Brenda Ragnot Asian Sensation

Brenda Ragnot  was a competitor that had a long competitive career. She was during the 1990s and 2000s one the few Asian American women to compete at the highest level of bodybuilding. Visibility is important especially for women of a different ethnic group. At the time there were very few Filipino American women bodybuilders on stage in the United States. Her competitive appearances were mostly at the Arnold Classic, Ms. International, and Brenda also graced the Ms.Olympia stage. Standing at only 5′ 3” she was a tiny powerhouse of pure muscle. Normally she would compete at 135 lbs and would be 160 lbs in her off season.  For her size her stats were also remarkable. Brenda’s arms measured 15 1/2 ” and a chest of 44.” Her quads were 24” and her calves were the same measurement as her arms. Born in Annapolis Maryland in 1966, her journey into the fitness world began in 1984. Her best wins include the Arnold Classic ( lightweight division) in 2000 and 2005.  Although she never got  a Ms.Olympia victory, she built a beautiful physique. Now at age 52, it seems she has retired from involvement in the fitness and sports world. Little information is available about her current projects and ventures. Brenda Ragnot had competitive longevity starting the sport at age 18 and retiring from competition at age 44. That was true dedication. Inspiration to do this sport comes for somewhere and for Brenda it was the documentary Pumping Iron II . 

As Brenda stated ” I saw a film called “Pumping Iron 2″ with Rachel McLish ( a Ms. Olympia in her days).” Brenda then realized that she like the look of muscles on the human body. The spark was ignited : “I was fascinated when I saw muscles on her and she was strong and sexy. ” At that moment she realized she wanted to train to be a bodybuilder. Brenda Raganot has said in a Models Observer.com interview “In the beginning, my parents weren’t too crazy about muscles on women but now they have accepted me as a bodybuilder and they have come to some of my shows to support me. ” This attitude is something common among traditional families when women enter fields that are not conventional.However, good parents support their children and seeing Brenda in competition would make family, friends, and fans proud. During her competitive years her schedule started as early as 3:30 in the morning. She would go do an hour of cardio then go to work by 6:00 am. During this time she was a postal worker. Brenda would be done with work  2:30 then go to the gym to train for an hour. Some days she would take a nap if really exhausted from work, then go train. Brenda Raganot would then go home, then eat. She would then add some more cardio into her workouts.

Working out to maintain mass is a chore, but so is food consumption. Brenda as she once articulated “ate seven to nine meals a day.” This certainly  was not cheap. Brenda Raganot claimed ” between the red meat & supplements, I’d say $2000 for me.” Other foods she would eat were vegetables, egg whites,  ground beef, and yukon Potatoes.  Competing is never cheap and the financial rewards are limited. The women that compete do it because they truly love the sport and want to see it flourish. The great aspect about Brenda was that she was not looking for fame, rather just the simple desire to have fun. She also had high respect for fans and their support revealing : Bodybuilding is my passion, my love and through bodybuilding I have met the greatest people the fans!” She also wrote on her website ” your support has touched me very deeply and has meant the world to me.” Sometimes it may seem that athletes may not appreciate the fans or from another perspective the fandom can be too suffocating. Brenda truly enjoyed interacting with fans and people who were curious about the sport. Brenda did get reactions to her physique, but most comments were positive. According to an interview she expressed ” I’ve always gotten nice compliments.” There were some stares she admits : ” people do stare at times but they look like they are just amazed or something. That look. ” Brenda Raganot’s advice to women interested in entering the sports was to find a knowledgeable personal trainer. She also strictly believes in keeping a journal as a means of tracking what foods an athlete consumes. Then enable to better control diet and manipulate the physique to a particular look. Her philosophy on posing was to do it with precision. Only then can a high quality posing routine be created and suitable for a competition stage. She became a professional in 1998 and began competing officially in 1993. Competing in a total of 25 contests the lowest she ever placed was in 15th place at the 2006 Ms.Olympia. One poor contest means nothing compared to the long list of events she appeared in. When she was not pumping iron Brenda loved to go dancing and going to the movies. Her favorite genres included comedies, romance, thrillers, and action.

