Team Universe, Figure Nationals & New York Pro Preview.

I'll gotcha ready for the breakdown. The Big Apple - August 6-7, 2004. Inside it will get much hotter, at least from a sneak peak of this year's competitors...
I'll gotcha ready for the breakdown. The Big Apple - August 6-7, 2004. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-70s, but that's only outside the Tribecca Performing Arts Center. Inside it will get much hotter, at least from a sneak peak of this year's competitors. Below are a few of those peeps. Good luck everyone and see you in the DA NYC.


Tanisha Harrison

Name: Tanisha Harrison

Height: 5'6"

Representing from the great state of: Colorful Colorado

Goal for the show: What a silly question, Isaac! Of course I would absolutely love to earn my IFBB Pro card. Most of all, I want to enjoy the experience and have a great time. I would also love to witness my Performance Ready teammate and travelling companion, Christine Pomponio-Pate, obtain a spot on the Olympia stage this year by placing in the NYC Pro Figure.

Best Feature on the body is: That cute little dimple on my chin! I'm told some people actually pay to get those.

Suits by: Christine Marsh

What can people expect to see compared to your last show: Hopefully a much higher placing!

Best part of competing in NYC: I love lots of things about NYC, and always wish I could stay longer to enjoy all the city has to offer. I was raised on a farm and ranch in the middle of nowhere and had 17 students in my senior class, so NYC is like another world to me!

Contest-wise, I love that there is so much energy at this particular show, and it is very well-run and organized. The NY pizza after the show is never a bad idea, either.

Anything You Want To Share With The Peeps Reading This? I would like to express sincere thanks to my family, friends, Carla Sanchez and the entire Performance Ready Fitness Team, and my infinitely understanding husband.

Special thanks to my friend and teammate Janelle Casanova for being close by my side this trip! I cannot imagine doing this without the undying motivation and support from all of them. For anyone even the slightest bit interested in competing: Go for it! It's an unbelievable amount of dedication, sacrifice, and preparation, but it is so well worth it. See you in NYC!


Michelle Bell

Name: Michelle Bell

Height: 5'5"

Representing from the great state of: Sunny California

Goal for the show: Crack top 5

Best Feature on the body is: Legs

Suits by: Jagware

What can people expect to see compared to your last show: Leaner, harder physique.

Best part of competing in NYC: Hanging out with all my girlfriends. I am bringing my 15 year old daughter Kendra and she is so excited to see Time Square.


Christine Camacho-Machuca

Name: Christine Camacho-Machuca, a.k.a. "Christy Mac"

Height: Division A (height 5'1")

Representing from the great state of: New Jersey, Strong & Shapely Gym in Rutherford!

Goal for the show: This is my first National Show. Everyone hopes to qualify for Pro Status but just going up on stage at the national level is a big reward in itself! My goal is to stand out in the crowd and get noticed.

Best Feature on the body is: I love my legs and my shoulders. This year my goal was to bring in my legs as conditioned as possible and fine tune my shoulders, which I believe are a beautiful part of a woman's physique.

Suits by: Caron Hospedales, she is really great and fabulous to work with!

What can people expect to see compared to your last show: I've done my homework and worked on details that will leave a lasting impression. I really think that I hit the conditioning part of the package way better this year than the last.

Best part of competing in NYC: Competing in NYC is just as exciting as the city itself. Not only is it going to be a National Figure show but the Pro Figure show is also going to be in town at the same time and that's also very exciting.

Anything You Want To Share With The Peeps Reading This? Yes... If anyone was wondering about any dark horses coming out of the wood work at Figure Nationals, I'm one of them!


Amy Peters

Name: Amy Peters

Height: 5'2"

Representing from the great state of: Texas Baby!

Goal for the show: Improve my placing from the Jr. Nationals, and thats all I'm gonna say!

Best Feature on the body is: I think its my back. Others say my legs.

Suits by: Jan Blake

What can people expect to see compared to your last show: New suits, more color, hopefully a better overall package.

Best part of competing in NYC: All the yummy food to eat and the clubs to go to after the show.

