BIKINI – is the MOST subjective division and extremely confusing for many - the physiques are so close. Some like leaner/harder; some like athletic/muscular; some like softer/fluffier. I’m just like everyone else – I have a very specific look that I prefer. I believe a bikini competitor must possess leanness and softness at the same time – I also believe it is critical on how the skin lays and the conditioning of the skin. In my opinion, the perfect bikini competitor has a lean core section with actual defined abdominals, and a lean, defined back – but not HARD. I believe that the rest of the physique should show a “feminine and soft – yet tight look – not hard and not overly lean.
In the pursuit of this, we are seeing the girls getting leaner in the faces – and to alleviate this issue, many of the girls are heading the plastic surgery or dermal injectable route to prevent a “drawn” look. However, now we end up with another problem – a more plastic facial appearance. You can see this trend growing. When looking at the lineup you see thinning the noses way too much; lip filling overload; and the cheeks and eyes on some appear to be pulled – and these girls are way too young and started out way too beautiful to walk down this road already! If you begin looking like the infamous “Cat Lady” – PLEASE re-evaluate the process!
Don’t get me wrong – there are some amazing bikini competitors – I believe it is difficult for them – because they must still create and build a physique – but the criteria is extremely specific – so it is difficult to achieve the exact look the judges are looking for in this highly competitive division. Again, the physiques are so close – that you can make a tiny error and fall 10 spots – where in other divisions, a tiny slip up may not even be noticed.
I am specific on the look I like,as I mentioned above and at this year’s Olympia, there was one competitor in particular that I felt looked unbelievable, but in my opinion, was severely overlooked and that was @yana_smith_kuznetsova To me, she should be the gold standard for bikini. She possesses EVERYTHING that the bikini division stands forAnd that’s the fuckin’ truth
Road to the 2017 Ferrigno Legacy...
(Must watch with sound!) As a kid, one of my fondest memories is the whole family sitting in the living room after dinner watching TV. One show we always watched was 'The Incredible Hulk'. Even though I loved that show, it would scare the crap out of me every time he started to turn green and I'd go hide behind my dad's chair or the couch.
Now, so many years later, it was such an honor to stand on the Ferrigno Legacy stage and receive that coveted Hulk trophy from Lou Ferrigno himself!
Now, it's almost time for the Ferrigno Legacy again. So I put together this video to pay tribute to those childhood memories and to a TV show I'll never forget. Of course, I had to add a body building spin to it, but any fan of the show will get it.
I just hope Lou likes it!