Wednesday, December 26, 2018

10th Annual FitGems Awards Ballot

The poll is LIVE! 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 until January 14th at 11:59pm Eastern time. At that time, all polls will be closed. Have a wonderful rest of 2018, congrats once again to all the FitGems Award nominees, and best of luck to each and every one of you!





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Monday, December 24, 2018

10th Annual FitGems Awards Categories and Nominees Revealed

Our sincere apologies for the delay of the FitGems Awards. This year, we had a bit of help getting this together, but with how the changes the IFBB and NPC made this year (which aren't bad ones, but could use a bit of tinkering...which we will discuss sometime in 2019), it was more challenging than ever to get this list together to make sure we accurately do this right. Without further ado, here are this year's categories and nominees for this year's FitGems Awards!


Pro Female Bodybuilder of the Year
Alina Popa
Margie Martin
Shelia Bleck
Nikki Chartrand
Helle Trevino
Jill Blondin

Pro Women's Physique Competitor of the Year
Natalia Coelho
Shanique Grant
Daniely Castilho
Jennifer Taylor
Heather Grace
Michala Aycock

Pro Fitness Competitor of the Year
Whitney Jones
Myriam Capes
Bethany Wagner
Ariel Khadr
Jennifer Worth
Missy Farrell

Pro Figure Competitor of the Year
Cydney Gillon
Candice Lewis-Carter
Heather Dees
Ivana Ivusic
Bojana Vasjaevic
Nadia Wyatt

Pro Bikini Competitor of the Year
Angelica Teixeria
Ashley Kaltwasser
Janet Layug
Casey Samsel
Lauralie Chapados
Elisa Pecini

Most Improved Pro Female Bodybuilder of the Year
Tananarive Huie
Maria Mikola
Jacqueline Fuchs
Maryse Manios
Silvia Matta
Ladawn Mcday

Most Improved Pro Women's Physique Competitor of the Year
Cris Goy Arellano
Tomefafa Ameko
Penpraghai Tiangngok
Margita Zamolova
Autumn Swansen
Mayla Ash

Most Improved Pro Fitness Competitor of the Year
Ashley Allen
Danielle Chikeles
Emma Paveley
Veronic Comtois
Cong Mou
Giorgia Foroni

Most Improved Pro Figure Competitor of the Year
Stacy Fujarski
Natalia Soltero
Louise Rogers
Melissa Bumstead
Jessica Reyes Padilla
Julie Mayer

Most Improved Pro Bikini Competitor of the Year
Marcia Goncalves
Raphaela Milagres
Frida Paulsen Stern
Camile Periat
Ashley Jenelle
Stacy McCloud

Rookie Pro Women's Bodybuilder of the Year
Susanna Jacobs
Jill Blondin
Donna Salib
Barbara Carita
Amanda Smith
Nicole Janveaux

Rookie Pro Women's Physique Competitor of the Year
Lauren Rutan
Lenka Ferencukova
Sarah Villegas
Sammica Cash
Jonquil Baugh
Mary Power

Rookie Pro Fitness Competitor of the Year
Kate Errington
Jacklyn Baker
Darrian Borello
Sara Kovach
Minna Pajulahti
Carolina Frausto

Rookie Pro Figure Competitor of the Year
Alexis Sullivan
Felisia Livesey
Missy Farrell
Zulema Duran
Julia Waring
Marta Gorzynska

Rookie Pro Bikini Competitor of the Year
Celeste Shaffer
Jennifer Dorie
Sherry Espera
Jessie Pineault
Maxine Somov
Jasmine Adams

Most Underrated Pro Female Bodybuilder of the Year
Patty Corbett
Pauline Nelson
Jennifer Palazzo
Amy Hauck
Heather Manuel
Cristina Maffeis

Most Underrated Pro Women's Physique Competitor of the Year
Jill Blondin
Diana Schnaidt
Rose Brunner
Rita Rae
Felecia Murray
Elizabeth Bradshaw

Most Underrated Pro Fitness Competitor of the Year
Rebecca Sizemore
Alysha Cliff
Jobie Goodro
Nicole Neargarder
Rene Brosch
Stacy Wright

