Well before her time, screen legend Marilyn Monroe was reported to have always maintained a regime of weightlifting and regular exercise. Visitors reported finding gym equipment in the corner of her living room. At a time before running was a popular for exercise, let alone for women, Marilyn is said to have regularly partaken in early morning jogs through the back streets of Beverly Hills. Marilyn Monroe was 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighed 128 pounds.
I remember purchasing a black and white tv some 20 years ago and being asked by the salesperson if I was planning to view reruns of The Twilight Zone. This photo is from the homespun website of Texas female bodybuilder Pam Franklin, who appears to date it from around 1986. I think that was the last time that the New York Mets won the World Series
Pam: “I was born and raised in Texas. I grew up around Corpus Christi, TX, which is where I first started working out seriously. My favorite body part to workout is back. I am married with two children. My husband, Darrell, has always helped me with my training. My children are competitive athletes. My son attends college and my daughter is an honor student and Fitness competitor.”
1998 Fitness Olympia champion and now figure icon Monica Brant shown below in a retro video deadlifting 135lbs.
Is a thong practical workout gear? I think not, but with a booty like Monica’s you can get away with it…
This is a huge collection of pictures submitted to Femalemuscle by our friends and fans that you won’t find anywhere else!
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Gladys Portugues better known now for being the wife of action flick actor Jean-Claude Van Damme, but to many in the physique community she would be better known as a bodybuilder and for her exotic beauty.
Gladys said she saw Rachel McLish on television winning the Ms. Olympia title and was inspired to start her own bodybuilding and weight training regimen. Her best placings were 7th in the 1984 IFBB Ms. Olympia, and 8th the following year at the Olympia.
The quadriceps femoris (Latin for “four-headed muscle of the femur”), also called simply the quadriceps, quadriceps extensor, quads, is a large muscle group that includes the four prevailing muscles on the front of the thigh. It is the great extensor muscle of the knee, forming a large fleshy mass which covers the front and sides of the femur.
The first ever IFBB sanctioned Ms Olympia contest was held in 1980 in Philadelphia with 21 contestants in all. The novelty of the event lead to great interest, organizer George Snyder was quoted as saying “I have had to turn away almost 1,000 people”.
The show was won by Rachel McLish, who is still an iconic figure to the day.
Top 5 of 1980 Ms Olympia
1. Rachel McLish
2. Auby Paulick
3. Lynn Conkwright
4. Corinne Machado
5. Stacey Bentley
Talk about a blast from the past! One of my favorite duties as the tech guy here at Femalemuscle is going through 12+ years of old content. Sometimes I find some great stuff.
The pictures above lead to a collection of good retro galleries. Check them out, you’ll most certainly be glad you did. Keep in mind these are OLD content, so you might find a broken link or two…
Oh, to be in 1985. 25 years ago people communicated with their mouths instead of mouses. The Spandex Years…
1985 As the spread of aids increases Governments round the world start screening Blood donations for AIDS. On the technology front the first .com is registered and the first version of Windows is released Ver 1.0 .
Terrorists continue to perform acts of terrorism including the hijack of TWA Flight 847 and the Italian Cruise Liner “Achille Lauro “.
Famine in Ethiopia is shown more on TV News in July and Live Aid concerts around the world raise many millions to help the starving in Africa and the pop industry in US joins together to sing “We Are The World”.
At 5ft 3″ and 135lbs onstage, Andrulla was known for her symmetrical and aesthetic physique. A black belt in Judo, she started lifting weights after judo sessions and entered her first contest in 1986.
A popular bodybuilder in the mid 90′s, British pro Andrulla Blanchette is now retired and according to Wikipedia seeking to become a chess master. Bodybuilding to chess – not a typical transition to say the least.
Watch her flex….
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Possibly the most infamous female bodybuilder of our times – Sally McNeil shot and killed her pro bodybuilder husband Ray McNeil on Valentines Day in 1995 and was convicted of second-degree murder in 1996. She is currently in prison where reports say she is still training and working out.
Many say Sally was abused and was defending herself, while others say she murdered Ray in out of jealousy.
Prior to her incarceration, Sally was known to wrestle. Below is a brief retro clip of her: