Cindy Phillips

Cindy Phillips is a Canadian bodybuilder who was born in Nova Scotia in 1983. Growing up she had very little athletic background, but did participate in cheerleading in high school. She was not interested in weight lifting at this point, but was mostly focused on losing weight. Cindy attended St. Mary’s University earning a degree in criminology. While in school she began more interested in weight training. She says she “started seeing definition in her arms and was hooked.”Initially, she wanted to be a fitness competitor, but had difficulty mastering the intricate posing routines. Her trainer the suggested that she just enter bodybuilding competitions. So at the age of 19 in 2003 she entered her first bodybuilding contest placing second in the lightweight division. She mostly competed in Canada from 2003 to 2007. She came in first place at the 2004 Canadian Nationals. Around 2007 she got her pro card at the Canadian Nationals. Her best win was the 2005 Nova Scotia Championship. She also made a switch to the physique division in 2009. This was the first time she competed in the United States. Although a professional IFBB bodybuilder, she has not made any competition appearances since 2012. Not, offically retired it seems she may be taking a hiatus. That does not mean she has stopped working out. She has trained  with weights since 2002 and it is clear she will never stop.

Cindy Phillips has now taken to other athletic endeavors such as crossfit. This appears to be some moderate down time. Physique is still an evolving category, so it leaves competitors a bit confused on how to adjust training.  Although Cindy has not made many professional wins, she is popular among fans. Her body measurements in contest display 14 inch biceps,  quads of 14.5 inches, and a 27 inch waist. During her competitions she trained five days a week, but would sometimes extend it. Mainly , it was to target her abdominals, do cardio, or focus on her calves. She enjoys training heavy and follows that by some cardio afterwards. Cindy says she loves doing chest exercises the most, but does not care for pull downs. The body she built seemed reminiscent of female bodybuilders of the early 1990s.  It was a cross between Laura Creavalle and a Lenda Murray paradigm. Not exactly enormous, but a in between. Cindy did her best as a lightweight or middleweight. Cindy Phillips also had thoughts on how women’s bodybuilding should be judged. She said in an interview ” bodybuilding should be judged on the best bodybuilder physique.”Cindy expounded further : ” they say they are going for the more feminine look, but it should be about the best bodybuilding physique.” Cindy says ” the more feminine form of bodybuilding is figure so that type of judging should be left to that.” While she may have some points, who’s to say that larger women cannot be feminine? Cindy Phillips presented a physique that was still womanly and muscular. Like other competitors, she disproves the detractors. Her photo shoots with Bill Dobbins and Gene X Hwang demonstrate how photogenic she is in front of a camera.

When she became pro she had to postpone her debut due to an injury. A three year recovery with light training followed. Cindy has much to proud of being one of the youngest IFBB pros at the age of 23. Now 33, it she may return to do more physique shows .Considering that bodybuilding divisions are decreasing, this could be where she appears next. She claims that is a former competitor, but still trains like one. Cindy Phillips still maintains her website and blog as well as having social media. Obviously a talented athlete, it is unfortunate that the IFBB does not give their female athletes more respect. While Cindy did present an impressive physique, but she realized when she turned pro it would be harder to push it further. Cindy got the urge not to compete. She returned to stage in 2012, but revealed that she was disappointed with how she looked. It seemed somewhat ludicrous to say she did not look good, but judging has always been inconsistent. Accomplishing so much in so little time can lead to burn out. It appears that Cindy had experienced this. During this time Cindy got married and had a family. She wrote on her blog “I don’t know when or if I’ll compete again, but the passion still lives inside.”

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Cindy continues to have a large online presence and appears to be very busy. According to her twitter account she has tried crossfit training.  Besides her bodybuilding and sport activities, Cindy loves reality TV, walking her dog, and hanging out with friends. One of her notable friends who is also a fellow athlete is Britt Miller. These two were such great friends they would appear in photo shoots together and videos. Fans called them the new generation of female bodybuilders taking the scene by storm. During the early to mid-2000s it was said that female bodybuilding was on a death bed path. This period was considered a decline. That seems like an exaggeration with competitors like these. Maybe if the financial rewards were better, women like this would remain longer in competition.

