Friday, January 17, 2020

WWE's Newest Pitbull


Credit WWE.com

On Tuesday, WWE announced their latest class of Performance Center recruits, their first class of 2020 and their first class of the new decade. The highlight of the class for most fans is Mercedez Martinez, a 19-year veteran of the ring who has fought her heart out to be part of the WWE. She has competed in WWE a few times in dark matches and more recently to fans as part of the Mae Young Classic. While there are a lot of articles bring written about Mercedes and rightfully so...we are going to focus on someone that wrestling fans MIGHT not be too familiar with right now but will get to know sooner than later: Emily Andzulis.





Nickname "The Pitbull", Emily is from Knoxville, TN, who thrives on competition, as shown via her mixed martial arts (MMA) background and as a contestant on NBC's Titan Games, where she was crowned the first female Titan. MMA was only part of her background, as she also worked as a massage therapist in the Knoxville area. Her life is dedicated to making her sister Sharon Shepard, a bone cancer suvivor, proud. In fact, Sharon was the one that convinced Emily to try out for the Titan Games in the first place. It was clear from the get-go that the people in charge liked Emily a lot as she was featured predominantly in their promotions and throughout the show, even though she didn't end up being the overall champion.Check out her Herculean Pull and Mount Olympus runs here from the first episode of Titan Games. Most also said during the show that Emily was on the verge of going to bigger things down the line, maybe even Hollywood. Well...WWE seems like a pretty big deal, doesn't it?!

Photo credit: Emily's Facebook

It seemed like WWE was a future step for Emily as she was chosen to be part of the April 2019 WWE Performance Center tryouts. The wrestling bug bit her good as she enrolled in the Jacobs-Pritchard Wrestling Academy (JP Wrestling Academy or JPWA for short) shortly after. When you enroll in a school owned and taught by Dr. Tom Pritchard and Glenn Jacobs ake Kane, you know you are serious about wrestling and want to learn as much as you can from two of the greatest minds in the business. Emily proved to be a fast learner as she was able to have a match within a few months of training, against local indy star and fellow JPWA graduate Kenzie Paige Henry. This one match showed how dangerous she can potentially be in NXT or even on Raw or Smackdown. Apparently WWE officials paid attention as she was signed to a developmental contract, making her the first graduate (male or female) from the school to join WWE.




Now...why are WE saying to keep an eye on The Pitbull in WWE? Well...for one, LOOK AT HER PHYSIQUE!!! The woman is carved out of stone! Despite her height, she is downright intimidating by her looks alone. But what can you expect when you do two-a-day workouts that consists of weight training, Crossfit, boxing, and jiu-jitsu. Based off the Titan Games and her workouts she post on her social media accounts, her strength is off the charts, which matches well alongside fellow fitness stars Dana Brooke, Mandy Rose, and fellow Knoxvillian Bianca Belair, among others. Her MMA background will match with women such as Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, and Sonya Deville. Her dedication to making her sister proud can make her an easy face to get behind, but she showed in her debut wrestling match that she is more than capable of being a heel. Besides the obvious backing of The Rock, Kane, and Dr. Tom Pritchard, she also has the backing of current WWE Superstar Natalya. When you consider everything she has and what she can improve on going forward, the only person that is going to stop Emily Andzulis from being a top WWE Superstar...is Emily Andzulis. We have seen what she can do in different platforms, and we are excited to see the NeXT chapter in the life and career of The Pitbull. Good luck Emily!

Photo Credit: Emily's Instagram

For more on The Pitbull, make sure to follow her on her social media accounts, and be on the lookout for her coming to a television near you!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmilyAndzulis75/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/emily_andzulis
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emily_andzulis

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Bodybuilding Fatheads?!

As we all know one of the key aspect of the bodybuilding industry is to SEE the physiques on stage and across various platforms, especially with how social media is. But for some reason, I never thought of the idea of Fatheads for bodybuilders. For those that don't know, Fatheads are the number one brand of life-size decals for walls, among other things. NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, and WWE (among other sports companies) have licensed Fatheads that sell really well. Now, I like I said before, for whatever reason, I never considered bodybuilders having Fatheads...until THIS photo of top IFBB Figure Pro Ivana Ivusic was posted on her Instagram a couple of weeks ago:


Photo credit: Ivana's Instagram (https://instagram.com/ivanaivusic)
Photographer: Darren Burns (https://www.instagram.com/dburns_photoflex)