Anything You Want To Share With The Peeps Reading This? I want to thank all my family and friends for their support. I appreciate all the support I get from fans and friends through the internet. Their kind words of support and encouragement mean so much to me! And thanks Isaac for your support!


Nancy Hirsch

Name: Nancy Hirsch

Height: 5'5 1/2

Representing from the great state of: California

Goal for the show: 1st!

Best Feature on the body is: shoulders

Suits by: Dreamwear

What can people expect to see compared to your last show: a little tighter, and a darker tan!

Best part of competing in NYC: Never been to New York, that is a thrill in itself.. and competing at the Nationals at a chance to turn pro!


Heather Craven

Name: Heather Craven

Height: 5' 1

Representing from the great state of: Florida

Goal for the show: Make top 10

Best Feature on the body is: shoulders

Suits by: Jag Ware and Unique Physique

What can people expect to see compared to your last show: A lot leaner

Best part of competing in NYC: I have never been to New York and I am excited about some shopping!

Web site: Almost done

Anything You Want To Share With The Peeps Reading This? Good luck to everyone who is competing.


Chrissy Duminske-Garcia

Name: Chrissy Duminske-Garcia

Height: 5'1"

Representing from the great state of: Union City, California

Goal for the show: I hope to do as well, or better, as I did at the Jr. Nationals

Best Feature on the body is: My back

Suits by: Jagware

What can people expect to see compared to your last show: I hope to be a bit leaner and tighter in the legs

Best part of competing in NYC: Thin crust pizza after the show! It's been awhile since I've had a good thin crust pizza.

Anything You Want To Share With The Peeps Reading This? If you're thinking about competing, do it! You'll have the time of your life. It's fun meeting people from all across the country.


Samantha Bullington

Name: Samantha Bullington

Representing from the great state of: Arkansas

Goal for the show: My goals for this show are simple and have change a bit, since the first of the year, I am just out to please myself and the people who love and support me. Do and be the best I can and whatever the placings, I will be thrilled!

Best Feature on the body is: I get most comments on my legs and biceps, People are always asking me to flex, which is so funny, because I am not a bodybuilder, but I love to do it anyways.

Suits by: Suits are by Jagware and Rhinestones by me! I have had a great time this year designing my suits, with the help of my daughter, she is truly talented when it comes to creativity. And doing it yourself, gives you a since of accomplishment, before you ever step foot on stage!

What can people expect to see compared to your last show: I will be about the same as far as conditioning, but focusing more on detail. Like my suit cut, skin color and shoes, etc. That way, if they want to pick me apart, they'll have to do it based on my physique only. We'll see! Oh ya and attitude. I'm going to be shakin it up, baby. Ha!

Best part of competing in NYC: Some alone time with my husband... ya ... we leave the kids home for this show. It's much needed.

Anything You Want To Share With The Peeps Reading This? Everybody needs to remember that this is a huge show with a lot of beautiful and talented women, who all want to be winners, and are, for even stepping up on that stage. So cheer everyone on and be supportive, have a great time!

Also, you can come see me at the Champion Nutrition booth, when I'm not on stage, I'll be there!


Jeanette Freed

Name: Jeanette Freed

Representing from the great state of: New York

Goal for the show: Have a great time and show my best physique possible.

Best Feature on the body is: My quads

Suits by: Merry Christine and Karen

What can people expect to see compared to your last show: A tighter physique

Best part of competing in NYC: All my friends and family can be there for support because I'm in my hometown. NYC is also a great place to go out after the show and have a fabulous meal.

Anything You Want To Share With The Peeps Reading This? I want to say that this year has been so exciting for me. I feel so blessed to have so much support from all my friends and family. I want to thank my mom for always being there for me and taking care of my 3 year old daughter Briana while I train and prepare for the shows, my husband for making sure I have all my food and my trainer John Scoma for pushing, motivating, and always believing in me. God Bless everyone that is competing and I wish all the girls the best.


Marcy Porter

Name: Marcy Porter

Height: I am 5'5 and 1/4 which makes me E class? :)

Representing from the great state of: The sunny state of Florida

Goal for the show: I plan on improving my placing from Jr. Nationals. Knowing that earlier in the year I won my class at the Ironman and getting 2nd at the Jr. Usa I know I have what it takes to place in the top 5 if not top 2 which would mean a pro card!