They both did retire from  the stage around the same time frame, just around 2012. For some women, this is nothing more than a hobby. Others see it has a longtime passion. Many are probably wondering what method Cindy used to turn pro at 23. During the off season she did more cardio and consumed more of her favorites snacks. When she prepared for a show she made sure to get enough protein in her diet. Cindy has stressed that was most critical. A precise diet and targeted training allowed her to build a physique the propelled her to the professional ranks. Diet is just as important as the amount of training done. While many athletes say they are retired, the never leave completely. Cindy may not be posing on a stage, but could have some role in the future. That may be a long wait, however fans still have their photos when she was at her physical maximum. Cindy Phillips in many was proves it not the number of competitions you win, but the physique you present that make you a great bodybuilder.

Cindy Phillips

Why Men Hide Their Love of Female Muscle

It should be no surprise that some male admirers hide their love of female muscle. There are reasons for concealing this affection. The fact that women with strength and muscle are not accepted, generates ostracism. Society always wants to impose conformity, not just in thought but in how groups should be and behave. The man who likes female muscle is subject to ridicule. Either their sexual orientation is attacked, they are labelled a sexual deviant, or an eccentric strange person. These labels and pressure from society, friends, and family may force a fan of female muscle to be secretive about their admiration. They either seek materials in print or on the internet and read them when no one is around. When asked about their interest they either deny it. This mean there could actually be more lovers of the muscular female physique than previously thought. The circumstances for this furtive conduct is an intersection between sexism and regimented views about what women should be. It also demonstrates how this views are also restrictive to men as well. Some men get tired of being silent about their love of female muscle and choose to experience it in person. This may explain the rise in sessions and muscle worship. The truth is liking a muscular woman is just a preference, not a strange or abnormal condition.

            The accusation that is directed a male female muscle lovers is that they are gay. This demonstrates a homophobic attitude of detractors. There is nothing wrong with having a different sexual orientation, but used in this context it is designed as an insult. It is designed to be offensive to men who are heterosexual, but may have doubts about their masculine identity. Doing so it dehumanizes people of different sexual orientations, while reinforcing narrow definitions of masculinity in a cultural context. This attempt at making it a pejorative also lacks logic. If the fans of  were homosexual, they would be looking at men. The muscular woman is viewed in this prejudiced mined set as no longer being a woman. They have taken a major masculine identifier as strength, breaking down their regimented socially constructed concepts of gender roles.

Women are in this perspective are suppose to be weak and submissive. Doubtless of what a closed mined view projects, muscular women are still women. The muscular woman and or female athlete challenges the idea of female biological inferiority. When the myth is challenged the negative reactions become more vituperative. Homophobia and sexism are reliant upon one another to maintain the status quo. Here it operates on the idea that men should like one particular type of woman and that women should all look a certain way. Any man or woman who deviates from this is a sexual orientation outlaw. When women began being active is sports the lesbian label was directed at them in the same manner. It was a way of degrading them by questioning their femininity. It was also done to ostracize women of various sexual orientations in sport. Gradually, society is becoming a little more tolerant. However, homophobia and sexism are still prevalent in sport. This bigoted view could be why female muscle fans usually keep silent about their support.

         The idea that female muscle fans are sexual deviants also is another negative association. When a person unfamiliar with the subculture first is exposed to it, they think about schmoes and muscle worship. These activities are related to fetishes, but hardly would count as paraphilia. Muscle worship would not even count as an unusual sex practice. Session wrestling could at times border on BDSM, but the objective is not inflicting pain. The desire is to see the full physical power of the strong woman. Some clients may just be satisfied with women just posing. It is uncertain just how many men engage in sessions and muscle worship. There are men from all walks of life who do them. They come from various ethnic, religious,  and class backgrounds. Some are married or single and seek this out without the knowledge of their wives or girlfriends. Paraphilias revolve a particular object or act. Not all female muscle fans enjoy wrestling simply because of the possibility of getting harmed. Others may enjoy simply watching a video. Then a section of fans want to actually just see contest posing.

