Bob Lorimer, owner of MetroFitness Gyms and the events co-producer with the Fitness Factory’s Mike Davies. “We are fortunate to collaborate with such fantastic partners like Rafael Santonja, President of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Jim Manion, President of the Nation Physique Committee who help us bring together so many talented competitors,” Lorimer added.
Overall winners at the Arnold Amateur contest in men’s bodybuilding, women’s bodybuilding, fitness, figure and bikini divisions may petition their national federations for pro status in the IFBB Professional League. Arnold Amateur winners who earn Pro cards will be invited to compete in a future Arnold Classic, Ms. International, Figure International, Fitness International or Bikini International.
Zydrunas Savickas and Brian Shaw both lifted 1100 lbs in competition. After three judged competition lifts, competitors were allowed a fourth lift to try to break the previous record deadlift of 1100lbs by Benedikt Magnússon in 2008. In this fourth lift, Mark Felix lifted 1105.5lbs followed by Big Z who lifted an incredible 1110.5lbs
ArnoldStrongmanClassic.com brings you the Arnold Strongman Classic 2011
Join world famous strongman Svend Karlsen on ArnoldStrongmanClassic.com, the official website of the Arnold Strongman Classic, from March 3-5th for scores, media, and interviews with the strongmen.
Watch as Svend recaps the WORLD-RECORD deadlifts that took place at the Arnold Strongman Classic on March 4th 2011
Congratulations to Zydrunas Savickas!!!
Tanji Johnson and Tina Durkin stood out with lean, balanced, muscular physiques, just slightly more muscular than the Figure girls. Adela Garcia, the reigning Ms. International and Ms. Olympia, was symmetrical and muscular….a little too muscular from my perspective. It’s understandable considering her long and successful career. Truthfully, her condition and muscularity have been set as the standard by her multiple Olympia and International wins. If the IFBB is looking for a Women’s Physique archetype, Adela’s physique should be it.
Finally, the Ms. International bodybuilders were called out. Now here’s a rub for me. I love muscular women. No, I’m not a schmoe…I’m married to a champion bodybuilder. I just can’t fathom that the IFBB is eliminating Female bodybuilding! I don’t care what the press releases state; it’s not about steroid use and women’s health. It’s about the money. Female bodybuilders appeal to a small market, therefore making them unappealing to fitness industry advertising…and there is where the bulk of the money comes from that supports magazines, sponsors athletes, and finances pro and national amateur shows. So here comes the WP…Women’s Physique…to replace bodybuilding. Take a figure competitor and stick a few more pounds of muscle on her and she’s still marketable. Mark my words: the WP will eventually morph back into bodybuilding. As the prototypical WP body is defined over the next year or two, each following year will find a woman just a tiny bit bigger winning, until we end up with what we left behind.
I’ll leave it at that.
The majority of the muscled women this year were in the top shape of their lives. Big, ripped, symmetrical, and ready to rumble. Iris was the apparent winner, even in the early judging. She did, however, have some trouble midway through the rounds. Apparently too dehydrated, the judging had to be stopped momentarily to allow a medic to bring her some bottled water and give her a quick visual diagnosis. You really couldn’t tell that she was hurting except for 30 seconds of her bending over, hands on knees following her drink. She rallied and finished the rounds with a smile and a very confident affectation.
Yaxeni was spectacular, and as far as my taste goes, should have won the title. Her muscularity was denser than Iris’, her shape a little more pleasing to the eye. Yet no one can come close to Iris’ lower body. Her long, full quad sweeps, hanging hammies, and unreal calves are light years ahead of the pack. Her overall conditioning, however, was about a week out from perfect, and it’s my guess the cause behind her dehydration issue. It’s a common mistake bodybuilders make at all levels of competition. They mistake the thin layer of fat hiding that ripped muscularity for water and desperately try to drain it with life-threatening measures. The perfectly conditioned Iris cannot be beat by any of the current pros on the circuit.
Maria Bello was unbelievably cut…I mean ripped! None of the men could’ve compared. Yet she sacrificed muscle to get there, coupled with a very week lat spread, making her a spectacle, but not in the running for a win. If she brings up her lats and keeps 5-7 lbs more muscle, she’ll be a top three competitor. Her ass was so shredded that it was a little sickening.
Alina Popa was pure eye candy. If anyone has the chance to become the new, long-running champ, it’s her. First, she’s gorgeous. That alone is novel in women’s bodybuilding. Even dieted down, her face still holds its beauty. And her physique is very balanced, perfect symmetry head to toe. She just needs 10 lbs more muscle and the trophy can be hers.
