Rosemary Jennings No Longer Competing

Rosemary Jennings, IFBB Pro Bodybuilder, is not happy about the new regulations from the IFBB looking for smaller, softer looks for bodybuilders and has retired. In a December blog entry, she said:

“One of the reasons why I decided to stop competing is due to the federation changing the judging criteria and are now looking for female body builders to look some what like the ones back in the past and I will be damn if I allow any human being to play with my mind. Its bodybuilding….not fitness or figure or swim suit (whatever that is).”

Rosemary, who often went by Rose, is a dedicated bodybuilder. She has been dedicated to the sport and not the IFBB and has said, “you will still see me around with my big dense muscle.” We will miss Rose on stage but respect her honesty and loyalty to her heart and what she loves. Some love to compete and some love to body build to the height of the definition. Right now the IFBB doesn’t cater to the later and the later is what she loves. This is evident on her website where she shares a quote from her mentor in bodybuilding, Dr. Alfred K. Thomas and The Easton Notion: 

 “One should not be attached to outcomes , to results but should practice “detachment” in this case with winning, taking pleasure in that which, ultimately, brings one more pleasure”.

0 Responses to "Rosemary Jennings No Longer Competing"

  1. Ish Barri  March 15, 2010 at 6:12 am

    Rose is my favorite female bodybuilder of all time and I’m gonna miss seeing her on stage but she does have a darn good point.

  2. m7  March 16, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    I agree 100% with Rosemary.

  3. Real Man  March 17, 2010 at 7:29 am

    I agree 100%. Bodybuilding is bodybuilding whether it’s a man or woman doing. There are some men who think that all women should be viewed as Sports Illustrated models or like Wet T-Shirt Contests. I love women athletes and I love women bodybuilders, big, powerful and ripped! IFBB judges should quit and become Bikini Model judges and leave the bodybuilding judges to former, real, men and women bodybuilders. If you had all the former Ms. Olympias and Ms. Arnold Classic winners as judges, the integrity of the sport would not be damaged but would be kept on an even keel and the women would still be very muscular, ripped but not sexist and catering to bikini model look. If the IFBB wants to continue then the bodybuilders should go all go Underground and do their own thing.

  4. BernieB  March 17, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I can understand her frustration. Like other sports bodybuilding has evolved in its standards, but now they’re backtracking out of some half-witted attempt to make it more appealing.

  5. Dr.MaLajoie  April 12, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I am in 100% agreement with Rosemary and I too will miss watching her compete. I do not understand the ruling and and disagree with the limitations put on our sport. It is outright sexism and would never be tolerated if the same criteria were to be applied to male bodybuilders. They have already divided the sport of female bodybuilding (and the prize money) so as to separate those with and without muscularity; why further limit how far a woman wants to go is beyond my comprehension. I respect Rosemary’s integrity and her beautiful muscular body – thank you for being such a great mentor for me! I will keep watching for you because I know you are still out there training and being one of our sport’s best role models.

  6. John Tate  November 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I agree whole hearted with Rosemary, and I think she should stay true to her convictions!


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