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Female Bodybuilders And Steroid Use

Female Bodybuilders And Steroid Use

Most people think steroids are only for men. However, if you look in any female bodybuilding forum on the internet, you will see a lot of women posting how they use steroids – indeed, there are many women bodybuilders who live and breathe steroids and bodybuilding. In fact, some famous female bodybuilders have been using them for as long as I’ve been alive — and some, for good or for ill, have drastically altered the way they look.

As for bodybuilding, there are some great female bodybuilders who can hold their own with the men. But these are a minority. And those who do make it to the top are extremely few.

In this article, we’ll be taking a look at some of the most famous female bodybuilders who’ve used steroids for competition, and their before and after photos.

Heidi Kreiger

Anabolic steroids are a class of drugs that increase testosterone production in the body, which can cause masculinizing effects on the female body. Heidi Krieger claims the virilization effects of the drugs she was given were so extreme that she later decided to live as a man and underwent a series of surgical transitions to become Andreas Krieger.

Thousands of young athletes, including Kreiger, were injured by the East German government’s plan to dominate Olympic sports through chemistry. They were told the drugs and shots were vitamins and natural supplements. The big changes in their bodies inspired the International Olympic Committee to put up drug testing programs in the ’70s to combat doping in sports. The IOC has been playing catch-up ever since.

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Candice Armstrong

Candice Armstrong

Candice Armstrong, 28, is a London native and she’s taken anabolic steroids to improve her physique. Now, the London native gets mistaken for a man on a daily basis.

To lose weight, Armstrong started taking anabolic steroids, which she took daily. A few weeks after starting the drug, she stopped menstruating, and she grew hair on her face, chest, and back.

She told how she was convinced her upper body was too slender, and said she would work out for three hours a day. It wasn’t enough despite people telling her she was developing manly biceps. When a fellow gym fanatic suggested steroids, she went for it, but soon developed an addiction to the steroid Trenbolone daily doses.

Armstrong says she has always been very feminine, but she embraces her masculine side. While some people may find it hard to believe that she is a woman who likes to dress like a man, she says it has opened many doors for her in the form of a drag act.

Joanna Clare Thomas

Joanna Thomas is a British professional female bodybuilder who has won the IFBB pro card at the age of 21.

Her family was very supportive of her interest in bodybuilding, which started when she was only 14. She went to a gym and she began to train with the help of the gym owner who gave her a strict plan to follow. She followed the plan for two years and gained 91 pounds.

In 2005, she was featured in a documentary called Supersize Smhe. The documentary was a huge success in the UK and in the US. She is the youngest woman to win an IFBB pro card, at the age of 21. The documentary follows her training leading up to the 2004 Ms. Olympia contest – a national competition.

Brigita Brezovac

According to Brezovac, she saw an image of Anja Langer posted at a local Gym and was really impressed. This was why she started getting into weight training.

At the age of 14 years, Brezovac decided she wanted to be a bodybuilder. She competed in the 2001 world championship in the category Miss Bodybuilding. In 2009, she placed second in the bodybuilding heavyweight class and was awarded her IFBB pro card. In 2012 and 2013, every Ms. International and Ms. Olympia competition she attended she placed within the top six every time she competed – and placed within the top six every time she competed. 

Denise Rutkowski

Denise Rutkowski

Denise, also nicknamed as “the Golden Panther,” was a great female bodybuilder during the ’90s. She started her bodybuilding career in 1989 when she came to San Diego, California. She only had her professional debut during the 1993 IFBB Jan Tana Classic when she won in the heavyweight division. A mugshot of her has surfaced on the internet and revealed a shocking visual of her looking similar to a man and even had grown a beard.

The change in her body was probably due to the excessive use of steroids during her bodybuilding training and possibly drug addiction.

Lenda Murray

Lenda Murray was born in 1962 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Darcelious and Louvelle Murray. She began participating in organized sports at the age of 15. Her physique became the standard against which professional female bodybuilders are now judged. She would go on to win the Ms. Olympia in 1991, 1993 and 1994. 

