Inspiration: Justine Munro

Justine Munro is not only built, she’s Canadian!

 Just a few accomplishments…

  • 2012 IFBB Greater Gulf States Pro – 2nd Bikini
  • 2012 IFBB Toronto Pro Supershow – 6th Bikini
  • 2012 IFBB Musclecontest.com Pro Bikini – 2nd Bikini
  • 2011 IFBB Olympia – 10th Bikini
  • 2011 IFBB Toronto Pro Supershow – 3rd Bikini
  • 2011 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Figure and Bikini
  • 2011 IFBB Arnold Classic – 8th Bikini
  • 2010 IFBB Fort Lauderdale Pro – 2nd Bikini
  • 2010 CBBF Canadian National Figure, Fitness & Masters Championships – 1st Bikini Tall & Overall (Pro Card)
  • 2010 OPA Ontario Provincial Championships – 1st Bikini Tall & Overall

And this weekend, Justine placed 8th in the Las Vegas Olympia.

Friday Inspiration: Nathalia Melo

Nathalia Melo’s Video Blog #9

Today I’m feeling pumped: next Monday marks the beginning of the 10-week process of getting me into first-place bikini shape. To commemmorate this occasion, I’ve chosen Nathalia Melo as this post’s inspiration…she’s got some serious on-stage swagger and pretty much the hottest bod out there. You can read an interview with her, from Bodybuilding.com, HERE.

 

 

Muscular Myths

“Oh, I only do cardio–I don’t want to bulk up.”

“Chicks who lift weights look manly.”

Ever hear either of these two quotes, or something similar? Let me tell you: people who say things like this really burn my biscuits.

Developing strong muscles has a lot of benefits, including a higher metabolic rate while at rest (you burn calories more easily), bone/joint support, better posture, and overall health. Not to mention, toning certain body parts (my favs are back, shoulders, glutes, and legs) can give you a shaplier body that looks banging in just about anything (seriously, my burlap sack has never looked better). Check out this link from Livestrong.com for some more information on muscular development in women.

Just because you are lifting heavy or lifting at all doesn’t mean you are going to get a square jaw and have muscles coming out the wazoo. Most people, first of all, don’t have the discipline to develop the muscles that come out of the wazoo; second of all, if you lay off the juice, O.J., your jaw will be fine. Extremely muscular women have been working to have that physique–it wasn’t some accident because they did some heavy deadlifts at the gym one day!

Let’s take a look at a few chicks who lift:

Crystal Cunard, Kazia Sitarz, and Leigh Brandt (top to bottom) None of these are my photos–they were found on Google and I will be pleased to credit whomever took them. My google search was IFM Hot & Fit 100.

Don’t lift weights, seriously. Why would anyone want to look like those three?