Issue #9


by Juan Carlos Lopez

2005 Canadian Nationals Women's Bodybuilding Photos Results

2005 Canadian Nationals Women's Bodybuilding Review

2005 Europa Super Show Photos and Results

2005 Europa Super Show Review

2005 Copa Internacional Guadalajara Photos and Results

2005 Copa Internacional Guadalajara Review

20 Questions with our Cover Model: Mindi O'Brien

Video Interview with our Cover Model: Mindi O'Brien

Post Contest Blues
by Traci Redding

Video Interview: Nita Marquez Wilson NPC Fitness

Is it a Goal or A Dream?
by Sarah and Geff Malone

An Interview with Trina Gillis

Pre Exhaust Bicep Workout
Linda Cusmano

Video Interview: Jenny Guenther IFBB Figure Pro

Women Training Routine Part 1: Leg Training
by Rossella Pruneti

Video Interview: Katie Szep IFBB Fitness Pro

Beyond the Mirror
by Rossella Pruneti

Mindi O'Brien, Lucie Bergeron, Susie Oatmeyer, Alexis Ellis, Tonia Williams

Video Interview: Alia Anor NPC Figure

Diet Depleting and Diapers
by Christine Wan




Europe Super Show Review

Darlina Acampora

Dallas, Texas was the city where this prestigious event took place, promoted by Ed and Betty Pariso. Betty is still a bodybuilding competitor in her fifties and is going to compete at the Olympia.
The female competition took place on Friday the 16th, 2005 at the adjacent Convention Center to the Wyndham Hotel. This competition included IFBB pro figure, fitness and bodybuilding competitors. The event had many competitors from different countries such as England, Germany, Argentina and Venezuela among others. The only problem with this show was the lighting it was rather dim and uneven. Even the lights were at a lower temperature than we are used to seeing in other National shows. Hopefully next year this problem will be fixed.

Monica Guerra

Starting with the figure there were many quality physiques and some that weren't up to par with their peers. Nevertheless there were 27 female competitors and among them three would qualify for the Olympia. The most impressive bodies where those of Monica Guerra, Trish Mayberry, Darlina Acampora and Inga Neverauskaite. After both callouts the judges decided to award first place to Amanda Savell who recently obtained her pro card and since then has had a winning streak. Valerie Waugaman took second place, this girl has the symmetry and a good stage presence. Monica Guerra, who probably had the best body given the symmetry, physical condition and presence took third place. Monica admitted being happy for the result given that it is her first time qualifying for the Olympia. Julie Lohre who should have competed in fitness competed in figure due to a torn ACL. This helped obtain the fourth place over Jane Awad who just won the title of the North Americans in Cleveland the past September 3rd. Other competitors who stood out where Christine Wan and Amy Peters. Christine down-sized her quads and this helped her symmetry. It was Amy Peters' debut in her hometown and she showed that she clearly belonged on the pro stage. But definitely some of the competitors who obtained the lower places were perhaps the best. Starting with Trish Mayberry with her hairstyle and physique reminded us of Monica Brant. Inga Neverauskaite who has an excellent combination of beauty and muscularity coming from England probably needs more exposure for judges to appreciate her. The competitor who is repeatedly ignored is Darlina Acampora who regardless of having a stomach problem all weekend and who couldn't get of her water was able to achieve a very impressive physique. Darlina is perhaps one of the best physiques we have in our industry and let's hope that next year she delights us with her figure.

Mindi O'Brien

For the fitness portion the winner last year was Mindi O´Brien and returned to this event once more. It seems that some judges are looking for harder and stronger physiques but in the amateur division it has been the softer look which has won. Tracey Greenwood won the event and had a very hard physique with an entertaining routine. Second place was for Stacy Simmons who has competed many times and finally qualified for the Olympia. Mindi O`Brien took third place even though she could have taken the show. Mindi still has one of the the best bodies and symmetry in the professional fitness, her routine is full of powerful movements and has a dominating presence that is difficult to ignore. Some bodies that should have qualified better were those of Angie Semsch and Sandra Wickham. Angie is still climbing spots and is one of the most joyful competitors in her routine. Sandra comes from Canada and is her first year as a pro and should place better if she continues to compete. The best routines were those of Kim Lyons who dressed

Donna Jones

up as a football player and even threw the football towards the crowd. Among others Kendra Elias performed the phantom of the opera, Amy Haddad played a police woman with real handcuffs and Amy Huber counteracted with a death row prisoner escaping from the law routine. Sabrina Gibson who lives in Japan has always an extraordinary physique always and again she showed us what she can bring. In other words fitness left us very satisfied, the quality of the routines was astonishing. Props goes to Donna Jones too as she presented a muscular physique that the IFBB should start to recognize

Tonia Williams

The female bodybuilding was separated in two classes light and heavy. In the lightweights Jeanie Paparone seemed to win her class because she was called out first ahead of Tonia Williams. But during the second round Jeanie did not appear on stage, it seems according to some sources it was the announcer who told them "see you tonight ladies" or someone backstage that told the that was it. It was Tonia Williams who then dominated her class and came in very ripped and balanced making her indeed the lightweight winner. Rarely do you see or hear a long chain of applause from the crowd from a single pose. When Tonia hit back double biceps the crowd went crazy due to her extreme definition. Antoinette Norman with a very good physique and fluid routine took second. Susanne Niederhauser with her small waist and huge lats got her third. Monica Martin from Brazil who had fourth place perhaps could have won second or third place due to her excellent hard physique and routine dressed as a devil. The other competitor who was outstanding was Klaudia Larson who has one of the most impressive biceps in the female bodybuilding. Now with the heavyweight class, Bonny Priest who was in her hometown took first place and she had a full physique with definition and very symmetrical. After Bonny came Kim Perez who just got her pro card two weeks ago and could be the next Lenda Murray. Kim Harris secured third place presenting a very compact body and good presentation. The Swede Marika Johansson impressed everyone

Marika Johansson

with her excellent routine and stage presence. Few competitors had the stage presence of Marika and she is one of the most feminine competitor we have on Pro and Amateur level. Regardless of being tall she possesses a very dominant physique and has an excellent symmetry, we hope to see her at the Arnold next year. Colette Guimond finally debuted as a professional but to the judges she seemed too muscular. When the award to the overall winner was given to Bonny Pries the judges had decided for the fuller and bigger physique of Bonny Both Bonny and Tonia qualified for the Olympia and we hope that both bring similar physiques to the Olympia. In general the competition was one you cannot miss next year if you are a big fan of figure, fitness and bodybuilding.

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