Best Feature on the body is: My legs :)

Suits by: Jagware and CJ

What can people expect to see compared to your last show: People can expect to see me looking more like I did at the Jr. USA in which I was leaner and fuller. At the JR's, I put a lot of pressure on myself and I came it flat and skinny... I am making sure that does happen again!

Best part of competing in NYC: I like competing in the New York because I am from the North East and it enables a lot of my family and friends to come see me. Plus all those places to eat helps out!

Anything You Want To Share With The Peeps Reading This? Just that I am thankful for where I am now in this sport and to the people that have believed in me and supported me. I remember a time when someone told me I had a "swimsuit" body and didn't have the body to compete. There are always going to be people who tell you can reach a goal... never let them stop you!

Web site: http://www.marcyporter.com

But until then people can check out my webpage http://www.leanladies.com/marcyporter/home.htm


Stephanie Collins

Name: Stephanie Collins

Height: 5'5 1/2

Representing from the great state of: Florida

Goal for the show: Pro Card! Woohooo!

Best Feature on the body is: Abs

Suits by: 2 piece by MerryChristine.com 1 piece by ccfitwear.com

What can people expect to see compared to your last show: Rounder Shoulders

Best part of competing in NYC: Getting to eat NY Pizza afterwards!


Abby Eyre

Name: Abby Eyre

Height: 5-4

Representing from the great state of: Washington DC

Goal for the show: Acquiree IFBB Pro Status and improve on last show placing, 4th Class C Jr. USA, 2nd Class C Pittsburgh Pro/AM

Best Feature on the body is: Legs

Suits by: Jagware & CJ

What can people expect to see compared to your last show: Better and Fuller Overall Package

Best part of competing in NYC: My favorite city.


Amber Black

Name: Amber Black

Representing from the great state of: Texas

Goal for the show: Have fun! Take great photos.

Best Feature on the body is: My best features are my legs, eyes and smile.

Suits by: Private seamstress

What can people expect to see compared to your last show: People can expect to see me there having a lot of fun!

Best part of competing in NYC: Being able to travel to another great big city! I love BIG CITIES!

Anything You Want To Share With The Peeps Reading This? Visit Lana's Egg Whites! Do your best each and every day. Love life and have fun! Thank god for the blessings he grants us each day! Ever lasting light to all, Amber*


Alexis Ellis

Name: Alexis Ellis

Height: 5' 8"

Representing from the great state of: California

Goal for the show: I would like to have a great time and show off the work I have been in for the last couple of months. Meet great competitors from other states and if I earn my pro card... that would be the ultimate pleasure.

Best Feature on the body is: Legs

Suits by: Darbo & fresh peaches swinwear (Inland Empire, CA)

What can people expect to see compared to your last show: Conditioning, Conditioning, Conditioning...

Anything You Want To Share With The Peeps Reading This? I just want to thank everyone that has given the support and encouragement during this process. Sorry for the irritability on the low carb days and the hi-strung moments after the caffeine set in... I love you all :) Special hugs and kisses to my husband and TRAINER, David Ellis that has gone through every little step with me along the way. I love you most of all.

www.alexisellis.com


Colette Flack

Name: Colette Flack

Height: 5'8"

Representing from the great state of: Arizona

Goal for the show: Qualify for a Pro-Card.

Best Feature on the body is: Smile... :) O.k. - legs.

Suits by: Bilbo Baggs / Jagware.

What can people expect to see compared to your last show: Hmm... I think they'll see a tighter slightly smaller physique.

Best part of competing in NYC: The shopping!

Anything You Want To Share With The Peeps Reading This? I'm very excited to see all my friends backstage in New York - hanging out backstage is a great place to catch up... Since we're back there for SOOOO Long!!! :) Also - for anyone reading through these bios wondering if they can do a show... The answer is YES! Jump right in, set the goal and you'll be amazed at your results.


Laura Lewis

Name: Laura Lewis

Height: 5'6"

Representing the great state of: Arizona (Go Desert Divas!)