There continue to be misconceptions that are prevalent in the subculture and the general public. There is also another misconception is that somehow the muscular woman is a dominatrix. The women who participate in session are by definition, not considered to be a dominatrix. The assumption is they automatically fit the part due to their appearance. While there could be women who are muscular who do this, that does not mean everyone does. The idea that the muscular woman is more aggressive or dominant are based on prejudices in regards to image. This is rooted in the belief that a woman with any type of power either physical or mental is either dangerous or deviant. Many times detractors say it is improper implying that ridged gender roles should be maintained. It was in the past acceptable for women to admire men’s physical strength. Now, with the rise of the female athlete and muscular woman men are starting to show admiration for these unique physiques.

The reality is gender relations have changed. This has not occurred all around the globe, but gradually it will. People are now becoming slowly accepting women as doctors, lawyers , scientists, and political leaders. It seems strange that physically strong women are still seen as an anomaly. It is not just hard on women who have this appearance, but their admirers. The men who like women such as this are either viewed as perverted or weak men. These criticisms reinforce sexist convictions. The idea that men are strong and women are weak has become a dated concept. The idea that a man liking a strong woman makes him less of a man reveals the belief that women should be controlled. Healthy relations between the sexes are based on equality. Who having the attributes of muscles and strength does not make them any less feminine.

 Physical strength has in a way become less of a male only attribute. While there is acceptance (to a limited extent), there is still none for the lover of female strength. The fear of either being labelled a fetishist or a deviant explains why some men hide their love of muscular women. This is an obvious double standard. No one would question a woman who likes a strong and or muscular man. Why then is it such a conundrum for a man to like a physically strong or muscular woman? It seems that gender roles are also restrictive to men as well, when viewed from this perspective. The lovers of female muscle may not even have cratolagnia and sthenolagnia. They may just have a predilection for a particular body type. Just for that fans are either given certain labels. The thin body type for women has for most of the 20th century seen as the ideal. However, no one ever makes the claim a person has a fetish for thin women. The reason is that society through media, culture, and entertainment has presented it as normal. The muscular woman then is a mystery to people have been raised to think in a particular way. The female muscle fan may feel as if they are an outcast and shunned. People who are different and think differently from mainstream convention are normally castigated by the wider community or society.

        The view of the female muscle fan is one of being eccentric. This expresses more ostracism. The claim is normally directed at lovers of female muscle is that they are weird .The common stereotype is that they are obsessive and have voyeuristic tendencies. There have been known in any circle that gives individuals notoriety to have a group of obsessive fans. This does not represent the majority. The collection of photographs, memorabilia, and other items of material culture is just a part of fandom. Many franchises, sports, and other forms of entertainment have a fan base. This is not seen as strange. The reason for the eccentric label is that muscular women are rare and bodybuilding itself is not mainstream. The mainstream has a tendency to present subcultures a bizarre or dangerous. Even though this is not the truth, the general public seems to accept exaggerations or falsehoods. Collecting items does not make you obsessive or a stalker;it just means you are a devoted fan.

Football fans buy Jerseys, mugs, caps and other products. This should not be any different. There does not seem to be a label to these fans. A conformist society labels anything that is different or unique as strange or abnormal. If ideas and society remained the same there would never be any advancement. This fear of being presented as an eccentric outcast is another reason why men hide their love of female muscle.

       There also is the factor of family and friends. Peer pressure can be a powerful force in an individual’s daily interactions. Family pressure can be even more influential. Young girls and boys first learn what is considered appropriate behavior from their parents. Going through a phase in which an adolescent is discovering what is sexually attractive to them makes matters more complicated. If the young man discovers he likes female muscle feelings of shame and trepidation may emerge. Their parents may not be so understanding. For the young woman who pursues sports or strength building activities, they may face negativity from their friends and family. It is not uncommon to hear statements like “your a pretty girl why are you destroying yourself ?” or “if you keep this up you’ll never find a husband.” These dated and backward notions view women as merely objects only valuable for their appearance. Friends may criticize and even tease lovers of female muscle. The rejection that could come from close social circles could be too much to handle for some. They will still seek materials related to female muscle (videos, magazines, or websites), but take extra care to hide it. Secret admirers of female muscle do this so well that not even their closest associates know. Generally, there is a discomfort when it is known that an individual has this love. Far from being a horrible secret, it almost seems ludicrous to go through all the effort to conceal.

