There are a number of bodybuilders among the wider fitness community who are hard-working. The results of these athletes, whether they are heavyweight female bodybuilders or younger female bodybuilders, are just as impressive as their male counterparts. Dedicated in training, ambitious, and using military-grade nutrition and training, these female bodybuilders are sculpting stunning physiques and setting records, and with the return of Ms. Olympia to the Mrs. Olympia Weekend and the resurgence in popularity of the female bodybuilder online, more and more outstanding female bodybuilders are joining the fitness industry.
This list features some of the biggest names in bodybuilding, from young female competitors in their 20s to mature female competitors well into their 50s. There are more and more women participating in almost every field of endeavor. The toughest jobs are being handled by these women who are proving themselves as tough as a man. These are ten of the most impressive and gorgeous bodybuilders from multiple parts of the world.
An American bodybuilder named Andrea Shaw competes in bodybuilding competitions. Having been a nurse and a former personal trainer, Shaw began building muscle at age 17, with the guidance and support of her mother. A ripped bodybuilder with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science, she has competed in five shows in 2018 and earned a pro card at the NPC Nationals.
During her debut bodybuilding competition season, Andrea completed 2nd at the 2018 Nationals and 1st at the 2018 Lenda Murray Detroit Classic, marking the start of an extremely successful career.
In 2019, however, at the Toronto Pro, she sat down with judge and bodybuilding legend Lenda Murray, arguably the most successful female bodybuilder of the last 50 years, who gave her guidance on switching divisions from physique to bodybuilding.
Her advice was taken to heart and Shaw entered the 2019 Chicago Pro as a bodybuilder. After just her first bodybuilding competition, this ripped female bodybuilder placed second by just 1 point. Andrea went on to win two of the biggest, most prestigious female bodybuilding tournaments (Ms. Olympia 2020 and Ms. Rising Phoenix), making her the biggest female bodybuilder in the world at the time.
At only 22 years old, Melina Keltaniemi is a young female bodybuilder just beginning her career, but she’s already off to a great start!
In addition to being the 2018 IFBB Elite Pro World Champion, this ripped female bodybuilder finished 2nd at the Nordic Elite Pro in 2018 and 3rd at IFBB Elite Pro Russia. It’s obvious that she is determined to become the best female bodybuilder, and she approaches the sport with the mindset of a champion.
She is an intelligent challenger who prefers to focus her drive on understanding her shortcomings and overcoming them, developing her potential as an athlete rather than becoming overly focused on winning alone.
Taking time to rest in the offseason, this young female bodybuilder is allowing her mind and body to recover, while still maintaining an active social life as she prepares for the next IFBB Elite Pro World Championship.
According to the IFBB Pro Women’s Bodybuilding Ranking List, American Monique Jones ranks 7th best in the category of mature female bodybuilders.
She was a natural athlete and began training for sport at the age of 13 when her father bought her a set of weights. In her report, we explore the benefits of strength training – Monique says she began using them and felt “instant connections.” Strength training using weights is a powerful way to build muscle – we explore the benefits in more detail in our comprehensive report.
The following year, she entered the IFBB North American Championships as a heavyweight female bodybuilder, winning first place, as well as earning an IFBB Pro card. The Wings of Strength Chicago Pro-Am Extravaganza and North American Championships both gave her first place.
2018’s IFBB World of Sports Romania Muscle Fest Pro saw Monique win 1st in women’s bodybuilding, and 2019’s Rising Phoenix World Championships ended with her fifth-place finish.
A UK female bodybuilder, Andrulla Blanchette actively competed in various bodybuilding competitions from 1986 to 2002, leading to her becoming one of Britain’s most decorated female bodybuilders.
The stunning bodybuilder was a huge star in the world of bodybuilding, competing in IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilding) tournaments and winning both the World Games (in 1993) and the Ms. Olympia competition (in 2000).
However, that isn’t all this muscular female bodybuilder’s accomplishments – she has also finished on the podium in multiple other IFBB tournaments and competitions, including finishing 2nd in Ms. Olympia (2001) and Ms. International (2000) tournaments, as well as finishing 3rd in consecutive IFBB Grand Prix competitions.
A highly regarded British female bodybuilder, today she owns her own personal training gym, where she imparts tips and advice to the next generation of British female bodybuilders.
A Venezuelan-American female bodybuilder and professional bodybuilding champion, Yaxeni Milagros Oriquen-Garcia Perez is ranked second in the IFBB rankings.
She became one of the most successful female bodybuilders in history by winning the Ms. Olympia title in 2005. Yaxeni was the only Venezuelan-American to win the title.
Yaxeni is the winner of five Ms. International titles, which are 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, and 2012. She has over 20 years of experience in nutrition, weight training (OriGym’s exploration of vegan weight training offers a deeper look at this activity), and body sculpting.
