Ambassadors

Erika Dankova

Growing up in Slovakia, Erika Danková thought muscle was cool. Her dad was a bodybuilding fan and at home they had magazines and posters and would watch Pumping Iron together. When she was 12 years old, her family moved to Sarasota, Florida, and she joined a gym. “I went straight to the Hammer Strength machines as opposed to the treadmills!” she says. She joined her high school’s powerlifting team and began lifting heavier. At the time, she struggled with eating disorders. But when she started eating more, she started to see changes in her body.

After Erika attended a show at the age of 16, she decided she wanted to compete in women’s physique. But at 5-foot-11, putting on enough size was always a challenge. “I needed time to fill out my frame,” she says. “It just takes so much longer.” After several years of working hard to add mass, especially in her upper body, she competed for the first time at the age of 21 in 2017. Over the next couple of years, she did two more shows as a women’s physique competitor. But after talking to Alina Popa, who told her she had enough size to compete in women’s bodybuilding, she decided to move up.

Erika planned to make her debut as a female bodybuilder in 2020, but the shows she planned to do were cancelled or postponed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Still only 25 years old and now living in Las Vegas, she plans to compete at the Wings Ms. International at the Chicago Pro in July, where she hopes to win her pro card. She got up to around 185 pounds during her offseason, but says she ultimately wants to be a lot bigger. “I’ve been wanting to hit 200 pounds since I was 17!” she says. She has a quote from Arnold tattooed on her left forearm: “The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else.”

Contest history:

2021 Chicago Pro – 16th place

2021 NPC Wings of Strength Ms International – 1st place heavyweight

2021 NPC Lenda Murray Classic – 2nd place
2019 Dexter Jackson Classic, physique class B – 1st place
2018 Naples Classic, physique class B – 1st place
2017 Southeastern USA, physique – 3rd place

Helle Trevino

Helle Trevino (formerly Nielsen) is a Danish/American professional female bodybuilder. She is the 2017 Ms Rising Phoenix and the highest-ranked Dane on the International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness (IFBB) Pro Women’s Bodybuilding Ranking List (as Helle Nielsen).

Helle Trevino (born Helle Nielsen) was born and raised in rural Sønderborg, Denmark. She grew up on a farm. She majored in English and German in college. After that she continued her way into the fitness industry where she took a number of exams within the nutrition & training field.

Bodybuilding career

Amateur

Trevino was a gymnast from the age of 3 and competed in various other sports, including ballroom dancing, swimming, track and field, shot put, martial arts, horse-riding, boxing, biking, ballet and yoga. When Trevino was 17, she joined a gym and started training seven days a week. When she started, she had weighed 128 lb (58 kg) and within a year of training she had added 29 lb (13 kg). She said on her Web site that she quickly realized she had great genetics for bodybuilding.

She later started competing. She attended the Danish Championships in Herning. At the age of 22 she won in the heavyweight and overall categories at the Danish Nationals in 1998, her first show. She also won the overall and heavyweight title at the Scandinavian Championships in the same year. In 1999 she competed at the World Championships in Australia.

Professional

2003-2010

Trevino became the first professional female bodybuilder from Denmark since Lisser Frost-Larsen, who had last competed in 1984. In her pro debut, she won the heavyweight and overall at the Jan Tana Classic. A few months later, she placed fifth in the heavyweights at the Ms. Olympia.

From 2011

After spending a few years building up her personal training business, Trevino in 2011 won the FIBO pro show and placed 11th at the 2011 Ms. Olympia. The following year she placed 12th in the Ms. Olympia competition, where. In 2012, she moved from Denmark to California, to train at the Gold’s Gym in Venice.

Contest history

1998 Danish Championships – 1st (HW and Overall)

1998 Scandinavian Championships – 1st (HW and Overall)

1999 World Amateur Championships – 10st (HW)

2003 IFBB Jan Tana Classic – 1st (HW and Overall)

2003 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 5th (HW)

2011 IFBB FIBO Power Pro Germany – 1st

2011 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 14th

2012 IFBB Europa Battle of Champions Hartford – 9th

2012 IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro-Am Extravaganza – 2nd

2012 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 12th

2013 IFBB PBW Tampa Pro – 5th

2014 IFBB Omaha Pro – 7th

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro – 1st

2015 Rising Phoenix World Championships – 2nd

2016 Rising Phoenix World Championships – 4th

2017 Rising Phoenix World Championships – 1st

2018 Rising Phoenix World Championships – 5th

2019 IFBB Tampa Pro – 1st

2019 Rising Phoenix World Championships – 1st

2020 Rising Phoenix World Championships – 2nd

2020 Mr Olympia – 3rd

2021 Rising Phoenix World Championships – 2nd

2021 Mr Olympia – 2nd

As of 2014, Trevino lived in Los Angeles, California and worked as a personal trainer in Venice, California. She speaks Danish, English, and German. She worked as a caretaker of disabled people for 15 years. In 2008, she became the CEO & Founder of the company Team Evolution.

Irene Andersen

Women bodybuilders have revolutionized our ideas about the nature of the female physique and its ability to develop muscle and muscularity.  Irene Andersen has been a part of this revolution and also taught us something about the aging process.

Irene is one of the best female bodybuilders competing for Jake Wood and Wings of Strength.  She is also 53 years old.

“I first started working out in a gym when I was 15 years old,” says Irene.  “I benefit from both muscle memory and muscle maturity.  I’ve been training consistently for so  long my body considers this degree of development to be ‘normal.’”

Science also tells us that when a bodybuilder continue to train hard for this length of time, it actually changes which genes are turned on or off.  Not the genome itself, but it’s expression.  This is one reason why bodybuilders, both female and male, peak at older ages than many other athletes.

Irene was a serious athlete as a girl, long before she discovered bodybuilding.  She began studying and competing in martial arts, including judo and kickboxing, when she was nine years old.  Some years later, she had a friend with a gym, and she started weight training – and she both liked it and her body responded quickly.

“I’d always been muscular,” Irene recalls, “so I was what people call a fast gainer.”

Irene turned eighteen in 1984 and one of her inspirations was Bev Francis.  She saw the movie Pumping Iron IIand Bev became a role model, because Irene realized she had a body more like Bev’s and didn’t have the kind of slender aesthetics of somebody like Rachel McLish.  But although many urged her to compete, it wasn’t until 2003 that Irene entered a show. One reason for this long delay was she gave birth to three children in the 1990s.  But she never stopped training.

Irene went back to kickboxing in 1999 before focusing on bodybuilding in 2003.  She then proceeded to win pretty much every female bodybuilding contest in Sweden.  She set her sights on turning pro but this involved a complex process – winning the Swedish Championship, the Nordic Championship, the European Championship and top 3 in the World Championship. But since she had already beaten all the serious competition in Sweden , the Swedish Federation decided to simply grant her a pro card.

One of Irene’s great inspirations is 8 Time Ms. Olympia Lenda Murray.  She admires Lenda, not only for her outstanding physique and competition success, but the classy way she has continued to represent and promote bodybuilding for women since she retired from competition.

Her first pro show was in 2006 and Irene has been competing as an IFBB pro, and then for Wings of Strength, ever since.

But in the meantime Irene Andersen accomplished something remarkable.  There have been documentaries of one sort or another on bodybuilding for women since the beginning.  Some, like Pumping Iron II, have been simply flawed.  Many others, produced by people with no knowledge or experience of this sport, just repeated the same simplistic story over and over.  But 2016 saw the release of the documentary movie Too Big For The World, in which Irene starred and helped produce.  This is the first documentary that actually examines what female bodybuilding is like with both some degree of depth and accuracy.

“Even though I am in my fifties,” says Irene, “I don’t feel I am slowing down.  I am looking forward to the Rising Phoenix and the Ms. Olympia.  And I am very happy with the reception Too Big For The World has received.  Bodybuilding for women is truly ‘Something New Under The Sun’ and I look forward to more people coming to understand and appreciate what female bodybuilders have accomplished.”

 

2003 Luciapokalen 1

2004 Swedish Championship qualifies 1

2004 Swedish Championship

Senior 1

Veteran 1

Couple 4

Overall title

Rookie of the year

2004 Lucia Classic 1

2005 -none

2006 Atlantic City Pro 18

2007 Sacramento Pro 7

2007 Jan Tana Classic 4

2007 Atlantic City Pro 15

2008 Tampa Pro 15

2008 Europa Supershow Dallas 4

2008 Atlantic City Pro 12

2009 IFBB New York 16

2009 Tampa Pro 10

2010 Tampa Pro 18

2010 Europa Hartford Battle of Champions 16

2011 Europa Hartford Battle of Champions 16

2012 Tampa Pro 16

2013 Tampa Pro

2014 -none

2015 Omaha 9

2015 Chicago 7

2015 Rising Phoenix 14

2016 Tampa Pro 7

2016 Rising Phoenix 8

2017 Puerto Rico 3

2017 Omaha 5

2017 Toronto 6

2017 Rising Phoenix 13

2018 Norfolk 7

2018 Tampa Pro 8

2018 Romania 4

2019 Toronto 4

2019 Puerto Rico 6

2019 Tampa Pro 8

2019 Rising Phoenix 3

2020 Rising Phoenix 5

2020 Mr Olympia 5

2021 Rising Phoenix 12

2021 Mr Olympia 5

 

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Janeen Lankowski

Some of the best bodybuilders are lifetime athletes.  Take Janeen Lankowski, who started gymnastics at the advanced age of 2 ½.  She did very well at the sport and in 1988 was slated to go to the Olympics for Canada.  Unfortunately, she suffered an ankle injury and that didn’t happen.  It is an unhappy fact that there are always risks encountered by athletes engaged in really intense sports activities.

 

“Training in the gym at age 14 was part of my rehab program,” Janeen says.  “I was already very muscular so when I started working with weights my physique began to develop very quickly.”

