Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tracy Meinhart: Newest Featured Contributor for FitGems Nation

Remember this name...Tracy Meinhart. While most of you are not familiar with her right now, I have a feeling you will be by the time the 2014 Jr. USAs roll around. 

Her first show: Complete. domination.
Photo credit: Tracy herself.

Tracy Meinhart is a NPC figure competitor, originally in Florida and now resides in Nashville, Tennessee. She first competed in 2013, and in all honesty, you couldn't have asked for a better first year in the amateur rankings. She won the Overall Open and Masters figure titles at the 2013 Hub City Fitness Quest, her show debut. It was my first show to attend, and I can tell you from personal experience, mouths were dropped when she stepped on stage. It was almost unfair to the rest of the competitors, and she was clearly heads and shoulders about everyone else who competed with her that day. She would end up following her big debut by competing in the 2013 NPC Tennessee State Show a few months later. She would win Overall Masters Figure and would take 1st place in the Open Figure Medium class, just barely missing the overall. The scary thing about that...she wasn't at her best at the NPC TN show and she did that good.  To say that 2013 was a heck of a year for the figure newcomer would be an understatement. 

Tracy now looks to the future with aims to become a IFBB Pro Figure competitor, as she will compete in her first National-level show at the 2014 Jr. USAs. Chances are high, but it won't be easy. We at FitGems are happy to announce that Tracy will be a featured contributor for our blog in the weeks and months ahead as she gets ready to compete once again. She will be posting photos and write-ups on this blog from time to time. We hope to have the first one from her soon. 

Look for this woman to do damage in the National figure scene next year!
Credit: Tracy

For more on Tracy, check out her new fan page at

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What Monica Means to the Fitness Industry...In Their Own Words (As Well as Ours)

Here are some of what you wrote to FitGems about Monica Brant, who went out on top winning the 2013 WBFF Pro Figure title in Las Vegas:

Photo from WBFF Facebook fan page

(Comments have been edited for clarity)

Trish Barchuk: Monica is one of my favorite athletes. (She) has inspired me to stay in the sport. (I) have attended two of her FEM camps and had a great time at both.

Christina Carcamo: I was one of Jan Tana's top tan artists. I was backstage fixing her suit and glazing her before stage at her last Arnold. She is truly a classy and admirable woman and athlete.

Viko Newman (Fitcrazy): She's one of my Favs!!!

Credit to original owner

RH of Norway: I just want to say that I have been a huge fan of Monica Brant for 18 years. When I saw a picture of her for the first time, back in 1995, I just couldn't believe what I saw. She was the most beautiful, gorgeous and sexy woman I had ever seen. Her muscular body, and perfect female curves, really took the breath out of me. I thought to myself that this woman will become a huge star within fitness...and my prediction came true. As every Monica-fan know, she has become a living legend.

As the time went by, I followed her career closely, and watched many interviews of her. From the interviews I noticed that she wasn't only a woman to admire physically...she also had the most incredible and glowing personality, so charming, nice and down-to-earth. Her beautiful smile and eyes were sooo captivating. 

Monica has made a huge impact in my life, and has inspired me so much when it comes to how I have lived my life. Her healthy and fit lifestyle have inspired people all over the world. She's the kind of woman most girls want to be like, and most men see as their dream woman.

13 years ago I thought to myself that she deserved to have a website, where fans could show their appreciation and support to her, so I made a Tribute Site to Monica on the internet:

To all fans of Monica: Feel free to visit my Tribute Site, and leave a message for Monica to read, in my guestbook!

Since I saw a photo of her for the first time, I have never seen any woman being even close to having such a perfect body, looks and personality as she has. In my eyes Monica Brant is a true Goddess, and I worship her more than words can describe.

If you read this Monica: You still look as beautiful, stunning and breathtaking, as you always have! You will always be my number one!

Rod McConnell (Vice President of MidWestern Fitness): We have gotten to know Monica over the last year, and although it has been a short period of time, I can honestly say she should give lessons on how to be a professional.  She not only is one of the best fitness competitors to ever get on the stage, she is an even better person.

I have been in the industry for some years now, and have followed bodybuilding my entire adult life.  I can honestly say, not one person, or athlete I have ever dealt with has the standing in my book as Monica does.  She's motivational, inspiring, friendly, knowledgeable, fun and extremely professional.  I can't imagine knowing her for the short time I have, how much more impressed I will be after years of her friendship.  I'm taking a little leap calling her a friend, because of our short time knowing each other, but it's such a honor to be classed as a friend, I can't help myself.  Congrats Monica on all success, well deserved!! 

I can go on and on and on about how much Monica means to the industry, but I think it's obvious to so many people that she is more than just a competitor, more than just a champion. She represents what the fitness industry should be all about. She will be greatly missed on stage by so many, but her fitness journey is far from over as she will be transitioning into track and field full-time. This isn't "Good-Bye", just simply "Thank You" and "Good luck in your new adventures!"

Thanks for everything, Monica!!!! :)
Credit to original owner

To keep up with everything Monica, like her on Facebook at and follow her on Twitter at And, of course, check out her website at!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Celebrate "Monica Brant Week" Next Week on FitGems Nation!

This time of the year is always big, as we are closer and closer to the Olympia, the biggest show of the year for this sport. This year, in addition to what is looking to be one of the most competitive Olympias in years, a legend steps on stage for the final time on a show that's widely gaining a lot of popularity. On August 23-24, the WBFF (World Beauty Fitness & Fashion) Finals will take place in Las Vegas, and Monica Brant, who many look at as arguably the top physique competitor of all time, will step on stage for the final time in her illustrious career.

Monica Brant in 2010 WBFF Worlds. 

In honor of her swan song and her career, FitGems Nation is proud to announce that we will be dedicating all of next week to Monica Brant, beginning on Monday and ending on Saturday. Photos, videos, and testimonials from fellow competitors and fans will be posted throughout the entire FitGems network (our main website, Facebook, Twitter, possibly Youtube and even the revamped MySpace). If you have any photos or videos of Monica that you would like to share with us, or if you have any words that you like to share about your experience with competing with Monica or want to talk about how she has influenced you as a person, please email us at, placing Monica Brant Week in the subject line. Also, for those using Facebook and Twitter, we will be using the hashtag #MonicaBrantWeek , and we encourage you to use this all week long next week if you can.

