Friday, 30 January 2015

Peaks of the Day: Alina v Shannon: The 2015 FMS Hot and Hard 100 - Voting Now Open!

Last year, frustrated at the lack of real women in FHM's yearly poll, FMS sought to compile an alternative vision of female beauty. Over 60 of you gorgeous readers took up the invitation to vote, and The FMS Hot and Hard 100 was born.

Unsurprisingly, our avowed aim of replacing the FHM poll in the public consciousness hasn't quite come off yet, but we're not giving up, and so this year (and despite very real concerns about whether we can afford the time it takes to count the votes and compile the posts!), we're asking you to take the time to vote again. Starting now.

And we're delighted that helping us with our launch are the two women who finished head and shoulders (and abs and quads and glutes and biceps) above the rest in 2014. The Hottest and Hardest of them all: Shannon Courtney and Alina Popa*.

Shannon says...

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I want your vote. I deserve your vote. Give it to me. Look how I've grown! I'm so much bigger and better... sorry, hotter and harder this year. Being your number one would mean so much to me, you know, really inspire me to make 2015 my year.

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Alina says...

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Being the Queen of Muscle, knowing I have so many devoted worshippers... it makes me feel so good, so strong, powerful, sexy! I love it! I absolutely adore being your number 1. Am I confident I'll win again? Of course! There are no IFBB judges voting, are there? No? Good! Then I'm positive I'll get first place again...

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Finally, a quick reminder.

1. You may vote for up to 100 women. (Your choice if you rank them or not - but rankings are used as a tie breaker if two women have the same number of votes).

2. Vote for your favourites from the last year - it's not an all-time poll, it's a Top 100 Hot and Hard Women in the World NOW, so your thinking should be about active (though not necessarily competitive) muscle women only, please.

3. Send your list to 6ft1swell@gmail.com

That's it!

The sooner you vote, the greater the anticipation - the longer you get to sit back, relax and wait to see where your favourites have placed in the overall list.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Enjoy and get voting!

* Shannon Courtney and Alina Popa had nothing to do with this whatsoever, obviously.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Peak of the Day

Is it the fact that there is another woman with a more conventionally-shaped arm in the picture? Is it the look on Rene's face (look at her eyes) that says she LOVES this kind of attention, a look that suggests she doesn't even own a top that has sleeves?

Or is it simply the damn size of that thing?!

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Lawdy, what a picture!!!

You know, I'm beginning to think it's the look, the love of the attention...


Enjoy!

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Peaks of the Day: Judy Moshkosky

When The History of Female Bodybuilding is written (if there are any would-be publishers out there, just pop the advance in the post and I'll be on it), it's unlikely that female bodybuilders with contest records like Judy Moshkosky's will get much written about them. Three times she competed at national level in the very early 1990s, with 7th in the middleweight class at the IFBB North Americans her best result.

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But I'll bet there are more readers of "a certain age" who can remember Judy than there are those who remember Deborah Cameron, or Celina Martins, or Judy Batcher (all of whom placed higher than her at those national level shows). And I would imagine that Judy's left and right biceps are the reasons why that is so.

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Quite apart from the fact that these days it's highly unlikely that more than a few middleweights will take the stage at the NPC Nationals, it seems almost unbelievable now that once upon a time a body like Judy's was unable to break into the top six in her class. Were the very same biceps that have ensured her name remains in the consciousness of the female muscle lovin' brethren responsible for her lowly placings, deemed by the the judges to be "too big" and making her physique lack balance?

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Judge for yourself in this excerpt from Judy's work with Women's Physique World. Pleasingly it's almost 7 minutes long, and though not exclusively an arm clip, it - quite rightly - focuses more attention on those biceps than it does on the rest of her.



Enjoy!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Peak of the Day

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BAM! Amanda Aivaliotis makes a muscle around the time of her Masters win at the 2014 North Americans. And, yes, that means that beautiful bicep and its 45-year-old owner will be competing as a pro this year. It’s hard to build the perfect physique, says Amanda, and as a sculptor of my own body, will it ever be perfect in my eyes? Probably not, but it is fun trying to achieve it and seeing it change year to year. Seems to me she's getting close to perfect in one department at least - that vein, OMG!

Watch the taller but considerably smaller IFBB Bikini Pro Ashley Kaltwasser interview the shredded Amanda after her 2014 triumph here. Sadly there's no flexing during the interview, but on the page there is a link to Amanda's contest gallery.

Enjoy!

Monday, 26 January 2015

Peaks of the Day: The Look of Love

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It doesn't seem to matter whether they've just started their mission to muscle or they're a big name fbb with years of growth behind them. If photographic evidence is anything to go by, muscular women just can't get enough of their own biceps.

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And why not? Even if the woman in question is more naturally muscular than most, she still needs to do her curls. Even if certain substances are used, those peaks aren't going to rise if she spends her time sat on the sofa watching The Jeremy Kyle Show.

