Monday, July 15, 2019

Female Bodybuilder allegedly raped by reigning Mr. Olympia

Shawn Rhoden
TMZ Sports: Bodybuilding superstar Shawn Rhoden -- the 2018 Mr. Olympia winner -- has been charged with 1st degree rape in Utah after allegedly sexually assaulting a female bodybuilder in 2018.

Cops in Salt Lake City tell TMZ Sports ... 44-year-old Rhoden -- who goes by Flexatron -- has not been arrested, but a warrant has been issued.

According to court docs, Rhoden's accuser claims she visited Rhoden in his hotel room in Oct. 2018. The unidentified woman told cops she viewed Rhoden as a mentor.

But, during the visit, the woman claims Rhoden forced himself on her -- and despite repeated pleas to stop, he refused. She claims he eventually stopped and let her leave the room.

Officials say the woman went to police and they collected evidence from her body that tested positive for Rhoden's DNA.

Rhoden has been hit with multiple criminal charges including felony rape, object rape and forcible sexual assault.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Make Room for Big-Bottomed Girls?

Bodybuilding has finally jumped the shark by starting a division for women with bikini-figure upper bodies and Kardashian-esque lower bodies.

Will Brink for T-Nation: I've judged NPC shows on the regional level in New England for approximately twenty years, as well as a few Fitness America shows and a few other now defunct organizations.

Like most old-school purists, I didn't love the inclusion of new divisions such as bikini and I got all grumpy about dudes wearing long, flamboyant surfer shorts in the Men's Physique division.

Still, while I may have had my issues with the inclusion of those divisions (where's the muscle?!), I acknowledge that they were at least all based on the foundational concepts of physique sport: proportions, symmetry, and balance.

Not so with the new "Wellness" division that makes room for women who have thick legs and glutes but a bikini competitor's top half.


I Like Big Butts But This I'm Not so Sure of

Problematic name aside, the Wellness division is not actually new per se; it's just new to the US. It's popular in other parts of the world, and I even judged a show in Panama a few years ago that featured that division.

While the gals who compete in the Wellness division are stunningly attractive – especially for those who like the look of thicker legs and glutes – it often looks like someone glued together the upper and lower bodies from separate people. It allows these leg/glute heavy women to compete where they may not have done well in say, bikini, figure, or physique.

Sound like an unbalanced physique? It is! I've since labeled it the Thickness Division. These women don't represent a proportional, balanced physique, which is the foundational focus of physique sports and what's supposed to separate them from a basic beauty show or T&A extravaganza.

While I, as a man with healthy, functioning sex organs, find thick legs and glutes terribly attractive, my judge brain just says "nope."

When I voiced my objections, one NPC judge responded,

"That's just it. This division is not about symmetry and balance. This division was made for the girls who are more muscular on their lower half. Brazilians, Colombians, and Venezuelans are the perfect athletes for this division."

Translated, that means to hell with proportions and balance. These women can't fit into the other divisions because they don't have either the genetics and/or the drive to fit into them, so let's supply one they can compete in to be more inclusive.

Okay. How about a wide-waisted division for guys like me? Or a division for pancake-butt women who can't grow glutes at all, no matter how hard they try? Maybe even a Dad Bod division?

Well truth, as they say, is stranger than fiction because one show has instituted a Dad Bod division. I shit you not. Sure, it's all in good fun, but where does it stop? Of course, that show isn't sanctioned by any major organization, but let's say it was widely popular at that show and it caught on.

With our all-inclusive, everyone should get a medal for just participating, striving for mediocrity society, could the Dad Bod division end up in more shows? A few years ago I would have said no, hell no. Today? I'm really not so sure.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Angelica Enberg Might Be the Most Shredded Woman on Instagram

Angelica Enberg
Muscle & Fitness: Generally in the bodybuilding community, there's a tendency to look to the men for the title of “most shredded,” but anyone who really follows the sport knows that's far from the truth. Case in point: Angelica Enberg, a new face on the bodybuilding scene with a physique that has legendary potential. If you check out her Instagram, you can watch her punishing the weights, practicing her poses, or just hanging around, looking godly.