Hope you join us in celebrating the career of one of the best competitors to ever step on stage!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Diva Physique: First Wrestling Website Dedicated to Wrestling's Fittest Women

The FitGems Network continues to evolve with each passing year, it seems. A few months ago, I had this crazy idea in my head about a website dedicated to the best female physiques in professional wrestling history. For those that know me, you know how big of a wrestling fan I am, so it only seemed right that I open a site like that. In fact, there's not a site like it in the wrestling fansite world today, which makes it all the more unique. The name of the site is Diva Physique.

Part of our upcoming banner!

As a wrestler, you have to be in pretty good shape to deliver moves and take moves. But there are times where you can't help but notices how toned and fit a decent amount of them are. That's where Diva Physique comes in.

The site has been opened for a few months and already there have been photos of past and present female wrestlers from WWE, WCW, ECW, and TNA such as Miss Tessmacher, Torrie Wilson, Trish Stratus, Ivory, Jamie Keyes, Eve Torres, Madison Rayne, and more, with plenty of more ladies to be postedas the site progresses. So yeah, this site is FAR from being done, and the best part is, that in time it will continue to evolve with new wrestlers and former wrestlers possible getting in better shape than when they were wrestling. In time, we hope to have some past and present WWE Divas, TNA Knockouts, independent wrestlers, and wrestlers from past organizations such as WCW and ECW to provide fitness tips and stories, and maybe even some fitness secrets that that would like to share with the wrestling fanbase and fitness fanbase alike.

Check Diva Physique out at Diva Physique is also on Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram ( If you have any suggestions, comments, concerns, or if you would like to join the Diva Physique staff (we are currently accepting members, BTW), you can email us at

If you're a wrestling fan, this is a site you must check out!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Fox Sports One and the Bodybuilding/Fitness World...Could It Happen?

For those that are sports fanatics, a new multi-sports channel called Fox Sports One will be launched on August 17 of this year. This is a big thing as it will give sports-news juggernaut ESPN a run for their money. Currently, the main sports that will be part of Fox Sports One are college basketball and football, MLB (in 2014), NASCAR, NFL (ancillary programs), soccer and UFC.

Photo credit: Fox Sports MSN website

On that note, FitGems was thinking...can Fox Sports One eventually be a future home for our sport? ESPN used to be the home of bodybuilding events. A lot of you can recall the days that the Fitness America Pageant was broadcast on ESPN2 and for some, it launched their careers in a big way. I owe them a reason  for me even FINDING OUT about the sport of bodybuilding. But sadly, that's no longer the case on ESPN and I highly doubt they will ever show events like that again...not at long as spelling bees and hot dog eating contests are telecast on there. That, and more OPINIONATED material rather than actual sports news and sporting events.

Fox Sports One has the opportunity to truly become an alternative to ESPN by broadcasting some of the events of the bodybuilding world such as the Arnold, Olympia, and Nationals. The market seems to be out there. I mean, people watch "crap" (and I'm using it the nicest way I humanly can) such as Honey Boo Boo and the Kardashians on a weekly basis, so why not? There are crazier things on TV...things that get big ratings, BTW. And if it can't be a cable network, maybe make it an online channel for apps or something. It seems like with the emergence of divisions that are less about size and more about a more attainable look (bikini division, I'm looking right at you) now would be a great time to truly take this sport to a mainstream level in terms of exposure.

What do you think? Should Fox Sports One look into having bodybuilding (and by that, I mean all the divisions) on their upcoming channel, or even with the more "mainstream-look" divisions, the sport is too "cult-like" for mainstream television? Comment below or leave a comment at our Facebook fan page at

Thursday, May 23, 2013

WWE Divas Division Adding Some Muscle...Literally!

There were plans that Paul Levesque aka Triple H was going to rebuild the Divas division via development, and it looks like based off today's news, the rumors appear to be true. Announced by various wrestling sites, IFBB bikini competitors Lexi Kaufman and Christina Vargas have signed WWE development deals.

Get ready, WWE Universe! They are coming to take over the Divas division!
Credit: Christina Vargas's Facebook

While most wrestling fans are just now finding out about this, we at FitGems Nation (as well as our good friends over at Fit Model TV)have known about this for months. In fact, fans of Lexi and Christina have known about this for months if they have followed them on their Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. To say we are proud of these ladies would be an understatement. The WWE Divas division is in need of some serious muscle right now, and WWE has LITERALLY added that with these two ladies on the scene. 

The hardcore wrestling fans (aka marks and the IWC, which stands for internet wrestling community) are gonna be hard to please because they didn't come from the indies, but if they knew what we know, they have nothing to worry about. Both ladies have put in hard work for years to attain their physiques, and they will put in the effort to entertain you as WWE Divas. We hope they will make it far and take WWE by storm. We're rooting for you both!

Check out the links below for more on WWE's newest developmental divas:

Lexi Kaufman

Christina Vargas:

Monday, May 6, 2013

FitGems FitMom 2013 (UPDATED)

Mother's Day is fast approaching (in fact, I almost let the date slip from me this year! Long year in school. Don't ask. LOL). With that being said, after a year off, we are proud to bring back the FitGems FitMom contest. We will be giving the winning mother $200 and any item they want from the FitGems Online Store ( It's our way of saying "Thank You" for being an inspiration to moms everywhere.

All fit mothers are eligible to compete, no matter if they compete or have retired, and no matter what federation they are a part of. To enter the contest, all you need to do is send us a photo of yourself and a small wording on why you feel you are an inspiration to not just mothers, but for every woman who wants to live a healthier life. It doesn't have to be a long essay. Length is at your discretion. Send it via email at, and put FitGems FitMom 2013 in the subject line.

UPDATE: Because of time, we have made some changes. Although Mother's Day is over, we will keep this contest going all month long! You will have up until May 31st at Noon to enter the contest. Around 1pm on May 31st, a link will be posted via our Facebook fan page ( and on our Twitter account ( that you can vote for your favorites up until midnight on Monday, June 3rd at noon, which is when the winner will be announced.

Good luck to everyone who enters!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Interview with Tiffany Morgan

Tiffany Morgan, aka the Figuretron, is currently getting ready to compete in the Team Universe later on this summer. Tiffany talks to us about her background, whether she prefers weight training or cardio, and what fitness events she would like to see broadcast on TV. 

All photos came from Tiffany herself and belong to their respective companies.

