If Adela Garcia wins the title this year, she will be the first fitness competitor in history to hold the title 5 times. For the last few years she has been battling it out with fellow fitness competitor and crowd favorite Tanji Johnson.
Recently at the Flex Pro, Tanji's routine suffered due to an injury, which left the door wide open for rising star Oksana Grishina to take second place. Mighty Myriam Capes never fails to deliver an extremely entertaining and well-choreographed routine. With her always improving symmetry she is looking to stand out and fight for one of those top three places. Julie Palmer is making her big comeback of the year after having her baby boy 13 months ago.
This morning the ladies stepped on stage for the physique round. The judges immediately called for Adela Garcia, Tanji Johnson, Camala Rodriguez, Bethany Cisternino and Oksana Grishina to take center stage. It's amazing to see all these beautiful ladies together on stage standing side by side. Adela's conditioning and symmetry stood out instantly. Not a lot of movement was called from the judges during this call out. Here are a few highlights from some of the athletes.
Bethany Cisternino shined on stage. She was lean and had a well-rounded physique complemented by her tiny waist. She continues to improve her rankings in the fitness world. Based on the physique round she is sure to have a spot in the top-5. She always has an entertaining and well-choreographed routine, so tonight's performance should solidify her placing.
Camala Rodriguez is another competitor who was consistent with her presentation round. She was absolutely stunning with her beautiful smile and proportional physique. She is looking to sneak into the top three spots at this year's Arnold.
Tina Durkin's tiny waist and again extremely well-rounded physique landed her in the first call-out. She is poised, with her stunning smile and graceful posing. This, along with her competitive routine, should land her in the top-5.
Oksana Grishina is one who is extremely consistent with her physique. With her stunning beauty, lean and very symmetrical physique she is one who I can say I am finally glad to see called in the first round. She has been overlooked for way too long. It's her time to shine.
Tanji Johnson's stage presence is undeniable. She is a shining star and the crowd loves her. Me included! She is such an amazingly beautiful person and her physique is just as beautiful. She was noticeably tighter and leaner than at the Flex Pro a few weeks ago. Tonight shall prove to be interesting for her since she will unveil a new routine.
It's important to note that the ladies were judged for the physique portion of the show. They have yet to perform their routines, which are about 2/3 of their final scores. So a lot can change tonight when they hit the stage at Veteran's Memorial for the finals.