According to sources, Enberg placed third in her first competition at the Norway Open back in 2014. She moved to the U.S. in 2015, so there’s a solid chance that she will be taking off in the near future.

Check out her Instagram to see some of her most awe-inspiring posts.

Kenya’s Female Bodybuilder Evelyn Owala Shines In International Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festivals

Evelyn Owala
KahawaTungu: It was a big win for Kenya in the recent Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival’s held in South Africa, as the country’s Evelyn Owala scooped two trophies following her exemplary performance.

Evelyn Owala
Evelyn Owala during the sports festivals
The annual sports festivals are sponsored by the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness umbrella body better known as IFBB.

Speaking exclusively to Kahawa Tungu, the Homa Bay-born star didn’t hide her joy as she welcomed the May victory. “I participated in the category of wellness, its a category for women out there putting Kenya on the world map.

“There are different categories for example in my category there was the height level [muscle part in the height level]. I was in the level below 163 [Centimeters]. The other category is for people above 163 [Centimeters]. The other medal was [for] overall win in all height categories, ” Owala said.

Owala, however, was not the only Kenyan who participated in the competitions. She was accompanied by Wilson Munene, who represented Kenya in the male bodybuilders’ category.  Read more >>

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Sample585MA0619 - Gluteus Maximus

Jhi Yeon-woo
South Korean Female Bodybuilder Jhi Yeon-woo recently made a trip to the expansion labs. We may have kept her Glutes in a little longer than expected… whoops

An Area Orion Female Muscle morph.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The Playground: Border Patrol

Melissa Dettwiller
With her bum in the US and toes in Canada, Melissa Dettwiller cools off at Niagara Falls.

Thursday, May 9, 2019


Fitquinn Harlkyria
The gorgeous Fitquinn Harlkyria made a trip to the AO labs, thanks to a request from a fan.

An Area Orion Female Muscle and Breast Expansion morph

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Meet the "World's Strongest Mom"

Aleesha Young strong mother
Aleesha Young strong mother Meet Aleesha Young, who has been a professional bodybuilder for half her life. But despite all the hard work that goes into preparing for competitions, her biggest accomplishment is being a wife and a mother. With biceps over 18 inches and quads over 28 inches, Young may be considered the World's Strongest Mom.

"I think people in the fitness world are surprised that I'm a mom because it's pretty rare at my level of female bodybuilding," Young explained to AOL Lifestyle.

"I knew that being a mom was a number one priority for me -- it had to happen for me," she continued. "I couldn't give the sport everything I needed to until I had my little girl." After Olivia was born, it took Young 10 months to get back into competitive shape.

And now, Olivia even helps out with her mom's fitness routine by adding weight to her mom's pushups and lunges. See more of Young's unconventional story in the video!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Female bodybuilder Janice Lorraine is Australia's toughest grandma

Janice Lorraine
TheMorningShow: Janice Lorraine is a 76-year-old grandmother, and she's claimed 12 world titles in the past two decades. The former psychologist trains at the gym for three hours a day, three days a week. On the other days, she recovers with an 8km walk. She's been competing in bodybuilding for the last 20 years. "When I started, there was nobody my age," Lorraine said. "I was 56 then, and gradually it's grown. "I get a lot of Facebook messages from people all over the world, mainly 50-plus. They're all so excited."

Dealing with trolls
While most of the feedback Lorraine receives is positive, she's had to deal with critics and trolls - mainly from men. "I get called old duck, old bag, old chook," Lorraine said. "In 2013, I was on my way to training for the championships in Greece. "A neighbour of mine, two years younger than me, he said, are you still doing that bodybuilding? "I said yes, and he said, it's about time you gave that up - you're well past your used by date. "I didn't want to waste my time putting those thoughts in my mind and dwelling on them. "I take (the criticism) and use it in a positive sense, in order tell others that you should be able to live your life to the full, and follow your dreams no matter how old you are."

