Friday, June 15, 2018

'Real Housewives' star Teresa Giudice shows off muscles at bodybuilding competition

Teresa Giudice
Canoe.com - Expect to see a totally different Teresa Giudice when you tune into season nine of Real Housewives of New Jersey.

Teresa Giudice
The reality star is now a full blown bodybuilder much to the surprise of her fans. She competed in the NPC South Jersey Bodybuilding Championships on Saturday, showing off her new physique and toned arms while wearing a glittery purple bikini and Lucite heels.

According to Page Six, a source said the 46-year-old “has been training since December for five or six times per week” and has “drastically” changed her diet.

Giudice’s focus on fitness is a far cry from her previous day-to-day life which cost her 15 months behind bars for mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud before being released in 2015.

She doesn’t have any plans to compete in the future for now as “[she] just wanted to challenge herself physically,” but after finishing in third in the 40-plus division, that might change.

On hand to witness her impressive finish in the competition was her brother, Joe Gorga, and trainer, Tara Zito.

As for her husband, Joe Giudice, he’s still serving a 41-month sentence for the same charges.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

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Nataliya Kuznetsova morph
The amazing Nataliya Kuznetsova.  An Area Orion female muscle morph.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

‘First Lady of Bodybuilding’ Doris Barrilleaux passes away

Doris Barrilleaux

EvolutionofBodybuilding: Sad news today in the bodybuilding industry.
The ‘First Lady of Bodybuilding’ Doris Barrilleaux has passed away (1931-2018).

“Sad day for the bodybuilding world! I just heard that Doris Barrilleaux has passed away. Doris was known as “The First Lady of Bodybuilding”. She put on the first women’s bodybuilding competition in Brandon, Florida in 1979. It was Doris’s efforts that helped to open the door for women to start competing in the bodybuilding industry. It wasn’t long before there were more divisions for women to compete in – fitness, figure, bikini, women’s physique. She was an icon in the sport. I remember Doris on the judging panel as Mr. Teen Florida and have been great friends ever since, my heart is broken Once again to hear this new today, you will be missed! Another great woman and an icon in the sport has passed on but we will always remember her contributions to the sport. I will miss your kisses my friend! Till we meet again pucker up!! RIP” – Eddie Robinson.

Doris Barrilleaux
Doris Barrilleaux strikes a pose after winning her first
bodybuilding competition in the 1970s. Before then, the
competitions for women had been basically beauty contests.
Barrilleaux had been weight training since the 1950s.
Doris Barrilleaux was respected highly by the greats in the sport such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Weider family.

Doris Barrilleaux found the Superior Physique Association (SPA) in 1978, the first women’s bodybuilding organization run for women and by women. She also began publishing the SPA News, a newsletter dedicated exclusively to female bodybuilding. SPA disseminated information to women about contests and proper training and dieting. On April 29, 1979, SPA held Florida’s first official women’s contest in which thirteen women competed. The contest was held in Brandon Florida and promoted by Megas Gym and Doris Barrilleaux.

The winner of the show was Laura Combes. She also began publishing the SPA News, a newsletter dedicated exclusively to female bodybuilding. SPA disseminated information to women about contests and proper training and dieting. On April 29, 1979, SPA held Florida’s first official women’s contest in which thirteen women competed.

Also in 1979, the IFBB formed the IFBB Women’s Committee; Christine Zane was appointed the first chairperson to serve as head of the newly formed committee. One of the significant differences between the SPA and the IFBB was that while the IFBB was organized and run by men, the SPA was run by women and for women.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

How To Do a Pec Bounce From a Female Bodybuilder


Because we all want to know! Pro bodybuilder Crystal "Wildfyre" Anthony explains how to do a pec bounce - for men and women. https://www.musclesportmag.com

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Valerie Daugherty
Valerie Daugherty.  An Area Orion breast expansion morph based on a photo from LHGFX.

Friday, April 6, 2018

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Theresa Ivancik morph
Theresa Ivancik.  An Area Orion female muscle morph based on a photo from HerBiceps.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Morph fools Cindy’s fans

Cindy Landolt morph
I saw this posted recently on Cindy Landolt’s Instagram page and had to laugh. This was one of the original Area Orion breast expansion morphs Cindy had commissioned to see how she would look with a boob job. I’m sure she has no regrets and the post had over 14,000 likes and 500+ comments... not one calling this out as a fake.

Maybe she even forgot this was a morph when she posted it, but you can clearly see the AO watermark. That's high praise.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

What’s It Like Being a Female Bodybuilder?

Kristy Hawkins


The Bold Italic - I’ve been photographing female bodybuilders and physique athletes since the 1990s. I always thought these women looked cool, like real-life superheroes (I collected comics as a kid), but it wasn’t until one of my friends at school asked me to shoot her at a bodybuilding show that I really started to pay attention to these strong women.