Brenda Ragnot Asian Sensation

Candy Canary

Many female bodybuilders have other careers besides their athletic pursuits. For some, it is just an intense hobby. Yet, there was one athlete that was both a pastor and a female bodybuilder. Candy Canary was an iron pumping pastor who was active in the mid-2000s. Although she did not make it to the Olympia stage, she demonstrated that even amateur can be high quality performers. The NPC bodybuilding pastor was active between the years of 2006 to 2009. This was a short period of time, but Candy Canary built an impressive physique. She could have been a major star on stage. However, after giving birth to her third child , she decided to be a stay at home mother. Candy stopped training and competing, but fans still have plenty of photos. She explained on her website she had another trajectory in life and thanked fans for their support. Candy was born in 1974 and during her youth was active in cross country. Her athletic abilities were seen in her track performance in high school. She also was in the US Air Force and then became a pastor with a passion for bodybuilding. Candy Canary during her bodybuilding career was also doing missionary work. During her military service she was awarded The Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service. Born in Oklahoma City, she lived mostly in Tulsa during her bodybuilding career. A Guthrie High School graduate, she described her athletic participation as demanding. As she described ”  during track season I ran the mile, quarter mile and was a leg on the relay team.” She explained further : ”  during cross-country, I switched gears and ran distance.” The exercise regimen Candy said in an interview  “we often ran five miles a day and ran hills for endurance.”

Her coach demanded the best performances, but this drive would later help Candy in her bodybuilding competition. Candy’s story about joining the military is an interesting one. She explained that her father wanted a boy,so that they could follow in his footsteps of military service. As a favor to both her father and grandfather she joined the Air Force.  The day after she graduated high school she was in boot camp. For 14 years Candy served in the US Air Force. Originally she trained to be a medic and then was an Air Force Reserve Recruiter. A car accident resulted in her medical discharge in 2003. She retired as an E6 technical sergeant. Her education is extensive going to medical school in the Air Force in 1992. She would later go on to graduate from School of Aerospace Medicine. Candy also had other educational endeavors : ”  In 1994, I attended Rose State College in Midwest City, OK. ” Candy Canary did not finish past her first year. Around 1999 she then attended  Air Force Reserve Recruiting School in San Antonio, Texas. Candy Canary attended School of the Local Church (apart of Grace Fellowship Church) in Tulsa, Ok. Going from soldier to pastor  bodybuilder is a eclectic mix of pursuits. Her rise began in 2004 when Candy competed in the Lonestar Classic. Coming in last place she blamed that on water depletion and poor dieting. However, she learned from this experience. Blake Brownlee assisted her in improvements. A dedicated training partner, helped Candy Canary build a stronger physique.

ramsey30d Candy Canary was at a early age interested in preaching. One of her personal maxims was “I see every day as a blessing from our Creator.” A person of strong faith and opinion she has articulated ” some people are shocked and disagree on how I share Gods Word… but I simply say, God called me to do what I am doing… and at the end of my life, I will ONLY answer to Him. Only God knows a man’s heart and intentions.” While it is doubtful that there is a God or Jesus was his son her missionary work did provide some level of humanitarian aid. Her travels took her to Israel, the Congo, Thailand,and China. There are problems that an athlete faces when traveling. The first is not having access to a gym or training. The other is a reliable supply of protein to maintain mass. Candy Canary stated that she lost 30 lbs of muscle when travelling back to back. Yet, she was able to easily gain it back. Being a heavyweight her total weight was 170 lbs. It seems that Candy was not intending to compete for the long term. Speaking in her Bodybuilding.com interview : “until either the Lord calls me to stop or until I see I am unable to go any higher… due to politics or if I discover I am not big enough to place well.” She emphasized that she wanted to not sacrifice her health for the sake of just trophies. Some athletes push themselves physically to the extreme at the expense of their well being. Candy was competing in the era in which size was emphasized more and there was the introduction of figure. She had the body to go further, but raising a family as well as being a pastor would be difficult.

