Sunday, January 24, 2021

Female bodybuilder Laura Bass passes away

Laura Bass female bodybuilder

EOB: The bodybuilding world is in mourning again with the news of former female pro bodybuilder Laura Bass passing away at the age of 49.

The news about the death of Laura was confirmed by fellow pro female bodybuilder Tonya Knight.

Laura Bass female bodybuilderTonya confirmed that Laura has been suffering with depression for a number of years.

A number of professional athletes, including bodybuilders suffer heavily from depression, especially during these difficult months during the Covid-19 lock downs.

Popular bodybuilder Luke Sandoe was reported to have also suffered from depression before he was mysteriously found dead in May 2020.

Laura turned pro in 1992 after she won the NPC Nationals Heavyweight division.

She went on to compete only on two occasions at the Miss International between 1994 and 1995. She placed ninth in 1994 and tenth in 1995.

Tonya Knight explained the cause of Laura’s death on her official social media page.

“Today is a very sad day for bodybuilders and fans all over the World. Laura Bass has been struggling with Depression for a very long time and unfortunately took her own life yesterday. Laura was one of the most kind and compassionate people I know. She nursed injured animals back to health. She was one of the most beautiful and talented IFBB PRO Bodybuilders. I’m so proud to have been a friend of Laura’s❣️
Please Pray for her loved ones and most importantly her Son❣️
R.I.P. Sweet Laura. Sending hugs and prayers to David & Maria Schupp” – Tonya Knight

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

The Misconception Of Masculinity In Female Bodybuilding

How female bodybuilding transcends female gender roles and standards.

Helle Trevino

by Bill Dobbins for Muscle & Fitness

Since modern female bodybuilding began in the late 1970s, women in the sport have often been accused by some of trying to look like men. However, Charles Gaines, author of Pumping Iron, has called this kind of female body a “new archetype,” something never before seen any time or any place in all of history. So, if some people automatically associate muscles with masculinity, there are thousands of years of precedent encouraging them to do so.


But times change. Not long ago, women couldn’t vote nor own property. Female scientists were not eligible to receive a Nobel Prize. Women nowadays can be doctors, lawyers, vice-presidents. And they can train to develop physiques with a lot of aesthetic muscle and become competitive bodybuilders.

I’ve gotten in trouble over the years for saying that bodybuilding for women and for men should be judged by the same standards. People thought I was advocating that the women should look like the men. But what I meant is that the basic standards of bodybuilding competition – including mass, muscularity, symmetry, definition and proportion should apply equally to both genders.

The difference between the genders is aesthetics. That is, the physical structure of the female body is different than that of the male, so aesthetic standards will be different. And if bodybuilding judges need to be told that there is a genetic, structural difference between women and men, they are probably not qualified to be judges.

Women have a smaller skeletal structure than men. They have a wider pelvis and their thigh bones come down at more of an angle. Women have about 90% of potential leg mass than does a man, but only 50% of the upper body mass. Their biology determines they will carry more fat and water weight. And of course, they have only a small amount of male hormones in their systems than do men.

It is also true that the training it takes for a woman to become a champion bodybuilder is pretty much the same as that of a male champion. A curl is a curl is a curl. Top competitors develop individual approaches to training to suit their genetics and temperaments, but there is no such thing as a distinction between training for male or females per se.

Given real physiological differences, it’s harder for women to build upper body mass and to get really lean and defined. But history has shown that some women have been able to develop quality bodybuilding physiques in spite of the obstacles. But when you look at top female champions like Lenda Murray, Sharon Bruneau, Anja Langer, Alina Popa and Brigita Brezovac, nobody with an experienced eye would think they “looked like men.”

Actually, the difference in body size between most men and women in general is about 13%. But the top male bodybuilders can weigh 100 lbs. or more compared to the women. Much greater than 13%. So, the case could be made that bodybuilding doesn’t make the male and between the genders greater!

In any event, when you look at somebody like Rising Phoenix champion Helle Trevino, with her mass, shape, proportion and muscularity, ask yourself the question – aside from a few top male competitive bodybuilders, how many men do you know who actually look this good?

There are many men training all over the world who actually want to “look like a girl” – as long as that girl is Helle Trevino or Alina Popa or Lenda Murray. But to do so they will need to build a time machine and go back and choose different grandparents. Because genetics rules and you can’t fool mother nature.

Monday, September 28, 2020

The History of the Ms. Olympia Contest

Female bodybuilding continues to challenge preconceived notions of beauty.

Ms Olympia bodybuilding 

Barbend: There’s a lot to be excited about for this year’s Mr. Olympia. The “Superbowl of bodybuilding,” which takes place on Dec. 18-19, 2020, will see the return of seven-time Mr. Olympia Phil Heath who is donning posing trunks for the first time since his 2016 dethroning. Also, Flex Lewis — the former reigning seven-time 212 Olympia winner and a general crowd favorite — is making his Open division debut in an attempt to out-muscle returning champ Brandon Curry.