More times than now when Ivana posts photos of her physique (as is the case with every female in the industry) many likes and comments follow. The comment that inspired me to do this blog post came from 1parks1 on Instagram when he commented on the above photo and said, "I need this as a far head wall poster!" That comment hit me like a brick wall. Why are there not any bodybuilding Fatheads in existence? I personally feel they would be big sellers. Imagine this...athletes can buy their favorite IFBB Fatheads as daily inspiration. Imagine waking up and the first thing you see is your favorite bodybuilder on the wall. If that isn't inspiring, I don't know what is. Also, fans can buy Fatheads to have their favorite bodybuilders with them every day. It will be as close to the real thing as they can get in the event they are unable to meet them in person.

So you can get a feel for how a bodybuilding Fathead would look, I took it upon myself to make some concept work of how bodybuilding Fatheads would look. Again, this is concept work, so this isn't real...yet. And of course, this is a female muscle site, so I did all female muscle personalities for the concept work.

Ivana Ivusic

Natalia Coelho

Christine Pomponio

Nicole Wilkins, Natalia Coelho, and Juliana Malacarne

Now...tell me in a straight face why this wouldn't work after seeing those concept works. My personal hope is that one day the IFBB will team up with Fathead to make this a reality someday. Or maybe photographers can strike deals with Fathead or similar companies to sell their works into life-size wallpapers/decals. Until then, if you want bodybuilding Fatheads, you CAN have your own made by Fathard by this link: https://www.fathead.com/custom/. BTW, if the photos don't belong to you, don't send them to Fathead.

What do YOU think about bodybuilding Fatheads? Comment below or let us know on our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

11th Annual FitGems Awards Winners

ONCE AGAIN...records were shattered in FitGems Awards voting! Here's the full list of the winners and runner-ups for each category of the 11th Annual FitGems Awards, as well as the top ten finishers of the 2019 FitGems Nation Woman of the Year. Check out our social media accounts (Facebook and Instagram) to view photos of the winners and the top 10 Woman of the Year votegetters. Once again, congrats to all the winners, runner-ups, and nominees!



PRO CATEGORIES

Pro Female Bodybuilder of the Year
Helle Trevino
Theresa Ivancik (runner-up)

Pro Women's Physique Competitor of the Year
Valentina Mishina
Shanique Grant (runner-up)

Pro Fitness Competitor of the Year
Whitney Jones
Tiffany Chandler (runner-up)

Pro Figure Competitor of the Year
Sandra Grajales
Cydney Gillon (runner-up)

Pro Bikini Competitor of the Year
Elisa Pecini
Angelica Texieria (runner-up)

Most Improved Pro Female Bodybuilder of the Year
Aleesha Young
Maria Flores (runner-up)

Most Improved Pro Women's Physique Competitor of the Year
Brittany Watts
Patricia Gosseln (runner-up)

Most Improved Pro Fitness Competitor of the Year 
Sara Kovach
Toni Wheeler (runner-up)

Most Improved Pro Figure Competitor of the Year
Ashley Soto
Lola Montez (runner-up)

Most Improved Pro Bikini Competitor of the Year
Beatriz Biscaia
Monica Ellis (runner-up)

Rookie Pro Women's Bodybuilder of the Year
Tina Williams
Barbara Carita (runner-up)

Rookie Pro Women's Physique Competitor of the Year
Dana Shemesh
Sheila Bleck (runner-up)
 
Rookie Pro Fitness Competitor of the Year
Anna Adams
Terra Plum (runner-up)

Rookie Pro Figure Competitor of the Year
Ashley Jones
Gabrielle Williams (runner-up)

Rookie Pro Bikini Competitor of the Year
Etila Santiago Santos
Hannah Ranfranz (runner-up)

Most Underrated Pro Female Bodybuilder of the Year
Susanna Jacobs
Kristina Mendoza (runner-up)

Most Underrated Pro Women's Physique Competitor of the Year
Ivie Rhein
Heather Grace (runner-up)

Most Underrated Pro Fitness Competitor of the Year
Michelle Gales
Minna Pajulabti (runner-up)

Most Underrated Pro Figure Competitor of the Year
Stacy Fujarski
Michelle Lindsay (runner-up)

Most Underrated Pro Bikini Competitor of the Year Breena Martinez
Eli Fernandez (runner-up)


AMATEUR CATEGORIES 

Amateur Female Bodybuilder of the Year
Brittany Nicole Larson
Erica Hartman (runner-up)

