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SwimSuit 2004

SwimSuit 2004

Cold weather can freeze your training motivation faster than you can say hypothermia. (That’s not a variation of hyperextensions; it’s subnormal body temperature - but at least your mind’s still on exercise.) One way to light your fire is to trick your mind into thinking it’s summer. No, not by slathering on sunscreen or chugging frozen margaritas, but by looking at photos of fit gals in sizzling swimwear. (Come to think of it, a margarita couldn’t hurt either.) This year we’ve gathered a gorgeous group of exquisite weight-trained women to get the sweat beading on your forehead. Once you start flipping through the following pages, you should feel your heart pounding and your palms moistening. Don’t worry, that’s a natural reaction - the start of an adrenaline rush that you can channel into your workouts.

HardBody

HardBody

Timea Majorova

Timea Majorova
DESERT HEAT Timea Majorova Sends the Temperature Rising Story and Photography by Bill Dobbins - www.BillDobbins.com One of the problems with women's physique competition is that it tends to produce very few stars. It used to be that champions like Rachel McLish, Cory Everson, Sharon Bruneau, Lenda Murray and Anja Langer got lots of magazine coverage - and covers. Nowadays very few of the top figure and fitness women, let alone the female bodybuilders, get much attention in print. That means they have trouble promoting themselves to real star status. A major exception is Timea Majorova. Timea showed up at the Fitness Olympia one year and was immediately the center of attention - at least on the part of the fans, journalists and photographers. The judges didn't score her well because they felt she was - can we all say this together? - too muscular. Timea wasn't a gymnast and so wasn't able to win many pro fitness shows. By the time figure came along, she was so in demand as a model and spokesperson that she decided that competition was no longer necessary. Obviously, she's still motivated to promote her career. Drive out to the desert for a photo shoot and get up at 4:30 a.m. for makeup? No complaint. Heat, rough terrain, thorns in her foot? No problem. All she had to say was how glad she was to be out shooting in such a beautiful landscape. Timea is always thinking about her career. We stopped at a department store so I could buy some batteries. While I was standing in line, she found and bought four cute little outfits. The more good outfits, the more good photos. Rust never sleeps - and when it comes to promotion, neither, apparently, does Timea. IM

Valerie Waugaman

Valerie Waugaman
Ascending Figure Pro Valerie Waugaman's Star Is on the Rise Photography by Bill Dobbins / wwwbilldobbins.com Height: 5'9" Age: 27 Weight: 140-145 Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio Current residence: Cleveland, Ohio Occupation: Restaurateur, IFBB professional figure athlete, fitness model and spokesperson. Marital status: Engaged. Workout schedule: "When I need to build muscle, I train two bodyparts per session, three days per week. On Saturdays, I train with Mike Davies and his Fitness Factory athletes at World Gym in Columbus. Three times a week, I perform high-intensity non-weight-bearing cardio for one hour, and on other days I do cardio in the morning for 30 minutes. I always look for opportunities to exercise, and I've even been known to turn a trip to the grocery store into a powerwalking session up and down the aisles." Sample bodypart workout (shoulders): Dumbbell overhead presses, 4 x 15; one-arm laterals, 4 x 10, supersetted with inverted lateral raises, 4 x 6; Arnold presses, 3 x 10; plyometrics between sets, 1 minute. Favorite foods: "For everyday life, I enjoy everything on the Octane menu, but my favorites are the Granola emPower Bars, the Power-Nut Smoothie, the Blue-Walnut Chicken Wrap and lots of colorful veggies. My precontest favorite is oatmeal with egg whites. It's the perfect meal!" Factoids: Has a B.A. in graphic design from Ohio University, played Division I volleyball at Ohio University and was a '96 Ohio state high jump champion. "I also have two fantastic stepkids - Ray and Sandy." Future plans: "I have a passion for inspiring others to be fit and healthy and to live life to its full potential. My mission is to expose as many people as possible to the benefits of all aspects of a healthy and balanced lifestyle: psychological, spiritual, physical and emotional. My partner (and soon to be husband), Sam Eells, and I intend to spread our Fuel 4 Life message via our restaurant - Octane Cafe. We aspire to educate people and provide convenient, healthful meals across the country by expanding our franchise model." Contact info: valerie@octanecafe.com