           Men who like female muscle react different ways to such taboos. Some attempt to conceal their love by extreme measures. Worst of all, they pretend they do not like it and even engage in ridicule of muscular women as a cover. This is unfortunate mainly resulting in the person ostracizing being unhappy and perpetuating a system of sexism. There are other men who like female muscle, but articulate it in a different way. They normally state ” I like athletic women”  or “I like women with some tone.” Women athletes of today come in various shapes and sizes depending on what sport they play. However, it is not rare that you see women with muscle. These women in mainstream sports have a little more acceptance, so no one would question this preference. The term toning really means building muscle, but used in this context to a lesser degree.

The reason these phrases and terminology are used is due to the notion that muscles and women are not an acceptable combination. So, the mainstream fitness industry had to develop these concepts with out using the accurate word muscle. Men who like female muscle, but want to distinguish they do not favor a much larger look use the mainstream vernacular. Mainly, they are influenced by the negative stereotypes of female bodybuilders and weightlifters. This group like most of mainstream society thinks that women cannot be muscular and feminine. Often their criticism is that “they crossed the line.”This is coded language for a woman who is too muscular, too strong, and is no longer in the appropriate bounds of gender. These accusations are made by people who are threatened and scared by strong women in both the physical and mental sense. There is nothing wrong with disagreeing with the aesthetics, but condemning or suggesting women should stop the development of their bodies is a demonstration of subtle  misogyny. This group likes physically strong women to a certain degree they find acceptable in gender boundaries. The more open minded group of female muscle fans enjoys women of all fitness levels. They could be “toned,” good shape, athlete, or hypermuscular. Any amount of muscle is considered beautiful of the female form.

e93c5bb85e30c390617748bad5f2a846   Another misconception about lovers of female muscle is that these are the only type of women they like. There are numerous body types they could be open to. It could be larger women, thinner ones, or women of a voluptuous structure that attract female muscle fans. The problem with society and its concepts of beauty is that it reduces it to one paradigm. It seems that the thin body type has been challenged, by individuals who define beauty for themselves. These fans of female muscle of various varieties do not hesitate to admit their love of it. Many times, if asked men who do like female muscle try to deny it. Even if family members and fiends find materials they collect, they still do not discuss it.

       At some point there is not reason to suppress what you are a fan of. Although society presents negative perspectives about physically strong women, they are based on biases, rather than fact. The trepidation being alienated among friends and family for the love of strong women drives men to hide it. There is no reason to hide or keep secret the admiration for such an amazing group of women. It is not a disorder, a  perversion, or abnormal paraphilia. Liking muscular women is just a body preference. The rise of professional women athletes and women being more active in physical endeavors maybe at some point the muscular and physically strong woman will not be something strange. Considering that women’s sports and female bodybuilding is struggling in particular, it is more pivotal that fans show their support. This means buying tickets to sporting events, supporting athlete’s websites, and watching  women’s sports on TV. The most important part is to admit you love female muscle and defend your position from detractors. This may help dismantle biased attitudes or prejudices against women with muscle.

Why Men Hide Their Love of Female Muscle

Desiree Ellis on Goals

This is a video made by Desiree Ellis explaining what is required to accomplish goals. whether it is a sport or a business or a sport you must as Desiree says “live, breathe and eat it.”Desriee also states that keeping herself physically and mentally fit is also critical to other aspects of life. With a business it is important to build relationships with others in a particular industry. She says you must trust in the process. Most importantly resilience in pursuit of objectives. Being an athlete herself, she understands how setbacks get in the way .Developing strategies to counter them is essential. Also, stay motivated and passionate in what you do. Desiree showed this in her IFBB career and fans still remember her gracing the stage.

Desiree Ellis on Goals