FitGems Nation: First off, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Tiffany Morgan: My name is Tiffany Morgan my nickname in the league is Figuretron.

FitGems: How did you get involved in the fitness industry in the first place?
Tiffany: I started training to better my health and I had a friend that use to compete back in 2010 so i contacted her trainer  Reese Brown and he helped me prepare for the 2010 Southern Isles Competition in Savannah. I've been hooked ever since.

FitGems: What do you enjoy most about competing?
Tiffany: I love a challenge and competing definitely challenges me to improve and transform my physique. I'm a performer and love being on stage and I love being an athlete so competing as a figure athlete gives me the bet of both worlds.

FitGems: Which do you feel is your greatest strength when training: cardio or weight-training?
Tiffany: I HATE cardio Lol the less i have to do the better!I adore weight training I never get tired of it. I'd rather be at a weight bench than on a treadmill. I'm 12 weeks out from team Universe and thanks to my trainer Noel Fuller, I haven't done any cardio since September.

FitGems: What division do you compete in and what’s the best thing about competing in that division?
Tiffany: I'm a Figure competitor. My favorite part is flexing in six inch heels :)

(Editor's Note: Wait...what?! I thought flexing in a figure competition wasn't allowed. Am I thinking too much into it. Uhh..yeah, moving on. Sorry!)

FitGems: If it was up to you, what would be one thing you would want to add or take away from your division?
Tiffany: I wouldn't change a thing.If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

FitGems: With the rise of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc,), how important do you feel it is for competitors to participate in it?
Tiffany: It's vital as a public figure. Everything is viral and social media driven and it's the fastest way to communicate with fans and followers.

FitGems: Who (living or dead) do you look up to for inspiration, whether they are part of the fitness industry or not?
Tiffany: My dad because he continues to push and inspire me everyday. He was a basketball coach and served in the US Army for 20 years and he knows what it takes to be a true champion.

FitGems: If you were not competing or part of the fitness industry, what would you be doing now?
Tiffany: I cross train as a pole dancer and I would probably compete  there if i wasn't a figure competitor. It's harder than it looks and great for your upper body and core strength! Or I'd be a stand up comedian, I love making people laugh until they cry.

FitGems: What (if anything) would you change about the fitness industry?
Tiffany: I wish bodybuilding was televised on ESPN. The Olympia or the Arnold Classic would be awesome to watch on tv.

(Editor's Note: Not a lie was told.)

FitGems: After competition, what do you plan to do to give back to the industry?
Tiffany: I hope to become a promoter in the future. I want to give competitors the opportunity to showcase themselves onstage for years to come.

FitGems: Any closing words for your fans and supporters?
Tiffany: Thank you for constantly encouraging me and laughing at my corny jokes and posts!

FitGems: Again, thank you so much for doing this interview with us! For those that want to keep up on your future competitions and other plans, how can fans contact you? (Facebook fan page, Twitter, email, website, blog, other social media outlet, etc.) Also, if there's anything you want to plug in, you are more than welcome to do so.
Tiffany: I'm competing this year at the 2013 NPC team Universe Championship. I'm on Facebook as Tiffany Nicole

Interview with Amy Savinon

Amy Savinon is a fitness competitor who has a history in gymnastics and is a graphics designer, and even own her own company. Amy talks to us about her background, her plans, and why being natural to her is more important than having an "ideal" look, whether it wins her a competition or not. 

All photos were provided by Amy herself and belong to the respective companies.

FitGems Nation: First off, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Amy Savinon: My name is Amy, I’m 28 currently residing in Gilbert, Arizona working as a full time Graphic Designer as well as owning my own Custom Design Invitations Company, PaperTales Custom.

FitGems: How did you get involved in the fitness industry in the first place?
Amy: It wasn’t until recently that I became involved in the competition aspect of fitness. My boyfriend was about to get deployed to Afghanistan (Marines) and wanted something to keep me busy while he was gone. Little did I know that trying to “keep busy” is an understatement when training for a fitness competition.

FitGems: What do you enjoy most about competing?
Amy: I’ve always been able to express myself through competition. I had a wonderful 11 year gymnastics career, reaching level 10 and competing at a National Level I was eager to find something to feed my love for competition.

FitGems: Which do you feel is your greatest strength when training: cardio or weight-training?
Amy: In this industry you absolutely need a combination of weight training, cardio and a good diet plan. I would say by far my strength is in my weight training. For my size I think people are surprised sometimes at what I’m able to push or lift. I like the look on people’s faces when I can just hop up on a bar and do a set of pull-ups with no help!

FitGems: What division do you compete in and what’s the best thing about competing in that division?
Amy: I compete in the Fitness division and the best thing about being able to compete in Fitness is surprising myself of what skills my body can still do even after gymnastics.

FitGems: If it was up to you, what would be one thing you would want to add or take away from your division?
Amy: The one thing I would want to add to my division is the mandatory moves. I’ve heard mixed reviews from different shows about not requiring any mandatory moves. Even though dedication is needed for each division, requiring the competitors to showcase skills in their routine is what separates fitness from the other divisions.

FitGems: With the rise of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc,), how important do you feel it is for competitors to participate in it?
Amy: I am personally heavily involved in social media, for my own personal use as well as on a fitness level. Social media has played a big role on how people interact with each other. The fitness community is huge in every aspect of social media, and when starting out as a competitor you’re essentially branding yourself as a business. Community strength is a very powerful branding source.

FitGems: Who (living or dead) do you look up to for inspiration, whether they are part of the fitness industry or not?
Amy: I’ve looked up to Oksana Grishina for all my fitness inspiration. She is extremely dedicated to her goals and always strives to be better than the next. She comes from a military and gymnastics as well, which is showcased throughout her routine. I hope that I can project the same beauty, grace and strength on stage as she shows in each and every one of her fitness routines.

FitGems: If you were not competing or part of the fitness industry, what would you be doing now?
Amy: If I was not competing or part of the fitness industry in any way, I would have to fulfill my hunger for competition in some other format. I absolutely loved coaching, so I would want to go back to being a gymnastics coach. The life long lessons such as self-confidence, coordination, hard work ethic, flexibility and discipline are all qualities you learn as a competitive gymnast and I would love to help more little girls achieve that same determination as I have.

