The IFBB Top Ten Female Fitness Competitors

The IFBB Top Ten in Female Fitness Competition in 2009

Here are the top ten female fitness competitors on the IFBB (International Federation of BodyBuilders) Pro Fitness Ranking List as of December 1st, 2009.

The IFBB has been around since way back in 1946, when Ben and Joe Weider founded it.
Female fitness competition looks a lot like female bodybuilding, but in fitness competitions, muscle tone is emphasized over muscle size.
The contests have a swimsuit round (where judges look for a small amount of muscle mass, clear separations between muscle groups, and leanness) and a routine round where contestants do aerobic, dance or gymnastic routines.
While both rounds can make or break a contestant, the fitness routines are the most flamboyant, with contestants dressing up sometimes (Wonder Woman, Catwoman variations and Lara Croft seem popular) and really pushing themselves to the limit.
Several former female fitness contestants have gone on to make a business out of teaching winning routines.

The two biggest professional fitness contests are the Fitness Olympia (started in 1995) and The Fitness International (started in 1997 and part of the Arnold Classic).
So without further ado, here are the top ten fitness competitors.....

1. Adela Garcia

Adela Garcia - Female Fitness Competitors
Adela Garcia - Female Fitness Competitors

Adela Garcia was born on December 1st, 1971 in Cabrera, Dominican Republic and started competing in 1995 and has been in more IFBB fitness contests than you can shake a stick at.
(That's a Southern term for a lot)
Listing them would take a long time, so here are her first place wins....

2002 IFBB New York Pro Fitness - 1st
2002 IFBB Atlantic States Pro Fitness - 1st
2002 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Fitness - 1st
2003 IFBB New York Pro Fitness - 1st
2004 IFBB Fitness International - 1st
2004 IFBB Fitness Olympia - 1st
2005 IFBB Sacramento Pro Fitness - 1st
2006 IFBB Fitness International - 1st
2006 IFBB Fitness Olympia - 1st
2007 IFBB Europa Super Show - 1st
2007 IFBB Fitness Olympia - 1st
2009 IFBB Europa Super Show & Supplement Expo - 1st
2009 IFBB Olympia - 1st
2010 IFBB Arnold Classic, Ms. International, Fitness International & Figure International - 1st
2011 IFBB Olympia - 1st
2011 IFBB Arnold Classic, Ms. International, Fitness International & Figure International - 1st

2. Tanji Johnson

Tanji Johnson - Female Fitness Competitors
Tanji Johnson - Female Fitness Competitors

Tanji Johnson is a personal fitness instructor, a fitness and figure coach, co-promotes the Vancouver Natural Bodybuilding and Tanji Johnson Fitness/Figure Classic AND was an American Gladiator!
She was Stealth on the recent revival of the show.
Tanji is one of the busiest fitness competitors, competing in thirty contests since 2002.
Looking at the amount of time it takes to prepare for these events, that's pretty amazing.
She had first place wins at the 2002 IFBB Toronto Pro, 2006 IFBB Europa Super Show, 2007 IFBB All Star Pro Fitness Championships, 2010 IFBB New York Pro Fitness and the 2011 IFBB Arnold Classic Europe.

3. Tracey Greenwood

Tracey Greenwood - Female Fitness Competitors
Tracey Greenwood - Female Fitness Competitors

This five foot six inch, 130 pound fitness beauty is not only a fitness competitor, but a professor at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania.
She was voted the 2008 FLEX Athlete of the Year and has appeared in fitness and muscle magazines like Oxygen, Muscle and Fitness, FLEX and Ironman.
Tracey edges out Tanji just slightly, having competed in thirty one contests since turning Pro.
She had first place finishes at the 2003 IFBB Masters Olympia And Jan Tana Pro, 2005 IFBB Europa Super Show, 2007 IFBB New York Pro Fitness Contest, 2007 IFBB Atlantic City Pro Bodybuilding, Fitness And Figure Contest, 2008 IFBB Houston Pro Bodybuilding, Fitness & Figure Contest, 2008 IFBB Atlantic City Pro, 2008 IFBB 15th Annual Sports/Fitness Weekend & Europa IFBB Super Show and the 2009 IFBB Atlantic City Bodybuilding, Fitness & Figure Championships.

4. Julie Palmer

Julie Palmer - Female Fitness Competitors
Julie Palmer - Female Fitness Competitors

Fitness competitor Julie Palmer is also a personal trainer and registered nurse.
She tops the others so far, competing in thirty three contests since turning Pro.
Julie has won first place at the 2004 IFBB New York Pro Fitness, 2005 IFBB Charlotte Pro, 2006 IFBB Atlantic City Pro and the 2007 IFBB Palm Beach Pro/Am.

5. Tina Durkin

Tina Durkin - Female Fitness Competitors
Tina Durkin - Female Fitness Competitors

IFBB Fitness Competitor Tina Durkin only turned Pro in 2007, and has competed in eleven contests.
But out of those eleven, she has had first place wins at the 2007 NPC Junior Nationals Bodybuilding, Fitness And Figure Contest, 2007 NPC Junior Nationals Bodybuilding, Fitness And Figure Contest , 2007 NPC National Championships and the 2007 NPC National Championships.

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6. Myriam Capes

Myriam Capes
Myriam Capes

Myriam Capes is a little larger than most of the fitness competitors.
Although she hasn't had any first place wins since turning Pro, she has had very respectable showings and 2nd place wins at the 2007 IFBB Santa Susanna Bodybuilding And Figure Contest, 2009 IFBB Europa Show of Champions and the 2009 IFBB Europa Super Show & Supplement Expo.

7. Shannon Meteraud

Shannon Meteraud
Shannon Meteraud

This five foot two, 116 pound fitness beauty resides in Charleston, South Carolina.
Shannon has competed in over thirty contests, with first place wins at 2005 IFBB Atlanta Pro Figure, 2007 IFBB Europa Super Show, 2009 IFBB New York Pro Fitness and the 2009 IFBB Atlantic City Bodybuilding, Fitness & Figure Championships.

8. Jen Hendershott

Jen Hendershott
Jen Hendershott

Jen is known for her wildly inventive gymnastic routines, really putting it on the line when she competes.
And she currently resides in my home state!
Besides competing, she runs fitness boot camps all year round.
Jen has first place wins at the 1997 NPC Mike Francois World Gym Classic, 2005 IFBB Ms. Fitness International, 2005 IFBB Ms. Fitness Olympia and the 2008 IFBB Ms. Fitness Olympia.

9. Nicole Duncan

Nicole Duncan
Nicole Duncan

Nicole Duncan lives in Atlanta, Georgia, is a Fitness Choreographer and was a member of the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleading Squad for four years.
Although she hasn't had any first place wins yet, she has left cheerleading to focus on fitness.

10. Regiane Da Silva

Regiane Da Silva
Regiane Da Silva

Five foot six, 116 pound Regiane Da Silva is another up and comer.
Like Nicole she hasn't had any first place wins yet, but to make it into the top ten on the IFBB Pro Fitness Ranking List is a feat in itself.

The IFBB Top Ten Female Fitness Competitors

Who is your favorite IFBB Female Fitness Competitor?

  • Adela Garcia
  • Tanji Johnson
  • Tracey Greenwood
  • Julie Palmer
  • Tina Durkin
  • Myriam Capes
  • Shannon Meteraud
  • Jen Hendershott
  • Nicole Duncan
  • Regiane Da Silva
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IFBB Top Ten Female Fitness Competitors Comments 16 comments

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The Green Guru 6 years ago

Gurl, you make me wanna work out! ;)


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Ooooh Tanji Johnson is my hero! Some of these other women look more like guys. But I wouldn't get into an argument with any of them! Haha! Great Hub!


bighunter 6 years ago

this is very strong


Sportswear 6 years ago

I would have voted differently but nonetheless an awesome work. Thank you very much!


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gianluca pirrotta montalto  6 years ago

Dear Friends for me the most sexy and hot fitnes woman she's Julie Palmer, very sexy and nice legs, have a llok of :Julie Palmer at Arnold Classic 2010, nice body , slim, tones, and a beatiful yellow swimsuit, for me she's the best and soon I will visit she in Columbus OH,a lot of kisst to you from italian fan!!!!


gianluca pirrotta montalto  6 years ago

Dear Friends and managemnts, and dear Julie Palmer, for me this woman she's the most sexy of the world lovely bosy slim and tone, and possible soon I will bring in Italia, or in Salem-Oregon, Julie she's very nice and her body very lovely, the real beauty of bodyfitness and at 40 years old she still stunning young and sexy, i would like married with she, from a rich charmain and managemnt , and a lot of time I dream Julie Palmer because she's fantastic !!!!

my mail:

gianlucapirrottamontalto666@hotmail.com

a million of kisses to Julie PALMER!!!!!


core stability exercises 6 years ago

Shannon looks great.


GIANLUCA  6 years ago

Dear friends in this days I'm in London-U.K.,and Julie has got many fans in United Kingdom too, very pretty and nice , and lovely, and many nights I dream she , never a woman she shoked me like Julie Palmer not I love she only for her beauty, but for her spirit, kiss to you Julie, your italian fan Gianluca Pirrotta !!!!


Gianluca  6 years ago

Dear friends, in this days I'm in London-U.K.,and I see many womans, but no one sexy and pretty like Julie Palmer, and I visit more of 200 gyms, in thys big european town,


gianluca pirrotta montalto 6 years ago

Dear friends,

for me Julie Palmer, she's very sexy and hot, I never see a sexy woman and pretty like this more of Sunny Leone, and Taya Parker, very said for me to don't live in Columbus, for go in the gym to training togheter with her, and soon I will sent she a beatiful christmas present, because she's very fantastic, and I told to Mike Tyson to visit her, kisses to you Julie Palmer, you're fantastic!!!!


gianlucapirrottamontalto 6 years ago

Dear Friends,

for me this woman she's very sexy and nice, and pretty, and more sexy of Jennifer Metcalfe, and of Teagan Presley, and of Taya Parker, I love very a lot her body, and for me she's very fantastic, I would like to be her boyfriend, and give for present a mansion in Jupiter-Island-FL, a lot of kisses to Julie, I love you baby!!!!


gianluca 5 years ago

i love very a lot Julie Palmer-IFBB,she's very sexy and nice and lovely , but too much busy, I think, she's the woman of my dreams , a lot of kisses to you Julie Palmer, I would like to be your boyfriend, you're so sexy so lovely and nice, a lot of kisses to you!!!!!


health store 5 years ago

very nice hub, very hot women, great list NICE!!!!!


Fitness Photographer 5 years ago

Adela Garcia's competition history is really impressive. She won first place since 2002-2009. Great hub sabrebIade!


Karen Sessions 5 years ago

These are great. Thanks for posting inspiration.

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