Born: September 5, 1977
Location: Portland, OR USA
Off-Season Weight: 195-200lbs
Competition Weight: 155-165lbs
Hi – my name is Jessi Martin. In 2012, I wanted to find a way to lose a little weight and find some stress relief from my day job. As a result, I joined a local gym. What I found in that gym was a whole lot more than what I came looking for. With no athletic background, I discovered how incredible it felt to get moving, sweat, achieve goals and gain strength I never thought possible. After the first year, I lost over 80lbs and gained confidence, strength and a passion for bodybuilding.
I love bodybuilding because it has transformed me both inside and out. It has given me the most priceless gift: confidence in myself. Bodybuilding is the foundation for how I live my life. The principles I’ve learned in bodybuilding (things like patience, consistency, discipline, and grit) I apply in all areas of my life, as a mom, boss, sister and employee.
In 2018 I attended the Wings of Strength Rising Phoenix / Arizona Pro as a spectator. It was such an exciting event that showcased incredibly hard working and amazing women. After that, I knew I wanted to compete on the big stage with the best of the best. So, I set my plan in action in the hopes of qualifying. In May of 2019 I competed in the Puerto Rico Pro and thrillingly, yet unexpectedly, took first place. Because it was my first contest in the bodybuilding division, I wasn’t sure where I stacked up with some of the most seasoned athletes. Winning was of course an awesome experience. However, getting to meet some of the women that have and continue to inspire me was truly the “cherry on top.” I enjoy being a role model for other women, encouraging them to find their inner – and outer – strength, power and confidence through bodybuilding.
This year, I was ecstatic to find out I was selected as a Wings of Strength Ambassador. It gives me the opportunity to not only be a part of an organization that supports women’s bodybuilding, but also contribute to this sport in a way that is larger than just myself. The mission of Wings of Strength aligns with my personal values. Bodybuilding for everybody. People like me. People who start out needing to lose weight. People who have regular day jobs. People who have families to raise. People who have fitness goals. People who are passionate about this sport!
A sincere thank you to the Wings of Strength organization, my family, friends and fans for your support of me personally and for keeping bodybuilding for everybody!
Xoxoxo – Jessi
Competitive record – IFBB
2019 Rising Phoenix World Championships
2019 Puerto Rico Pro – 1st Place
2017 San Antonio Pro
2017 Arctic Pro – 3rd Place Women’s Physique
Competitive record – npc
2016 USA’s Las Vegas – 1st Place and Overall WPD
2016 Pacific Coast Championships – 1st Place and Overall WPD
2015 Emerald Cup – 5th Place Open Figure, 3rd Place Masters Figure
2014 Seven Feathers – 1st Place Open Figure,1st Place Masters Figure
2014 Oregon Ironman – 2nd Place Open Figure, 3rd Place Masters Figure
2014 Vancouver Natural – 1st Place and Overall Masters Figure
2014 Oregon State Championships – 3rd Place Open Figure, 3rd Place Masters Figure
2013 Northwest Championships – 2nd Place Open Figure, 2nd Place Masters Figure
2013 Seven Feathers – 4th Place Open Figure, 5th Place Masters Figure
Kim Buck’s journey started at a young age. She began her research on how to train the body for strength and agility along with how to be efficient on how to choose the right foods to eat while in high school. After playing basketball, softball and running track all through her school age years she decided because of the love of lifting weights she wanted to be a professional bodybuilder. The dream of becoming an IFBB pro almost didn’t happen due to a very bad car accident. The injuries from the accident was very life changing. Fortunately, all the research she did earlier was definitely put to use at this time and she was able to rehab herself by using old fashion basic bodybuilding training. That’s really how she knew that thru dedication and discipline from being an “Army brat” that her dream would eventually come true
After moving to Georgia in 1997, her very first show she competed in was the NPC Georgia State competition in 1998. She continued on to do a few more NPC shows locally in Georgia before deciding shortly thereafter to take a chance on a national stage. The stars were aligned in 2006 because Kim pulled off a win at her first National show. To show her love and support for the sport she showed how much she really loved bodybuilding by entering her first pro bodybuilding show in Texas a month after her pro win. Even when there was a threat to women’s bodybuilding she consistently competed several times a year to help keep the women on the stage. So when Wings of Strength stepped up and save the women’s bodybuilding category her prayers was truly answered. Wings of Strength made it possible for her to compete in the Romania Musclefest in 2019. That was her first time in her career to be able to compete overseas. That is definitely labeled as one of her most favorite and memorable experience in the sport.