Goal for the show: Top 5 for sure, a pro card would be the icing on the cake!

Best Feature on this body is: My legs

Suits by: Nu-Parr of Arizona (Thanks, Yvonne!)

What can people expect to see compared to your last show: More of the same me, but even better! I'm really happy with my condition and I'm excited to see how it all turns out!

Best part of competing in NYC: This is my 2nd year competing at this great show. I'm back because of the energy; it's alive like the city of NY! It's a great charge for all of us athletes after months of preparation! It's a huge accomplishment just to step on this "BIG" stage! I hope to earn my pro card! Also, a huge sandwich from a real NYC Deli sounds darn good!

Anything You Want To Share With The Peeps Reading This? Keep training hard, it's all worth it! Time to shine on stage! Stop by the MET-Rx & World Wide Sport Nutrition booths to meet me and my husband, NPC Masters Nationals MW champ, Bryce Lewis!

Photos courtesy of Reg Bradford.


Cindy Martinez

Name: Cindy Martinez

Height: 5'2"

Representing from the great state of: Florida

Goal for the show: My goal for the Figure Nationals is to present a better package than I did last year.

Best Feature on the body is: My best feature is my hair. Just Kidding. I don't have one feature that I think out stands out more than the others. I do like the way my legs come in when I am very lean.

Suits by: CeeJay and My Mom

What can people expect to see compared to your last show: I have made improvements in my delts and back, which is a major requirement for figure.

Best part of competing in NYC: New York is one of the best states in the country. The best part about competing in NY is the variety of food available after the show is over! Meet me in little Italy around midnight for some Tiramisu!

Web site: Under construction, will keep you updated.

Anything You Want To Share With The Peeps Reading This?

Setting Goals and reaching them is the most ultimate high one can achieve. Never let anyone discourage you and bring you down. Surround yourself with positive people and always remember that anything you put your mind to is achievable. I have a full time job as an electrical engineer, have two kids, one husband (LOL), teach aerobics part time and some how find time to train for a show. One last thing, I have made a ton of new awesome friends in this sport, which makes it even more worth it.

Photo Credits - Jonathan Bowie, Robert Reiff


Nikki Warner

Name: Nikki Warner

Height: or Weight if a bodybuilder: 5'2 Figure Division B

Representing from the great state of: IN

Goal for the show: I would be happy with placing top 15 considering the number of girls that compete in each Figure division

Best Feature on the body is: Legs

Suits by: Merry Christine

What can people expect to see compared to your last show: More muscular upper body and a tad bit leaner.

Best part of competing in NYC: Local attractions! I love walking around battery park.

Anything You Want To Share With The Peeps Reading This? Thank you Twinlab for all your support!

Photo Credit: Gene Carangal (www.imagesofvenus.com)


Others To Watch

Ali Metkovich - View The Recent Interview With Ali by Isaac Hinds.

An Interview With Ali Metkovich!
Track & Field standout turned NPC figure competitor, Ali Metkovich, gives us the lowdown on her past and goals for the future.
[ Click here to learn more. ]


Female Bodybuilding


Kristin Martin

Name: Kristin Martin (formerly Kristin Sallo)
Height/Weight:5'1" - 110lbs.

Representing from the great state of: New Jersey

Goal for the show: Winning

Best Feature on the body is: Back

Suits by: Caron Hospedales

What can people expect to see compared to your last show: Better condition.

Best part of competing in NYC: We live in New Jersey so our family can come to the show.


Men Bodybuilding:


Tim Martin

Name: Tim Martin

Height/Weight:5'9" - 198lbs.

Representing from the great state of: New Jersey

Goal for the show: Winning

Best Feature on the body is: Back

Suits by: Cynthia James

What can people expect to see compared to your last show: Bigger / Harder.

Best part of competing in NYC: Team U is the pinnacle of natural bodybuilding in my eyes.

Anything You Want To Share With The Peeps Reading This? My wife Kristin and I train and compete together.