Most Underrated Pro Figure Competitor of the Year
Amanda Carr
Ashley Soto
Catherine Lavoie
Sara Chio
Rebecca Schubeck
Azaria Glaim

Most Underrated Pro Bikini Competitor of the Year
Tawna Eubanks
Kerryne Henich
Katya Nosova
Sara Back
Elizabeth Yisrael
Eli Fernandez


Amateur Female Bodybuilder of the Year
Akemy Jones
Marla-Maria Merrithew
Pamela Hannam
Monica Hale
Lunette Johnson
Kelly Lynn Nauyokas

Amateur Women's Physique Competitor of the Year
Ashley Bader
Ashlynn Richardson
Emily Schubert
Jessica Williams
Savka Brownseki
Ashley Gearhart

Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Year
Ashley Packard
Kristy Fenster-Avery
Allison Dominquez Kramer
Katarina Vovolka
Alayne Corum
Abbie Elsner

Amateur Figure Competitor of the Year
Tiffany Walker
Sarah Grace
Diana Cadena
Christine Stearns
Hope Welsh
Ashley Sparks

Amateur Bikini Competitor of the Year
Alexandria Blare
Cierra Davis
Calvsta Upperman
Jessica Telesco
Skylar Lanier
Shannon Lane

Breakout Amateur Female Bodybuilder of the Year
Kristine Spinelli
Katie Kehoe
Lacey Pruitt
Amy Sutter
Demi Robertson
Lesile Heidemann

Breakout Amateur Women’s Physique Competitor of the Year
Kelly Lynn Nauyokas
Thea Douger
Traci Rugged
Katleen Erickson
Kimberly Rieck
Cristal Juarez

Breakout Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Year
Noelle Russow
Marlaina Shrives
Vanessa Bousquet
Anna Adams
Kristen Morby
Katie Mitchell

Breakout Amateur Figure Competitor of the Year
Ashley Jones
Rachel Killam
Devon Winn Hare
Alicia Bell
Lola Montez
Jennifer Lowery

Breakout Amateur Bikini Competitor of the Year
Celeste Shaffer
Carolyn Lee
Ciara Houston
Regena Harrison
Amanda Aguzzi
Carrie Lawler

Most Underrated Amateur Female Bodybuilder of the Year
Leann George
Gina Cavaliero
Karen Holliday
Carrie Prather
Sherri Enos
Leeann Scelfo-Cino

Most Underrated Amateur Women’s Physique Competitor of the Year
Tamara Gourley
Debbie Deutsch
Evon Pennington
Farrah Faulkner
Rhonda Brown-Massey
April Reed

Most Underrated Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Year
Shayla Jacobs
Brandy Norris
Christine Hotchkin
Teah Poyner
Andrea Henry
Sarah Koubek

Most Underrated Amateur Figure Competitor of the Year
Tawny Davis
Meagan Latour
Silvia Henry
Meghan Cassidy
Megan Latour
Nini Neives

Most Underrated Amateur Bikini Competitor of the Year
Michaelle Allies
Maria Noboa
Samantha Mcintyre
Melissa Feijoo
Awilda Herrera
Sheila Roberts


Fitness Model of the Year
Torrie Wilson
Tina Nguyen
Mandy Rose
Erin Stern
Wendy Fortino
Ashley Soto

Fitness Ambassador of the Year
Torrie Wilson
Erin Stern
Jen Widerstrom
Nicole Wilkins
Juliana Malacarne
Trish Warren

Social Media Star of the Year (Instagram/Twitter/Facebook/Snapchat, etc.)
Torrie Wilson
Jen Widerstrom
Ashley Soto
Tina Nguyen
Wendy Fortino
Jessica Williams

Moment of the Year
Whitney Jones winning the Fitness International title with a torn ACL/MCL
Shanique Grant becoming the youngest Ms. Women's Physique Olympia in history
Jennifer Worth winning the Tampa Pro, her first pro win since 2001
Whitney Jones becoming the new Ms. Fitness Olympia
Ronda Rousey officially joining WWE at the 2018 Royal Rumble event
Ashley Kaltwasser returning to competition for the first time in over a year at the 2018 Mile High Pro

