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Ashley Kaltwasser: The G.O.A.T. of Bikini

Ashley Okay is one of the best Bikini professional of all time with the MOST professional wins of ANY IFBB professional. Backside line – she’s nonetheless going, and successful.

By Giles “Tiger” Thomas

When this characteristic was initially put to me, the angle was to characteristic IFBB Bikini professional “Ashley Okay” (as she is maybe greatest recognized) as the brand new document holder for the quantity of all-time wins by any IFBB Professional League skilled. As myself and MD “Buff Bombshell Present” host Lauren Lotter supplied (Bucharest, final November) the livestream commentary on the Romania Muscle Fest for Jake Wooden and Alina Popa in November (2021), we witnessed 2008 Mr. Olympia Dexter Jackson’s document of a whopping 29 professional wins be taken out by Ashley with the successful of her thirtieth professional occasion. However some bodybuilding followers may elevate an eyebrow at that. “You’ll be able to’t evaluate males’s open professional bodybuilding to BIKINI!” they may yell. OK, positive, I get it, however hear me out on this, and I’ll inform you why that is really so important, and – effectively – bloody spectacular. Listed here are a number of explanation why:

1. Professional Bikini hasn’t been round so long as males’s open bodybuilding. The Mr. Olympia began its first 12 months again in 1965. When Joe and Ben Weider fashioned the IFBB Beginner League internationally and after Joe’s spouse, Betty, steered the title for the final word bodybuilding occasion (to determine who actually was THE greatest on the planet) by recognizing the title “Olympia” on a bottle of beer, the IFBB Professional League as we now understand it to today, was – successfully – born. So, for 57 years, the fellows have had a stage – and a house – to show their world-beating professional physiques. Bikini didn’t even type as an Olympia class till 2010 when the then 18-year-old Nicole Nagrani took house the equal of the Sandow and consequent proper to name herself THE greatest Bikini Professional on the planet.

2. Dexter has had longer to scoop up his wins – 29 wins – in addition to a Mr. Olympia title in 2008; not dangerous. However main on from level “one” above, Dexter took 18 years to build up his golds as an IFBB professional. In 2002, I witnessed him win his very first professional present on the British Grand Prix in Manchester, the place he beat Dennis James (second) and Chris Cormier (third) to start what was to grow to be an extra 18 years of competing till he competed in – after which introduced his retirement – on stage on the 2020 Mr. Olympia. Ashley received hers over a far shorter 12-year time span.

3. The Bikini professional look has modified a LOT over the previous 12 years. One thing else that signifies the impressiveness of Ashley’s run of CONTINUAL domination. Any of you which have adopted the evolution of Bikini will know simply how a lot it has modified. A easy look of the winner timeline from the very starting of Bikini – to the current day – will see {that a} LOT has modified. In 2010 with Nicole Nagrani, to the extra muscular look of Brazilian Nathalia Melo when she turned Olympia champion in 2012, as much as the various appears to be like of 2020 winner Janet Layug and even the present “world” champ Jennifer Dorie, the our bodies actually hop from one look to the following nearly each single 12 months. Ashley has needed to frequently evolve, whilst she retired in 2017, to then come again in 2018 with an all-new look that indicated she was paying shut consideration to the class. Adapting like this, when many others pale away. That’s spectacular.

4. Bikini judging is extra subjective. When evaluating males’s bodybuilding to Bikini, I imply. Despite the fact that the night time and day look is completely different from (for instance) 2018 Mr. Olympia Shawn Rhoden, to that of present Mr. “O” Large Ramy, the judging standards has – for many years – been fairly clear minimize. Little or no has modified in that respect and it’s the evolution of all the lads’s bodybuilding in that, since Lee Haney within the ‘80s (Mr. Olympia 1984-1991), then Dorian Yates (1992-1997) after which Ronnie Coleman (1998-2005), the fellows obtained larger and heavier, sure, however the requirements to which they have been held to with their physiques, remained constant. Bikini, in simply over one single decade has modified drastically – and Ashley tailored accordingly, amazingly effectively. 

5. Would we ever see a Bikini woman competing for so long as the lads? I’ll maintain this one fairly succinct. Dexter Jackson was competing – efficiently – up till he was over 50 years previous. Would a Bikini professional be capable to do the identical? Would they even be capable to nonetheless be successful at 40? I’ll reply that. No, it doesn’t occur. Ever. Sorry. Bikini competitors isn’t actually a division for the lengthy haul; names (women of their 20s primarily) rise to the highest and maintain it for 2 to 3 years on the Olympias. I’ve seen it with my very own eyes. Go to a different Olympia simply two years later and 90 % of the women are utterly completely different. But another excuse simply why Ashley Okay is one of the best Bikini professional of all time with the MOST professional wins of ANY IFBB professional. Backside line – she’s nonetheless going, and successful. In her personal phrases that she spoke each single day of her Olympia All-Star Tour (Romania, UK and Spain) in November 2021: “I’m simply getting began, guys.”

Excerpt from Ashley’s in-studio interview with MD’s “Buff Bombshell” host Lauren Lotter within the UK (Season 3, Episode 9, out on MD’s YouTube channel) while on her Olympia All-Star Tour (three international locations in two weeks, and the tour bookended with one other win in Romania and runner-up in Alicante, Spain on the Large Man Weekend).

Lauren: How does it really feel making historical past by successful your thirtieth professional present, Ashley?

Ashley: I’m shocked! As a result of right here’s the factor. After I first turned professional, I suppose my final objective was to win one present and I thought that might be the top – and perhaps after a number of years I may scoop up one present win and “perhaps” qualify for the Olympia. My expectations weren’t that top in any respect, I suppose; I simply needed to win simply ONE professional present, sooner or later. And in Romania, I simply did, instances 30!


Lauren: So that you’ve now surpassed the likes of Dorian Yates and Ronnie Coleman and Dexter Jackson!

Ashley: (Cuts in) Nevertheless! I’ll say! Apples and oranges guys, as a result of I notice it’s 100 instances more durable for a bodybuilder to do this than a Bikini competitor, so I’ve to present props the place props are due for the gentleman, as a result of a Bikini competitor can preserve quite a bit longer, similar to I did in all 2021.

Lauren: I do agree, Ashley, however the one factor with Bikini is: the look modifications, proper?

Ashley: There may be an ever-changing look, sure, or it turns into extra subjective in that it may be “anyone’s recreation” type of deal, so I suppose if you issue that each one in, however nonetheless, it’s MUCH more durable to prep for a bodybuilding present.

Lauren: How do you’re feeling your competitors preps have modified from if you began, to now?

Ashley: Again, a number of years in the past, it wasn’t like it’s now. I really feel prefer it was far more “bro-science” bodybuilder-type preps. It was extra hardcore, like going for these myths of say, “bulking” within the low season. So, when my low season got here, I believed “time to placed on some fats” so I may really achieve muscle – and I quickly realized that that’s NOT the way it goes, as we actually know now. I suppose we’re far more smart to that these days. However, again then it actually was extra that extra old-school sort bodybuilder sort prep for Bikini, which doesn’t make any sense reflecting on it now. I suppose again then when it began, there simply wasn’t a lot data or data again within the day, ?


Lauren: Do you’re feeling that these days the entire “bulking” method for Bikini is totally out?

Ashley: (Laughs) Let’s face it, it’s simply an excuse so that you can eat precisely what you need. Fats doesn’t essentially equal muscle. Though I do get we will’t be stage lean ALL 12 months spherical, I notice that. However for me, I prefer to set an low season restrict of simply 10 kilos over my stage weight. I feel that’s fairly truthful for most ladies, though it will possibly range relying how tall the lady is simply too.


Lauren: So, Ashley, in Romania, we obtained to witness historical past seeing your thirtieth professional win. How cool is that?

Ashley: You already know, what I stated up there to the emcee after I received, what’s cool is that you simply’d assume, “ahh, 30 wins, it’s like ‘no matter’” now, NO! It actually looks like my first win each single time, even when it’s say a smaller present than the Olympia or Arnold. It doesn’t matter and that feeling continues to be the identical – and I by no means anticipate that both. I additionally by no means anticipate to go in and win, even when it’s a smaller present and I feel that’s why I’ve been capable of go at this for therefore lengthy competing in professional Bikini, as a result of I don’t set that expectation for myself, as a result of I really feel if you anticipate that out of your self and also you then assume you’re going to win – and also you don’t? That’s a disappointment, and that’s if you get discouraged. However when you go into it and also you’re like “ what, ‘hey’ I gave it my all, I’m actually happy with my physique and I be ok with this, give it my all, get pleasure from each second of it and we’ll see what occurs on the finish of the day, if I win, then that’s the icing on the cake.” As a result of in Bikini, it may be anyone’s recreation on any given day, so I maintain that mindset all the time and stay happy with my physique and inform myself every time, “So let’s go rock it!”


Guys, She Did It Once more …

As said within the opening paragraph of this characteristic, the article was to concentrate on her document thirtieth professional win. However, at time of writing, yep, she’s received, once more! On the Musclecontest in her hometown of Las Vegas. So, yeah, scratch that “thirtieth Professional Win” working title and change it with “The Unstoppable One wins 31!”


Ashley’s 31 Present Wins 

IFBB Powerhouse Basic
Toronto Professional Present (Canada)
Bikini Olympia
Sheru Basic (India)

Arnold Basic (USA)
Arnold Basic Australia
New Zealand Professional Present
Toronto Professional Present (Canada)
Bikini Olympia
IFBB Russia Professional (Russia)

Arnold Basic USA
Bikini Olympia
Korea Grand Prix (South Korea)
Nordic Professional (Finland)

No wins

Took this 12 months off (consuming Snickers bars for breakfast, Ashley instructed us)

Denver Mile Excessive
Vancouver Professional (Canada)
Battle within the Desert

Denver Mile Excessive
Northern California Championship

World Klash Professional Bikini
Battle within the Desert
Pacific USA

Wasatch Warrior
Pittsburgh Professional Present
California Evening of Champions
Denver Mile Excessive
Conflict of the Titanz
Patriots Problem
Texas Professional Present
Romania Muscle Fest

Legends Basic

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