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
I live in Toronto Canada; I have moved to Canada from Iran in 2003. Currently I am the only Iranian female bodybuilder who has turned pro. I started training when I was 12 back in Iran. Ever since I remember I was always fascinated by muscle and how beautiful they look. Before I started training, I used to swim and do martial art and that’s why I’m very flexible. My first job ever when I was in Iran was a lifeguard. After I moved to Canada, I shortly became an aerobic instructor then became a personal trainer. My boss at the time was prepping for a competition and I watched her transformation and I loved what I witnessed. I started training with her coach, but I wasn’t very successful at prepping, it took me 4 years to learn to trust the process and stay consistent. After 4 years of constant prep I did my first show in 2010 and I won overall in Bodybuilding division. A year after I competed at Toronto super show and I got 2nd. A year later I did physique competition and I got 3rd but my heart was in bodybuilding. I competed same year at national level in bodybuilding and I got 3rd. I took a break from body building competition and traveled. During that time, I didn’t stop training, and because my strength got very high, I decided to compete in power-lifting. I won my class and broke record in my weight category. During that time after I was done with travelling, I decided to go back to school. Until now I have done and completed few programs. Currently, I am studying full time at York university in Toronto, and I am studying health Study. My academic goal is to get into Physiotherapy or Osteopathy. During one of my internships from school I traveled to Thailand as I got accepted to work at a physio clinic in Bangkok for my internship program. I got very motivated in Thailand to compete again as I met many athletes in Bangkok. I started my prep in Thailand then came back to Toronto, then competed at Toronto super show pro qualifier and I got my IFBB pro card. A year later I did my pro debut at the Toronto pro show and I placed 3rd. I was then qualified to compete at Rising phoenix in September 2019. At Rising phoenix, I got 9th place and I won best poser title. Right now, I am getting ready for Norfolk pro, July 11th and would love to also compete at Rising phoenix. My competition goal is to be able to compete at Olympia and continue to improve myself.
Monique Jones American bodybuilder who has been ranked in the top ten of the IFBB Pro Women’s Bodybuilding rankings list. Her accomplishments as an IFBB pro include first place finishes at the North American Championships and the Wings of Strength Chicago Pro-Am Extravaganza.
Monique hasn’t experienced very much negativity in her career as a bodybuilding. Sure, there are the jerks and the haters everyone comes across on the Internet, but she has learned not to pay too much attention to them. “Being muscular can make it tough to find clothes that fit,” Monique says. “But most bodybuilders, female and male, run into the same problem. It’s a small price to pay.”
Monique says she was a natural athlete as a girl. Not big but strong and active. How did she discover weight training? “My father got a set of weights when I was about 13 years old. I started using them and felt an instant connection with this kind of training.”
Monique was just 15 when she joined a gym and started serious training. Again, this felt very natural to her and everyone could see her progress as her body began to respond. By age 18 she was not huge, but very muscular and defined. She wanted to enter a competition. But couldn’t decide between figure and bodybuilding. So in 2001 she entered both categories in an event.
And won both titles!
Monique then competed mostly in figure for the next few years with some good success. But as her body developed it became clear she looked more like a bodybuilder than a figure competitor and in 2008 Monique decided to concentrate on bodybuilding. And in 2010 she entered the IFBB North American Championships, took first in the heavyweight class, the overall and was awarded her pro card.
As a terrific bodybuilder and a beautiful woman as well, Monique Jones has accepted the fact that she will be noticed wherever she goes – and will often provoke fairly extreme reactions. “Most people I meet are very respectful and complimentary,” she explains. “Where most of the problems occur is online, such as with social networking. It is amazing how people can be negative, critical and cruel when they are posing anonymously on line. I have learned not to pay too much attention. Thankfully, the majority of online comments and post are positive and from real fans both of my and of bodybuilding for women.