As one of the top Hot and Fit 100 in Canada (per Inside Fitness Magazine in 2009), Andrea Smith probably deserves one of our profile posts here. She competes in the WBFF in the bikini and fitness division. She is a student at the University of Manitoba.
Andrea was a swimmer growing up, but got hooked on fitness when she met Michele Jean-Pierre. Hey… wait a sec, it’s another lady we need to profile! more Andrea
We probably didn’t do Dina Al-Sabah justice when we devoted but a few sentences to her 3 years ago. Dina was born in 1974 in Lebanon and is fluent in four different languages. This is a byproduct of having lived in Italy, Egypt, and Morocco. She played varsity basketball and volleyball in high school, and was also captain of the track and field team. She started dabbling in weightlifting in college, and realized she had a competitive future.
Dina is unique in many ways – including the fact that she is the first Arab IFBB Figure Pro ever. She did well in both figure and fitness, but because there is so little money to be made in those sports, she turned to fitness modeling. Her exotic looks make her very popular, and she manages to balance femininity and muscularity well. Dina video
Claire Rae’s first contest was a fitness competition hosted by the Manitoba Bodybuilder’s Association in 2003. Claire is a personal trainer, and she loves pretty much all forms of dance (hiphop, jazz, even pole dancing). She stresses to her customers an individualized training an nutritional regimen tailored to their body and metabolism. Eventually, Claire would like to open her own gym and gear it towards moms who need guidance and support as they pursue their fitness goals. Claire loves fitness modeling, and obviously has more than a little talent in that regard.
Claire Rae Stats:
Weight 120 lbs
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Where to start with Ms. Gina Aliotti? Gina is a 26 year old fitness model and competitor who currently lives in San Diego California. She won her Pro card back in 2005. As a youngster, she played softball and field hockey, and competed in dance. As a college student, she began lifting weights and practicing her working knowledge of nutrition. She earned a degree in Foods and Nutrition. She stays busy running her personal training business, her activewear/clothing business, nutritional consulting, and judging NPC figure and bikini contests. Gina most recently placed 2nd in the 2009 IFBB Figure Olympia (which she also did in 2008 and 2007!). She has been competing since 2004.
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Michele Bigler is a 43 year old mother of three. She was raised in Southern California. Michele says she eats lots of fish and trains like a track and field athlete. She has a BS in dental hygiene, so when she flashes those pearl whites you know they sparkle. She has tons of muscle, and unlike a lot of girls, she is trying to take a bit of muscle off her legs as she feels it is actually hurting her in the judging during competitions.
Julie Palmer is 5’5″ tall and competes at 124 lbs. She won 2nd place in the 2010 Arnold Fitness International Contest. I am pretty sure she placed 2nd at last year’s show too. Her fitness routines are phenomenal – she is very athletic. She works as both a registered nurse and a personal trainer near her home in Ohio. She cheered and did gymnastics in high school.
Nicole Wilkins is the all-star living embodiment of the cheerleader next door. Well, she may be about 10x hotter than the average cheerleader next door, but you know what I mean. Her brown eyes and blonde hair make you think “cutie-pie” while her rock hard physique make you think “mercy.” Nicole started out as a ballet dancer as a child before she moved on to cheerleading. Cheerleading led to gymnastics, which lead to injury. When she was in high school, Nicole tore a ligament in her knee. The ensuing surgery and rehabilitation started her down the path of weightlifting, strength training, and bodybuilding. She earned an exercise-related degree in college and has been a Figure Competitor for a couple of years now. As I noted a few days ago, Nicole won the 2010 Arnold Figure International. What’s amazing about Nicole is that she is one of the very few FitBabes who have crossed over and competed in both Figure and Fitness – and she has won in both categories. This gal is not only good looking, she is tremendously athletic and talented.
We hope to conduct an interview with Nicole, so stay tuned for more great stuff here at FBB!
Nicole placed 2nd in the Pro Figure category of the 2015 Mr Olympia!
Natalia Muntean moved to the United States from the Ukraine in 2002. She currently resides in Florida. She has a degree in international business and foreign languages. She started doing fitness competitions and fitness modeling in 2008. She has won a number of bikini contests, and caught my attention as the cover girl for Oxygen on the April 2010 edition. Natalia has a very full physique, nothing extreme or exaggerated – good muscle tone and bodyfat level, good proportion and complexion.
Nicole Costa was just recently on the cover of Oxygen Magazine. This is sort of a big deal, one of the ultimate achievements for a fitness model. Nicole has always been athletic, and was a cheerleading captain for five years. When she won her first fitness competition in Boston, she became one of the youngest pro fitness models ever. She is been in Oxygen (an other magazines) several times since she started her journey in 2005. Nicole is 5’7″ tall, weighs 117 lbs, and measures 36-25-35.
Jen Hendershott (aka Jenny) is known for being quite the winner. She won the Ms. Fitness International in 2005 and 2009, and she also won the Ms Olympia Fitness in 2005 and 2009. Have I mentioned that the Ms Fitness International and the Ms Fitness Olympia are two of the most prestigious fitness competitions in North America (or maybe the entire world)? This blonde haired, blue eyed beauty is also known for being pretty well educated. She has a Bachelors Degree of Science in Education and a Bachelors Plus degree in Elementary Education. She owns her own fitness consulting company, which seems to keep her extraordinarily busy. How she finds time to compete (and win) is a mystery.