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Candy Canary also had wonderful performances in 2006 and 2007. She competed in the Emerald Cup and USA Championships. Her presence was important in regards to diversity in the sport. Candy Canary is half Cherokee Indian. There are very few female Native American athletes that get visibility. Native American women face particular challenges that other women in America do not. Having a positive role model can be a source of uplift. With her astounding physique she built in a short period of time many in the female bodybuilding fandom expected her to continue to have a stage appearance in 2008. A big girl like this had to have some incredible strength feats. One of Candy’s most notable was a 315 lbs one leg lunges.   The amazing aspect was that due to her demands of travel her training could be irregular or not specifically set. It seems that good genetics were on her side and having an athletic background helped. Since her 2009 announcement she was retiring from the sport Candy has not made an appearance in the fitness world. Some former athletes do, even when they retire and become promoters. This was just a fun hobby for her not an intense dedication. Even though her competition days are over she will always be the iron pumping pastor.

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Remembering Leilani Dalumpines (1955-2018)

There were some unfortunate losses in 2018. Leilani Dalumpines was an athlete of the classic era of female bodybuilding that unfortunately lost her battle with cancer. To hardcore female bodybuilding fans, she was the one to present a full and power physique of the 1990s. Leilani Dalumpines was both a martial artist, actor,  bodybuilder, and later became a lawyer. She competed between the years of 1991 and 1994. Her best wins include coming in 3rd place in the North American Championships (1991 and 1994)  and 2nd place in the 1993 USA Championships. Leilani even had a brief acting career in a number of cult classic films. She appeared in Ring of Fire II, Death Run in Istanbul,  and DeathGamerz . Normally, she was typecast as a henchwoman  or muscle to the antagonists. These films were low budget, but still have an entertaining quality to them. Considering the time period, it was rare that a muscular woman would make an appearance in film. She also had no problem making appearances in mixed wrestling productions. With her martial arts skills, it made the videos more believable. Leilani Dalumpines was a common woman featured in Baltimore Productions. Ms. Loo was a comic on L-H Art which was adopted into a video production. Leilani plays a business owner cleans the crime infested streets by beating bad guys into submission.  Leilani Dalumpines  may not have been the biggest names, but her physique and warmth of personality charmed fans. Samuel Oldham a director who worked on her films,  stated on his youtube channel about on May 15, 2018 “she was one of my closest friends and her legacy will be remembered.”

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Remembering Leilani Dalumpines (1955-2018)

Shari Pendleton

Shari Pendleton is best known as Blaze from the American Gladiators tv show and was a former bodybuilder. She was an active track and field athlete prior to her bodybuilding career and her American Gladiators persona.Besides being a bodybuilder, she was a track and field athlete. Born in Iceland in 1963, Shari moved to the US in her youth living in Los Angeles. There she began to show her athletic talents in childhood. At the age of twelve she ran on a track team known as the West Vernon Jets.  Early on Shari enjoyed the thrill of competition. She liked the fact she was the fastest girl on her team. Later she was able to work her way up to 200 meter and 400 meter events. Shari Pendleton continued to compete in track in high school winning city championships. Her discovery of weight training came at the age of sixteen. Although she realized it could aid her athletic performance, her coaches admonished her about such training. This was such a ludicrous warning, because weight training did the opposite. Shari noticed improvements.