FitGems: What (if anything) would you change about the fitness industry?
Amy: The one thing I would want to change about the fitness industry is the amount of pressure a competitor has to strive for “perfection.” I love the idea of living a healthy lifestyle year round, not only looking “ideal” for a few weeks at a time.
I pride myself on being an all natural, yet still being able to win an NPC show. I don’t take diuretics before a show or any kind of crazy fat burners or do any of the “quick tricks” to get rid of water weight and fat that isn’t natural.
No matter how great of shape I may be in at any given time, I'm proud to say that is all natural. I may not be as cut up as some of my competitors, and I'm ok with that. If I lose I lose, if I win I win.

(Editor's Note: A trophy can only take you so far, so props to Amy for these words.)

FitGems: After competition, what do you plan to do to give back to the industry?
Amy: With my petite frame I hope to prove that muscle and fitness is an inspiration for many women trying to transform their bodies. My passion is to help others achieve balance through living a fit and healthy lifestyle while embracing every part of their life. Perusing a career as spokeswomen and columnist in the fitness industry, the best is yet to come.

FitGems: Any closing words for your fans and supporters?
Amy: 2012 has proved to be a very busy and successful year for me, and has made some huge stepping stones in my career. I traveled to Pittsburgh to compete in the the IFBB North American Championships in 2012 as well as landing endorsement deals from several industry related programs such as G-Loves and FireDaughter Clothing. I hope to continue the path to success throughout the years to come.

FitGems: Again, thank you so much for doing this interview with us! For those that want to keep up on your future competitions and other plans, how can fans contact you? (Facebook fan page, Twitter, email, website, blog, other social media outlet, etc.) Also, if there's anything you want to plug in, you are more than welcome to do so.
Amy: I track my fitness goals and motivation on Twitter!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Thank You for Five Years of FitGems!!!

Five years ago today....FitGems was nothing but a blog. I used this blog to share my thoughts about the fitness industry for anyone that would listen. It caught on a bit with other fans and people began to see that I was for real. The fact that anyone would take their time to read my material made me feel good inside.

Now five year, 600,000 blog views, many interviews, a main website, a Facebook fan page of over 2,000 fans, a Twitter site of over 4,000 followers, and an online store later, FitGems has gone beyond even my expectations as a big name in female muscle support/recognition. We're not the biggest nor the best, but we've stayed loyal to all of you from the start back in 2008, and we don't plan to stop now. We will continue to grow, evolve, and improve and learn to better support you all, onstage and off, and also when the competition is over and/or when you want to being that quest. I do this for YOU, the competitors. Without you, FitGems would be nothing, and that's the truth.

Again, I can't thank you all enough for your support and hope you continue to support FitGems for as long as we are here. And if you allow us and if it's in our God's will...we aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

Thank you, God bless you, I love and respect you all. :)

Founder of FitGems Nation
Five Years...and Still Shining!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

4th Annual FitGems Awards: Routines of the Year

Congrats to Karina Nacimento at the 2012 Desert Muscle Classic (women's physique), Alina Popa at the 2012 Arnold (women's bodybuilding), and Ryall Graber-Vasani at the 2012 Olympia (fitness) on winning Routines of the Year!

Women's bodybuilding, women's physique, and fitness are not just judged on physiques, but judges on how they move with their physiques, depending on the division they are competing in. For women's bodybuilding and women's physique, their physiques are more focused on while in fitness, it's more about the athleticism and difficulty of the routine (and flashy costumes). Karina displayed her physique and some sassiness (okay, quite a bit of sassiness) with her routine at the 2012 Desert Muscle Classic, which won her the title and will forever be known as the first IFBB Women's Physique champion ever. Alina displays one of the best physiques in women's bodybuilding, and was evident at the 2012 Arnold, nailing her a high placing at that show. Ryall Graber-Vasani shocked a lot of people and gave a underrated but awesome performance at the 2012 Olympia (and carried over to 2013 at the Arnold).

Here are the routines you voted as the best of 2012

(DISCLAIMER: Unfortunately, we could not find her Olympia clip, so here's a clip of her routine at the Ft. Lauderdale Cup, which was the show that qualified her for the Olympia in the first place)

Runner-ups: Juliana Malacarne @ New York Pro (women's physique), Sarah Hayes @ 2012 Olympia (women's bodybuilding), and Oksana Grishina @ 2012 Olympia (fitness).

Others nominated in fitness include Jodi Boam @ Fitness International, Myriam Capes @ Valenti Gold Cup, and Tina Durkin @ Olympia.

Others nominated in women's bodybulidng include Anne Freitas @ Olympia, Debi Lezawski @ Arnold, and Lisa Giesbrecht @ Toronto Pro.

Others nominates in women's physique include Sabrina Taylor @ Grand Prix Los Angeles, Monica Escalante @ Wings of Strength, and Jillian Reville @ Desert Muscle Classic.

4th Annual FitGems Awards: Competitor You'd Love to See Return in 2013

Congrats to Krissy Chin on winning the award for Competitor Who You'd Love to See Return in 2013!

Will she return to the stage? Time will tell...

Krissy Chin has been one of the most influential figure competitors on the scene today. She recently had her first child and has been enjoying motherhood ever since, but still has kept herself in great shape and offer advice to competitors whenever she can. Many feel she was just getting into her stride when she announced her pregnancy. Based off your votes, many of you would love to see her return to the stage one day. While she never announced if or when she would ever return, she never completely ruled it out either, so don't be surprised if Krissy one day dawns the figure rankings again. She would definitely be welcomed back with open arms.

Runner-up: Jenny Worth

Others nominated include Trish Warren, Jennifer Gates, and Christine Pomponio-Pate.

SIDE NOTE: Trish actually did return to competition this year at the 2013 Fitness International and placed 4th in her return!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

2013 Bikini International Review: India Claims Victory

Nathalia Melo was dubbed as a favorite to win as she's the reigning Bikini Olympia champion. Nicole Nagrani was dubbed as a favorite to win as she was the first-ever Bikini International champion and a former Bikini Olympia. India Paulino came in as A favorite and left as THE champion.