At that juncture, I had to abandon my comrades and head over to the media pit in front of the meadow of a stage, where the Figure pros were getting ready for prejudging. Arm wrestling was wrapping up its last matches and I was pleasantly surprised to see women competing. And a few of them had the goods that would have done well in the pro Figure class. Wonder if they crossed over.
Thirty minutes later, with the stage cleared, the Figure pros strode out one by one on heels that would cause nose bleeds for the average woman. To the woman, they were pictures of perfection. Setting my hottie radar aside, I marveled at any judge who could differentiate between the winner and runner-ups. It really came down to genetics. And I was pleased to see lean, hard bodies without some of the muscularity that has won previous shows. In fact, some of the girls could’ve crossed over to Bikini.
2011 Arnold Classic
What a show! The 2011 Arnold Classic is in the can and it was one of the greatest Arnold’s yet! I’ve been in the bodybuilding culture for over 35 years as a competitor, promoter, judge, and fan. Having competed in scores of shows and attended countless more, I can confidently say that I enjoyed this one more than any other, included the many Arnold’s I’ve attended in the past.
I arrived Thursday night to my hometown, having driven all day from Lawrence, Kansas and did some mental reps that evening to prepare for the weekend. The town was buzzing with Arnoldmania! I’m a 6’-4”, 275 lb., 53 year old bodybuilder, so everyone I met around town immediately assumed I was there for the show…..some thinking I was in it! O.K., my ego ate it up, but I’m not the caliber of bodybuilder the A.C. draws…I digress. My point is that everyone in Columbus knows about the Arnold Classic.
After entertaining one of the local breakfast establishments with a multi-meal order Friday morning, I set off for the Expo. Arriving at 8:30 a.m. made finding a parking spot that didn’t require a cardio session to get to the Convention Center a breeze. Still, the usual March Ohio weather made the short trek slightly miserable. A cold, light, windy rain camped over the area for the entire weekend!
The Media Pass ushered me past the minions standing in line, some since 7 a.m., and straight into the Expo expanse. I say expanse because it’s nearly 10 acres of interior open space with a thousand exhibitor booths and the massive show stage where all but the pro finals and Men’s and pro Bikini prejudging would take place. Exhibitors and their crews were scurrying around like ants, busy setting out their wares. I headed straight for Lou Ferrigno, with a small entourage in tow, to say hello to my friend before he was inundated with fans. We chatted briefly, talking about his upcoming projects and admiring each other’s physiques (come on, Lou is only 5 years older than me and he appreciates another tall, old fart who can still carry his own among the young muscle studs…and needless to say, he’s Lou Ferrigno). Louie flexed his left biceps for us, still ripped and huge. Of course, that just solicited a family pic, all of us and Lou, graciously taken by Lou’s assistant. My friends, all from Oklahoma, were duly impressed. They are all bodybuilders and figure competitors and Lou has been an inspiration to each of them. Glad I could accommodate…er…Lou could accommodate them!
Each year the titans of arm sports gather inside the Greater Columbus Convention Center on the Arnold EXPO stage for two days of armsport action.
Returning champions include: George Iszakouits, Margie Ciaccio, and Josie Moieeun.. “The Arnold is the premiere arm sport event in the world,” said Fairfax Hackley, event co-director. “The top athletes from Canada, Poland, Russia and the United States will compete including many world champions.”
“Armwrestlers stand facing each other across a table, one hand grasping an upright peg for leverage and the other hand grasping the opponent’s hand,” said Leonard Harkless, event co-director. “A ‘pin’ is scored when a wrestler touches the opponent to an elevated touch pad, or forces the opponent’s hand, fingers or wrist below the pad.”
“Winning involves a combination of technique and strength of hand, wrist, forearm, bicep and shoulder”, said Denise Wattles, event co-director. “Winning athletes often come from occupations that use those muscles, such as carpenters, machinists and posthole diggers.”
Russian born Oksana Grishina caused a mild touch of controversy when she burst onto the pro fitness scene a while back as her routines were so different from the norm – artistic with a distinct dramatic flair, but decidedly slower then her colleagues. This year in 2011 at the Arnold Sports Festival, they saved Oksana for last, and living up to her reputation her routine was unique but she picked up the pace and blew everyone away. Watch this video of this past weekend(and Oksana, we Love and adore you!):
A photo of ours from her routine at the 2009 Arnold Classic:
Video of her routine in 2009: