Various nut-jobs, whackos, Miscers, and crazy people believe that today—December 21, 2012—marks the end of the world. If the world must end, let us signal the finale with the 2012 Bodybuilding.com Site Awards!
We shall precede the planet's fiery demise with this celebration of kickass fitness content, BodySpace heroes, heart-stopping fit heroines, inspirational physiques, Forum standouts, and more.
We've selected stellar content and talent across 35 unique categories, divided into two major sections: Community and Content. Each section is further broken down into subsections: Forums, photo galleries, best writers, best articles, and much, much more.
Before the global blackout, check out the authors, articles, and community members who earned a Bodybuilding.com Site Award!
How Were They Chosen?
Narrowing the field to a group of nominees was hard enough; selecting winners was agonizing.
We clicked through page after page of hilarious, informative, motivational, and downright badass article content. We trolled galleries of ridiculously ripped dudes and "holy-lord-my-eyes-are-burning" fitness femme fatales. We canvassed industry experts, scoured the Forums, and watched Jerome Mayberry's "10 Commandments of the Weight Room" at least 43 times.
In short, we looked through every feature we released this year. We gathered feedback. We voted. We compared results. We downed Craze like madmen and, finally, settled on this year's Site Award winners.
Disagree with our choices, or want to share your own favorites? Post to the Comments below!
Pham Vu's traps are a trip! He's so shredded, his abs could grate cheese graters. Pham carries dense muscle, some sweet ink, and an admirable work ethic. One of his photos punched our jaws off our faces, and we've been fans ever since. When we heard his story, we understood his inspiration.
Tabitha joined BodySpace in 2007, and she's built her body with us ever since. Tabitha is wicked popular and mad fit, with more than 6,000 friends and an epic photo gallery. Her grace, heart-punching beauty, and community interconnectivity combine to make her the 2012 BodySpace Member of the Year!
Lawrence's photo gallery covers everything. This massive loaf of man has weight-crushing gym shots, posing shots, and some fun photos, to boot. Bodybuilding is serious business, but life is light when you're this strong.
Ashley is one of the hardest-working women in fitness. We love her muscle almost as much as her attitude. She is positive, steadfast, and beautiful. Her gallery shows her personality, hard-earned physique, and the work ethic of a champ. She'll never quit training; we won't quit 'mirin'.
Sometimes our members want more than memes and training tips. Sometimes, they want to make the world a better place. Click this thread, and sponsors buy meals for needy veterans who are twice as likely to be homeless and hungry as the rest of the population.
This remarkable group, started by our own Dazzling Danielle, had 1,400 people when we featured it earlier this year. Since then, it has swelled to 4,790 members! This crew lives life to the fittest, and they do it together. Strength in numbers.
Ironwill2008 is fast becoming a Forum legend. He shares his wealth of experience, wisdom, and training knowledge with anyone who wants it, accumulating a staggering 45,000+ posts of fitness advice! Where there's a will, there's "Ironwill Bill."
Obi Obadike's "Ask the Ripped Dude" and "Ripped Roundtable" columns are some of our site's most popular. Obi is absolutely dedicated to helping you crush your fitness goals. His expertise, fun writing style, and shred-monster physique make him the perfect choice for our writer of the year!
Year in and out, Shannon offers up her unique blend of technique know-how, nutritional insight, and a small cookbook's worth of solid recipes. Bodybuilding.com's most prolific author has been racking up the by-lines for almost a decade now, and she's not showing any signs of slowing down!
The "Skinny Guy's Savior" pulled back the curtain and gave us an unflinching portrait of the years of effort, planning, and struggles that lead up to a single "after" photo. You're ready for the truth. Are you up to the challenge?
More than 2,000 women (and their Facebook "Likes") can't be wrong. This antidote to pink dumbbell workouts struck a nerve with the ladies. Want a great booty and sculpted legs? The only blasters you need are these old-school muscle builders—the true thigh masters.
2012 was a big year for the Quadrasaurus. He won the Arnold Classic and competed brilliantly at the Olympia. Normally a quiet, reserved champion, Branch opened up in our 2012 Road to Arnold feature. Learn what it means to carry mass with class.
You can tell the guy filming this intense, post-deadlift collapse is the lifter's best friend. A normal friend would show concern when a buddy loses consciousness and face-plants a dumbbell rack. A best friend would laugh and post it on the Internet.
Anna Sward hit the Bodybuilding.com community with a delicious, protein-packed BOOM. Her home-made protein bar recipes are so good, you'll wonder how you ever lived without them. Now, you don't have to. Watch Sward's space, because we guarantee good things from her kitchen.
