Monday, 1 September 2014

Strong and Hard Women: Good News!

It's nice to be back, and it's particularly nice to be back with news that Dr Tanya Bunsell's ethnographic study of female bodybuilders, Strong and Hard Women, reviewed by FMS back in May 2013, is now available in paperback.

Although the author herself has told us that she is "still not comfortable about the pricing", the paperback is currently retailing at a slightly more wallet-friendly price of around £27 on Amazon at the time of writing (with the Kindle version slightly cheaper) compared to the £70 you would have had to fork out for the original hardback.

It was never a given that there would be a paperback edition, its publication very much dependent on the book's "success". Part of that success was the book being shortlisted by a panel of experts for the BBC's Ethnography Award, and as a result it was given a glowing review on the BBC Radio 4 programme Thinking Allowed.

UK readers can listen to the show on the BBC (from just after the nine-minute mark) although I'm not sure if non-UK readers will be able to access it. If you can, though, you'll be treated to a round table of academics not only complimenting Dr Bunsell's work (it's a "classic" ethnography, says one), but also the FBBs themselves! And, if you are at all curious as to what Dr Bunsell sounds like (I know I was!) then there is also the bonus that you get to hear her reading a short extract from the book as well.

And, to coincide with the paperback coming out, the book has been reviewed (favourably) in the prestigious Times Higher Education, although we imagine that Dr Bunsell's favourite review of her work is still the one we published on FMS!

You might also want to read the interview Dr Bunsell kindly agreed to do with us (and which contains a number of extracts from the book) on FMS passim.

But, most of all, BUY it! Firstly, you won't regret doing so, and secondly, you'll also be doing your bit to show there is a market for serious books on the subject of female bodybuilders and female bodybuilding, which can only be a good thing.

Our sincere thanks and congratulations to Dr Bunsell!

Enjoy! And BUY!!!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

August Picture Post: Sexy Selfies

The final installment of our August Picture Post...

Mercedes Ciprut
Fitness Freak, ciprut on Instagram

From Vancouver, Mercedes describes herself as an "Energizer Bunny", so you can use your own imagination on that one. Her exotic looks and sexy muscles are currently causing a bit of a stir among the female muscle lovin' brethren on Tumblr.

Massiel "Massy" Indhira Arias
Celebrity Trainer, mankofit on Instagram

More exotic looks and sexy muscles from "Mankofit", a Dominican-born NYC-based personal trainer who is on a mission. One day I hope to be the influence of a new generation of trainers that teaches people a lifestyle instead of a quick fix to a summer bikini body, she says. And it's hardly surprising given that she originally started working out as a way of battling depression that she's such an advocate, describing exercise as the highlight of my life. Check out her website for more.

Josee Gallant
Physique Athlete turned Crossfitter, josee_gallant on Instagram

A bit of a serial selfie taker is Josee. I don't need much to be happy, she says. A good workout, a good pump, a mirror, good lighting, and voilĂ ! Frankly, FMS thinks it is actually a bit of a shame that she's been devoting herself to Crossfit since June-ish given that she has such potential as a physique competitor (see below), but at least she's still flexing for her cameraphone on a pleasingly regular basis. She seems to have a different look every day, but she's always muscular and gorgeous.

Robin Dee
Heavyweight Bodybuilder, robintripledee on Instagram

Every ounce of her [200+lbs pure muscle body] is sexy, writes one forum poster. Her shoulders are wider than a barn door, and I am not sure I have seen an FBB that is sexier than Robin in tight clothes. She is the queen of selfies, and that is no small compliment! She has a gorgeous body, and she shows it like she knows it.

Michelle Lewin
IFBB Pro Bikini, michelle_lewin on Instagram

I love to sweat like a maniac, says Michelle, as reported by UK "newspaper" the Daily Star just over a week ago. Seems the woman they call "La Cuerpa" is something of a rising star not only among the brethren, but also with the wider public as a result of the kind of mainstream media interest that only a bikini model can generate these days. But fear not, bikini girls can be just as freaky as the big girls, even if it is in a slightly different way. There’s nothing more motivating than when you find a new vein, she says. Nice! Oh, and you'll be upset to know the Instagram account that we've linked here contains ONLY her lingerie and bikini photos. Sorry.