At this point it was only inevitable that she would gravitate to bodybuilding competition. She was competing in bodybuilding from 1984 to 1989. Shari’s first contest was the ABBC Natural International Championships. Her best win was in the 1988 ABBC Natural International. Her bodybuilding was being juggled with being a hurdler, javelin thrower, and tack athlete. This was very demanding which explains why she did not continue bodybuilding after 1989. Shari had her aspirations set on athletic competition in the Olympics. When she was a student at the University of Nebraska, Shari continued to have outstanding athletic performance. The triple jump she struggled with, not having much  success. After obtaining her degree she when on to train under Bob Kersee. The UCLA Track Club was known to produce top track and field athletes during the 1980s. Shari Pendleton had the dream of competing in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. A pulled hamstring stopped her from making the US team. Her fortunes were reversed, when she was able to represent the United States as a javelin thrower in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. The sprinting competition was at a different level, but she had a better chance at success as a javelin thrower.

Doing these multiple sports demonstrated she had a lot of talent. Physically she was very impressive. Standing at 5ft 8in  and a weight of 145 lbs in competition ( with 160 lbs off season)  Shari was very statuesque. She world be a regular cast member of the American Gladiators shoe from 1989 to 1992. This is the show which made her familiar with the mainstream audiences, who may not have been followers of bodybuilding. During the time it was rare to see a muscular woman being celebrated by a mainstream audience on a regular basis outside the fitness subculture. Her departure was rumored due to the fact she married a man from a imitation show Knights and Warriors. It was thought that producers then terminated her employment based on this. Pendleton has never confirmed this, so it  remains unsubstantiated.  Sculpting her physique took a certain method. According to Shari she would use more free weight rather than machines. Although there has not been official studies to prove which one is the most effective, it seemed to work for her. What she did was also more powerlifting exercises, which she credited for making her muscles develop bigger and stronger. Shari Pendleton also made other television appearances in mostly minor roles. She appeared in the TV series Renegade. Shari also had a small part in the 1995 film Alien Within .Many fans wished she would have competed longer in bodybuilding, but the positive side was that she was a fun American Gladiator to watch on TV. Shari Pendleton later got married and started a family.

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Brenda Martinez

Brenda Martinez is a track and field athlete who competes in middle distance races. She was born in Upland, California on September 8, 1987. Little did she know in her youth that she would become a competitive athlete. Martinez is a graduate of the University of California and competed in track while attending the university. Brenda Martinez is gradually becoming one of the most recognizable Mexican American athletes. Her athletic success can be credited to her coach Joe Vigil and her husband Carlos Handler. Her big Olympic debut came in 2016 when she qualified for the US Olympic team. She beat Amanda Eccleston  and went on to compete in the 1500 meters. Brenda Martinez also represented the United States in the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Martinez won a silver medal in the 2013 Moscow World Championships in the 800 meters. The World  Relay Championships she was able to win a gold and silver medal. These were not her only victories. She had success in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in both 2015 and 2017. She also was successful in the 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Brenda Martinez started the Big Bear Track  Club with her husband as a non-profit organization. This training camp is designed to help female athletes develop their talent. The organization has been around for six years. The camp coaches and trains middle school and high school girls. There is an applications process which consists of an essay and a requirement that the girls has residency in Southern California. Martinez does not select the best runner, but applicants who show an interest in improvement and not willing to give up. The camp has activities such as running, seminars,  and presentations about injury prevention as well as the need for positive thinking.

         Although the athletes make this look easy, there are many times of intense challenge. Brenda Martinez has revealed that “the Olympic trials were probably the hardest thing I have ever done in my life.” A trip in the 800 meters could have dashed her hopes of making the Olympic team. Determined not to fail, she remained resilient. Martinez stated she was trying to hold back tears from this unfortunate setback. Yet, one mishap did not stop her performance in the 1500 meter. Martinez said “I knew I was strong enough to make the team, so I got back to my routine, and went back home to prepare.” Too often it is forgotten that there is a mental component to athletic competition. She was able to perform better after the tripping mishap and made the team for the United States. Brenda Martinez enjoyed her competition in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Martinez admitted “she wished she would have performed better.” Considering it was her first Olympic competition, her performance was not terrible.