India is queen of bikini
Photo credit:

India's sassiness and overall beauty is what has made her a fan favorite since bikini began. She was able to pull out the right combination to win her first big title in bikini. Nathalia ended up being runner-up, but I think if all bikini competitions were judged based off the rear only, Nathalia would end up winning every contest she entered, and everyone else would be going for 2nd Place, at best. Nicole had some...well... noticeable modifications since last year (Look at this year's photos and photos from last year, and you'll see what I mean). She ended up in 3rd place. Yeshaira Robles made her Arnold debut and placed 4th. Jessica Paxson placed 5th and has been one of the few that has made a very successful transition from figure to bikini. Jamie Baird, also a top competitor, rounds out the top 6. 

The bikini division looks to be a India-Nathalia-Nicole show for 2013, much like how it was toward the end of 2012. What are your thoughts about the placings, though? Agree? Disagree? Sound off in the comments below and on our Facebook fan page ( 

1. India Paulino
2. Nathalia Melo
3. Nicole Nagrani
4. Yeshaira Robles
5. Jessica Paxson
6. Jaime Baird
7. Jennifer Andrews
8. Tiffany Marie Boydston
9. Tawna Eubanks
10. Ashley Kaltwasser
11. Anna Virmajoki
12. Lacey DeLuca
13. Abigail Burrows
14. Lexi Kaufman
15. Noy Alexander
16. Marcela Tribin

India's emotional interview and photoshoot after her win (From NPCNewsOnline)

2013 Figure International Review: Candice Keene is Figure Supreme

On paper, Erin Stern was the favorite. Before the Arnold began, most people had Erin winning her first-ever Figure International title, with Nicole Wilkins sitting out. Any can you blame anyone. I mean, she IS the reigning Figure Olympia champion. Yeah...try telling Candice Keene that, though. She had other plans. Candice, with her best package to date, took home her first major title of her figure career and she did it on her birthday. Needless to say, this was probably the best birthday she's ever had. How many other people can say that they won a major title in their sport on their birthday?!

Best birthday present ever for Candice Keene?! I think so!
Photo credit:

Another one who shocked a lot of people was Heather Dees. Bring HER best package to date, Heather brought in the right amount of muscle and tone to take the runner-up spot. Erin Stern, the favorite heading into the event, placed 3rd, and compared to Candice K. and Heather D., she was far from her best. If the Erin that showed up at last year's Olympia was at this year's Arnold, we would have a whole different story to talk about. No doubt she will learn from this and come back better than before. 4th place went to Candice Lewis, who brought an amazing physique to the stage. Mallory Haldeman continues her first figure run as she placed 5th. Rounding out the top six was fitness-turned-figure competitor Camala Rodriquez. Her physique has always been a strong point during her fitness run, and it's translating to figure quite nicely. The biggest shocker in the figure ranks goes to Ava Cowan, who brought what many believe to be her best physique to date, but was outside the top six.

What are your thoughts about the placings? Agree? Disagree? Has the landscape of figure change with Candice and Heather's performance? Sound off in the comments below and on our Facebook fan page (


1. Candice Keene
2. Heather Dees
3. Erin Stern
4. Candice Lewis
5. Mallory Haldeman
6. Camala Rodriguez
7. Ava Cowan
8. Gennifer Strobo
9. Cheryl Brown
10. Kamla Macko
11. Ann Titone
12. Aleisha Hart
13. Candice John
14. Nicole Sims
15. Alea Suarez
16. Giada Simari
16. Natalie Waples
16. Olga Morales

Top 6 Awards (including Candice's speech) (from NPCNewsOnline)

Candice's interview and photoshoot after her win (from NPCNewsOnline)

2013 Ms. International Review: Iris Makes History Yet Again

Let's just be honest here...anytime you see the name "Iris Kyle" on a competitions list, the best you're going to do is 2nd place. This is not to take anything away from any competitor whatsoever, but when you have that "it-factor" like Iris has, you can't beat it, no matter how hard you train. Iris has "it" and it helped her to capture a record 7th Ms. International title, no doubt making her THE best female bodybuilder of all time.

Iris just might be the best of all time.
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Yaxeni Oriquen, last year's winner, placed in the runner-up spot. Yaxeni is another one who is hard to beat, and is one of the VERY FEW that can claim to ever beat Iris. Debi Laszewski keeps improving show after show after show, as does Brigita Brezovac. Both ladies placed third and fourth place, respectively. Cathy LeFrancois ended up in fifth place, and Angela Debatin, who hasn't been on stage in a while, rounded out the top 6. Not a bad return for Angela! BTW, her 6th place was the highest placing for her to date at an Arnold event.

Believe it or not, Iris CAN be beaten. She IS capable of losing. But the way things are going for her, unless she is absolutely off, Iris is going to be unstoppable for quite some time. What are your thoughts about the placings? Agree? Disagree? Do YOU think Iris can be beat? Sound off in the comments below and on our Facebook fan page (


1. Iris Kyle
2. Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia
3. Debi Laszewski
4. Brigita Brezovac
5. Cathy LeFrancois
6. Angela Debatin
7. Kim Buck
8. Olga Puzanova
9. Tazzie Colomb
10. Jeannie Paparone
11. Eleni Kavva

Top 6 Results (including Iris's speech) (from NPCNewsOnline)

Iris's photoshoot and interview after her win (from NPCNewsOnline)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

2013 Fitness International Review: At Long Last, Tanji is Queen of Fitness

It took a decade to do it, but Tanji Johnson can finally say that she won one of the "big ones" in the fitness division.  At the 2013 Fitness International, Tanji beat out nine other competitors in a small but deep line-up to claim her first Fitness International title and put herself as one of the elites in the sport.

Tanji is finally champion after 10 tries
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It wasn't easy for Tanji to win this contest, though. Oksana Grishina, showcased an impressive physique and once again stole the show with a insane routine inspired by The Joker. Her time at the top is coming very soon. Bethany Cisternino brought together an amazing physique (as usual from this rising star) and a solid routine that nabbed her third place. Maybe the most impressive showing overall has to go to Trish Warren for one simple reason: this was her first contest since the 2011 Fitness International and the first since having her first baby. She returned to competition pretty much like she never left, and was just a bit shy from getting an Olympia qualification spot (top 3 at the Arnold are qualified for the Olympia). But for her to return on stage is a victory in itself, and placing in the top 4 is icing on the cake. Regaine DaSilva placed 5th with her trademark hardness (yet not too hard) and her performance. Regiane remains one of the top international competitors in fitness, and it's only a matter of time before she takes it to the next level. Rounding out the top six was Ryall Graber-Vasani, who was first callout in the physique round, and combining with her routine round, put her in the six-place spot. 