Amateur Women's Physique Competitor of the Year
Justine Albert
Yarelis Ramos Perez (runner-up)

Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Year
Abby Bolton
Molly Prather (runner-up)

Amateur Figure Competitor of the Year
Rita Villarreal
Bernice Higgins (runner-up)

Amateur Bikini Competitor of the Year
Daraja Hill
Ashley Parker (runner-up)

Breakout Amateur Female Bodybuilder of the Year
Donna Jones
Takeela Reddrick (runner-up)

Breakout Amateur Women’s Physique Competitor of the Year
Jessica Martin
Christina Specos (runner-up)

Breakout Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Year
Andrea Larkins
Emilee Clark (runner-up)

Breakout Amateur Figure Competitor of the Year
Cherish Richardson
Charlotte Quillen (runner-up)

Breakout Amateur Bikini Competitor of the Year
Hope Harper
Gina Scafoglio (runner-up)

Most Underrated Amateur Female Bodybuilder of the Year
Robin Hartman
Jenn Schmidt (runner-up)

Most Underrated Amateur Women’s Physique Competitor of the Year
Hannah Hussein
Hayley Townsend (runner-up)

Most Underrated Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Year
Meghan Cassidy
Amanda Reed (runner-up)

Most Underrated Amateur Figure Competitor of the Year
Mandy Harbin
Tricia Mowatt (runner-up)

Most Underrated Amateur Bikini Competitor of the Year
Nicole Desmond
Veronica Garza (runner-up)



MISC. CATEGORIES

Fitness Model of the Year
Wendy Fortino
Yarshina Ayala (runner-up)

Fitness Ambassador of the Year
Whitney Jones
Nicole Wilkins (runner-up)

Social Media Star of the Year
Yarishna Ayala
Ivana Ivusic (runner-up)

Moment of the Year
The announcement of the return of Ms. Olympia in 2020
Simone Biles becoming the most decorated gymnast of all time, male or female (runner-up)

Photographer of the Year
J.M. Manion
Will Wittmann (runner-up)

Fit Celebrity of the Year
Charly Caruso/Arnolt (WWE Raw/ESPN)
Paige Davis (Trading Spaces) (runner-up)

Female Sports Athlete of the Year
Simone Biles
Serena Williams (runner-up)

Female Crossfit Athlete of the Year
Katrin Davidsdottir
Tia-Clair Toomey (runner-up)

Fittest Female WWE Superstar of the Year (Raw/Smackdown)
Dana Brooke
Charlotte Flair (runner-up)

Fittest Female NXT Superstar of the Year
Rhea Ripley
Xia Li (runner-up)

Fittest Female Mainstream Wrestler of the Year
Tessa Blanchard (Impact)
Jordynne Grace (Impact) (runner-up)

Fittest Female Independent Wrestler of the Year
Amber Nova
Big Swole (runner-up)

Famale Physique Paysite of the Year
HDPhysiques/Preminum Physiques
HerBicepsPlus (runner-up)

Physique Paysite Model of the Year
Brooke Walker
Cris Goy (runner-up)

Promoter(s) of the Year
Tim Garnder
Chris Minnes (runner-up)

Fitness Clothing Line of the Year
Flag Nor Fail
Booty Queen Apparel (runner-up)

Team of the Year
Underrated Muscle
Cyberbodyshop (runner-up)

Male Trainer of the Year
Matt Allen
Dave Palumbo (runner-up)

Female Trainer of the Year
Wendy Fortino
Whitney Jones (runner-up)



2019 FitGems Nation Woman of the Year

  1. Simone Biles
  2. Sandra Grajales
  3. Helle Trevino
  4. Natalia Coelho
  5. Whitney Jones
  6. Bojana Vasiljevic
  7. Shanique Grant
  8. Nadia Wyatt
  9. Missy Truscott
  10. Megan Rapinoe

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

11th Annual FitGems Nation Ballot is LIVE

Our poll is LIVE! As always, you don't have to vote for each category, but it would nice to vote for as many as possible. You can vote once per day from now until January 1st at 11:59pm Eastern time. At that time, all polls will be closed. Have a wonderful rest of 2019, congrats once again to all the FitGems Award nominees, and best of luck to each and every one of you!


PRO CATEGORIES
AMATEUR CATEGORIES
MISC. CATEGORIES

And our big one...the 2019 FitGems Nation Woman of the Year!!!