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Brenda Martinez plans on competing in the 2020 Olympics. Her intent is to improve through by breaking personal goals set in her journal. Brenda also felt that making more improvements in the World Championships competitions would better prepare her for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Her future looks bright and full of potential as she has no intention of slowing down. Her favorite competition moment was in 2013 when she won her bronze medal in Moscow. She made sports history by being the first American to win a medal in the 800 meters at the IAAF World Championships. Martinez gradually has become an icon among the Mexican American community. Although there will be more successes for her, Brenda’s early life was a struggle.

        Brenda Martinez grew up poor. However, supportive parents allowed her to pursue her athletic career dreams. This is why she is established her track and field non-profit. She wants other children and especially girls to have more opportunity. This is why she emphasizes “never forget where you come from.”   Her parents made many sacrifices for her in her youth so that she could participate in track. Athletes do need a support system to deal with the triumphs and failures of the world of sports. There is a misconception that sports stars achieve their success on their own. The support system starts sometimes at a young age. Coaches, family, and friends become a pivotal part of an athlete’s success in the long term. Brenda Martinez never forgets the love and support her family gave her to make it to this point in her athletic career. This was what inspired her to give back to the community.

         Besides being a dedicated athlete Brenda Martinez enjoys writing, reading, and watching movies. Keeping a journal documenting her personal thoughts acts as a form of stress reduction. She also takes an intense interest in listening to various podcasts. Martinez has articulated  that her coach has encouraged her to better herself. This is why in her words she says ” I try to learn something new everyday.” Brenda Martinez also likes soccer. If she was not a track athlete, soccer would have been her other choice for an sport to compete in. Martinez does like Selena’s music, but oddly enough does not listen to music while running. Normally, listen to music while working out helps keep a person alert and motivated. To Martinez, it may just be an unwanted distraction. Mental toughness she claims is also essential to running performance. Athletes also have inspiration from others. Brenda Martinez is a fan of Sebastian  Coe.  One of her favorite videos about running is “Born To Run,”which featured her favorite athlete. Martinez also enjoys cooking as one of her hobbies. Brenda has to pay close attention to diet when preparing for competition. Bread she reveals is good for running, but cuts back on consumption, because it is not one of her favorite foods. Her best advice to athletes just entering the sports world is as follows : “try to work on your happiness.” Brenda Martinez’s philosophy is to maintain a positive perspective and this will help deal with various tribulations that come with intense athletic competition.

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Lesa Lewis

Female bodybuilding does have athletes that may not win as many  contests, but they definitely are remembered fondly by fans. Lesa Lewis was such an athlete. Her competitive record was nine years in total. The unique part about Lisa Lewis is that to date, she was probably at the time from 1993 to 2002 the biggest female bodybuilder to ever  appear on stage. Lisa in her physical prime stood at a height of 5 ft 10in and weighed 193 lbs pounds in competition. Her off season weight was close to 215 lbs. Lisa Lewis was literally an amazon in both the height and strength sense. It does not seem so far fetched that she also worked in construction during her competitive career as an athlete. Lisa once said ” I love the competitive part [of the sport].” Lisa also stated ” I love looking in shape and being fit.” She also has expressed she enjoyed traveling around the country to contests and expos. Based in Kansas City, she was probably at the time the most famous female bodybuilder known to fans in the area. Born in 1967 she be came a professional at the age of 30. Lesa retired from competition in 2002 at the age of 35 and some believed that it was too early for a woman with such potential. It is a real shame she never won the Ms.Olympia title, but she demonstrated that a large physique could be balanced.

