There is an interesting dichotomy in the world of fitness today, over what defines a healthy body image. In large part, thin people, both male and female have, for a long time, shamed those considered fat or overweight. It’s interesting that in many centuries previous to the 21st, heftier people were (in some cultures/areas of the world) considered the attractive ones, as a surplus of body mass usually indicated that one was of the upper class, therefore being able to afford better food and larger amounts. Recently, however, there has been debate over whether being overweight actually has the negative effects it has long been believed to. Some doctors argue that some body types naturally carry more weight in certain areas, and other simply argue that each person actually has their own healthy weight and that such determinations cannot be generalized for entire masses of people. Finally, there is the consideration of whether constantly berating, insulting and condescending people who are carrying an extra few pounds will wear on their psyche and cause mental problems. It makes sense that it will.
Completely outside of this topic however, are bodybuilders. Are they fit and healthy individuals or not? Let's break down some things to consider. Bodybuilders work out constantly. This is obviously a plus, as working out, whether it be cardio or weights, is good for the body, gets the heart pumping and blood flowing, while building muscle and endurance. They also eat healthy (most of the time). You’ll never encounter a bodybuilder who doesn’t keep a diet log and calorie count to some extent. A careful and thought out diet, in conjunction with a rigorous workout routine, are definitely in the pros column for bodybuilders being among the healthiest people on the planet.
However, there is a massive con: the supplements. If you can show me a professional bodybuilder who doesn’t use some kind of dangerous supplement to give them the edge at the gym, I’ll show you someone who squeezes clean urine out of weaker people. On top of supplements to cut fat, increase energy, increase testosterone and whatever else causes people to get so big they walk like terminators, consider the dehydration (the vast majority of) these people go through on competition day. So if you’re on board with my argument; the jury is still out on whether bodybuilders are healthy overall. But it’s not about the health; it’s about the look.
Whether they are healthy, however, isn’t always the point. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career just depended on his massive pipes and sub-basic control of English. Lou Ferrigno basically became the Hulk because he was a massive human being. But enough about male bodybuilders, it’s the women you’re here to see.
There are quite a number of female bodybuilders who look fantastic. There is nothing wrong with a woman who loves to pump iron. There are plenty of female bodybuilders who do have larger muscles than myself most guys I know, but who rock it, and look hot. Admittedly, however, while writing this I did find myself imagining how many cases of beer some of these ladies could carry around for me. Here is a list of the top 10 wicked hot female body builders. If any lifters out there disagree with list membership or ranking, put down the protein shake and let it be heard in the comments section. Enjoy, lads.
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10 Wendy Lindquist
Prior to her career in bodybuilding, this native of British Columbia, arguably the nicest province in Canada, was a gymnast and dancer. She works as a fitness model and has been competing in bodybuilding competitions since 2001. If I only saw her face, I’d think she’s really cute, but seeing the abs, pipes and legs, I’m comfortable saying that this 5’3 blond cutie could probably throw me through a cinderblock wall. A fate with which I would be pretty happy.
9 Jennifer Broomfield
A binder or list of women is never truly complete without a redhead. In fact, nothing is complete until there is a redhead present. According to an interview with her, she has always been athletic and everyone in her family has always been muscular, so in her mind, weight training and bodybuilding were obvious choices. She started bodybuilding while still a teenager back in 2002. Did I mention she is a cute redhead? I really can’t stress that enough.
8 Heidi Vuorela
Enough ranting and raving about redheads, time for another blonde; a Scandinavian one at that. Swedish bodybuilder Heidi Vuorela has been competing for a few years and when she isn’t training for her next competition, she, like many other bodybuilders, works as a personal trainer. I imagine, given that the only reason I go to the gym is because I like beer and chicken wings and don’t want to degenerate into a tub of goo, that having a bodybuilder as a personal trainer would be somewhat nightmarish. But aside from that, she is an absolute fox!
7 Jennifer Rish
California native Jennifer Rish is a woman who apparently likes to keep busy. In her late teens and into her 20s she was a kick boxer and briefly a gymnast. These days however, she divides her time between fitness modelling, competing and working as a nurse. Does anybody remember The Ultimate Fighter 8 finalist Phillipe Nover? He was an awesome fighter to watch, and called himself the toughest nurse in the world. I have to wonder if Rish would be able to break him in half. By the way, whoa, those calves.
6 Pauline Nordin
The second Swede on the list, Nordin started training at age 17, back in 1999, and started to compete at just age 20. Alongside her work as a fitness model, having been featured in many magazines, she is also a personal trainer and was on the Swedish version of The Biggest Loser. Her participant on the show was the season winner, losing over 90lbs over the course of the show.
5 Cory Everson
Born in 1958, she is the oldest person on this list, but most definitely belongs here. I had to get objective and look past the 80’s look to determine that she was on the list, I don’t want to disappoint any readers from previous generations who may be versed in bodybuilding history from decades past. The most amazing fact about this lady is that she won the Ms. Olympia contest from 1984 to 1989. After her bodybuilding career, she wrote several books about her experiences and went on to have a few cameo roles in TV and movies, with one of her roles having been in a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie: Double Impact, in which she played an assassin.
4 Oksana Grishina
With all of the current talk about Russia invading this country, bullying that country and trying to start World War III, my thought is, why not just send fleets of good looking Russian women across the ocean. I’d switch sides and work for them. Grishina’s childhood was hectic, frequently moving houses and schools, but her family always made sure to live where there was a gymnastics school. She competed in gymnastics in university and once out of school began to train in bodybuilding. Yet again, she is an example of a fantastic looking bodybuilder. She has been competing since 2004.
3 Moorea Wolfe
This fantastic looking girl from Arizona has been training and competing in bodybuilding since the early 2000’s, having started at age 19. Like some of the other women listed here, she started out dancing and competing in gymnastics before she moved on to fitness competitions. On top of her competitive career she has also worked as a personal trainer.
2 Erica Cordie
Erica Cordie is an interesting addition to this list, as she has not competed nearly as much as many of the other women. Instead, she has always viewed modelling as her main reason for working out and staying fit. Good for her, I really don’t care for her reasons, she can stay fit in order to work for the North Koreans, I’ll still think she’s gorgeous. She first took up weightlifting and bodybuilding after a skiing accident which caused her serious damage to her knee. Her original training regimen was simply to rehabilitate her leg, but it turned into a lifelong hobby. Wow, eyes.
1 Brooke Holladay
There is no way to put this subtly. Brooke Holladay is all kinds of blonde haired, blue eyed, all-American sexy. She competed professionally in the late 2000s and won two competitions. Outside of bodybuilding, she was an accomplished dancer and was briefly a gymnast. Her actual career in bodybuilding, like Erica Cordie’s was very short, but awesome. She's just, you know, so great.
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