Juliana Malacarne
IFBB Pro Physique, julesfit10 on Instagram

The woman FMS readers voted the 4th hottest hard woman in the world (and the #1 Brazilian) is, like a fine wine, getting better (ie. hotter and harder) as she ages. This post-workout delight is by no means the sexiest recent selfie we could find of La Malacarne, but we thought if we DID post the sexiest one, you wouldn't make it to the end of today's post and consequently held it back.That's how much we care.

Georgina McConnell
UKBFF Physique Competitor, geeeorgina_1993 on Instagram

Photo dated 21st August. Oh my!


Josee Gallant oozes muscular sex appeal all over the place during her routine at the 2013 New Brunswick Provincial Bodybuilding Championships before she started her venture into the world of Crossfit training. Don't you agree that while there's nothing wrong at all with Crossfit, Josee should probably give physique another go?


Saturday, 30 August 2014

August Picture Post: Happy Birthday Mavi!


Born: 30.08.77, Mesgane, Italy

FMS Hot and Hard 100 #3

37 today!!!

mavigioia on Instagram

Mavi, buon compleanno da tutti i tuoi fans FMS!

Tanti auguri!!!

Friday, 29 August 2014

August Picture Post: Rivers of Blood

Even if you happen to be the kind of guy (or girl) who is open about their attraction to muscular females, you probably leave this particular aspect of it unsaid (I imagine). Not an easy thing for the non female muscle head to, er, get their head round this one, if possible at all. In fact, do we even truly understand our own endless fascination for the mighty rivers of blood that traverse the muscles of our goddesses?

Perhaps they are just another example of the "otherness" of the female bodybuilder. Sure, there are some naturally vascular women out there (just as some FBBs are naturally more vascular than others), but being covered from traps to calves in pulsating cord-like veins only seems to occur in our beloved muscle babes.

Perhaps they serve as our guidelines for worship. Are them veins showing us exactly where to lick/kiss/touch for her pleasure? Unfortunately, I have never had the chance to put this theory to the test so I'll have to take someone else's word for it, but I have been told that if you tap the inner base of a flexed female bicep it activates a neural pathway that runs all the way to the vaginal wall, so that does make me think there might be something to it. Anyway, if true, it's yet another good point to make when explaining your sthenolagnia to friends, family or therapist ("You don't even have to find their erogenous zones! They're all marked!!!"). Nice idea, isn't it?

And that would mean that for some, if not most, if not ALL, female bodybuilders, well, that erogenous zone pretty much covers their whole body. Yep.

Returning to something akin to reality [surely not! - ed.], perhaps we should just file these under "Freaky and I Love It!" and not worry ourselves too much with the whys and wherefors. Let's just sit back, relax and get our vascular freak on.

And there are few freakier and (therefore) few sexier sights in the female muscle lovin' world than pulsating rivers of blood adorning magnificently muscled legs. Now I'm not normally a "quad" type of guy, but I have to confess that if you delve into the freakier corners of the FMS collection, you'll find plenty of this sort of thing.

These women embrace their "otherness", and it's not just about the veins that adorn their muscles, it's the muscles themselves. They celebrate their freakiness, delight in being different. They revel in their rivers of blood and make no apologies for doing so. Maybe the confidence that takes is the key to the attraction of it after all. Or maybe it's just that I'm wired to find, say, the vascular mosaic of Margie Martin's quads (below) every bit as unique and beautiful as a work of art - and a lot more erotic!

And finally today, a little nostalgia: the "classic" vascularity of Robin Parker.

Giffed for your pleasure by Erotic Muscle Beasts on Tumblr


Thursday, 28 August 2014

August Picture Post: 241


Strong is the new Swedish Playmate of the Month. Or something.