Anastasia grew up in Philadelphia where she pursued track, soccer, and football throughout high school. An all around athlete, she got into weightlifting and the gym in college.
Upon graduating she moved to Georgia where she worked in state law enforcement for 3 years. During that time she joined a bodybuilding gym for the first time which was owned by a couple whom both competed. The wife competed in the women’s physique division and this was the first time Anastasia ever got to see first hand a woman with substantial muscle and she fell in love.
Eventually she decided to move to Tampa where her and her husband opened their own gym to serve those at all fitness levels.
When she first started competing, she entered the figure division and did very well. However her love of heavy weight and competitive nature caused her to eventually outgrow the figure division, so she moved up to women’s physique. Not too long after that, she outsized women’s physique as well and it was suggested she class up to women’s bodybuilding. At first unsure if she had enough size at her height (5’10) she decided she would make sure she had enough size to be competitive as a female bodybuilder, and the rest is history.
Anastasia is particularly passionate about using fitness to empower women, and works as a coach, giving back as much as she can to the people she works with. A competitor at heart, she loves competing in bodybuilding and also plays on a semi pro women’s tackle football team.
As a girl, Andrea Shaw was seriously into gymnastics and competitive cheer. She says that being athletic benefitted her both physically and mentally. She loved it! Her mother is a nurse and formerly a personal trainer, and she encouraged Andrea’s athletic ambitions. In fact, it was her mother who first got her to start working out at Powerhouse Gym. Her mom’s training partner was a female bodybuilder and she began giving Andrea guidance on muscle building exercises when she was 17 years old.
“I had no desire to be a bodybuilder back then,” recalls Andrea, “I wanted to be a fashion model, but at 5’5” I wasn’t tall enough. As Andrea continued her training in the gym she recalled coming across a fitness magazine and stated, “I came across Oxygen Magazine and saw it was full of athletic fitness and sports models. So then that became my ambition.”
But Andrea is one of those women whose body started to respond quickly to resistance training and once she started intense weight training, soon people were asking her if she competed in muscle contests and if not, why not. She didn’t see herself as having enough size and development to compete with the female bodybuilders she saw in the magazines but she liked the look of the figure competitors. So in 2008 she entered her first figure contest and placed third. “My problems was,” she recalled, “I had more muscle mass than the division called for.” She entered another and higher level figure event and placed 4th. But she still didn’t feel she was on the right path.
Andrea took a pause of about 8 years from competing, during which time she attended college, earning a BA in exercise and sports science and she continued to refine her resistance training. Then she decided to resume competing, and Andrea decided to switch to physique, entering a show in May of 2016, placing 4th. “I felt much more comfortable in physique,” she says, “and in 2018 I entered five shows, earning my pro card at the NPC Nationals.”
But Andrea soon found she was not only too developed for figure, but for physique as well. She competed in pro physique at the Toronto Pro in 2019. At that contest she had an awakening. She spoke to one of the judges, to Lenda Murray and Alina Popa and they all told her she looked more like a bodybuilder than a physique competitor and she ought to consider changing divisions.
So she entered the 2019 Chicago Pro as a bodybuilder, placing second by 1 point to the incredible Aleesha Young. She knew she had obviously made the right decision.
Andrea says being a bodybuilder has been a tremendous relief. She no longer had to hold back and restrain her muscular development. She could diet for maximum hardness and definition without fear of going “too far” for the judges. Finally, she felt she was where she belonged. “My legs, in particular, were just too big,” she says, “I tried over time to make them smaller, but nothing worked. Getting into bodybuilding allowed me to create a better balance by further developing my upper body rather than reducing my legs.”
“I was particularly happy to be in bodybuilding because of Jake Wood and Wings of Strength. Until the involvement of WOS bodybuilding there seemed to be no future in pro female bodybuilding. No place to compete and nowhere to go, but thankfully Jake has changed all of that.”
March 2008 – Karen Zaremba Classic – placed 3rd in Open Figure
July 2008 – Michigan Natural Championships – placed 4th in Open Figure
May 2016 – John Simmons Championships – placed 4th in Open Women’s Physique
March 2018 – Ohio Natural Championship – placed 2nd in Open Women’s Physique
May 2018 – John Simmons Championship – placed 1st & Overall in Open Women’s Physique
August 2018 – Lenda Murray Detroit Classic – placed 1st & Overall in Open Women’s Physique
August 2018 – North Americans – placed 3rd in Open Women’s Physique
November 2018 – Nationals- placed 2nd in Women’s Physique
June 2019 – Toronto Pro – placed 11th in Women’s Physique
July 2019 – Chicago Pro- placed 2nd in Women’s Bodybuilding
September 2019 – Rising Phoenix World Championship – placed 7th in Women’s Bodybuilding
July 2020 – Omaha Pro – placed 1st in Women’s Bodybuilding
December 2020 – Rising Phoenix World Championship – placed 1st
December 2020 – Mr Olympia – placed 1st in Women’s Bodybuilding winning Ms Olympia title
December 2021 – Rising Phoenix World Championship – placed 1st
December 2021 – Mr Olympia – placed 1st in Women’s Bodybuilding winning Ms Olympia title
Asha Hadley started weight training when she was in high school in Miami, where she also played softball and volleyball. After attending the University of Florida, she ran long distance and began competing in figure in 2011 when she was in her early thirties. But she quickly realized she was putting on too much muscle for the division, moved up to women’s physique, and turned pro at Nationals in 2012. For the next few years she competed regularly as a physique pro and, after relocating from Miami to Houston, made her Olympia debut in 2016 and placed ninth.
