Sunday, 23 July 2017

She's So Shredded: Jessica Martin

Our final shredded sensation of the week recently made her pro debut at the IFBB Arctic Pro, finishing 3rd. Unlike many other competitors, Jessica Martin didn't rush to her first pro show. She waited more than twelve months after her triumph at last year's NPC USAs. And in this fan's humble opinion, it was so worth the wait.

As the above routine, I think, aptly demonstrates, Jessica has got the complete package. It seems churlish to focus on just one of her many assets, but that's exactly what I'm going to do because pec cleavages like this are, sadly, in short supply.

Thankfully, Jessica rarely misses an opportunity to show those mighty slabs of muscle off, and never ever misses an opportunity to show them off at their most magnificent, right after she's done push-ups to failure, the way she always ends her chest workouts.

Now you can see this method works, but for the sake of comparison, I'll tell you that my PT gets me to do that too. Finish up chest day by doing as many push-ups as I can. Generally, I manage about 4. If I do 5, I feel like a superhero. Jessica, on the other hand, who says she can "do loads" when her pecs are not exhausted, cranks out about 30 of them. Wow. And then she takes her pictures of her pumped up pec meat.

Knows what she's doing does Jessica.

Jessica is on Instagram, and her Arctic Pro gallery is here.

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Saturday, 22 July 2017

She's So Shredded: Annie Lemay

Honestly, I'm not 100% convinced that Annie Lemay is real.

Face of an angel, the body of a Bikini babe fast becoming a Figure goddess.

Muscle exhibitionist extraordinaire.

Naughty flexes when she ain't supposed to.

She's just too good to be true.

Is it possible she's just a very sophisticated, next generation avatar designed to take over my life, devote every waking hour to, and, finally, drain me of my life savings?

Working so far.

Follow her (possibly fake) Instagram feed here.

Friday, 21 July 2017

She's So Shredded: Pauline Nelson IFBB Pro

My plan was to come and take the whole show and I did it. I did it.

The "show" in question was the NPC Teen Collegiate & Masters National Championships, and while Pauline didn't make much noise in the Teen and Collegiate classes, she ruled Masters Bodybuilding. Three Heavyweight plus three Overall titles in three different age groups - over 35, over 40 and over 45. She left with six trophies and a pro card.

About time too. FMS has been mad about Pauline (whether she's training, competing, or just rocking up to show her support at a show in some killer outfit) for a few years now. What she has achieved with her mother-of-four body is nothing short of mind-blowing. And there is something pleasingly old(ish) school about the level of conditioning she consistently achieves for contests, harking back to the days when FBBs turning up at contests with visible abs was the norm rather than the exception.

I will train six hours a day and I will do that for seven months straight, she says. My coaches think I'm crazy, but I'm not. And next this 48-year-old force of nature wants to use her brand new pro card in less than a month and compete at the Tampa Pro.
Applications for the post of Pauline's "trophy carrier" are now, sadly, closed

What's another four weeks when you've already done seven months?!

Watch Pauline's post-show interview with NPC News Online here.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

She's So Shredded: Lindsey Angel

Close-up, uninhibited, "how did that get by the censors?" shreds from the UK's most successful Trained Figure competitor at this year's NABBA Worlds, Lindsey Angel.

Lindsey has become a shredded, thong-wearing freak in just over two years' of lifting. When they say it takes years, yes, it does, she says. But it's also possible to do this in two years, she adds, somewhat confusingly. So, two years then, and Lindsey is the living proof. I have spent my life training in a ballet school, then doing other sports and pole fitness, so they too were developing my muscles. Oh right, now I see.

Here's Lindsey's glute-tastic routine from Russia. She was 3rd in her class.

Follow her on Instagram.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

She's So Shredded: Jodi Boam

I LOVE contest season. Muscles at their sharpest, veins at their thickest. The pre-contest pumps. Striated pecs, striated glutes. The backstage shenanigans. Glistening tanned, oiled bodies pumping up. Muscles at their best, at their most beautiful.

That's me, not Jodi, saying that, but I get the feeling she loves contest season too.

And this season, it's been a pleasure watching her prepare her gorgeous body with her usual dedication and precision, and a pleasure seeing the images of her competing. First, it was Toronto, a show she had previously won back in 2012. This time around she finished 3rd, for the first time since the year she won that title, in Fitness.

Hotel room shenanigans ahoy!

More recently, in Vancouver, she won the Physique class and booked her place at her first Physique Olympia and her first Olympia since her Fitness appearance in 2012.

The lines between the different divisions may continue to blur, but there was nothing less than razor-sharp about Jodi's muscles before, during or after either of her shows.

I'm honestly speechless, mind-blown and overwhelmed, she wrote after her victory. I came into this show with zero expectations, I just wanted a new challenge for myself. Not once did I ever think I'd be leaving saying I've made it to the OLYMPIA!!!

So that's one more contest for me (and Jodi) to look forward to this year.


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

She's So Shredded: Mariša Golob

On her Instagram there's a really quite disturbing image of a young, cute, feminine face photoshopped onto an undeniably muscular but somewhat chubby male body. What people think I look like when I tell them I'm a powerlifter, says Mariša Golob.

Click here at your own risk.

I did warn you it was disturbing.

Anyway, me, you and the female muscle lovin' brethren in general are all much too enlightened to have that preconception, but that doesn't mean we don't have a preconception of what a female powerlifter looks like, and it's not (I imagine) the kind of look you would expect to find in a week of posts entitled She's So Shredded.

But Mariša is not your typical powerlifter.

Her Wikipedia entry (which is extensive) calls her "the most successful and decorated female in Slovenian powerlifting history", and details the 27-year-old law student's tally of 37 gold (plus one solitary silver) medals at European and World level.

All have been won in the last five years.

Why so shredded then?

Well, I'd hoped at first that Mariša was going to start doing what our Hot and Hard 100 Top Brit Corinne Ingman does and marry a powerlifting career with a competitive Bodybuilding one, but I've found no evidence to suggest that my dream of her all tanned and oiled, glam and suited and flexing her delicious and powerful body is going to be coming true anytime soon. What I have found out though is that this, as Corinne might say, "royally peeled" look is a fairly recent development - she hasn't always looked quite like this - and is all in aid of ensuring that Mariša makes a particular weight class. She says she is "kind of diggin' these pre-competition shreds".

Swell is very much diggin' them too.

Follow Mariša on Instagram.

Monday, 17 July 2017

She's So Shredded: Lauren Howe

Veins are ready to party, noted NPC Figure competitor Lauren Howe, not long before she tanned up and glammed up and took to the stage at the NPC Universe. [My] best conditioning to date, she thought. No matter the outcome I'm proud.

And so she should be. That is one hell of a shredded physique this new Figure pro took to the contest. And "the outcome", left her "ecstatic". Class and Overall winner.

As usual, not the world's greatest interviewer. But we don't really care about him, do we? Just look how damn BIG she is - the sheer SIZE of those shoulders and arms.

And those VEINS. Damn! NPC Figure? Not for long.

Check out Lauren's progress since her 2014 Lackland Classic debut.
Lauren's progress - top: 2014 (left) and 2015; bottom: 2016 (left) and 2017

And, if you had the sound on during the clip you'll know this, she isn't planning to take much time off before putting that pro card to use. Just a few weeks in fact. Less since the time of writing is a good week after her Universe triumph. Next stop, the San Antonio Pro. A short trip for Lauren (you will also know this if you etc.) because San Antonio just happens to be where lives. Can she be so shredded again?

Not long before we find out.

Lauren is on Instagram.