Plenty of people will tell you what to eat, but if you don't have your why in order, you're at risk of lapsing into a guilt-heavy, disorganized dietary scheme doomed to end up in the trash. Sohee Lee teaches us how to get maximum nutrition and enjoyment out of every meal.
This superfeature devoted more attention to the six-pack than the folks at Coors, only it explained how to sculpt a chiseled waist rather than offering a beer belly recipe. Training, nutrition, supplementation-this whole content suite was sweet. Super high definition has never looked this, er, defined.
If you need proof that Kris Gethin is an animal in the gym, here it is. It might be motivation overkill to us mere mortals, but to Gethin, it's just a normal day's journal scribbling. Now, Gethin's hardcore training thoughts are yours to use for fuel, ignition, and fire.
Considering creatine's long history of safe use and efficacy, it's amazing how much misinformation and bro-science surrounds the master muscle-building powder. Coach Nick Tumminello's "Creatine Report" answered all the right questions with expert authority and a layman's accessibility.
You've probably heard that abs are "made in the kitchen." Dr. Mike Roussell goes beyond the slogans and gets specific: macro distribution, scheduling, and even a detailed 7-Day Ab Etching Diet. What have you got to lose?
Jim Stoppani is our resident ripped scientist. His "Shortcut to Size" program is designed to pack on mass and slap you with new strength. If you never let your body get comfortable, it can never plateau. Master Stoppani's microcycle-driven plan, and more muscle is guaranteed.
The baby-oil-drenched "Trainer from Hell" turns out to have corn-rows and look a lot like Terry Crews. Wait, is that Terry Crews? Yep. Jerome Mayberry, Terry's alter ego, lays down his 10 fitness laws. Who needs warm-ups, playa?
Brooke redefined our concept of toughness. She fought off eating disorders and became one of the strongest athletes in our stack. Her family inspires her, but her muscles drive her. This is the kind of woman we worship.
Javier's ex-girlfriend probably feels pretty stupid. She thought leaving him for someone else was a good idea. Boy, was she wrong. Cheers to Javier for losing 140 pounds, getting shredded, and creating a future full of opportunity and better girlfriends!
Kelsey is proof that good things come in time. It took her two years to gain 40 pounds and five years to lose it, but the final results are impossible to ignore. She projects feminine strength at its finest. You have our permission to pull your jaw off the floor!
In one year, Travis was able to change his fate forever, going from "pud" to "stud" while losing more than 70 pounds! Travis devoured information from Bodybuilding.com and used his steady progress as fuel for newfound confidence. Travis learned that dedication can conquer nearly anything.
It's easy to wax philosophic about the myriad benefits of exercise and clean eating. Lisa Lynn Eveleth gave us an unforgettable glimpse into how they're saving her life right now, by giving her the strength to battle lupus. No matter how tough you think you are, this 100-pound warrior is tougher.
Calling Nidal an amateur doesn't feel right, because this guy's physique is money. Nidal is an absolute monster. His pecs offer more protection than a breastplate, and his abs have abs. He deserves every bit of praise rained upon him. Pay attention, fellas: This is what 14 years of lifting should look like!
Jessie's physique contributed to at least 4 coronaries this year. We understand why. Her hard body, strength, and insane aesthetics just scream fitness model. Jessie holds a pro card and a bright fitness future. This girl is on fire … and she could beat you up!
What began as an endeavor to improve in sports quickly became a passion in its own right. Matt has a bright, muscle-bound future as he prepares to enter the realm of competitive bodybuilding. Oh, Mr. Hubble? We are 'mirin that shoulder vein!
Crystal felt uncomfortable in her body, and avoided bikinis entirely. Now, she flaunts her fit physique onstage in a two-piece with zero worries. At 48, she decided life was too short to feel self-conscious. So, she did something about it!
The men and women of the armed forces hold a special place in our hearts. Their dedication to physical perfection is more than noteworthy; it is professional grade. Corrie is a hard-working family man, with classified clearance. He's a modern-day Odysseus.
Decades ago, the bodybuilding world needed architects, and Jim Lorimer was a master builder. His impact on fitness spans eight decades and the entire globe. Learn about the life of a legend, and how he helped the U.S. win the cold war of sports.
There are frequent commenters on Bodybuilding.com articles, and then there's Holly444, a veritable Greek chorus for our daily content. The cherubic smile reflects the supportive nature of her feedback. Think of her heavenly musings as the antidote to the Middle Earth troll patrol.