Issue #30


by Juan Carlos Lope

2007 NPC Jr. Nationals

2007 NPC Jr. Nationals Review

2007 CBBF Fitness and Figure Nationals

2007 CBBF Fitness and Figure Nationals Review

20 Questions with Cover Model and IFBB Figure Pro Jeni Briscoe

Video Interview with Cover Model and IFBB Figure Pro Jeni Briscoe

You are Doing How Much Cardio?
by Rebecca Slatt

Julie Lohre's Ultimate Abs DVD Review
by Kaisa Piippo

Jeni Briscoe, Tracy Royer, Jen Jewell, Marnie Holley, Nicki Pimm,

Video Interview with CBBF Bodybuilder Natalie Mulder

Ask Misty
by Misty Green

Video Interview with CBBF Figure Macey Boudreau

Monica Brant Secret of Beauty DVD Review
by Juan Carlos Lopez

Video Interview with CBBF Figure Nicole Boyne


Monica Brant Secret of Beauty DVD Review by Juan Carlos Lopez

An icon among fitness competitors a true legend and one of the best physiques in the universe: Monica Brant. This DVD is an older one which shows her prepare for Fitness Olympia win in the 90's. In between chapters we see past covers and ads that Monica has graced.

The Secret of Beauty

It starts up with getting her make up done before a shoot and then at the shoot itself. Its just impressive to see Monica pose and show her amazing physique and great looks. The camera work is excellent as it pans and zooms into Monica's physique and the music is soothing during non spoken parts. She shoots in a variety of outfits at different outdoor locations, the early sun shines on her giving her already impressive physique an even more defined look.

The next segment shows Joanne Lee IFBB Bodybuilding Pro training Monica in the Venice Gold's Gym. The workouts are geared towards competing for the Fitness Olympia which means gymnastics are involved. Again we see Monica's unreal body in motion in the gym in a few different exercises.

Next is a posing segment, which also shows a very sculpted physique different from what the IFBB is awarding now. Back in those days it was a different look they wanted even with the posing being the same it shows muscularity was a given.

Getting in the fitness routine is perhaps the most impressive segment as it shows an aspect very different from figure. Many fitness competitors that don't have a fitness background end up doing no gymnastics moves and never learn all the complex movements. They might end up doing well sometimes but Monica is such a great athlete as she is learning them and practicing them. Richard Pascale and USA National Olympic Coach is her routine coach. The importance in stretching is shown as Pascale helps Monica stretch on the mat. A few cartwheels well done show the complexity of the movements. Monica then performs her 45 second routine with all the mandatory fitness moves.

Nutrition is next, a segment filmed at an offseason of hers. She cooks and cuts some food and shows what supplements she eats. The final segment shows Monica at the Fitness Olympia performing her routine at the 1998 Fitness Olympia and winning the title. Monica is indeed one of the best athletes in history, right up or above some of the famous tennis players. Monica combines great beauty and a perfect physique, not near perfect: PERFECT! This DVD is a must buy whether you are a competitor, some who needs motivation or a fan of the sport.

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