Femme Flex Friday host Alina Popa and current co-host Whitney Jones are no stranger to judges. The former Rising Phoenix world champion and two-time Olympic fitness winner has been compared to other athletes several times in the past by IFBB judges Sandy Williamson and Steve Weinberger. The tables are turned in the March 25 FFF episode. It's Williamson and Weinberger who face Popa and Jones, but it's in a different setting. The Head Judges asked questions and discussed how they do their job in determining the best of the best in bodybuilding and body competitions.
Williamson on female competitors who win open shows
"That's the nice thing about NPC: you can start in a division and Alina, you know, if you train you will grow. That comes from that. We have competitors from Women & # 39; s Physique who are now too big for Physique So they are not doing so well, they will be able to move up to bodybuilding. If they are physical and their quality is a bit better, they will get higher placements or win competitions. "
Weinberger on what judges want bodybuilders to see
“It's conditioning, shape, obviously symmetry, and like Sandy said, these women move up and they're really good, and the sport is growing, we have better competitors, and unfortunately for competitors that have been around for a while. sometimes they are outclassed now. I mean, it's evolution, you know. "
Williamson on What Athletes Should Focus On
"Even if you start with all women's departments, I always say full muscle bellies, even as a bikini you don't have to be super shredded. It's about having that under development. The amount only changes when you move up into departments."
Weinberger on the difference between seeing competitors on video and live
"It's often hard to see (muscle density) on video. Sometimes it's difficult to explain as a judge that you're not there in person. Sometimes a shredded bodybuilder looks so much better on video than a bodybuilder who is in great shape with full muscle shape and bellies. "
Williamson on female athletes who are too slim
"When the female athlete from Women & # 39; s Physique comes in completely torn and she's really striped, she's not doing so well." She can obviously still be placed in that first callout or something, but she's usually not the winner. You know what I mean? So when you get back to your thing now, take some of these girls out of the female body adding a little bit of that size and they can get that conditioning and when they advance to bodybuilding they will do it well. "
Weinberger on how Andrea Shaw won the woman Olympia
“Andrea was amazing. It wasn't the biggest, it wasn't the heaviest, but it was the most complete. She took your breath away. Margie (Martin, second) was excellent, very tall, very good condition, but not the muscle tummies that Andrea has. To be honest, in my opinion it was really all alone Andrea. "
The Head Judges discussed very openly about the other divisions and what the athletes should focus on when completing the Pro stages and how the athletes can shape the division in which they compete.
You can see this and every episode of "FFF" every Friday at 6pm. EST at www.wingsofstrength.net.