What are your thoughts about the fitness placings? Agree? Disagree? Did a new era of fitness begin at the Arnold? Sound off in the comments below and on our Facebook fan page ( 

1. Tanji Johnson
2. Oksana Grishina
3. Bethany Cisternino
4. Trish Warren
5. Regiane DaSilva
6. Ryall Graber-Vasani
7. Kizzy Vaines
8. Nicole Duncan
9. Fiona Harris
10. Amanda Hatfield

Top 6 Awards Presentation (including Tanji's speech): (from NPCNewsOnline)

Tanji's photoshoot and interview after her win (from NPCNewsOnline)

Monday, February 25, 2013

FitGems to have Social Media Correspondent at Arnold Sports Festival 2013!

The Arnold Sports Festival is this week, and we are happy and privileged to announce that for the first time in FitGems Nation history, we will have our own social media correspondent at the Arnold Sports Festival! 

Her name is Jennifer Bahney. She is a future figure competitor who trains at Powell Fitness, which happens to be near Columbus, the home city of the Arnold. She runs a hair care web site called Long Hair Lovers, ( and posts quite a bit about her business on Facebook ( and Twitter( She is also dealing with hypothyroidism in her quest to compete one day. Definitely an inspiration. 

Jennifer will be attending the Arnold on Friday for the women's prejudging events (Ms. International, Fitness International, Figure International). She will be tweet via her personal Twitter account (@JenniferBahney) during those events and possibly the expo afterwards. She will also be providing some updates via our fan page ( For those that have followed FitGems since the beginning, this is a big step for us to even do something like this. In time, we hope to evolve and provide more exclusive footage from events such as the Arnold. 

Please follow along with Jennifer, and for all things Arnold, use the hashtag #asf2013. This is the official hashtag for the Arnold that will be used by everyone throughout the week. 

Jennifer, we look forward to what you will bring to the FitGems Nation this weekend and beyond. To all the spectators and competitors heading to Columbus in a matter of days, have fun! 

Monday, February 18, 2013

4th Annual FitGems Awards: Fitness Personality of the Year (Model/Trainer/Spokesperson)

Congrats to Jamie Eason on winning Fitness Personality of the Year!

For the 2nd year in a row, Jamie is your favorite fit personality!
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For the 2nd year in a row, it was a no-brainer on who the fans chose for this award. Jamie Eason has shown time and time again why she is one of the most popular names in the sport, despite not competing in a federation of any kind. 2012 saw this top fitness star leave the singles market and become married. Sorry, fellas! On top of that, she is now currently pregnant with her first child. Despite all that, we definitely see Jamie continuing to be an inspiration to a lot of ladies. In fact, with her becoming a mommy, she will be able to reach and connect with the mothers out there, expanding her reach even more than before!

Runner-up: Trish Stratus

Others nominated include Brittany Beede, Jillian Michaels, and Shawn Johnson

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

4th Annual FitGems Awards: Moment of the Year

Congrats to Erin Stern's 2012 Figure Olympia victory on winning Moment of the Year!

The Champ is back again!
Photo credit:

Let's be honest, people love a good, old-fashioned friendly rivalry. It's not about catfights or bickering, it's about clean competition sportsmanship in regards of who's the better person. I dare for anyone to find a better rivalry today than Erin Stern vs Nicole Wilkins. Erin represents the athletic, toned side of the sport while Nicole represents the beauty and structure side (don't get it twisted, though, as Erin is very beautiful as well). Both ladies have traded wins over the course of the last few years. Whenever one enters the show, everyone else is fighting for 2nd place. When BOTH enter, it's just a matter of which one will win and who will be runner-up. Erin fought long and hard to bring one of her best looks to date in 2012 and it paid off in dividends, as she ended up beating Nicole (who entered the 2012 Figure Olympia as champion) to become Ms. Figure Olympia for the 2nd time in her career. While other figure competitors are bound to step up their game in 2013, fans are already anticipating Erin and Nicole getting it one at next year's Olympia.

Runner-up: Juliana Malacarne winning her 1st IFBB contest (New York Pro Women's Physique)

Others nominated include Nathalia Melo winning 2012 Bikini Olympia, Fleur De Kine turned pro, and Karina Nacimento becoming the 1st IFBB Women's Physique Champion in history.

4th Annual FitGems Awards: Physique Organization of the Year

Congrats to the IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilders) on winning Physique Organization of the Year!

IFBB: Best in the World
Photo credit: IFBBPro website

Sometimes being the biggest doesn't make you the best. The IFBB is one of those rare organizations that is not only the biggest, but is the best in terms of the quality of athletes. That's not saying the others don't have great athletes, but it's something about the IFBB that's second to none when it comes to attracting fitness stars. The IFBB has divisions for practically every female that wants to compete, in terms of their muscularity and what they want to accomplish: women's bodybuilding (the one that started it all), women's physique (a throwback to the older days of figure, but with a posing routine and barefoot), fitness (the athletic division), figure (more model-esque) and bikini (toned, athletic, beach look and personality). There's something for everyone, and it represent the top in the sports, which culminates at the Super Bowl of Bodybuilding, the Olympia, every September in Las Vegas.

Runner-up: NPC

Others nominated include WBFF, Fitness Universe, and IFPA.

4th Annual FitGems Awards: Shows of the Year (IFBB, NPC and WBFF)

Congrats to the following on winning their organizations' show of the year honors!


International Federation of Bodybuilders

In the IFBB, there's no show bigger than the Olympia. The best of the best compete to see who's number one in the world. Iris Kyle and Adela Gracia successfully defended their Ms. Olympia and Fitness Olympia title, respectively, further cementing their legacy and pretty much ensuring them first-ballot Hall of Fame slots when their time comes. In what might be the best "friendly rivalry" in any of the female divisions, Erin Stern bested Nicole Wilkins to regain the Figure Olympia title. Nathalia Melo would best former champion Nicole Nagrani to become Ms. Bikini Olympia for the first time in her career, and her emotions after the win showed why she earned the title. This show was also the first one under the Olympia Qualification Series, making the already-big show more elite that it has been for a long time. With women's physique to be added this year, the show is only going to get bigger and better from here.