Unfortunately, all of this excitement has somewhat hidden the genuinely historic part of the 2020 contest: the return of Ms. Olympia. Women’s bodybuilding has, since its true
inception in the late 1970s, played second fiddle to the men’s division. The history of the Ms. Olympia division is a testament to this fact.

In 2014, the IFBB Professional Leauge disbanded the Ms. Olympia competition with little indication that it would ever come back. Amidst claims that fans no longer cared, the premier women’s bodybuilding contest was canceled. How and why the Ms. Olympia was dropped speaks to the barriers facing the sport. Specifically, what is and isn’t an acceptable female body. Such a question has plagued female bodybuilders long before the Ms. Olympia.

Read more at https://barbend.com/history-ms-olympia-contest/

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

She-Hulking

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Friday, August 21, 2020

How Feminism Has Overlooked Muscle Women

Female bodybuilders

Bodybuilding photographer Bill Dobbins on what he sees as feminism's blind spot. 

Muscle&Fitness: The progress that women, especially in western culture, have made since the latter half of the 19th century is amazing. This is especially evident when you look at parts of the world that have not gone through this evolutionary change. For example, where they are denied an education, freedom of movement, and even the right to drive a car.

In the Western world, including the US, in the not too-distant past, women couldn’t own property. They were considered to be the property of their husbands. It was just 100 years ago, not ancient history, that most women in the U.S. were given the right to vote.

Female Muscle
In modern culture, feminism advocates for women’s rights and equality, but it seems that some women who should benefit from this kind of advocacy have been left behind by the movement. Specifically, women with muscle who train and diet to create aesthetic physiques and who compete in various categories in muscle contests— in particular, female bodybuilders.

Women have been traditionally considered the “weaker” gender. They finally became increasingly celebrated in athletics during the 20th century, and many sports for women are now more popular than the same sport for men. As of the 1970s, women also started competing in bodybuilding.

But in the 1970s, this movement hit a wall, failing to recognize and respond to the gradually increasing discrimination facing competitors in the emerging sport of bodybuilding for women.

Of course, it’s not the overall idea of muscles on women that creates this kind of opposition. Throughout history, most people, including women, have been peasant farmers. In the days before mechanized farm machinery, muscle is what did the work. Nobody ever criticized farm wives because they had the strength to allow them to plow behind a mule, haul water or chop wood.

Nor does the opposition based on women getting big and strong exist across the board. Strong women with muscles have long been celebrated in comic books. Women wrestlers have become stars in that world. For decades, we’ve seen Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting competitions for women. But since their bodies were developed in pursuit of sports performance and not aesthetics, they’re accepted.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

IFBB Pro Beverly DiRenzo Passes Away At Age 49

Beverly DiRenzo
Beverly DiRenzo
FitnessVolt: The bodybuilding community is in a state of mourning, yet again. This time, it is due to the fact IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Beverly DiRenzo has tragically passed away.

Starting her career as a pro in 2000, Beverly always had a love for fitness, that she developed at a young age. Over her career she established herself to be a top tier talent in women’s bodybuilding, competing in the Open division. She took part in many shows, most notably having solid performances at the Tampa Pro, and winning the NPC National Championships.

Unfortunately it would seem that Beverly DiRenzo has tragically passed away. Her husband broke the news with a post to her Instagram, explaining that she passed away in her sleep. It is unclear at this time what the exact cause of death was, but he clearly was heartbroken at the loss of his spouse.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Bodybuilder Joanna Thomas Found Dead, Age 43

We're deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Joanna Thomas, a star in the world of Female Bodybuilding who passed away at such a young age. She was one of our first and favorite Area Orion morph subjects. You will be missed.

Joanna Thomas


FitnessVolt: The bodybuilding world took a massive hit over the weekend, as another athlete has been taken from us too soon. This time, it was British bodybuilder Joanna Thomas, who was found dead at the age of 43.

Thomas was an IFBB Pro, competing professionally since the early 2000’s. Moreover, she was the youngest female to earn her IFBB Pro card, doing so at just 21 years old. As a result, many thought she would have a promising career ahead of her. Unfortunately, difficulties with osteoarthritis began causing her severe health issues, rendering her nearly immobile.
According to a Facebook post from her brother, Joanna Thomas tragically lost her life on Sunday, April 26th. This was heartbreaking news that affected everyone in the bodybuilding world.

This is especially tragic news given the circumstances of Joanna’s health condition. She had been struggling for a while, not able to leave her house towards the end of her life. At a bare minimum, a certain amount of solace can be taken in the fact that she no longer has to suffer.

In terms of bodybuilding careers, Joanna Thomas had a pretty solid. Earning her Pro Card in 1998, she competed in some big shows over the years, including the Ms. Olympia. In addition to that, she became a nurse at the same time as pursuing her bodybuilding career, expressing a love for helping others. Ultimately, she would retire from the sport in 2007.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Audrey Hepburn with Muscles

What if classic Hollywood got a modern bodybuilding upgrade? Here’s one of the greatest, Audrey Hepburn with a rock-hard physique.

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Brought to you by Area Orion Studios. Original photo by Kai York with Jessica Williams
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