Photographer of the Year
Dan Ray
George Kontaxis
Will Wittmann
Joe Bayer
J.M. Manion
George Kontaxis

Fit Celebrity of the Year
Teresa Guidance (Real Housewives of New Jersey)
Tiffany Coyne (Let's Make a Deal)
Debbie Matenopoulos (Home and Family)
Chrysti Ane (Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel)
Charly Caruso (WWE Raw/ESPN Sportscenter)
Jenna Wolfe (First Things First)

Female Sports Athlete of the Year
Simone Biles (gymnastics)
Morgan Reid (college soccer)
Maycee Barber (MMA)
Alex Morgan (pro soccer)
Elena Delle Donne (WNBA)
Sydney McLaughlin (track and field)

(NEW FOR 2018) Crossfit Athlete of the Year
Tia-Clair Toomey
Annie Thorisdottir
Katrin Tania Thorisdottir
Cassidy Lance-McWherter
Laura Horovath
Kara Saunders

(NEW FOR 2018) Female Strength Athlete of the Year
Stefanie Cohen
Lauren Rutan
Mattie Rogers
Danielle Malcom
Lidia Valentin Perez
Jen Thompson

(NEW FOR 2018) Female Super League Athlete of the Year
Minna Pajulahti
Kristin Graham
Jamie Filer
Kat Secor
Brittany Diamond
Rene Marven

(REVAMPED FOR 2018) Fittest Female WWE Superstar of the Year (Raw/Smackdown Live)
Charlotte Flair
Mandy Rose
Mickie James
Dana Brooke
Sasha Banks

(NEW FOR 2018) Fittest Female NXT Superstar of the Year
Lacey Evans
Bianca Belair
Candice LaRae
Kairi Sane
Reha Ripley
Shayna Baizer

(REVAMPED FOR 2018) Fittest Female Wrestler of the Year
Tessa Blanchard
Tori Storm
Taya Valkyrie
Santana Garrett
Heidi Katrina

Physique Paysite of the Year
HDPhysiques/Preminum Physiques
Kriv Studios

Physique Paysite Model of the Year
Carli Teperka
Kaitie Hart
Cris Goy
Sandra Grajales
Maria Garcia

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

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

Team of the Year
Team CyberbodyShop
Team Williams Fitness
Underrated Muscle
Worth It Fitness
Fitness Mafia

Male Trainer of the Year
Pete Ciccone
Matt Allen
Jack Titone
Noel Fuller
Justin Miller
Dave Palumbo

Female Trainer of the Year
Torrie Wilson
Meriza Deguzman-Ciccone
Wendy Fortino
Jennifer Worth
Natalia Coelho
Jen Widerstrom

And the highest honor of them all...the FitGems Nation Woman of the Year!
This goes to the fitness personality that had the most impact for the industry in 2018). As always, c
nce 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, Wendy Fortino, will not be on the ballot this year. 

This year's nominees are...

  1. Shanique Grant
  2. Natalia Coelho
  3. Cydney Gillon
  4. Candice Lewis-Carter
  5. Whitney Jones
  6. Myriam Capes
  7. Jennifer Worth
  8. Jen Widerstrom
  9. Ashley Kaltwasser
  10. Charlotte Flair
  11. Alexa Bliss
  12. Ronda Rousey
  13. Mandy Rose
  14. Tessa Blanchard
  15. Juliana Malacarne
  16. Missy Farrell
  17. Bojana Vasjaevic
  18. Angelica Teixeria
  19. Alina Popa
  20. Stefanie Cohen
Voting begins THIS WEDNSDAY NIGHT (exact time to be determined) and voting will go on until January 14th at 11:59 Eastern time. You will be able to vote once per day, and Crowdsignal (formerly known as Polldaddy) will be our official voting format. Congrats to all the nominees, best of luck to you all, and I would like to wish everyone out there a very Merry Christmas and Happy and Successful 2019!