Kim has many talents. She used to own and operate a nail salon and that’s how she realized she was also a very creative person. Being a nail technician she advanced her career by teaching herself how to paint pictures in miniature size by hand painting or airbrushing free hand on fingernails. She had clients that would travel for miles to come get a masterpiece painted on their nails. Unfortunately, due to be daily inhalation of the chemicals her doctor recommended she leave the business or deal with serious respiratory issues in the future. That when her love for making clothes was born. Kim’s daily life consist of her being an athlete and a seamstress/clothing designer. Not only does she create and make competition suits but, she can design an sew female and male clothing of all types. Not giving up and following her dreams in bodybuilding has enabled her to not only be a truly dedicated bodybuilder but she has also been able to meet some the best athletes and build really good friendships with people all over the world.
2006 Europa Super Show 9th Place
2007 Jan Tana Classic 3rd Place Heavyweight
2008 New York Pro 14th Place
2009 IFBB New York Pro 10th Place
2011 Tampa Pro 7th Place
2011 IFBB Hartford, CT Europa 1st Place
2011 IFBB Olympia 11th Place
2012 IFBB Toronto Pro 2nd Place
2012 IFBB Olympia 10th Place
2012 IFBB Arnold Classic 5th Place
2013 Arnold Classic 7th Place
2014 Chicago Pro 7th Place
2014 PBW Championship Tampa Pro 8th Place
2014 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Masters 1st Place and Overall Winner
2015 Wings of Strength Tampa Pro 13th Place
2016 Wings of Strength Puerto Rico Pro 1st Place
2016 Wings of Strength Rising Phoenix 5th Place
2017 Toronto Pro 1st Place
2017 Wings of Strength Rising Phoenix 7th Place
2018 Lenda Murray Classic 5th Place
2018 Wings of Strength Tampa Pro 5th Place
Parents of young children who are particularly physically energetic often get them involved in some sort of exercise activity very early on. Kristina Nicole Mendoza was just such a young girl – a dynamo of youthful energy – and she began gymnastics training at age five. “I was in constant action as a young girl,” Kristina says. “Fortunately, gymnastics gave me an outlet for all my excess energy.”
Growing up in Florida, Kristina later got into competitive dance and cheerleading. Both very athletically demanding, she emphasizes. The only problem, she reveals, was the size of her legs. “My legs have always been very muscular and developed,” says Kristina. “Too much so for a dancer or cheerleader.” Ms. Olympia Lenda Murray also had the same “problem” – although with both women what was a problem in one context became decided genetic advantage later on.
After getting out of high school, no longer involved in athletic competition, Kristina found herself starting to gain weight and joined a gym to help her stay in shape. “Working out in the gym, including muscle training, I started to get comments on my physique,” Kristina recalls, “from people who kept asking if I planned to enter some kind of muscle competition. So back in 2012, after seeing my first bodybuilding competition, I decided that is exactly what I would like to do.” Kristina’s first contest was the physique class at the 2016 Dayana Cadeau Classic – where she placed second
“I was thrilled to do so well right at the beginning,” Kristina says. “But the criticism I got was generally that my legs were too big. About that point I started working with a new coach who told me I was in the wrong category, that I looked more like a bodybuilder than a physique competitor. So I decided to change categories.”
Kristina had been somewhat frustrated to this point because, instead of going all out in her workouts, she had been having to hold back. She has been concentrating on making her legs smaller, not maximizing their development. As a bodybuilder, she found this was no longer necessary. She placed third at the 2017 NPC in bodybuilding, but points out she only decided to compete in bodybuilding two weeks before the event, hardly time to make major changes in her physique. A few months later she went to the NPC Nationals, finishing fourth.
“It was at the Nationals that I met Jake Wood and Alina Popa, who asked me to join Wings of Strength as an Ambassador. The interest they showed in me was a great motivator and make me even more determined so succeed as a bodybuilder.”