Viviana Soldano

Viviana Soldano
Mojave Muscle Viviana Soldano Stars in a Dramatic Desert Display Photography by Bill Dobbins, www.BillDobbins.com The Mojave Desert is a nice place to visit - but I wouldn't want to live there. At least, not when it's 112 degrees at 6 p.m., as it was the day I drove figure model Viviana Soldano out into the Mojave to take photos. Viviana had called me and asked if I wanted to do a desert shoot for my Web site and hers (www.VivianaSoldano.com). I went on the Internet and looked at the weather report. Supposedly, the temperature at the location I selected would be 95 degrees - hot but bearable. When we got there, however, I checked the temperature as I negotiated the tricky switchback road up and down the steep mountain slopes in my four-wheel-drive truck. Yikes! The heat had climbed into triple digits. Viviana is an NPC figure competitor originally from Genoa, Italy, so I was concerned that she wouldn't be able to cope with the harsh conditions - but I was wrong. No matter how far we had to walk in soft sand or how many hills we had to climb, Viviana made no complaint and showed no signs of discomfort or slacking of energy. Nor did she object to getting up at 4 a.m. to do her makeup the next day. At 5:30 she was knocking on my motel-room door ready and eager to work. It was cooler in the morning, but we ended up doing a lot more climbing. By 10 a.m. we were finished, ready for breakfast and the drive back to L.A. Superenergetic as she was, Viviana napped the whole way back. Not surprising, as desert-location work is tough - models are rarely awake and talking on the trip home. Well, that's why they invented satellite radio.

Arnold Classic 2009

Arnold Classic 2009

Olympia 2008

Olympia 2008

Shay Lyn

Shay Lyn
Barbell Barbie Shay Lyn Is Fitness?? Living Doll by Jonathan Lawson Photography by Michael Neveux Sure, Shay Lyn was on the October '04 IRON MAN cover, and her picture graces a lot of the promotional material for the IRON MAN FitExpo, but she's really not a model IM readers are too familiar with. That will soon change. Shay Lyn has been a very popular SPLATGirl in our sister publication, the paintball magazine SPLAT, and she's done a lot of promotional work for big companies such as Optimum Nutrition, Benchwarmer Trading Cards, Pirelli Tires and Hawaiian Tropic. She's worked for Mattel, representing Barbie, which makes a lot of sense, considering her good looks and incredible physique. In fact, Shay Lyn was so convincing as Barbie that many of the young girls in attendance asked, Where's Ken I had the pleasure of working with her once, and I can verify that wherever Ken is, he's one lucky guy.

Olympia 2007

Olympia 2007

Ironman Pro 2007

Ironman Pro 2007

Olympia 2006

Olympia 2006

Jenny Lynn

Jenny Lynn
The '06 Figure Olympia Champ Unveils Her Winning Form Photography by Michael Neveux. Hair and makeup Alexandra Almand. The stars were in Jenny Lynn's favor last September, when she finally stepped on the Figure O stage a winner. After three previous shots at the title-and three victories at the prestigious Figure International, which is held with the Arnold Classic each year-the bold blonde came to Vegas with a stage presence, physique and smile the judges and audience couldn't resist. Neither could we, which is the reason we immediately got her in the studio with Michael Neveux for a Hardbody shoot. Jenny has always been a competitor, she said, so her relentless pursuit of sport's biggest crown was right in character. She started dancing at a very young age: "I recall doing talent shows as a child, performing singing and dance routines-and charging my family to watch, of course." In her teen years she was a cheerleader and competed at the national level in that daring sport. After high school Jenny began teaching aerobics, and that's when the weight-training bug bit. She found she added muscle quickly and eventually got into fitness competition, turning pro with an overall win at the '01 NPC USA Championships. When pro figure took off in 2003, Jenny saw it as a chance to focus solely on her physique-without the distraction of having to train for gymnastics and strength moves. The strategy paid off big time, as she won the very first pro figure event, the '03 Figure International. Now that she's the Figure Olympia champ, Jenny's winning form cannot be denied. IM