Runner-up: Masters Olympia/Miami Pro

Others nominated included Arnold Classic, Arnold Classic, Sheru Classic, and Arnold Classic Europe

National Physique Committee

In the NPC, the USAs reigned supreme, according to you the voters. Holding it in Las Vegas brings an electric atmosphere to the event. Jon Lindsey does a great job in making this as big of an event as possible. Tierey Christian won the overall women's bodybuilding title, Francine Sablan won overall figure, Samantha Hill won overall women's physique, and Kelsie Burgin won overall bikini. The NPC crowned 34 new IFBB pros that evening: 2 for women's bodybuilding, 8 for women's physique, 12 for figure, and 12 for bikini.

Runner-up: Nationals

Others nominated include Jr. Nationals, Jr. USAs, and Arnold Amateur

World Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation

In the WBFF, no other show is bigger for their organization than the Worlds. Emily Stirling showcased one of the best physique in the WBFF and in all of figure, but she would come up short in defending her pro figure title in 2012, losing it to Louise Van Der Nat, who was a former NABBA competitor. In addition to women's figure (which is one of their key divisions at the WBFF), there was women's bikini and fitness model (both of them have different looks). Unfortunately, I'm unaware of the results of those categories.

Runner-up: Fitness Atlantic

Others nominated include New England, Central US, and B.C. Championships

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

4th Annual FitGems Awards: Female Physique Site of the Year

Congrats to Siouxcountry on winning Female Physique Site of the Year!

Sioux reigns supreme once again!
Credit to the original owner
No disrespect to any of the other nominees, but this one wasn't even close. Siouxcounty continues to be THE destination for female competitors to interact and get advice from one another without having to worry about male egos. Yes, there are some guys on the board and the creator is a guy, but the board is female-focused, and not just Jason runs it, but a collection of female competitors help moderate the site. In 2012, all aspects of Siouxcountry were turned up a notch (fan page, site, Twitter, etc.), and they were the the first site to publically come out and openly talk about metabolic damage...and the site is barely five years old. One can only imagine what 2013 will bring to Siouxcountry. We at FitGems Nation for one can't wait! Visit their website at

Runner-up: HDPhysiques (

Others nominated include Promoting Real Women (, Fit Model TV (, and Female Athlete Admiration (

4th Annual FitGems Awards: Photographer of the Year

Congrats to Dan Ray on winning Photographer of the Year!

We give this photo of Dan Ray and competitor Candace Lewis two thumbs up!
Photo credit: Dan Ray's Facebook page

Photography is a must in the fitness industry. Whether shooting for contests, shooting for a fan page, shooting for a paysite, etc. You need to get yourself out there in order to have some amount of success in the fitness industry, and photography plays a key role in getting exposure. Dan Ray is one of the best at photography. He has shot with some of the best competitors on the planet, and has received praised from many competitors and colleagues. His work is all over websites. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find a competitor's fan page and NOT see his work somewhere displayed. Thumb up on the win, Dan!

Runner-up: Isaac Hinds

Others nominated include Marc Thyssen, David Ford, and J.M. Manion.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

4th Annual FitGems Awards: Blogger of the Year

Congrats to Isaac Hinds on winning Blogger of the Year!

Isaac declares he's #1!
Photo credit: Ironman Magazine

In addition to being a top photographer, Isaac Hinds happens to be a very good blogger. His blog is one of the most viewed blogs in the industry for fans and fellow competitors. Why I think it's a popular blog is he tells you what you NEED to hear rather than what you WANT to hear a lot of the times. The truth will sting for a bit, and maybe not what you want to hear, but in the long run, you will thank him later. Some have had to find that out the hard way. Isaac doesn't just talk to hear himself, ya know. As a photographer and someone who has stepped on stage himself, he knows what he's talking about 99.999% of the time. And quite honestly, I don't think many people would have it any other way.

Runner-up: Jason Adams

Others nominated include Area Orion, Dean Schich, and Carl Burkins (dallas3)

4th Annual FitGems Awards: Facebook Fan Pages of the Year

Congrats to Siouxcountry on winning Industry Fan Page of the Year and to Erin Stern on winning Competitor/Model Fan Page of the Year!

Credit to the original owner

Siouxcountry's fan page has always been a great page to turn to and keep up with the industry happenings. But 2012, the page turned up their content big time with more links to their most popular posts on the site, as well as exclusive content and posts. Plus Jason personally interacts with the members on the fan page. When you join the Siouxcountry fan page, you feel like you are part of something special rather than just a fan page for the heck of it. To check out their fan page, go to

Runner-up: Rx Girl 

Other nominees include Fit Model TV, Promoting Women in Bodybuilding Fitness and MMA, and

Photo credit: Muscle and Fitness Hers

Erin Stern is one of the most popular and most accomplished figure competitors in IFBB today, and possibly in history. Although her schedule is busy, Erin makes sure to update her fan page often with tips, photos, and video Q and A sessions. She also ask fans what they want to see more of. During some of her competitions, she even post a small video letting her know about the show she's competing in. In a time where social media is a must, Erin has got it down to a science. No wonder she's one of the top pros in the sport, on AND off the stage. To check out her page, go to

Runner-up: The Sweaty Betties

Other nominees include Sabrina Taylor IFBB Pro, IFBB Figure Pro Meriza Deguzman-Ciccone, and IFBB Figure Wendy Fortino.

4th Annual FitGems Awards: Female Celebrity Muscle of the Year

Congrats to Kelly Ripa on winning Female Celebrity Muscle of the Year!

Daytime has never looked any better!
Photo credit:

Hollywood, slowly but surely, is kinda turning the page on how female muscle is portrayed  Keyword in that is KINDA. We've still got a long way to go, but progress is being made. These days, Kelly Ripa seems to be the fan favorite when it comes to female muscle in the mainstream world. While she might be the smallest of the nominees this year, she is one of the most recognizable when it comes to muscularity. In fact, it was her willingness to show off her lean arms during several shows of "Live with Regis and Kelly" (which then became the "Live with Kelly show after Regis's departure and now "Live with Kelly and Michael" with the addition of Michael Strathan) that lead to her rising popularity among some of the fitness industry. That, and being a mom doesn't hurt. We don't expect Kelly to lose her "ripped" image anytime soon.

Runner-up: Regina King

Other nominees include Elizabeth Hasslebeck, Alison Victoria, and Katie Couric.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

4th Annual FitGems Awards: Female Sports Athlete of the Year

Congrats to Hope Solo on winning Female Sports Athlete of the Year!