 

Janeen spent several years muscle building in the gym and then, as a competitive athlete, began thinking about bodybuilding contests.  But an auto accident in 1999 forced her to put that ambition on hold for a few years.

 

Janeen finally began competing in bodybuilding in Canada in 2003 and continued by eventually entering 14 national competitions.  Her gymnastics background gave her an advantage in winning best poser awards.

 

She competed as a bodybuilder in a number of contests but at a certain point competition for female bodybuilding seems to be fading away, so she was advised by a judge to switch to physique.

 

“It made sense at the time,” says Janeen.  But when Jake Wood and Wings of Strength got involved bodybuilding for women went through a radical rebirth and I decided to get back to competing in that category.”

 

In the middle of her bodybuilding career, Janeen suffered another injury – a triceps tear in 2018 that required surgey.   Again, she worked very hard at rehabilitation and was able to achieve a complete recovery.  In fact, she developed a posing routine in which she deliberately demonstrated to the judges she wasn’t suffering from any muscle weaknesses.

 

On the subject of posing, Janeen thinks that many women bodybuilders – and men as well – do not take enough advantage of the fact that your posing routine allows you to draw attention of the judges to the best qualities of your physique and potentially raise you scores.  “Bodybuilding posing should not be about dancing around on stage,” Janeen believes. “It is still about presenting your physique. If you don’t hit and hold your poses, keep dancing around on stage or you simply do compulsory poses the judges have already seen you aren’t going to do anything to improve your scoring.”

 

Janeen’s advice regarding posing routines is that you need to work with a coach or a video camera and try to come up with poses and transitions that are other than the most expected ones.  When the judges or audience see something new, they tend to pay more attention.  “Once you have a routine,” she adds, “the idea is to practice, practice, practice.  You need to deeply imbed these movements in your muscle memory so that you execute them with grace and aesthetics.”

 

 

CONTEST HISTORY PRO

Shows – IFBB PRO in USA/Canada

2021 Mr Olympia – 8th Bodybuilding

2021 IFBB Rising Phoenix World Chamiponships  – 7th Bodybuilding

2021 IFBB Savannah Pro – 2nd Bodybuilding

2021 IFBB Tampa Pro – 3rd Bodybuilding

2021 IFBB Norfolk Pro – 2nd Bodybuilding

2020 Mr Olympia – 15th Bodybuilding

2020 IFBB Rising Phoenix World Championship – 10th Bodybuilding

2020 IFBB New York Pro – 4th Bodybuilding

2020 IFBB Savannah Pro – 9th Bodybuilding

2020 IFBB Tampa Pro – 2nd Bodybuilding

2019 Power and Grace Olympia WOS* – *Best Poser

2019 IFBB Rising Phoenix World Championship* – 8th Bodybuilding
*2nd Best Poser

2019 IFBB Tampa Pro* – 3rd Bodybuilding 

*Best Poser

2019 IFBB Norfolk – 2nd Bodybuilding
*Best Poser
2017 IFBB Rising Phoenix Pro – 10th in Bodybuilding
2017 IFBB Tampa Pro* – 7th in Bodybuilding
*Best Poser

2016 IFBB Tampa Pro – 8th in Bodybuilding
2016 IFBB New York Pro – 16th in Physique
2015 IFBB Ferrigno Legacy Pro – 16th in Physique
2015 IFBB Tampa Pro – 10th in Masters Physique, 16th in Physique Open
2015 IFBB Mile High Pro – 13th in Physique
2015 IFBB Europa Orlando Pro – 14th in Physique
2014 IFBB Tampa Pro – 16th in Bodybuilding
2014 IFBB Chicago Pro – 13th in Bodybuilding
2013 IFBB Toronto Pro – 13th in Bodybuilding
2012 IFBB Tampa Pro – 3rd in Bodybuilding
2012 IFBB Toronto Pro – 6th in Bodybuilding

 

 

Shows – Canada (2003-2011) Amateur

 

COMPETITION HISTORY IN BODYBUILDING

 

2011 IFBB North American* – Overall Masters Bodybuilding Champion – 1st in Masters Heavyweight
*Awarded IFBB Pro card

2010 CBBF Canadian Nationals – 3rd in Heavyweight
2010 CBBF Canadian Masters Nationals – 2nd in Heavyweight
2009 CBBF Canadian Nationals – 6th in Heavyweight
2009 IFBB North American – 4th in Light Heavyweight, 9th in Masters Heavyweight
2008 CBBF Canadian Nationals – 7th in Heavyweight
2008 IFBB North American – 5th in Heavyweight
2007 CBBF Canadian Nationals – 2nd in Heavyweight
2006 CBBF Canadian Nationals – 3rd  in Heavyweight
2005 CBBF Canadian Nationals* – 2nd in Middleweight
*Best Poser award
2004 OPA Ontario Provincial – Overall Bodybuilding Champion, 1st in Middleweight
2003 OPA Western Ontario – 1st in Lightweight
*Best Poser award
2003 OPA Brantford – 2nd in Lightweight

CONTACT INFO

 

Websites

 

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