Almanac of
Women's Fitness
By Ron Avidan

The most complete information of fitness competitor's profiles available. The Almanac is updated whenever possible.

  • Babanina, Jana
    From Russia. 1995 Fitness Olympia 14th

  • Balon, Kristin
    1998 NPC Nationals short 15th;

  • Bass, Laura
    USA. Born 6/26/68. She originally started as a bodybuilder but switched over to fitness in 1996 because she felt the women were getting too muscular. To qoute Laura "I love bodybuilding. I just wish the professional judging guidelines stayed in tune with the type of physiques produced in the late 1980's. To made, that was grace, beauty and strength rolled into one." Contests include the 1996 Women's World Pro Fitness 14th; 1996 Florida Fitness Pro 10th; 1997 Jan Tana Fitness 7th;

  • Batista, Alti
    Contess include the 2002 Show of Strength 12th;

  • Bauer, Danielle
    1997 Ms. Fitness USA 3rd; 1997 Ms. Fitness World 4th

  • Baxley, Kristi
    1998 NPC Nationals Tall 12th;

  • Beaulieu, Mona
    1997 NPC USA Fitness 15th;

  • Belli, Frederica
    Italian Fitness Competitor. Bella means beautiful in Italian. Born March 3, 1971 in Citta di Castello, Italy.

  • Bellando, Maria
    Originally from Spring Valley New York, now living in Miami Fla. Maria has 4 brothers and 2 sisters. She was a New York State Champion in gymnastics at age 14. Started in bodybuilding contests, then switcheed to fitness contests. Married to Alan and has two boys (Joseph and Matthew). Teaches aerobics, and is a personal trainer. Used to own her own sporting good company called FanAtics . She is the co-promoter with Peter Potter of one of the largest amateur fitness shows in the country (NPC Maria Bellando Southern States Fitness-figure competition) it is held in conjunction with the Southernstates body building show. Contests include the1998 NPC Southern States Fitness Comp. 2nd, 1998 NPC Muscle and Fitness Classic 1st , IFBB North American Fitness 4th, 1998 NPC Fitness Nationals Short 2nd (Earned IFBB Pro Card); 1999 World Pro 9th; 1999 Jan Tana Pro 13th; 2000 Fitness International 13th; 2002 Atlantic States Pro 10th;

  • Bellini, Michelle
    USA. Married to Dan Freeman. Contests include the 1995 NPC National Fitness 10th; 1996 Women's World Pro Fitness 2nd; 1996 Florida Fitness Pro 7th; 1996 Fitness Olympia 8th; 1997 Fitness International 11th; 1997 Italian Pro 2nd; 1997 Midwest Pro 4th; 1997 Fitness Olympia 12th; 1998 Italian Pro Fitness 11th; 1999 Fitness International 15th;

  • Benavides, Vanessa
    1999 NPC USA Short 10th;

  • Benevides, Erika
    1998 NPC USA Short 14th;

  • Benson, Nancy
    1995 Galaxy Fitness 10th

  • Bentsen, Michelle
    From Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Height 5'7". Won the 1996 BC Fitness Championships 1st.

  • Beres, Alexandria
    From Hungary. 1996 Ms. Fitness World 1st, 1997 Fitness International 9th; 1997 Italian Pro 9th; 1997 World Pro 6th; 1997 Denmark Pro Fitness 4th; 1997 Norway Pro Fitness 3rd; 1997 Fitness Olympia 10th; 1998 Fitness International 8th; 1998 Czech Pro 9th; 1998 Italian Pro Fitness 5th; 1998 Jan Tana Pro 12th; 1998 Fitness Olympia 12th; 1999 Fitness International 13th; 1999 Finland Pro 6th; 1999 Denmark Pro 8th;

  • Bergeron, Christine
    From Canada. Height 5'4". Contests include the 1999 North American Tall 1st; 1999 Canadian Tall 1st & Overall; 2001 Fitness International 19th; 2002 New York Pro 9th; 2002 Southwest Pro 12th; 2002 Toronto Pro 3rd; 2002 Atlantic States 5th; 2002 Fitness Olympia 9th; 2002 Show of Strength 8th;

  • Berkley, Cynthia
    1998 Galaxy Florida 3rd; 1998 Ms. Galaxy 1st;

  • Beyson, Mindi
    1998 NPC USA Short 15th;

  • Bianchi, Leslie
    1989 Fitness America Pageant National 1st

  • Biglow, Sandy
    Canadian. Born July 19, 1969 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Height 5'5". 1996 Canadian Fitness Championships 6th; 1996 North American Fitness Championships 8th

  • Bixel, Angela
    1997 NPC USA Fitness 16th;

  • Blakeway, Jessica
    Contests include the 2001 Canadian West Coast Naturals 3rd;

  • Blank, Mandy (Amanda)
    Born Amanda Michelle Blank on July 9, 1976 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Height 5'4". Mother named her after the Barry Manilow song 'Mandy'. Raised by her grandparents. Mandy was a majorette in high school, where she won a national championships in baton twirling. She once performed her amazing baton twirling at a Detroit Lions football game in front of 80,000 people. She was also a cheerleader with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League. Moved from Florida to Los Angeles, California to be nearer to her boyfriend (2001).

