Time to meet the next ten beautiful, inspirational women...
THE FMS HOT AND HARD 100
NATALYA KOVALYOVA NEW ENTRY
Although she's had all the media, it seems Julia Vins isn't the only baby-faced Russian She-Beast who has attracted our readers' attention this year. Forum posters tell of her legendary strength (I have no reliable stats unfortunately), and wonder how much they'd have to pay to become her Personal Masseur. Apparently now living in Finland (lucky Finland!), she's variously known as Natalya and Natasha, with the surname rendered as either Kovaleva and Kovalyova. Happy searching!
More Natalya? On YouTube you could start here. You might also want to check out this particular picture of Natalya. Just a (not so) little something extra!
LT. HOLLAND CANTER #25
Adventure Junkie, World Traveller, Health Nut & Personal Stylist
It's been a while since the heady days of 2012 when Holland was one of FMS' Women of the Year and HerBiceps gave us a plethora of pics and clips of this rare beauty to enjoy. Seems she's "been on a break" as they say. Not for so long that we've forgotten her though, and the good news is she's back in the gym for real. Finally after 7 weeks of training, I'm starting to look like my old self again, she says.
Holland Canter on Instagram, encouragingly named "hcangobig".
DEBI LASZEWSKI #36
IFBB Pro Bodybuilder, 3rd Ms Olympia 2014
Twenty years after her competitive debut, Debi made the top 3 at the Olympia for the fifth time in six years in 2014. Now 45, she is finally sharing insider secrets, as her website puts it, through her personal training business Debi & Company.
More Debi? Watch her Olympia routine.
ANTONELLA LELLA VAL NEW ENTRY
Bodybuilder & Personal Trainer
I woudn't normally post a transformation photo in the Countdown but I'm making an exception for Milan's Antonella Lella Val. However long the gap between those two photos, the difference is stunning. Different woman? Different species more like!
More Antonella? She's on Instagram looking all proud of her muscles and all.
OLGA BELYAKOVA NEW ENTRY
IFBB Physique Pro
Although she's now competing in the Physique Division, Moscow's Olga Belyakova is technically still the World Amateur Bodybuilding Champion, having won the title in Kiev in 2013, the last time Women's Bodybuilding was included in the championships. The irony is that these days she's packing more muscle than she ever did as a 'bodybuilder', not least at last year's New York Pro, when she finished 4th.
Whether she's on stage, in the gym, glammed up for a photoshoot or smiling for a backstage candid, Olga always looks nothing less than stunningly beautiful, so no surprise this seems to be the word fans most often use when talking about her.
More Olga? Check out this pre-New York gym clip, and she's on Facebook too.
SHAWNA STRONG #68
IFBB Pro Bodybuilder, Writer, Model & Aspiring Actress
One of FMS' Women of the Year in 2013, Shawna Strong (alter ego of the female bodybuilder formerly known as Shawna Pierce) took a year out from competition in 2014, but kept my good self (and in all probability her other 900+ Instagram followers) firmly smitten with her curvaceous muscle sex appeal. I make no bones about it, I find this woman utterly enthralling. Beauty, brawn, and no small measure of brains, too. Congratulations were in order back in May last year when she completed her second Bachelor's degree at Arizona State University. I am insightful, determined, and strong on the inside and out, she says. I love being a woman who can be and do anything I choose to do. One look at Shawna and you know she means it.
Think you can take more Shawna? As well as her Instagram, you too can fall under Shawna's spell at her Facebook page, on Twitter, and/or her website.
MARTHE SUNDBY NEW ENTRY
Isn't it wonderful to know that women like Marthe Sundby exist? Women who could care less what the IFBB or whatever thinks about female bodybuilding. Women who live to lift, who live to grow, who live for MUSCLE. Isn't it also wonderful that these days women like Marthe are posting pictures of themselves, once, twice and sometimes three or more times daily, with captions like I want muscle boobies! Every now and then the world seems like such a wonderful place, doesn't it?
Those shoulders! they exclaim on the forums. What a back! they say. Those (former Olympic speed skater) legs! they scream. What a fantastic beautiful ass! says one. She has the sexiest veins ever! says another. No, I don't think (despite her relatively low position on the list) that describing Marthe as a 'Muscle Goddess' is over the top! There aren't very many women who are so consistently and completely adored.
Training is my true passion, she says, I'm living my dream. And in doing so, it seems, she is also providing countless members of the female muscle lovin' community with a truly magnificent hunk of womanhood to dream about as well!
See Marthe in a music video from Oslo "alternative pop band" Camp Sounds, and there's also a 'Behind the Scenes' to enjoy as well. You probably should also be following her on Instagram for daily (sometimes twice or three times daily) thrills.
JENNIFER ABSHIRE #21
IFBB Pro Bodybuilder
Not a clue what Megan Abshire's other half has been up to this year other than spoiling their shihtsu and breaking her toe - see her (hardly active) Twitter for photo. The above pics were both posted in 2014, but as they weren't posted by Jennifer I've no idea how recent they are. Still, she does look awfully sexy in both, doesn't she?
ZOA LINSEY NEW ENTRY
Brand New American & IFBB Pro Bodybuilder
Zoa was back as a bodybuilder in 2014 after a brief (and largely unsuccessful) sojourn into the Physique Division in 2013. In the build-up to her two contest appearances it was clear she hadn't lost the freaky legs and upper body vascularity that she was renowned for, and even 'discovered' some striations during a back workout that, quite frankly, I found disturbing and arousing in equal measure. Sadly though, she didn't fare especially well. Her legs, as always, were spectacular whether she was flexing them or not, but she didn't quite nail the overall package at either show.
Nevertheless, Zoa remains, for me and a handful of voters at least, one of the most beautiful elite female bodybuilders, and in case you don't know her story, you really should head over to her website and read all about this remarkable woman's life.
More Zoa? Apart from the website, Zoa's on Instagram.
EVA ANDRESSA VIEIRA #16
From the rarefield atmosphere of the top 20, Brazil's "Fitness Muse" got only a quarter of the votes she had last year, which was certainly a surprise to me, if no one else. After all, it's not like she got all ugly and piled on the pounds in 2014. If anything, by the end of the year she had more visible muscle than she did at the start.
She's so good-looking I can barely take it, reads one recent forum post, and while I'm sure said poster wasn't being altogether serious, I have to admit, I kind of know what he means. Which makes Eva's fall down the list even more surprising until you consider that roughly 50% of this year's votes were cast by first-time voters. Clearly, this list is based on different hot and hard priorities to last year's.
Eva fans are probably already consoling themselves on her YouTube channel. FMS recemmends Abdômen definido and Exercício para o bumbum - Stiff no Smith.
Time for a breather and a day off tomorrow as you digest the twenty women we've seen so far and lick your lips at the magnitude of the women to come.
More surprises guaranteed as we continue our countdown on Thursday...