Follow the conversation about this year's FitGems Awards by using the hashtag #FitGemsAwards on Twitter and Instagram. Post your predictions on who you think will win...as well as any questions you may have about any of the categories and nominees, or anyone you think got snubbed. Good luck to all!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

11th Annual FitGems Awards Nominees

Our 11th Annual FitGems Awards are FINALLY here! Things are going to be a tad different. First off, I want to explain how the categories will work. For all the pro categories, nominees will be selected from Olympia to Olympia going forward, as the end of the Olympia usually signals a "new year" for the IFBB, so everyone that competed in a pro contest after the 2018 Olympia ARE eligible for FitGems Award contention while those that competed after the 2019 Olympia will NOT count until next year. For the amateur categories and miscellaneous categories, it will be judged from January 1st to the conclusion of NPC Nationals, which will be the cutoff for award contention. And this goes without saying...wellness will not be part of our awards until next year.

Some categories have been removed this year (Strength Athlete, Super League) due to not being as visible this year, but those awards could make a comeback in 2020. One HUGE change we made is turning the Fit Female Wrestler of the Year into four different categories: Fittest Female WWE Superstar of the Year (the fittest woman on Raw or Smackdown), Fittest Female NXT Superstar of the year (the fittest woman on the NXT and the NXT UK roster), Fittest Female Mainstream Wrestler of the Year (the fittest mainsteam female wrestler that is NOT under WWE contract), and Fittest Independent Wrestler of the Year (the fittest female wrestler on the independent circuit). With as many female wrestlers as there are now in various locations and federations, just doing one category to narrow them down is an insult to them and to the awards. The awards are still prestigious but now it's more of an even playing field as there are those that only follow certain forms of wrestling.

Voting will begin sometime on Wednesday (December 18th) and will end on January 1st at around 11:59PM. While the poll won't be available to vote for several more hours, here's a look at the categories and nominees for this year's awards:


PRO CATEGORIES

Pro Female Bodybuilder of the Year
Helle Trevino
Margie Martin
Irene Andersen
Nicki Chartrand
Monique Jones
Theresa Ivancik

Pro Women's Physique Competitor of the Year

Shanique Grant
Sarah Villegas
Natalia Coelho
Valentina Mishina
Danielly Castilho
Laura Pintado Chinchilla

Pro Fitness Competitor of the Year
Whitney Jones
Missy Truscott
Ryal Graber
Jaclyn Baker
Tiffany Chandler
Jennie Taddeo

Pro Figure Competitor of the Year
Cydney Gillon
Nadia Wyatt
Sandra Grajales
Bojana Vasiljevic
Ivana Ivusic
Jessica Reyes Padilla

Pro Bikini Competitor of the Year
Elisa Pecini
Janet Layug
Angelica Texieria
Lauralie Chapados
Jennifer Dorie
Ashley Kaltwasser

Most Improved Pro Female Bodybuilder of the Year
Janeen Lankowski
Aleesha Young
Susanna Jacobs
LaDawn Mcday
Angela Rayburn
Maria Flores

Most Improved Pro Women's Physique Competitor of the Year
Brittany Watts
Jeannie Feldman
Patricia Gosseln
Anne Lorraine Mohn
Laura Hays
Reshanna Boswell

Most Improved Pro Fitness Competitor of the Year
Tamara Vahn
Liudmila Somkina
Marta Aguiar
Sara Kovach
Toni Wheeler
Alison Burns

Most Improved Pro Figure Competitor of the Year
Tiffani Lapoint
Martina Yabekova
Tanya Chartrand
Lola Montez
Laurelle Martineau
Ashley Soto

Most Improved Pro Bikini Competitor of the Year
Jennifer Ronzitti
Maureen Blanquisco
Camile Periat
Monica Ellis
Monica Goncalves
Beatriz Biscaia

Rookie Pro Women's Bodybuilder of the Year
Tina Williams
Andrea Shaw
Jessica Martin
Barbara Carita
Mona Poursaleh
Marla-Maria Merrithew

Rookie Pro Women's Physique Competitor of the Year
Kimberly Rieck
Sheila Bleck
Sheikha Nguyen
Dana Shemesh
Kayla Murphy
Jacqueline Estrada

Rookie Pro Fitness Competitor of the Year
Terra Plum
Stephanie Jones
Anna Adams
Ashley Packard
Kristy Fenster-Avery
Lauren Carre