Her best wins include the 1993 Missouri State, 1994 Heart of Missouri, the 1995 Red River Classic, 1996 Lone Star Classic, and the 1996 NPC Junior Nationals. Her professional debut came in 1997 when she came in first place at the NPC USA Championship. There was a mishap in 1998. That year Lisa was disqualified in the IFBB Ms.International for testing positive for a banned diuretic. This was only a minor setback and she won the 1998  Jan Tana Classic. Lisa Lewis only was able to get a 4th place in the 1998 Ms.Olympia and a  5th place in the 1999 Ms.Olympia. It is shocking that she did not win at least one, but there may be a reason for this. The 1990s to early 2000s was a transition period in which female bodybuilding judging standards were changing. This period was the Lenda Murray and Kim Chizevsky period, so the competition was formidable. Lewis competing as a heavyweight was a dominating figure. Her arms measured 17 1/2 inches and a chest of 43 inches. Lesa consumed a total 7,000 calories to maintain such a body.

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There were times that Lesa had mixed feelings about her size. Sometimes she was shocked looking at past competitions at how large she became. She once said that in response to a question what she could change about bodybuilding was “don’t let the women get too manly.” This seems like a ludicrous statement, because muscles do not make women manly. Strength and power have been associated with men for so long many forget that women can be that as well. Lewis presented a physique and grace that was exceptional on stage. Lisa Lewis also made an appearance for the TLC documentary Bodybuilders in the year 2000.  During the interview Lesa’s mother and sister were interviewed.  They were not as supportive at first. Her mother admitted that she thought it was an activity that was more suited for men. Lesa’s sister thought it was weird. They became supportive, when they saw her perform and that changed their minds. Lesa’s mother revealed that Lesa was the tomboy growing up.

Lesa’s mother was her greatest role model. When Lesa was asked who was her favorite bodybuilder. she did not have one. She cited various athletes which body parts that she wanted to emulate on her own physique. She liked Lenda Murray’s shoulders. Lesa also liked the look of Puala Sukzi’s back and Vicki Gates’ biceps. Sue Price she proclaimed had impeccable vascularity and cuts. Lesa also cites Laura Creavalle and Kim Chizevsky  as excellent bodybuilders. Women can carry mass and make it look good. Staying in that kind of shape requires a strict diet. However, Lesa just like everyone else loved certain foods. Donuts were her favorite junk food. Turkey and salads were also some of her foods of choice.

lesa has stated that her legs and shoulders were her best body parts. However, it is hard to say that the overall physique she presented was not excellent. Her efforts created an impressive aesthetic of both size and symmetry.  This is difficult to master and present on a bodybuilding stage. Her observations of other competitors paid off. She also for her training incorporated walking and running into her fitness routine. Lesa would do this for at least 45 to 60 minutes. Other than working out, Lesa enjoys jazz music and movies. Normally, there are a section of fans who say the larger aesthetic is too much, but even detractors have to admit that Lesa Lewis was impressive. By the early 2000s  there was a move in the direction to a female bodybuilder with less mass. Lesa said in the Bodybuilders documentary that it was not a negative development, but the judges needed to give some time for the women to make adjustments. Lesa Lewis retired from the competitive stage in 2002 with nine years as a bodybuilder. It was an incredible number of years and ever since it seems Lesa has been away from the fitness industry. She was a talented IFBB pro.

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Britt Miller

Britt Miller was a bodybuilder active between the years of 1999 to 2012. She was born in Salisbury, North Carolina in 1984. Her first competition was at the age of 14 and as a child she was very active in sports.  Britt Miller studied nursing at East Carolina University and graduated in 2006. Britt Miller has said “I have played sports my whole  life.” She admits she was a tomboy in her youth and began bodybuilding following in the footsteps of her brothers. Miller’s brothers were her role models and wanted to emulate them. Britt has stated ” I looked up to them and wanted to do everything they did.” Britt made her way on stage at when she was in high school. Being that young and neophyte she did not place high. This did not discourage her new found bodybuilding pursuit. When she came back to the stage it was at a local show and placed better than her previous attempt. At the time she was only in the 11th grade and made third place as a light weight. Britt Miller revealed that being a bodybuilding high school student always generated some looks. She claimed ” I was always picked out of the normal high school crowd and given the “oh my god look” and I loved that look.” There can be a level amusement seeing that a teenage girls could probably beat a high school  quarterback at arm wrestling. Britt Miller had claimed she used to be insecure, but she gradually grew out of it. Her accomplishments in the sport improved her confidence.