Yaxeni, 54, was motivated to train and live a healthy lifestyle despite her mature age because it keeps her feeling young. She is motivated by a love for her sport and self-motivated to motivate and inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle.
A professional female bodybuilder for the IFBB Pro League and certified personal trainer, Theresa Ivancik ranks sixth in the world for female bodybuilding. Her finish at the 2019 Rising Phoenix World Championships put her in 6th place.
As of 2019, these ripped female bodybuilders won the Lenda Murray Norfolk Pro show, qualifying them for the Rising Phoenix World Championships, as well as placing 6th. Theresa won the best poser award and was invited to guest pose for the Olympia Expo stage.
Furthermore, she also dominated the IFBB Chicago competition, winning the title of “Best Poser” for her female bodybuilder stance and posing.
Additionally, this ripped female bodybuilder is active with Wings of Strength, a company that advocates for female bodybuilding. According to Ivancik: “Wings of Strength gives us women the opportunities to be who we want to be and show the world that we are female bodybuilding!”
The 24-year-old Brazilian Pecini (one of the most successful female bodybuilders in the bikini division) has won the 2018 MuscleContest Nacional Pro Bikini, 2018 Pittsburgh Pro Bikini, 2018 MuscleContest Brazil Pro Bikini, and the 2019 Bikini Olympia category during the 2019 Ms. Olympia.
She has experienced many obstacles in her journey, however.
Her weight dropped to 81 pounds when she was 13 and she was 5.4 inches tall when she reached age 15. She was hospitalized as a result. The first breakthrough Pecini said she had after a month of intensive treatment was about “getting back to a healthy weight in a safe, gradual manner.”
Her healthy eating habits and gym sessions helped her regain her health, and after eight months, she said she felt empowered by her dramatic transformation. During the Rio de Janeiro bodybuilding competition of 2015, Pecini made her debut as a bodybuilder.
A thriving and strong woman, Pecini won her pro card at the age of 19 after overcoming anorexia, now shares what she has learned through her website. Pecini remarks: “I try to remember every day the dreams that I’ve conquered and those that I still want to achieve.”
Sarah Villegas, who is an IFBB Pro, a personal trainer, and a certified sports nutritionist, won 2020’s Olympia: Women’s Physique, and has both silver and gold medals as an IFBB Pro Olympian.
In addition, she achieved a second-place finish in the 2019 Olympia Women’s Physique contest, demonstrating that her career as one of the most successful female bodybuilders is just getting started!
In 2017, the ripped bodybuilder gained pro status at the Universe Championships, followed by a win at the Chicago Pro. Besides working as the Fitness Director at AFS Premier Fitness, Sarah is an expert in nutrition and personal training who has helped hundreds of clients to achieve life-changing fitness goals.
In her own words, Sarah attributes her accomplishments to discipline and hard work (the quality that her clients are encouraged to adopt), and this industrious and enormous female bodybuilder plans to return to the Olympia stage in 2021.
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An American IFBB bodybuilder and online coach, Shanique Grant is an athletic role model. She won her first Women’s Physique Olympia title in 2018 at 23 years old, an accomplishment she repeated in 2019. Four months after earning her pro card, she won her first title at her first competition.
In addition to being a victim of teenage bullying, Shanique had deep-rooted issues related to self-esteem and self-confidence. She was hospitalized with near kidney failure in her teens after she began partying to cope with stress. In her fitness journey, Shanique reinvented herself and placed first in the East Coast Championships at the age of 19. After winning the IFBB Pro Women Physique title in New York in 2016, Shanique won the 2016 World Championships.
She had completed training for the Olympic competition in 2016 but was withdrawn because of a violent attack by three women in August of that year. As a result, Shanique suffered moderate nerve damage and muscle tears, losing almost 1 liter of blood. She returned to the New York Pro in May 2017 after physical therapy to repeat her victory in women’s physique from earlier in the year.
A second-place finish was achieved by Shanique at the 2020 Olympia. Shanique made an official announcement on her YouTube channel that she plans to retire from competitive bodybuilding in 2020.
Stefi Cohen, a wildly popular female bodybuilder on Instagram and a prominent figure in the health and fitness community and the strength community, holds a multitude of world records and has won state gold medals in weightlifting and in Olympic weightlifting.
At the time of writing, Cohen holds the record for both squat and deadlift with a 202.5kg squat and 205kg deadlift. Her social media following is impressive, and she’s also a podcast host and all-around fitness influencer. She is widely considered to be the biggest female bodybuilder in the world.
The co-owner of Hybrid Performance Method, a coaching company that helps athletes and aestheticians achieve their goals, Stephanie is also a fitness instructor.
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Despite dropping 15 pounds, Cohen continued to set all-time world records in 2020, weighing just 114.2 pounds despite shedding the weight. Three brand new world records capped off this incredible accomplishment, increasing her world records total to 25!