Rookie Pro Figure Competitor of the Year
Ashley Jones
Silvia Henry
Autumn Cleveland
Heidi Larson
Gabrielle Williams
Amanda Welch

Rookie Pro Bikini Competitor of the Year
Etila Santiago Santos
Alexandria Ross
Hannah Ranfranz
Allison Yaeth
Calysta Upperman
Celeste Shaffer

Most Underrated Pro Female Bodybuilder of the Year
Kim Buck
Pauline Nelson
Kristina Mendoza
Donna Salib
Cris Goy
Susanna Jacobs

Most Underrated Pro Women's Physique Competitor of the Year
Heather Grace
Lauren Rutan
Ivie Rhein
Stephanie Waggoner
Diana Schnaidt
Trisha Vezirian

Most Underrated Pro Fitness Competitor of the Year
Minna Pajulahti
Shannon Siemer
Cong Mou
Viko Newman
Valentina Maria Rodriquez
Michelle Gales

Most Underrated Pro Figure Competitor of the Year
An Da Jeong
Michelle Lindsay
Brittany Campbell
Tiffany Boyer
Dawn Reichley
Stacy Fujarski

Most Underrated Pro Bikini Competitor of the Year
Jasmine Williams
Breena Martinez
Eli Fernandez
Francesca Stoico
Jourdanne Lee
Mariella Pellegrino

AMATEUR CATEGORIES

Amateur Female Bodybuilder of the Year
Erica Hartman
Dee Joseph
Brittany Nicole Larson
Danielle Willis
Rachelle Cannon
Jeri Bradley

Amateur Women's Physique Competitor of the Year
Lorraine Gonzalez
Justine Albert
Kathrine McLaurin
Yarelis Ramos Perez
Macey Toney
Kimberly Smith

Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Year
Anna Adams
Molly Prather
Missy Khasawneh
Stephanie Jones
Abby Bolton
Kristen Morby

Amateur Figure Competitor of the Year
Rachel Shoemake
Bernice Higgins
Ajanel Williams
Sabah Syed
Julia Champlin
Rita Villarreal

Amateur Bikini Competitor of the Year
Ariana Brothers
Ashley Parker
Cristal Medina
Mercedes Fernandez
Daraja Hill
Angela White

Breakout Amateur Female Bodybuilder of the Year
Takeela Reddrick
Kelly Lefevre
Brenda Beitia
Helen Davis
Donna Jones
Nancy Porter

Breakout Amateur Women’s Physique Competitor of the Year
Jacqueline Estrada
Jessica Martin
Danhne Villanueva
Christina Specos
Jada Beverly
Evon Pennington

Breakout Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Year
Shayla Jacobs
Emilee Clark
Haley Lisenba
Corina Harkelroad
Kimberley Baliutavicius
Andrea Larkins
Breakout Amateur Figure Competitor of the Year
Yahda Daniels
Melody Zita
Lisa Krause
Charlotte Quillen
Cherish Richardson
Natalia Marrero

Breakout Amateur Bikini Competitor of the Year
Charisse Briguera
Krystal Monteiro
Bryanna Barcelo
Hope Harper
Gina Scafoglio
Chantel Hall

Most Underrated Amateur Female Bodybuilder of the Year
Leann George
Robin Hartman
Kathlee Rutkowski
Janelle Gallo-Riegger
Stephanie Castelluccio
Jenn Schmidt

Most Underrated Amateur Women’s Physique Competitor of the Year
Patti Hanson
Hayley Townsend
Hannah Hussein
Shannon Applegate-Smith
Rachel Newman
Rebecca Libby

Most Underrated Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Year
Amanda Reed
Pamela Bartock
Crystal Parrett
Landra Tieman
Meghan Cassidy
Lena Squarciafico

Most Underrated Amateur Figure Competitor of the Year
Tricia Mowatt
Mandy Harbin
Nikki Nozano
Cassandra Bailey
Jen Mezzetti
Ana Melissa Cardenas

Most Underrated Amateur Bikini Competitor of the Year
Veronica Garza
Laura Lee Musson
Shannon McClead
Corissa Lorimer
Nicole Desmond
Samantha McIntyre

MISC. CATEGORIES

Fitness Model of the Year
Yarshina Ayala
Wendy Fortino
Tina (Nguyen) Middleton
Mandy Rose
Erin Stern
Ivana Ivusic

Fitness Ambassador of the Year
Mandy Rose
Lauren Rutan
Whitney Jones
Trish Warren
Wendy Fortino
Nicole Wilkins