Lenda Murray was a true pioneer of female bodybuilding, but the drastic changes in her body toward the end of her career can only be due to extensive anabolic steroid use.

Kim Chizevsky

Kim Chizevsky was born on April 23, 1968. She is a famous American professional female bodybuilding champion, fitness and figure competitor. She began her bodybuilding career at the age of 18, when she won her first competition.

She is best known for winning the IFBB Ms. International in 1995, the IFBB Ms. Olympia in 1995, and the IFBB Ms. Olympia in 1996.

She began her bodybuilding career at the age of 18, when she won her first competition. She went on to win many other titles, including the first Ms. International, the first Ms. Olympia, and the first IFBB World Championship.

Alina Popa

Alina Popa was born in 1978 and was raised in Bucharest, Romania. She is a professional bodybuilder who ranks as the 2nd best female bodybuilder in the IFBB Pro Women’s Bodybuilding Ranking List. She competed in her first Ms. International in 2010 and her first Ms. Olympia in 2011. Popa’s highest placement in an IFBB competition was at the 2013 and 2014 Ms. Olympia competitions where she finished second behind Iris Kyle.

Andrea Shaw

Andrea Shaw is an American female bodybuilder. She began muscle building at 17 with the guidance and support of her mother. She won two of the most prestigious, huge female bodybuilder tournaments. In 2018, she entered five shows, earning her pro card at the NPC nationals. The ripped female bodybuilder has a BA in Exercise and Sports Science., she spoke to bodybuilding legend lenda Murray, arguably the best woman bodybuilder of the last 50 years, who encouraged her to.

Melina Keltaniemi

A young female bodybuilder, Melina Keltaniemi is off to a flying start. She came 2nd place in the 2018 Nordic Elite Pro, 3rd place at IFBB Elite Pro Russia, and was 2018’s IFBB Elite Pro World Champion.

Andrulla Blanchette

Andrulla Blanchette

Andrulla Blanchette was one of the most decorated female bodybuilders in the world. She has earned podiums in multiple other IFBB tournaments and competitions. Now she owns her own personal training gym, dispensing advice and tips to the next generation of female bodybuilders. 

Theresa Ivancik

Theresa Ivancik is a professional female bodybuilder for the IFBB Pro League. She achieved a 6th place finish at the 2019 Rising Phoenix world championships. She also won the best poser award and an invitation to guest pose on the Olympia expo stage. Ivancik also works with Wings of Strength, an inspiring company advocating for female bodybuilding – a bodybuilding company for women in the sport and fitness industry – to promote female bodybuilding in the US.

Sarah Villegas

A three-time IFBB Pro Olympian, personal trainer and certified sports nutritionist Sarah Villegas won 2020’s Olympia: Women’s Physique. The ripped female bodybuilder earned her pro status at the Universe Championships in 2017 going on to win the Chicago Pro.

Margie Martin

Margie “margie” Marvelous is a professional bodybuilder. She won her first title at the 2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Rising Phoenix world championships. She’s since won both the Toronto and the Omaha Pro Women’s Bodybuilding tournaments in the same year. If motivation is an area where you struggle, check out our selection of the best fitness podcasts to keep you motivated. A former marine, Margie was inspired as a child by powerful heroines such as She-Ra. 

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Iris Floyd Kyle 

Iris Floyd Kyle holds seventeen titles including ten overall Ms Olympia wins. The most Olympia wins of anyone, male or female, making her the most successful female bodybuilder ever. In July 2020, Iris announced she would be returning to compete at Ms Olympia, making her one of the most formidable mature female bodybuilders to compete against. Kyle began winning streak with the 1994 Long Beach Muscle Classic. She won the NPC USA Championships in 1998, Ms Olympia in 2001, Ms International in every year between 2004 and 2013, and Ms Olympia in every year between 2004 and 2014. ­­­­ ­­