After that, Asha decided to take a break from competing, during which time she ran marathons. In 2020 she decided to make a comeback – but as a female bodybuilder. She realized she had now outgrown women’s physique and was excited by the way that Wings of Strength was marketing women’s bodybuilding – including, of course, bringing it back to the Olympia. She quickly put the size back on that she had lost during her four years off. At 5-foot-7 and at 171 pounds onstage, she won the Savannah Pro on her debut as a female bodybuilder and later that year placed seventh at the Ms. Olympia.
Now that she is a female bodybuilder, Asha no longer has to hold back in the gym. Known for her incredible delts and abs, she is now focused on putting on more size, especially in her quads and biceps. Looking back, she says moving up to women’s bodybuilding was “the best choice I ever made”. “I trained my ass off to fit that physique body that they wanted,” she says. “I was dieting really hard, cardio was crazy, and it was really stifling the natural progress. Now I’m a bodybuilder, I’m able to lift heavy, which I like to, and it allows me to grow naturally.”
2011 Florida Gold Cup, figure class E, 1st place
2011 NPC National Championship, figure
2012 Team Universe, figure
2012 Southern States, women’s physique class B, 2nd place
2012 USA Nation Championship, women’s physique class D, 3rd place
2012 NPC National Championship, women’s physique class D, 1st place
2013 IFBB Europa Show of Champions, women’s physique, 9th place
2013 New York Pro, women’s physique, 16th place
2013 Greater Gulf States Pro, women’s physique, 12th place
2014 Optimum Classic, women’s physique, 12th place
2014 Tampa Pro, women’s physique, 5th place
2014 Europa Games, Phoenix, women’s physique, 8th place
2015 Europa Super Show: Dallas, women’s physique, 6th place
2015 Wings of Strength Chicago Pro, women’s physique, 16th place
2015 Wings of Strength Tampa Pro, women’s physique, 16th place
2015 Wings of Strength Texas Pro, women’s physique, 14th place
2016 New York Pro, women’s physique, 2nd place
2016 Optimum Classic, women’s physique, 1st place
2016 Olympia Women’s Physique Showdown, 9th place
2020 Lenda Murray Savannah Pro, women’s bodybuilding, 1st place
2020 Ms. Olympia, women’s bodybuilding, 7th place
2021 Rising Phoenix – 6th place
CHRISTINA BRYANT BIO
There seems to be two extremes of how the body processes food. At one extreme, there are bodies that primary turn food into energy. At the other, physiques that primarily use food to create mass. People with the first type of metabolism have a great deal of trouble gaining weight. Those with the other gain weight very easily.
Weight in the form of fat or by building muscle.
Christina Bryant has one of those “mass creating” types of metabolism.
“I was very heavy as a young girl,” she explains. “At 5’ 2” I got up to 270 pounds. Much of the reason for this is I’m a country girl from Alabama and I grew up eating a lot of very fattening food. That’s just part of the culture. It wasn’t until I discovered training and dieting like a bodybuilder that I developed the knowledge and discipline to get my eating under control and to lose body fat and gain aesthetic muscle.”
“Chrissy” Bryant admits she was never an athlete as a youngster. In her late 20s, divorced and overweight, she met a bodybuilding couple who agreed to help her learn her way around a gym. Under their guidance regarding training an diet, she was surprised when her weight dropped unexpectedly from 270 to 180 in a relatively short time.
She was also pleased at how quickly her gym training started to pay off and she started to develop a remarkable amount of muscle. As her body developed, so did her focus and motivation and Chrissy found her life beginning to revolve around the gym and her muscle -building efforts. She hooked up with a coach or two, but mostly she says she paid attention to her body and began to learn what approach to training produced the best results for her.
“I’ve read that Ronnie Coleman was known for lifting very heavy weight for fairly high reps,” she explains, “I try to do the same thing. I like a weight that will challenge me for each rep and I also try to keep my reps fairly high in a set. That’s what makes me feel best, and it seems to be what my body needs in order to achieve maximum results.”
As has happened to many a promising young muscle competitor, Chrissy’s physical development caused those round her to ask if she were planning to compete. And this helped motivate her to decide to do just that.
In 2017, she entered the Lee Haney games in physique and placed 3rd. This level of success, right off the bat, for a former fat girl, was highly motivating. Freshly energized, Chrissy signed up for physique in the 2017 Border Klash, finishing a respectable 4th.
“I felt great on stage in competition,” she says “and I became more and more determined to improve my physique and diet and win a title.”
Chrissy made good on her determination the very next year going back to the Lee Haney games in 2018 and winning the overall title in physique. She capped that off by entering the NPC Jr. Nationals, a contest very high on the food chain, winning first place in physique and earning her IFBB pro card. In 2020, Christina made her Pro debut in WPD at the illustrious Chicago Pro placing 3rd. In 2021 with her body still being eager to grow Christina Placed 5th at both the Omaha Pro and Tampa Pro. Both shows were met with the critiques of WBB should be your knew home.
“I don’t want to set any limits on how much I can develop my physique,” so I have decided to switch to competing in pro bodybuilding. But I also want to be a role model for girls and young women with weight problems like I had. I want them to know there is a method and a system that gives you far more control of your weight and your body composition than you might realize exists. That method is bodybuilding, not necessarily as a sport, but as the most effective approach to exercise and diet ever developed.”
2017 Lee Haney Games 3rd place WPD
2017 Border Klash 4th place WPD
2018 Lee Haney Games OVERALL WINNER WPD
2019 Jr Nationals 1st place and IFBB PRO Card
2020 Chicago Pro 3rd Place pro Debut WPD
2021 Omaha Pro 5th Place WPD
2021 Tampa Pro 5th Place WPD
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