Social Media Star of the Year (Instagram/Twitter/Facebook/Snapchat, etc.)
Yarshina Ayala
Brittney Terry
Melissa Pearo
Denise Masino
Ivana Ivusic
Trish Warren

Moment of the Year
Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Ronda Rousey becoming the first women to main-event Wrestlemania
Erin Stern returning to the IFBB
Latorya Watts's return to the Olympia after over a year's absence
The announcement of the return of Ms. Olympia in 2020
The announcement of the addition of the NPC/IFBB Wellness division in 2020
Simone Biles becoming the most decorated gymnast of all time, male or female

Photographer of the Year
Joe Bayer
George Kontaxis
Will Wittmann
J.M. Manion
Dustin Raymond
Lou Krivda

Fit Celebrity of the Year
Caroline Pearce (Premier Fighting League/ESPN)
Jenna Wolfe (First Things First)
Charly Caruso/Arnolt (WWE Raw/ESPN)
Paige Davis (Trading Spaces)
Denise Matenopoulo (Home and Family)
Tiffany Coyle (Let's Make a Deal)

Female Sports Athlete of the Year
Simone Biles
Alex Morgan
Megan Rapinoe
Julie Ertz
Amanda Nunes
Serena Williams

Crossfit Athlete of the Year
Tia-Clair Toomey
Kristin Holte
Jamie Greene
Katrin Davidsdottir
Karisa Pearce
Hailey Adams

Fittest Female WWE Superstar of the Year (Raw/Smackdown)
Becky Lynch
Mandy Rose
Charlotte Flair
Dana Brooke
Alexa Bliss
Sasha Banks

Fittest Female NXT Superstar of the Year (this also includes NXT UK)
Bianca Belair
Toni Storm
Rhea Ripley
Candice LaRae
Xia Li
Taynara Conti

Fittest Female Mainstream Wrestler of the Year
Tessa Blanchard (Impact)
Taya Valkerie (Impact)
Britt Baker (AEW)
Tenielle Dashwood (Impact)
Sadie Gibbs (AEW)
Jordynne Grace (Impact)

Fittest Independent Wrestler of the Year
Katie Forbes
Kamille
Amber Nova
Indi Hartwell
Heidi Katrina
Big Swole

Physique Paysite of the Year
HDPhysiques/Preminum Physiques
HerBicepsPlus
FemaleCityFlex
FitVids UK
Muscletease
Kriv Studios

Physique Paysite Model of the Year
Stephanie Marie
Carli Teperka
Brooke Walker
Cris Goy
Katie Lee
Taylor Smuck

Promoter(s) of the Year
Branch and Trish Warren
Tim Garnder
Chris Minnes
Robin Chang
Gary Udit
Jack and Ann Titone

Fitness Clothing Line of the Year
Tapout Fitness
NPC Active Wear
Booty Queen Apparel
Flag Nor Fail
Vanquish Fitness
Nicole Wilkins Collection

Team of the Year
Cyberbodyshop
Underrated Muscle
Team Williams Fitness
Worth It Fitness
Sexy-Strong
Fitness Mafia

Male Trainer of the Year
Matt Allen
Pete Ciccone
Noel Fuller
Justin Miller
Dave Palumbo
Sean Hayes

Female Trainer of the Year
Jennifer Worth
Meriza Deguzman-Ciccone
Whitney Jones
Wendy Fortino
Lauren Rutan
Torrie Wilson

FitGems Nation Woman of the Year
(the fitness personality that had the most impact for the industry in 2019)

NOTE: Once you win this award, you will AUTOMATICALLY sit out the following year as a way of keeping this particular award’s winners as fresh as possible, even if the following year is their best one in their career up to that point. This means last year’s winner, Cydney Gillon, must sit out this year

  1. Whitney Jones
  2. Missy Truscott
  3. Ryall Graber
  4. Shanique Grant
  5. Nadia Wyatt
  6. Becky Lynch
  7. Charlotte Flair
  8. Tessa Blanchard
  9. Mandy Rose
  10. Dana Brooke
  11. Charly Arnolt/Caruso
  12. Simone Biles
  13. Alex Morgan
  14. Megan Rapinoe
  15. Julie Ertz
  16. Sandra Grajales
  17. Bojana Vasiljevic
  18. Lauren Rutan
  19. Helle Trevino
  20. Natalia Coelho
Once again, congrats to all the nominees for this year's awards! Best of luck to you all!