Olympic Gold fitness
Photo credit: Zimbio

2012 was Olympic year, and for a brief time, it was a time to see some of the best athletes on the planet that you don't get to see every year, which is the case for most of the Olympic sports. Women's soccer is one of the exceptions, as it's becoming quite the sport in recent years, especially in the United States. One of those reasons happens to be in the form of one Hope Solo. Fans of women's soccer have been aware of her stunning looks and athletic physique for quite some time, but it's was at the Olympics where her fame really start to take off. With all that, as well as her overall athleticism, the future of U.S. women's soccer looks bright.

Runner-up: Ronda Rousey

Other nominees include Alex Morgan, Brooke Adams (Miss Tessmacher) and Eve Torres.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

4th Annual FitGems Awards: Physique Paysite of the Year

Congrats to HDPhysiques on winning Physique Paysite of the Year!

Tanya Hyde, HDP's top model
Photo credit:

Paysites have paved the way for some of the biggest names in the industry. HDPhysiques isn't the first paysite by a long shot, but it's arguably the leader of the HD revolution when it comes to paysites. HDP was the first to provide all of their content with high definition video and photos. Some of the others have used high quality technology, but HDP took it a step further with HD technology. The results has seen female physiques the way they were meant to be seen. Other sites begin to follow suit, but HDP can hang their head high knowing they are the forefathers of high-def female muscle. You can check them out at

Runner-up: HerBiceps (

Others include Female Power (, Female Muscle Video ( and MuscleTease (

Saturday, January 5, 2013

4th Annual FitGems Awards: Male Supporter of the Year

Congrats to Jason Lannigan aka Sioux for winning Male Supporter of the Year!

The iconic photo of "Abbye Eville, or “Pudgy” which has now become a Siouxcountry trademark.
Credit to the original photographer.

Some call him Sioux. Some call him Chief. Some call him Jason. Whatever you call him, there's no denying how big of a supporter this guy has been over the years. I can recall him giving some forums that were male-dominated a major boost in female participation due to her overwhelming support of the female physique industry. However, things happened, and Jason decided to open his own forum dedicated to the sport, and it has went from a forum to a place where friendships were form, new stars were discovered, and overall, a place that females can go to and get support from others without having to worry about the male-based environment that usually comes with boards. The ladies found a place to call home, and Jason is to thank for all of that. FYI, the Siouxcountry board will be celebrating its 5th year anniversary this year!

Runner-up: Jason Adams

Others nominated include Curt James, Jack Titone, and Carl Burkins aka dallas3.

4th Annual FitGems Awards: Female Supporter of the Year

Congrats to Tanji Johnson on winning Female Supporter of the Year!

In addition to being a top competitor, Tanji is a big supporter for our industry. While she's not a major member of forums, she does everything she can before, during, and after shows to make sure the competitors get the respect they deserve. Many fitness competitors look up to Tanji for inspiration, with many calling her the best competitor to not (as of yet) win the Fitness International or Fitness Olympia title. She does more than just compete, she wants others to see what competing can do for them, and that's why she won this award in practically a landslide.

Runner-up: Shannon Dey

Other nominees include Rebecca Staggs, Tracy Bodner, and Mindi O'Brien.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

4th Annual FitGems Awards: Promoter of the Year

Congrats to Jack and Ann Titone on winning Promoters of the Year!

The Titones had a banner year in 2012
Photo credit: Siouxcountry

The Titone clan has had one of the best years of their career, especially with Ann's breakout year as a competitor. Another part of their success comes from their shows that promoted in 2012, the St. Louis Pro and Iowa Pro, among others. Their shows are classy and entertaining, and from what I've heard, they go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure everyone is taken care of. I've heard nothing but great things about the Titones and their shows, and I expect the clan to take their momentum going forward into the new year.

Runner-up: Ed and Betty Parsio

Other nominees include Shannon Dey, Ron Hache, and Jarka

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

4th Annual FitGems Awards: Supplement Company of the Year

Congrats to Dymatize on winning Supplement Company of the Year!

Erin Stern, one of Dymatize's top athletes
Credit to the original poster.

Dymatize has been around for a bit and has provided some great products since its arrival. Dymatize athletes are a very interesting bunch of people, but very successful. How successful? They have arguably THE BEST figure competitor in the world right now on their team. For those of you wondering, I'm talking about the current Figure Olympia Champion Erin Stern. In addition to Erin, other female members include Jenna Renee, Jennifer Dawn, Christina Reed, Pamela Wilson, among others. Expect big things from the supplement company in the coming year.

Runner-up: Gaspari Nutrition

Other nominees include BSN, Scivation, and iSatori.

4th Annual FitGems Awards: Team of the Year

Congrats to Tanji Johnson's Save Fitness on winning Team of the Year!

Some of the Save Fitness team
Photo credit: Tanji Johnson's website

Tanji Johnson's Save Fitness was created with one main purpose, to save fitness, DUH!! You think the name of the group was just for show? Anyways, they have done an amazing job putting together a lot of fitness-minded individuals. Doesn't hurt they are lead by one of the best fitness competitors in the world in Tanji Johnson. They recognize that fitness is a just as much as TEAM effort as it is INDIVIDUAL effort (at times, more so). They won this award last year, and for them to repeat as champions says a lot about the hard work this team puts in year after year. What will 2013 bring for Tanji's crew? Time will tell.

Runner-up: Team Bombshell

Other nominees were Total Package, Oddo's Angels, and Team Vixen.

4th Annual FitGems Awards: Trainer of the Year

Congrats to Shannon Dey on winning Trainer of the Year!

Shannon lead Team Bombshell to many accomplishment in 2012
Photo credit: Bombshell Fitness website

A former competitor herself, Shannon knows what it's like to bring her A-game to the competition stage. Maybe that could be the reason why her clients (better known as Bombshells) constantly do well in competitions. In 2012, her team had 32 women become pro, and in March, 12 pro competitors will represent Team Bombshell at the Arnold. And when you training the current top bikini competitors in the world (Natalia Melo and Nicole Nagrani) as well as a current TNA Knockout (Ashley Cabot aka Madison Rayne), you know you are doing something right. 2012 was another great year for Shannon and her team, and we see nothing to slow her down in 2013.

Runner-up: Noel Fuller

Other nominees were Kim Oddo, Layne Norton, and Lauren Fazio.