Carla Rossi
Since that first shoot, I’ve seen the female bodybuilding community grow from a small subgroup that participated in one big bodybuilding contest to a worldwide community of a variety of athletes who compete in different divisions and categories, including bikini, figure, fitness, and physique. Physique is the closest to bodybuilding, but athletes who compete in physique have less extreme levels of muscularity. In both types of competitions, judges look for muscularity, symmetry, and conditioning. Figure competitors are less muscular, as are fitness competitors — both reward shape, balance, conditioning, and poise. As the category name suggests, bikini contestants wear two-piece swimsuits and are judged by balance and shape. Figure, fitness, and bikini athletes usually don’t flex in competitions, but they do perform a series of poses.

Female bodybuilding and physique training is a pretty neat subculture and one that’s often misunderstood. Even liberal, open-minded folks in the Bay Area have preconceived notions of muscular women, and often, they are way off-base. Like anyone who pursues a passion, these women just choose something that many others will never understand but that also takes over their entire lives.

Here are seven Bay Area/Northern California women who compete as bodybuilders, physique, and fitness athletes whom I’ve met and photographed over the years.  >> Read More

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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Marie-Claude Bourbonnais.  An Area Orion breast expansion morph.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Linda Steele Transformation

Linda Steele Transformation
Linda Steele is a friend of Area Orion and we recently came across her transformation pics. All we can say is WOW.

This Chicago fitness trainer and glamour model is the poster girl that fitness (and silicone implants) do a body amazing!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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Jacquelyn Hickerson
Jacquelyn Hickerson.  An Area Orion female muscle morph.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

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breast expansion
Doina Gorun.  An Area Orion breast expansion morph.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Holy Squats

Suelen Bisssolati
Brazilian women are known for their great asses! Many in the bodybuilding & fitness world are taking them to a whole new level. Take for example Suelen Bisssolati, a fitness model and motivational speaker from Sao Paulo.

She says, "The before photo is exactly 10 years ago. I was already training, but I was just a girl. I knew exactly where I wanted to go, full of dreams and plans, some frustrated, others went further than my expectations, however, I am proud of the woman I became. I fell a lot, but all the tumbles only served to make me even stronger."

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Female bodybuilder says Arnold Sports Festival discriminates

Beth Mandyck
Beth Mandyck
The Columbus Dispatch - Beth Mandyck had mostly hung around smaller bodybuilding competitions until she won the Ms. Buffalo Bodybuilding title nine months ago.

That crown vaulted the Rochester, New York, nurse to two national competitions last year. Her trainer told her to set her sights on the Arnold Sports Festival in 2018.

But Ms. Buffalo likely won’t be coming to Columbus.

The Arnold hasn’t offered women’s bodybuilding as a competitive category since 2013. Organizers said the number of women who wanted to compete in bodybuilding competitions had been dropping for years, and the Arnold offers several alternatives.

Mandyck, though, said the annual event discriminates against women by not offering the same competition it has for men. She has lodged complaints with the city.

“The Arnold is like everybody’s dream. When I went to look at it, I was aghast that there was no women’s bodybuilding,” she said. “If there’s a category for men, why can’t there be a category for women?”   Read More >>

Saturday, January 20, 2018

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Libby Powell
Libby Powell.  An Area Orion breast expansion morph.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Asia's Female Bodybuilders Are Smashing Gender Stereotypes About Body Image

Asia's Female Bodybuilders
Anna Ho (second from left) participating in the World Championships in Ulaanbaatar this October.
Forbes - “Women want to be capable in every way possible. They don’t want to limit themselves to only the household and their children. They want to be assertive outdoors; kick that football, and lift those barbells,” says Anna Christianne Ho, a 50-year-old bodybuilder from Hong Kong.

Ho is a poster girl for the growing number of female bodybuilders in Asia, fighting to eliminate gender stereotypes in a society obsessed with small framed and soft physiques, inspired by the imagery of its ubiquitous pop culture.

“Looking good goes far beyond skin deep,” says Ho. “All that spending on expensive clothing and make-up, means we pay least attention to the most important element: a fit and able body.”

Ho started focusing on her body after giving birth to her two children in Sydney. Being a health and fitness enthusiast carried her through some of the toughest moments of her life. A victim of domestic violence, incorporating a good workout regime helped her become a “stronger person, inside and out.”

Since the rise of female bodybuilding, gender discrimination has been a concerning issue. Female bodybuilders often experience criticism of their bodies, whilst they build an aesthetic commonly conflated with a masculine identity. > READ MORE

Jayne Lo
Jayne Lo, in her element at the gym.
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