Oh...heads up...we will be doing our own Decade Awards in the coming days. Yes, you will get to vote on the best in female muscle from 2010 to now. More details on THAT this weekend!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Juliana Malacarne...IFBB Wellness Pro?!

As most of you know by now, the NPC and IFBB will be bringing the wellness division in 2020. This is a popular division internationally that has produced some incredible physiques that are not seen as much in the United States. Now with the division coming to the States next year, it would not be surprising to see competitors searching for wellness competitors overseas for possible looks. I'm going to assume the look for the NPC/IFBB will be similar to what is overseas, but don't quote me on it right now as nothing has been said as of this article. But when they do get everything set, we'll post our thoughts on it.

Most wellness divisions in other federations have their competitors to have a muscular physique without much separation that appear athletic and aesthetic. Despite nothing set in stone as far as the look that will be rewarded in the NPC and IFBB, it has not stop people from guessing who will be the IT look for the division..including us. In fact, if the division is in need of an example already in the IFBB, we know someone...Juliana Malacarne.

Muscular, shapely, athletic, asthetic, non-shredded or dry...exactly what Juliana is now, and exactly what the wellness division could be?! We'll see!
Photo credit: Juliana herself


I know you are probably thinking..."Wait...this site is seriously suggesting that a 4x Miss Physique Olympia be the measuring stick of the new wellness division?" Yes, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I'M SUGGESTING! Especially the way Juliana looks now. Look no further than her recent post. She still trains hard despite not stepping on stage since 2017 (remember, she said she was taking a break, she NEVER said she was completely retired yet), and she looks downright amazing these days: a muscular, shapely, athletic, aesthetic, and healthy look that isn't shredded or dry...exactly how the wellness divisions across other federations are. Juliana has stated that she would love to return to the stage if it seemed she could do it without sacrificing her femininity, and the wellness could be just that. There are a few more we would like to see do wellness, but based off how she is not, Juliana is at the top of the list.

She defined women's physique...and if she chooses to, could defined IFBB Wellness!


So what do you think? Does Juliana have the wellness look? Who do YOU think has what YOU believe to be the ideal wellness look for the IFBB? Comment below or let us know via our social media platforms.

Don't forget to follow Juliana on her social media platforms:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/julesfit10/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/julesfit10
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Friday, March 8, 2019

Dana Brooke's Instagram Story Q and A Recap

It's no secret to anyone who has followed us for a while that we are huge fans/supporters of WWE Superstar Dana Brooke. With no disrespect to anyone else in the WWE women's division on Raw and Smackdown Live, we feel that Dana just might be the most underrated woman in WWE right now. For some reason, WWE hasn't pulled the trigger on letting Dana get to be the star we feel she can be. We don't expect any wrestling media to have her back, so we feel being part of the family that gave her a break in the first place (the fitness family), we want to show our support however we can, especially via out social media platforms. While we are aware of the trolls that comment on our stuff saying things like "she is no good", "she sucks", "why don't WWE release her already" and other crap like that, we are thankful for her fans who back her up while not necessarily are fans of OUR industry. Much respect to all the Dana Brooke fans out there.


Photo credit: Dana's Instagram



On March 5th, Dana did a Q and A (question and answer) for her followers on Instagram and she brought up some things we knew and some things we didn't know, so we decided to do a recap of her impromptu Q and A. This is her fifth year as a WWE Superstar (combining both NXT and WWE runs). She was blessed to have a great childhood with her parents and sisters, and the support has been with her ever since. BTW, she loves herself some chocolate. As a kid, she used to wrestle with her dad and stuff animals. Her dad and uncle had wrestling on at the time (wasn't on the Q and A, but I believe she mentioned at one point that Goldberg is one of her favorites. Dana can correct us if we're wrong on that). She was approached to join WWE and doesn't want any "what ifs" in her life, and she feels joining WWE has brought her closer to her dad. Her current favorite moments (memories) thus far is being the first person (male or female) under WWE contract to compete at the Arnold (and doing it twice), Triple H asking her to be Asuka's first opponent in NXT, dressing up at Ric Flair at Extreme Rules 2015, and last year's historic Evolution PPV, the first all-female PPV put on by WWE. Like many NXT alumni, she does miss the brand for the memories she made there, for the late, great Dusty Rhodes, and for simply being "a total badass there". She also would love to compete in the Arnold again and one day step on the Olympia stage. But as of now, her focus is on WWE and hoping to make a name for herself there. Speaking of making a name for herself, she was ask when she would get a shot at the Raw Women's Championship (currently held by Ronda Rousey). She jokingly (but not entirely joking, unfortunately) said that you would need to play as her in a video game (might we suggest WWE 2K19) for her to win it. But she is "hoping and praying after Wrestlemania doors open for her" or she'll "knock them down." (Personally, we hope she goes to Smackdown next month in the Superstar Shakeup and be in the Smackdown Women's title picture. We think she would thrive on Smackdown Live because she is going nowhere on Raw right now with Ronda, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch taking all the spotlight).