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Playground: Redemption

Fitness model Corrie-Lynn Wilkes gets a quick workout in the playground of Rio.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Vegan Bodybuilder Set To Become Parliament Heavyweight

Plant Based News: Gold-medal winning vegan bodybuilder and psychologist Emma Hurst has revealed plans to retire her bikini suit as she sets her sights on winning a seat in Australia's NSW Parliament representing the Animal Justice Party.

The 37-year-old athlete, who has followed a plant-based diet for 19 years, wants to change Australia's political climate and fix the country's history of animal cruelty.

Bodybuilder turned MP hopeful
After being told she couldn't compete on a bodybuilding stage because being vegan would be too disadvantageous, Hurst set out to prove her opponents wrong- and did so by taking out gold in three back-to-back competitions this year.

"I wanted to make a point that we can choose to live compassionately and still be competitive on stage," Hurst told Plant Based News.

"But I also proved to myself that I can achieve anything I put my mind to. Now I am focused on that seat in Parliament and I'm going to give it my all - for the animals."
Read more here >>

Friday, April 12, 2019

The Playground: Desert Stretch

Gracyanne Barbosa - Burj Khalifa
It’s been some time since we visited The Playground - a land of giant muscle & fit women. It’s their world, we’re just living in it. Gracyanne Barbosa shows off her moves with the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019


An enhanced study of Kristen Nun. An Area Orion female muscle morph series.

Kristen Nun

Kristen Nun

Kristen Nun

Kristen Nun

Monday, March 18, 2019

Tragic Murder of Emeri Connery

Emeri Connery
AthensNews: Fitness Model Emeri Connery died while in a pickup truck with her police officer cousin near the southwest Virginia town where he worked earlier this month, and authorities are alleging that she was shot and killed by that man in an apparent murder-suicide.

Emeri Connery
Emeri A. Connery, 26, was a 2011 graduate of Eastern High School in Reedsville, Meigs County, who built up a significant following on social media as a fitness model, and most recently lived in Columbus. Connery grew up in Coolville and lived there through high school, her triplet brother Kyle Connery said in a brief interview Friday.

“Emeri was my triplet sister,” he wrote in a Facebook post memorializing Emeri and her cousin. “She was the most amazing, beautiful, badass, and inspiring woman I’ll ever know. Klint and I love you and can’t wait to see you again. You’ll forever be a part of us.”

Connery’s cousin, Bailey S. Smith, 21, of Duffield, Virginia, allegedly shot and killed himself while in the pickup truck with Connery. Smith served as a police officer for Big Stone Gap, Virginia. That community is located near the Tennessee border roughly three miles from where law enforcement authorities found the car (on U.S. Rt. 23 in Lee County, Virginia).

The Virginia State Police are investigating the Sunday, March 10, incident leading to Connery’s death as a “murder-suicide,” according to a release issued by that agency last week, after police found a 2015 GMC pickup truck that had run off the left side of the highway into the median.

“Investigators have confirmed that the shootings occurred within the vehicle and, at this stage, are investigating the incident as a murder-suicide,” the release reads. “A firearm was recovered from inside the vehicle. There is no evidence to indicate another vehicle or individual was involved in the shootings.” Read more

Emeri Connery
Emeri Connery, middle, is seen posing at the gym in this picture with her triplet brothers Kyler Connery, left, and Klint Connery, right. Photo provided by Kyle Connery. Kyle said this was the last photo he took with her.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019


Iryna Ivanova breast expansion
Red Sling with Iryna Ivanova. An Area Orion breast expansion morph.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Who's the Best: CrossFit, Bodybuilding, Weightlifting And Powerlifting

Brooke Ence, Dana Linn Bailey, Mattie Rogers and Maddy Forberg battle in Brute Strength series - FITNESSVOLT

Brute Strength
Brute Strength launched a male athlete face-off last year and because it was received really well, these elite female athletes will get their chance to show each other who’s boss. Each competitor is accomplished in their respective sport and it should be a great test for all four of them.

The first episode was an introduction showcasing each competitor

Here’s a brief summary of each athlete:
Brooke Ence is a CrossFit athlete.
Dana Linn Bailey is the 2013 Ms. Olympia winner.
Mattie Rogers is a weightlifting championship medalist who holds U.S. record in the snatch, clean & Jerk and total.
Maddy Forberg is a National level Powerlifter.