    Fitness Contests include the 1997 NPC Debbie Kruck Fitness 2nd; 1998 NPC Debbie Kruck Fitness 1st; 1998 NPC Nationals Short 1st & Overall; 1999 Fitness International 6th; 1999 Fitness Olympia 6th; 2000 Fitness International 11th; 2000 Jan Tana Pro 8th; 2001 Fitness International 7th;

  • Blee, Amy
    Height 5'4", from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Contests include the 1997 NPC Midwest Ironmaiden Fitness 2nd; 1997 NPC Junior USA Fitness 1st; 1997 NPC Nationals 8th; 1999 World Pro 1st;

  • Bloom, Ocean
    From Vancouver, Canada. Won the 1998 BC Fitness Championships. Originally started in bodybuilding, winning the 1997 BC Junior Bodybuilding title, but switched to fitness in 1998.

  • Blondeau, Annette
    1995 Fitness America Pageant National 5th

  • Bolla, Toni
    1995 Galaxy Fitness 15th

  • Bookless-Wendt, Alison
    From Ohio, USA. Contests include the 2001 Fitness International 12th; 2001 Pittsburgh Pro 12th; 2002 New York Pro 14th; 2002 Slovakia Pro 10th; 2002 Southwest Pro 14th;

  • Boyd, Kathy
    Co-host of Corey Everson's fitness show Gotta Sweat.

  • Brant, Monica Jean
    From the USA. Born in Fort Hood, Texas on October 26, 1970. Height 5'5"; eyes: light brown. Raised in Castroville, Texas. She has been on more magazine covers than any other fitness competitor or fitness model. Monica started in 1990 on the bikini and leg contests circuits in nightclubs around San Antonio. She worked for four years as a cocktail waitress during these times, and was a Budweiser girl. One of her first covers was the 1994 November edition of Muscle & Fitness magazine. Monica has an older brother named Philip, who is a year and a half older. She has a strong interest in horses, and in track and field. Monica went to a private fine arts women's college in Missouri called William Woods College, studying Equestrian Science and Marketing. In 1999, Monica has a contract with Universal Nutrition to promote their products.

    Fitness contests includes 1991 Ms. Fitness Preliminary 1st; 1991 Ms. Fitness National 14th; 1993 Fitness USA Preliminary 6th; 1994 Fitness USA Preliminary 1st; 1994 Ms. Fitness Nationals 9th; 1995 Fitness USA Nationals 9th; 1995 Jan Tana Pro Fitness 1st; 1995 Fitness Olympia 7th; 1996 Women's World Pro Fitness 4th; 1996 Jan Tan Pro Fitness 2nd; 1996 Fitness Olympia 6th; 1997 Fitness International 2nd; 1997 World Pro 3rd; 1997 Fitness Olympia 6th; 1998 Fitness International 2nd; 1998 Fitness Olympia 1st; 1999 Fitness Olympia 4th. Figure contests include the 2003 Figure International 2nd;

  • Breslin, Doris
    1998 Galaxy Florida 6th;

  • Bridges, Cynthia
    Contests include the 1998 NPC Jr. USA 4th, 1998 NPC JR. Nationals 1st short & overall winner, 1998 NPC USA short 12th, 1998 IFBB North American 2nd, 1998 Women's Strength Extravaganza (1st in fitness strength), 1998 NPC Nationals short 3rd;

  • Bridges, Cynthia
    Has two children, Ty and Jordan. Contests include the 1999 NPC USA Middle 2nd; 2000 Fitness International 14th; 2000 Atlantic City Pro 13th; 2000 Jan Tana Pro 10th; 2001 Fitness International 14th; 2002 Hungarian Pro 5th; 2002 New York Pro 15th; 2002 Slovakia Pro 8th;

  • Brown, Nadine
    Born Feb 25, 1968 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. Height 5'4". Nadine is a high school teacher, currently teaching varsity chearleading and dance. Contests include the 1997 Ms. Novia Nova Scotia 1st; 1997 Ms. Fitness Atlantic Classic 1st; 1997 Canada Fitness 4th; 1997 Ms. Fitness Nova Scotia 1st;

  • Bruneau, Sharon
    From Canada. Also competed in the Ms. Olympia in 1992-1994. Contests include the 1995 Fitness Olympia 11th

  • Buckanes-Henry, Ursula
    USA. Contests include the 1996 North American Fitness 1st; 1997 Italian Pro 12th; 1997 Midwest Pro 6th; 1997 Jan Tana Fitness 6th; 1997 World Pro 13th; 1997 Denmark Pro Fitness 5th; 1997 Norway Pro Fitness 4th; 1998 Fitness International 15th; 1998 Czech Pro 10th; 1998 Italian Pro Fitness 16th; 1998 Jan Tana Pro 7th; 1998 Midwest Fitness Pro 7th; 1999 Italina Pro 2nd; 1999 World Pro 17th; 1999 Jan Tana Pro 16th; 1999 Fitness Olympia 13th; 2000 Jan Tana Pro 19th;

  • Bull, Joey
    England.1997 Ms. Fitness World 13th; 1998 Czech Pro 15th;

  • Burdick, Monica
    1998 NPC Nationals short 4th; 1999 NPC USA Tall 3rd;

  • Burford, Chatra
    1998 NPC Nationals Tall 13th; 1999 NPC USA Tall 10th;

  • Burkhalter, Pam
    1995 Fitness America Pageant National 11th

  • Buurman, Yudeska
    From Holland. 1996 Ms. Fitness World 19th; 1997 Czech Pro 6th; 1997 World Pro 15th; 1997 Denmark Pro Fitness 6th; 1997 Norway Pro Fitness 7th;