NY Figure Pro


Lisa Schaerer-Maloy

Name: Lisa Schaerer-Maloy

Height: 5'7

Representing from the great state of: Las Vegas, NV

Goal for the show: Top 10 baby!

Best Feature on the body is: Abs

Suits by: CJ

What can people expect to see compared to your last show: Much softer flowing physique. Not so big and blocky.

Best part of competing in NYC: It's where I won my Pro Card. I LOVE NY!

Anything You Want To Share With The Peeps Reading This? I just wanted to wish every competitor Good Luck. To the girls that are making their Pro Debut, I look forward to seeing you again and meeting some of you for the first time! To the NPC gals... bring it on girls... we need some new Pros to welcome!


Ally Bookless

Name: Ally Bbookless

Height/Weight:5 foot 1 inch - 117 Lbs.

Representing from the great state of: Columbus, OH. I live now in White Plains, NY (where i am from and where my entire family is).

Goal for the show: Get good call outs... duh. No, really - I want to do the best that i can do. I am bringing a different. Look to NYC so we will see what the judges think this go round. After CA Pro Figure, I was advised to come in fuller so that is what we are doing. I have also spent alot of time changing around my presentation.

Best Feature on the body is: My shoulders. After the CA Pro Figure, I went back to World Gym and hammered those bad boyz hard. Davies had no mercy and I had trouble lifting my arms above my head after a shoulder workout. But it all paid off in the long run... I hope :)

Suits by: You will have to wait and see. I cannot give away all my secrets. I will tell you that I did not make them myself. I am not creative like that so I really appreciate the time and effort that goes into making them. Hell, I dont have the patience to thread that stupid needle to sew a button on a jacket.

What can people expect to see compared to your lasts how: Wow, she is fuller. Look at those shoulders. Man she has really been working on her posing and presentation. I like what I am seeing... those 1/4 turns are sassy. Go Ally go!

Best part of competing in NYC: NYC is where I got my pro card at Team Universe on that exact Stage in 2000. So, it is a lucky place for me. Plus, i am from there so I will hang with the Bookless Family after the show. What a better place to chow down after a show then NYC. My brother Tom always hooks me up with a new restaurant or kicking place to relax/celebrate.

Anything You Want To Share With The Peeps Reading This? First, if you are going to be at the show... Please yell for me. I need all the support I can get. Secondly, I am excited to go to NYC as a sponsored athlete. My first show ever... being sponsored. I hope to represent Legal Gear well and make them proud. How cool will that be :) Thanks legal gear!

Finally, I will get to hang with my kick ass web guy, so this trip is going to be a blast. Check out his stuff because his work is killer hot and everybody wants a piece of him. Liftstudios is where it is at ya'll. Can you say NYC pizza... my favorite and I'll be all over a slice comes saturday night. De-lish. Nothing quite like it:)


Chaundra Maria Tangi

Name: Chaundra Maria Tangi

Height: 5' 2"

Representing from the great state of: Colorado

Goal for the show: To continue to come in with an improved physique! (Top 5 would be awesome, but as long as I bring my best I'm a happy gal!)

Best Feature on the body is: The overall package - nothing in particular.

Suits by: Christine Marsh designs - She is the best!

What can people expect to see compared to your last show: I'm always working on adding muscle, which is a long and hard road, but also i'll be a little bit tighter than in California.

Best part of competing in NYC: Steve Stone is one of the best expediter's in the biz! They treat us pretty good out there.

Anything You Want To Share With The Peeps Reading This? Oh! Check out my new web site, and also know that I am now doing hair and make up for comeptitors. I have a few gals I am doing make-up for in NY, but would love to do more gals at the local level. I have an extensive background in theater and stage make-up and hair design.

  • Contest make-up only $40
  • Hair design begins at $40
  • $60 for both depending on length and design style

Thanks Isaac!

Unfortunately at the time of writing this there was no list available for the Figure competitors.

FIGURE COMPETITORS: Are you going to be competing at this show? E-mail Will @ will@bodybuilding.com with the following info:

  1. Answer to questions asked above
  2. Two photos

Also, check out Alissa Carpio's IFBB Southwest Women's Pro Cup: Women's Fitness Preview & Predictions.