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And when she's doing those curls, focusing her thoughts into the muscle, isn't it the done thing to look at it? She's willing it to grow before her very eyes, watching it get bigger, thicker, fuller and peakier with every rep. Yes, Dani! Do it! Grrrrrrr!

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But apparently exercising the muscle isn't the only time she wants (needs?) to see it at its proudest. Any excuse will do. Take Mona Muresan (below) - is it just me or is Mona getting a bit emotional about that (highly impressive) peak of hers?

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Look at the camera, Marcie... Look at the camera real quick... Just wanna get one shot into camera Marcie... Looking great, Marcie... eyes to camera now...

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I wonder if the amount of time spent in loving gaze is in any way proportionate to the size of the muscle. Does the self-adoration grow as the muscle does? To find out you'd have to spend a lot of time with women of varying levels of muscularity and record in detail how often they checked out their own flexed biceps. Then watch how this changes as they grow... Someone should do that. I should do that. As soon as I'm done with this post, I think I'll make an application for funding from The Pennypacker Foundation. I'd have to study a lot of them to get truly definitive results. I'd have to study a lot of them over a long period of time to gather sufficient evidence.

I might need some volunteers to help out...


But not with Oana. I'll study Oana myself thank you very much.

Enjoy!

The Look of Love previously on FMS: Biceps, Abs, & Mirror Mirror

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Peak of the Day

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There aren't too many things sexier than muscles bulging visibly through tight clothing. And the owner of today's peak clearly not only understands that, but FEELS it too. So far the FMS research team have found only that today's excitement is brought to you by "BadAssRN", whose online presence apparently consists of nothing more than a Bodyspace profile, although calling it a profile is a bit misleading as it consists of her age (39) and a handful of pictures (the majority showing peakage and tongue).

There may be more of her out there. The research team are working on it...

Enjoy!

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Peaks of the Day: Kassie Kemmis

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A week of peaks here at FMS begins with the casual flexing and heart-stopping beauty of Kassie Kemmis. She might not have the biggest pair you'll ever see - or the indeed biggest pair we'll see this week - but when I first came across this pic, my jaw was well and truly on the floor (among other things). Kassie likes the pic a lot too, it seems, because she's chosen it for the homepage on her brand spanking new website.

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And it was time for her to get that website up and running because Kassie, from the marvellous-sounding Missoula, Montana, is a brand spanking new IFBB Figure pro. She won her class at the NPC Nationals in Miami last year with just one previous competition to her name and having started training as recently as January 2013.

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If you are as impressed as I am by the amount of muscle being sported in the Figure division these days and you are in the vicinity of Los Angeles in July, you might want to check out Kassie's pro debut at the LA Pro. If you're impressed but not near LA, well, then you will probably, like me, be following Kassie's progress via her Instagram.

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Enjoy!

Friday, 23 January 2015

Svensk Muskel: Angelica Enberg

I remember where I started. I did not look like this then.

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Angelica Enberg is a figure competitor with lofty ambitions. She finished 5th in her class at this year's Swedish Nationals, a class she describes as containing women of "brutal quality". Her contest prep is more fraught than most because she is a type-1 diabetic and so has to constantly monitor her blood sugar levels. She likes a selfie more than most, and it is her penchant for revealing more than most in those selfies that has brought her to the attention of the female muscle lovin' brethren. She's just 22, and as cute as a button. And she's the last of our svenska muskel kvinnor this week.

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ANGELICA: IN HER OWN WORDS

I've done so many team and individual sports since the age of 9. They've always been a lot of fun and I've always been good at them. I last gave up football two years ago and subsequently bought my first gym membership, and there I began to slowly but surely build up an extreme interest. Extreme is the word!

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Training is, and has been my life since I was 9, my life. It allowed me to survive my tough childhood. From being so depressed and destroyed at such a young age, through training I've built myself up into a strong person.

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After finishing 5th at the Swedish National Championships: It was a 5th place for me! I'm satisfied. It is, after all, the Swedish National Championships!

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On Dani Reardon, posted to Angelica's Instagram: My #WCW! [Woman Crush Wednesday] I've been following you for a very long time and I admire your hard work. One day I will have your results. I'm chasing you!

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I will tell you something... I like the attention. I do! And I'm not shy about admitting it. I think almost everyone, no matter how you market yourself, it feels good to show off what you have achieved. People feel good to be praised for what they do... You would never want to spend 15 hours a week at the gym, if you couldn't show off what you have accomplished. I want to be able to showcase my hard work.

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Sometimes people ask me, "How long time will you do this for?" and I just stand there, shake my head and say, "It is a lifetime journey."

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New goals are set. I'm definitely going to come back bigger, stronger. It takes a LOT of time to do everything clean. But it's not impossible, and I'm gonna show you that. Time to improve.

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Follow Angelica on Instagram, her Facebook fan page and/or her blog.

Njut!