It’s that time of year again! Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness Performance Weekend is scheduled for Thursday, September 26th- Sunday, September 29th. That means Finals (Saturday 7pm) are only a few hours away (depending on your time zone)!
For those of you who don’t know– Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness Performance Weekend, better known as the Olympia— is an international bodybuilding/figure competition that is held annually by the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB). It’s where the world’s premiere physiques stand side-by-side in fierce competition while the rest of us watch in awe.
Remember Arnold Schwarzenegger? Yeah. The Terminator, “ill be back,” guy? He won Mr. Olympia 7 times. His first title was at the age of 21!
BUT– it’s not all about the boys! The Olympia embraces strong female competitors, as well. The competition includes the categories of fitness, bikini, physique, and bodybuilding (Ms. Olympia).
All the ladies are beautiful, passionate, and strong. And they all sparkled on stage. But I have a few favorites, and I’d love to share them with you all!
The glamorous bikini competitors showed the world what the perfect combination of fitness, personality, and sex appeal looks like. It was a tough call, but my Top 2 in Bikini were India Paulino and Amanda Latona.
Female physique competitors are asked to present a physique that’s harder and more muscular than figure, but less massive than women’s bodybuilding. All of these women looked ah-mazing! My top 2 were (my personal favorite) Dana Linn Bailey, and Tycie Coppett.
All other categories were too hard for me to choose! The judges have their work cut out for them! Remember, these are the best of the best. Side-by-side these girls bodies look incredibly similar, so in order to name a winner, every muscle fiber has to be critiqued.
It is, indeed, a spectacular show! Tune in for some fitness inspiration!
(Note: The Olympia isn’t on TV, but you can watch live coverage at Bodybuilding.com)
I must add. Although I am not covering the men, I really hope Kai Greene wins this year. I admire his persona, work ethic, and spirituality. He has a totally different approach to training, a mental/spiritual approach, which I find admirable.