The athletes will compete in four events and each competitor will have an opportunity to shine in their specialty. But, four additional events will level the playing field to show which elite female competitor is the most well-rounded.

The specialty events are the max clean (Weightlifter), max deadlift (Powerlifter), posedown (Bodybuilder), and CrossFit workout (CrossFit athlete). Then, the four additional events will challenge each athlete on a level playing field.

Watch the first episode here:

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

90 Day Fiancé's Anfisa Nava Pursues Bodybuilding while Husband is in Prison

Anfisa Nava
PEOPLE: Anfisa Nava has completely transformed her body.

The 90 Day Fiancé alum, who appeared on season 4 of the TLC docu-series, recently revealed that she’s committing herself to her fitness as her husband spends the next two and a half years in prison — and the hard work is certainly paying off.

Anfisa shared before-and-after photos of herself on Instagram to show off the impressive results.

Anfisa NavaIn December, Anfisa addressed her husband Jorge Nava’s sentencing for the first time, admitting that it’s “been very hard” on her. “It has been very hard on me because Jorge and I are not just husband and wife but we are truly best friends,” she wrote. “We used to share everything with each other and since we aren’t together physically now and only get to talk to each other once a day it feels like a big part of me was taken away.”

Anfisa said deciding to speak out about the emotional toll of his imprisonment was a difficult decision, as she’s not used to showing her softer side to the public.
“I don’t like to show my emotions to the public, especially if I believe that it will make me look weak and pathetic. It’s just the way I am — I’d rather be thought of as a ‘cold-hearted bitch than a ‘crybaby,’ ” she explained.

But now that she’s being forced to adjust to life on her own, Anfisa has turned her passion for exercise into a stress-reliever.

“To fill the void that I felt after Jorge was sentenced and I was left on my own I decided to try to stay busy and do what I enjoy the most and it was working out,” she wrote. “And ONE DAY I want to take it on a higher level and compete in NPC bikini division.”

The Sudden Demise Of Ms. Olympia Competition In Women’s Bodybuilding

The era of overly muscular female bodybuilders is over!
FitnessVolt:  If you’re unfamiliar with the amount of muscularity many elite female bodybuilders possessed back in the 80s and 90s; then allow us to take you back in time. It all started when female bodybuilders like Lenda Murray (8x Ms. Olympia) and Bev Francis (2x Ms. Olympia Runner-up) appeared on the scene.

These women really took the female physique to new levels and would be impressive even by today’s standards. But the problem is… the standards of muscular development were lowered in 2015 and there was no more Ms. Olympia.

Before the 80s there was no such thing as a female bodybuilder who looked freakishly muscular until these two women took to the stage. However, there is one thing which really separates female bodybuilders in the 80s/90s to the more modern competitors.

Drugs Changed Everything 

Monday, February 18, 2019

Inside the life of female bodybuilder Jessie Hilgenberg

Team 12's Caribe Devine goes inside the life of Phoenix female bodybuilder Jessie Hilgenberg in recurring 12 News series, "Driven."

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Booty Builders

Natasha Aughey booty
Is “leg day every day” the future of Female Muscle? With the decline of the traditional female bodybuilder, more and more of the current muscle scene is focused on women’s legs and ass. It makes sense since a strong upper body is considered masculine while “child-bearing hips” with a big badonk-a-donk are symbols of femininity.

I’ve used Natasha Aughey to illustrate my point, but you can easily insert Bakhar Nabieva, Suelen Bisolati, Gal Yates or hundreds more. While I wish massive female muscle was accepted, I love these modern “Booty Builders”.

Who knows, maybe this is a vision of things to come. Sample581MA0219. An Area Orion female muscle-ish morph.

