I am a wife and mother first and an IFBB professional female body builder second.
I have always been very muscular and as a young dancer/cheerleader I despised it. I spent the majority of my adolescence uncomfortable in my own skin and went to great lengths to try and get rid of muscle. I was always striving to obtain that “perfect” dancers body. In my more mature years I have learned to embrace being muscular and working with it instead of against it. Life would be so boring if we all looked the same. I hope through my own journey I can help a few young girls learn to embrace being different and not trying to fit a mold.
My father (also a body builder) recognized my inner struggle. Knowing my competitive nature and drive he introduced me to the IRON. I’ve been head over heels in love ever since.
I competed in my first body building show in 2007. It was so exciting to be involved in a sport that embraced my muscularity. I obtained my IFBB pro card in 2014 winning the overall title at the USA’s in Las Vegas. This was also the same year that the IFBB decided to remove female body building from the Olympia. I had spent years trying to get my pro card with a goal to grace that prestigious Olympia stage. To say I was upset that this was no longer a possibility for me is a gross understatement.
Thankfully Wings of Strength stepped in and saved female body building. Giving women like myself a stage to stand on. I am so grateful to them for their endless efforts to keep female body building alive and thriving.
I am honored and so grateful to be a part of the Wings of Strength ambassador program this year. As of right now, I am busy preparing for the Chicago Pro show that will be held on July 6th 2019. Come out and support the amazing women of this sport and Wings of Strength. I’m looking forward to being back on stage and hope to see you all there.
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
Donna Williams Salib Aka “sis”
I am a happily married Coptic Orthodox Christian!
IFBB pro women’s bodybuilder
Live in USA
I began my journey in the fitness in 2006. As a single mother I knew it would take time, patience and Gods grace. I fought eating disorders as a teen and young adolescent. I wanted to be someone the youth could look up to and be inspired by. I wanted to influence the world and show it, despite the obstacles put in our way, that faith and hard work will result in achieving goals. I remember lifting concrete filled coffee cans with rebar that my dad had made and thinking one day I would be in the magazines like Lenda Murray and Rachel McLish. I started In figure in 2007 , to advanced to women’s bodybuilding in 2008. i won Kentucky muscle overall champ to go on to 2009 northern natural to win overall taking me to team universe and the national Stage experience with a less than favorable placing. I came home regrouped, changed coaches, and went back to work. 2012 I went to win overall in Indiana but knew I wasn’t ready for the national stage, and in 2015 my dream had been extinguished as the Ms Olympia no longer existed. I focused on strength training and competitive powerlifting to earn my Pro/elite status In the sport in 2013. I loved being able to compete with strong amazing women and challenge myself daily. I continued training diligently and was happy to hear that WOS was supporting women’s bodybuilding and bringing our division from the ashes . I was thrilled to know we had a platform to show case our artwork and share our love of the sport ! In 2017 I entered Kentucky state open, the only show in Kentucky to support women’s bodybuilding thanks to Gene Goode. This time I was using my husband as my coach and we won the overall title, that landed me at the North Americans three weeks later to earn my pro card with Ifbb.
I had the opportunity to meet the amazing team at WINGS OF STRENGTH at my pro debut at the 2018 Chicago Pro and I am so grateful for all they do for the athletes.
I served as a firefighter and paramedic up until 2010 and I have enjoyed being a personal trainer and strength coach since 2008. I currently serve as the event coordinator of Active Heroes Inc community center for our veterans. As a marines daughter, Air Force sister, and army mom, I am proud to work close with our veterans and military preventing suicides. ! I also stand at my husbands side as his valet in professional wrestling at OVW and enjoy the balance we have supporting one another’s dreams and ambitions. We make an awesome tag team there, and in anything we set out to do.
I love my huge family and my amazing husband , who have been so supportive on my journey. Gods blessings in my life are unmeasurable! The sky is the limit and love knows no boundaries!! Here is to an amazing future and making extraordinary memories!!
Competition History 2007 northern Ky figure – 5th place 2007 Tricky Jackson Classic figure – 3rd place 2008 Kentucky muscle overall
2009 northern natural overall winner 2009 Team universe – 8th place 2012 Midwest States overall winner 2017 Kentucky state/open overall winner 2017 North Americans overall winner – earned Pro Card 2018 Chicago Pro – 11th place 2018 Norfolk Pro 4th place 2019 Chicago Pro -9th place 2019 Norfolk Pro- 9th place
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Romania’s Oana Hreapca is a born athlete. “From the time I was 13 years old, “ she explains, “I was competing in sports like track and field – including javelin shotput and the hammer throw.”
As is common nowadays, she supplemented her sports work outs with sessions of strength training in the gym, concentrating on overall power movements like squats and bench presses,and the snatch . She met her future husband, who was a bodybuilding and weightlifting coach and soon began training for both Olympic and powerlifting herself. “I also did some bodybuilding training,” Oana says, “in order to keep the various different muscles of my body in balance.” At that time I did some rugby also ,but for short period.
Oana was about 22 years old when she decided to concentrate on bodybuilding to create a more aesthetic look, better shape, symmetry and proportion. In 2005 she started to focus totally on bodybuilding and the following year placed first in the Romanian National Bodybuilding Championships. “I’d been training hard for a long time,” Oana says, “so what I mostly had to learn at that point was contest dieting, which is very difficult and not like anything I’d had to do for previous athletic competition.”
Of course, winning as an amateur and then earning a pro card are two different things, and Oana explains this is especially difficult in Romania. After a few competitions for different federations, she came to the attention of Jake Wood and Wings of Strength. Jake encourage Oana to come to Chicago in 2017, where she won the Ms. International Contest and qualified to become an IFBB pro.
She then enter the Rising Phoenix in 2018, which she says was a real learning experience. “I was on stage with the best female bodybuilders in the world and seeing how good they were inspired me to work and train even harder in the future.
Oana says she realized at that point that she had to concentrate on coming in in the best possible conditioning, with better diet and more cardio. And to work on her weak points. “I’m always getting compliments on my abs and my calves. And that’s good because these are body parts difficult to improve unless you have the necessary genetics.” But she realizes that things like overall shape, symmetry and proportion and developing a better V-shape are things that can be improved by lots of hard work of the right kind.
“After years of weightlifting, I now concentrate on weight TRAINING – focusing on each movement, using strict technique with concentration and discipline. The weight doesn’t matter except for how it allows you to change and develop the muscles.” Plus, she realizes, when trying to grow off season, getting enough rest and recuperation can be almost as important as the time spent training in the gym to maximize results.”
Here is some of my competitive history
2006 – Romanian National Champ,\
2007 -Worlds WBFA -France -Menton-3rd place
2009-Worls NAC -Haga -Nederland -3rd place
2011-Worlds NAC-Luxemburg -2nd place
2012-WABBA Worlds -Padova -Italy -2nd place and second at pairs also.
-European WBPF -Timisoara -Romania-1st place
-NABBA Worlds -Ireland -1st place
2013-WABBA Worlds Budapest Hungary -2nd place
-European WBPF Kiev -Ukraine-1st place
WBPF Worlds Hungary- 2nd place
2014-WBPF European Kosovo-1st place
2015- WABBA Hercules Olympia Uk-1st place
2017 Chicago Pro, win Ms. International competition and earned pro card.
2017 competed at the biggest show in Rising Phoenix, one of my dreams come true, my first pro show .
2018 competed in Romanian Muscle Fest, qualifying for Rising Phoenix 2019,got 3rd place.
2019 5th place at Romania Muscle Show, Ms. Olympia qualifier.