Her inspiration was (and we believe still is) Natalya. On Natalya, she said that she's "her biggest inspiration coming into WWE", someone that "always portrayed someone strong and humble". In fact, her first (and favorite) attire (black and pink), was inspired by Natalya and Trish Stratus, another person she looks up to. Trish felt honored when she found that out and give Dana a seal of approval on her Instagram. If Dana had the choice to face anyone at this year's Wrestlemania, it would be current Smackdown Women's Champion Asuka, mainly because she hasn't had her rematch from NXT: Takeover: Respect (yeah, we're not going to mention THAT one time from a couple of years ago that...well, can we even call that a match?!). Prior to WWE, she was a gymnast for 18 years, a diver for 2 years, and a pro fitness competitor for 8 years. She still talks to Tenille Dashwood (her former WWE tag partner Emma) quite a bit. According to Dana, she will always have a special place in her heart. As a matter of fact, she was beside her when she got the news that her boyfriend at the time, Dallas McCarver, passed away. Nice to hear that they still have a tight relationship even after Emma was let go from WWE.

Speaking of Dallas, his passing apparently did affect her more than just the obvious sorrow. She revealed for the first time that she has dealt with body-related self-esteem issues. As mentioned before, she has competed in the fitness division for nearly a decade, and one of the downsides to competing for several people is never feeling good enough. Her end to her fitness competition journey (for the time being, anyways) and the passing of Dallas was too much for her to take, and she did put on weight as a result. She wasn't feeling comfortable in her own skin despite being her heart and soul being the same and her caring for others the same as well. Obviously, she has found herself again as far as fitness is concerned and is looking the best she's had in a long time. Mentally, she has gotten better as well. She was a routine freak (and with her past, you can't really blame her). But she has now adjusted herself to be open for anything and be ready on the fly. She has also found love again, in the form of current NBA star (and aspiring WWE Superstar) Enes Kanter of the Portland Trail Blazers. She enjoys Turkish food and admires his faith, which is something she is deep on herself. In addition to that, they love to workout, do fun sporting activities, eat at healthy restaurants, lay in bed and laugh at silly jokes.


Photo credit: Enes's Instagram
She was asked for advice to give a new wrestler, and she said, "Always try new things! Think of the physiology behind things and story telling of the match! Make the moves mean something" (BTW, she is absolutely correct. Anyone can do a lot of power moves or endless flips, but if they don't push the objective of the storyline, then what's the point?! Make the fans give a damn about what you are going in the ring.) Also she gave advice to those that WANT to be wrestlers: make sure to get an education, which is something she still implements in WWE, especially for training.

What you see with Dana Brooke is what you get with her real-life persona, Ashley Sebera. Strong as they come, mentally and physically with "never ever stop trying" attitudes. The best things that have happened to her have been her toughest moments in life because of what she has learned about herself. In her own words: "Losing someone but learning how strong I was to overcome it! Then giving the strongest love I have in my soul to someone knowing it's ended, but feeling so happy doing it! Being so passionate about a job that sometimes doesn't go your way, but learning perseverance". She was asked in closing "Deep down are you happy" and her response was "I am extremely happy! I'm healthy, I have the best support & living the live God gives me, as long as He wakes me up, we will get through it!"

The fact she has this kind of spirit despite EVERYTHING shows what kind of woman she is and why have no problem supporting her. We do hope that wrestling fans get to know Dana like the fitness world has gotten to know her. To any wrestling sites, if you plan on using any of this article, please credit Dana's Instagram story, not us. We just put it together.



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Don't forget to follow Dana on the following links:

Her WWE Superstars page: http://www.wwe.com/superstars/dana-brooke
Dana's WWE-ran Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WWEDanaBrooke/
Her Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanaBrookeWWE
Her Instagram: https://instagram.com/ashasebera_danabrooke
Her Snapchat: Asha_danabrooke