 Her best wins in competition include the 2005 Collegiate Nationals, 2005 USA’s, and  2006 Nationals. The first competition she won was at 19 years old at the 2004 NC States. Britt Miller stated in 2009 that she would be retiring from bodybuilding, however made a return as a physique competitor. During this period, she was also working as a nurse. Britt competed in the NC states as a figure competitor. This was a dramatic transformation form the physique that Britt normally presented. She still wanted to get her pro-card, but juggling a medical career and other obligations can be difficult. It is uncertain if she will compete again, but if she never makes another competitive appearance, she did have an impact of the fandom. Some female bodybuilders may not win as many contests like Iris Kyle or Lenda Murray, but gain a wide following in the fan community.

        When Britt began training it was a series of experiments. Britt Miller credited her mother and two brothers with her success on stage. Chris would provide her exercise and training advice, while Brandon would help her with her school work. Britt’s training regimen includes five days of workout sessions and two days of rest. Her training week would follow legs first, the following day would be chest, and then back. The last day would be the training of shoulders.  This would span from Sunday to Friday.  Her stats include 585 lbs leg press for sets 12 to 15. Britt during her physical prime could curl 150 lbs  for one rep and squat 315 lbs lbs for 4 reps.

Britt was very enthusiastic about her muscular appearance. She has said ” I love the the tightness and hardness of my muscles.” Britt explained further that “I love the striations and the whole look.” Women who enter the sport say they always enjoy gaining strength and power. Britt Miller’s least favorite part about training was cardio. To her training she explained ” was the best when you are getting a pump and all the veins were popping out everywhere.” Britt Miller’s favorite part about the off season was that she could eat large portions of food. Offseason she enjoyed due to the fact she did not have to do as much cardio.

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Britt Miller stated that she loved seeing her improvements year to year. She has articulated “I love being different from the average American.” Truly dedicated during her years as a student of nursing she was very active. Her day would start at 5:00 am eating and getting ready for the day. She would attend class get home by 7:00 pm go to the gym and afterwards do homework. Britt was able to balance school and a competitive athletic career. Her diligence was rewarded with a balanced and symmetrical physique. During the mid-2000s Britt was gaining a following with her appearance in numerous fitness magazines.

       Britt Miller announced on her website in 2009 that she was going to take a break from bodybuilding. It was clear that the young athlete was feeling a level of burn out after becoming a nurse and competing. Britt claimed that she was not going to say she would never compete again and the idea of a pro-card was still in her mind. It was no surprise that in 2012 she comeback as a physique competitor.  She competed at 113 pounds and was at the time moving. Since then, she has not made any competitive appearances and her website has not been updated. It does not mean she is retired, but may just appear every once in a while. As of 2018 it seems that she may not be returning, but fans still have fond memories of her competitive years of  2002 to 2012. Britt Miller and Cindy Phillips during the mid-2000s were the fresh faces of bodybuilding that gave the sport a new energy.

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It has been constantly been uttered that female bodybuilding is dying, but competitors like this disprove that notion. As long as women continue to show interest and compete the sport will be fine. It is always important to have positive ambassadors to the sport. Britt Miller was a good one. They showed the sport was still alive, even during the post golden age. Her physique that she presented on stage was similar to the late 1980s early 1990s era. Britt when she was at her competitive peak competed at 125 lbs. Her forearms were 11.5”  and had 14” biceps when flexed. Britt Miller also has a love of basketball. She played the sport while she was in high school and was intending to continue in college. Britt Miller also played softball. She only did this her senior year. Her priorities changed with her becoming more focused on weightlifting and bodybuilding. Such athletes are what truly make the sport great. Enthusiasm, energy, and a positive drive was what Britt  Miller brought to the bodybuilding stage.

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