In 2018 I placed second in the Ms. International Classic (hosted with the Chicago Pro event) “I was making progress, but I spent the next year working on what I felt were my weak points and concentrating on aesthetic qualities like symmetry and proportion. When I came back to the Arnold in 2019 I placed first / Overall in Ms. International Classic earning my Pro card
Kristina is 5’ 5” and her contest weight is about 160 pounds. She is determined to eventually be a world champion but she knows “muscle maturity” is a factor. “Champion bodybuilders, both male and female, can keep getting better as they mature, right up through their 40s. I’m only 28, so I have plenty of time ahead of me to develop and improve. It is just a matter of being patient and maintaining discipline. And those are things I’m determined to focus on.”
KRISTINA NICOLE MENDOZA
2017 – Dayana Cadeau Classic
2017 : Pro Qualifier
USA’s Physique – Third
National’s Bodybuilding – Fourth
2018 : Pro Qualifier
Miss International Classic Bodybuilding- Second place
2019 : Pro Qualifier
Miss International Classic Bodybuilding – Overall Winner
Earned Pro Card
Rising Phoenix Bodybuilding : Pro Debut
Instagram : @krristinanicole
MayLa Ash was a hyperactive child who did all kinds of sports from gymnastics to volleyball. Her greatest love was track and field, in which she started competing in the fourth grade. MayLa became an elite competitive power sprinter winning local and regional competitions. In 1984 she won the bronze medal in the 400 meters at the Junior Olympics. She continued her successful track career through high school and into college. Ultimately her performance against the best runners in the nation, along with her longstanding collegiate track records, resulted in MayLa getting inducted into the Western Illinois University Athletic Hall of Fame.
A torn ACL and a damaged meniscus forced MayLa to retire from competitive running, she but soon discovered a new passion. After attending the 2012 Dallas Europa, she became fascinated with the world of bodybuilding. She entered her first figure competition in November 2012, turned pro in Figure in July 2013 and moved up to Women’s Physique in June 2017. As a women’s physique competitor, she won three pro shows and placed 11th at the Olympia in 2019.
2020 was a turning point for MayLa. At the beginning of the year she was still planning to compete in women’s physique and hoping to qualify for the Olympia again. But she gradually realized she was outgrowing the division. “I had to hold back in my training so I didn’t add any more mass – but that made getting conditioned difficult”, she says. After the Olympia, she had decided to train a little heavier during the development season and then attempt to burn off some muscle going into competition season. “I didn’t realize how much mass I had put on,” she says. “I still saw myself as a physique competitor and didn’t think I was that big.” After placing tenth at the Optimum Classic, she realized it was time to move up to women’s bodybuilding.
MayLa made her debut as a female bodybuilder at the New York Pro – and won the show. That experience made her realize she belonged in women’s bodybuilding. She added some more size in the next 10 weeks and placed fourth at the Ms. Olympia – an incredible achievement for a competitor who had only decided to compete in women’s bodybuilding a few months earlier. She is now “beyond excited” to realize her potential as a female bodybuilder. At 5-foot-6, she weighed around 150 pounds at the Olympia. She is now adding more size, especially in her legs and back, while making sure she maintains her 24-inch waist.
· 2020 Olympia Women’s Bodybuilding – 4th Place
· 2020 New York Pro Women’s Bodybuilding – 1st Place
· 2020 Optimum Classic Women’s Physique – 10th Place
· 2019 Olympia Women’s Physique – 11th Place
· 2019 Chicago Women’s Physique – 3rd Place
· 2019 San Jose Pro Women’s Physique – 1st Place
· 2019 Arnold Classic Women’s Physique – 12th Place
· 2018 Olympia Women’s Physique – 14th Place
· 2018 Omaha Pro Women’s Physique – 1st Place
· 2018 Optimum Classic Women’s Physique – 10th Place
· 2017 Olympia Women’s Physique – 16th Place
· 2017 Mile High Pro Women’s Physique – 1st Place
· 2017 Toronto Pro Women’s Physique – 5th Place
· 2016 Toronto Pro Figure – 7th Place
· 2016 Optimum Classic Figure – 5th Place
· 2016 Phil Heath Classic Figure – 10th Place
· 2014 Dallas Europa Figure – 4th Place
· 2014 Pittsburgh Pro Figure – 11th Place
· 2014 Emerald Cup Figure – 12th Place
· 2013 Houston Pro Figure – 13th Place
· 2013 Dallas Europa Figure – 16th Place