Thursday, January 31, 2019


I don't typically jump on social media fads, but this is one I can certainly get behind. Here a few of the many wonderful female muscle transformations posted in Instagram in the past few weeks.
Noelle Rockwell
Noelle Rockwell

Silvia Kovacsova
Silvia Kovacsova
Rita Bello
Rita Bello
Maria Garcia
Maria Garcia
Heather Munson
Heather Munson

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

FLEX - An "Experimental Dance Party" With Female Bodybuilders

Late for Work's Ammy Juliet Garcia (left)
Miami New Times: Sometimes you reach a point where you're pretty convinced you've seen it all. But in Miami, we're always looking for new ways to reinvent the party wheel. Rather than become jaded by the same old nightlife offerings week after week, creative collective Late for Work came together this past October with one mission: to create unique experiences.

Rita Bello
Rita Bello
Composed of Ramhofer and Ammy Juliet Garcia, Late for Work has launched a series of "experimental dance parties" across the city. "I've always had a thing for contortionists," Garcia says. The idea for Flex, a new dance party every third Thursday at Las Rosas, was born out of her love for the sort of hyperflexible, spandex-clad performance artists typically associated with the circus. It's extreme, physical, dramatic spectacle. These performers can sometimes be found twisting around giant metal hoops at SoBe clubs. At Flex, Garcia and Ramhofer offer a variation on the theme: female bodybuilders.

"There’s this one lady at the YouFit [gym] on 79th [Street]," Garcia says of Rita Bello, Flex's inaugural performer. "She's superbuilt, so she's kinda the inspiration behind it." At the first Flex party last month, Bello accompanied a lineup of DJs and live performers by posing live — showing off her physique in competition wear. She also judged a flexing competition in which party guests attempted to mimic some of Bello's classic and most challenging poses.

The second iteration of the monthly event, Late for Work will present two new female bodybuilders. But the idea for Flex isn't limited to bodybuilding. The party plans to expand to contortionists in the future — "anything out of the ordinary within the theme of flexing," Garcia says.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Party of Five

Jennifer Love Hewitt muscle morph
This project was started in 2010, but due to certain circumstances, it was shelved in the Area Orion vault.  9 years later I could care less! I brought it out and reworked it as a “celebrity muscle morph” with the lovely Jennifer Love Hewitt, who is almost a twin to the original model.

Art, even female muscle morphs, shouldn’t stay hidden.

Sample580LA0119. An Area Orion female muscle morph.

Monday, January 21, 2019


Dadaflix Definitely a new blog to check out. Created by Beckie Roth, Dadaflix is an independent comics publisher about sexy stories and articles about female health. She's an artist, morpher, storyteller, all-around bad ass, as well as Area Orion lab test subject.

Do me a favor and send her some love at You can also see more of her work at:
Dadaflix Store

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Ultraviolet: Bulking Up

Lifting, eating and f^©&ing - what else is a girl to do when she can’t go outside. UV gains muscle faster than trainers expected, but she’s got a secret.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Lenda Murray's Still Got It

Lenda Murray

Lenda Murray

The 8 time Ms. Olympia Champion Lenda Murray may be 56 years but she's still hot as hell and could kick your ass :)

Currently, Lenda lives in California where she owns and operates, Operation Boot Camp. Muscle and Fitness dubbed Lenda "the shape of things to come".

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Maria Garcia teeny purple bikini

Maria Garcia

Maria Garcia

Here’s the gorgeous Maria Garcia in a teeny purple bikini that keeps getting teenier. I love collaborating with MuscleGirlFlix.

Sample579LA0119a & b. An Area Orion breast expansion morph.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Female Bodybuilding Champion Pinar Coban Shot Dead By Boyfriend In Turkey

Pinar Coban

FITNESSVOLT: An unfortunate ending to a promising career

It was such a tragic ending to a promising career and a precious life. Female bodybuilding champion Pinar Coban (31), was shot dead in the Western Turkish province of Izmir by her boyfriend Ferhan Saricam (38).

The couple was found dead in their apartment Late Dec 28, after Saricam murdered Coban before turning the gun on himself. Saricam called his uncle after he shot Coban and said goodbye before he took his own life.

Neighbors called the police after hearing gunshots and explained they always heard frequent loud arguing between the two before the incident.

Pinar Coban won many national and international titles and it’s extremely heartbreaking to hear of such a young life taken so abruptly.

Authorities have undergone an investigation due to the incident.
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