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The Best Female IFBB Competitors

Who are the best female IFBB Pro competitors? 

Bodybuilding isn’t just for men. The IFBB Pro competitors on this list are all female, proving that muscle isn’t just for the guys.

One particular lady is even the most successful bodybuilder of all time, beating the likes of Ronnie Coleman and Dexter Jackson

So, without further ado, here’s a list of the 20 best female IFBB Pro competitors. 

 

Top 20 Female IFBB Pro Competitors Compared

The list of female IFBB Pro competitors and figures mentioned below has been compiled from various web sources.

These are the best female IFBB Pro competitors:

 

20. Nicole Ball

Nicole Ball is a Canadian professional bodybuilder who won her pro card in 2004. 

Before turning pro, the six-time Olympia athlete was undefeated in her weight class for seven years in her home country. 

Since then, she’s qualified for the Olympia every year and consistently placed top four in all her bodybuilding shows. 

 

19. Kim Perez

Kim Perez is an IFBB Pro competitor from Sandford, North Carolina, USA.

She competed as a professional powerlifter for almost six years and won the world championships with the AAPF. 

After accomplishing everything she wanted in powerlifting, Kim started bodybuilding, gaining her IFBB pro card in 2005. 

On stage, Kim weighs in around 138lbs at 5’5,” and since starting her bodybuilding career, she’s managed to establish an impressive IFBB record over the years. 

 

18. Melody Spetko

Canadian-born professional bodybuilder, Melody Spetko, started her bodybuilding career in 2005 and won her pro card in 2010, just four years after beginning the sport. 

She competed professionally at the highest level for approximately four years in competitions like the IFBB PBW Tampa Pro Championships and the Canadian Championships. 

Melody now coaches and preps other female bodybuilders to help them achieve their professional bodybuilding goals. 

 

17. Janeen Lankowski

Janeen Lankowski began her professional bodybuilding career in 2011 after winning her IFBB pro card at a bodybuilding competition in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Up to turning pro, Lankowski competed in several major bodybuilding competitions, placing first and second in many of them. 

Her success led to sponsorships with companies like Sun Magic Salons, and Janeen now spends her time helping others achieve their fitness goals and life ambitions. 

 

16. Maria Rita Bello

Maria Rita Bello is an IFBB professional female bodybuilder who’s built a strong reputation as a top contender in the sport of bodybuilding.

She’s competed and placed top ten in the most significant bodybuilding competitions on the planet, like the women’s Arnold Classic, Tampa Pro, and the Chicago Pro. 

 

15. Lisa Giesbrecht

Lisa Giesbrecht started bodybuilding in 2004, competing in several bodybuilding and figure competitions. 

She won her pro card in 2011, competed in her first professional show in 2012, and qualified to compete in the biggest show in female bodybuilding, Ms. Olympia, in 2014.

Now, Lisa helps people achieve their training and fitness goals by creating custom programs and workout routines.

 

14. Helle Trevino

Helle Trevino, formerly known as Helle Nielsen, is an IFBB Professional female bodybuilder from Denmark. 

She made her professional debut in bodybuilding at the Jan Tana Classic in 2003 and has since become the 2019 Rising Phoenix World Champion. 

On stage, Trevino competes around 158-174lbs and gets up to almost 180lbs during the offseason. 

 

13. Kim Buck

Kim Buck is an IFBB female bodybuilder who’s been competing professionally since 2012. 

She’s competed in several high-profile competitions, like the Arnold Classic, Tampa Pro, and Toronto Pro, where she placed top ten in everyone. 

Before she turned pro, Buck overcame a life-threatening car accident that left her unable to walk.

She began lifting weights as a form of rehabilitation and became one of the best IFBB pro competitors of all time. 

 

12. Angela Debatin

Angela Debatin is a Brazilian professional female bodybuilder, certified personal trainer, and aerobics instructor.

She turned pro in 1999 and competes at 5’3″ and 128lbs. 

Like many female bodybuilders, Debatin started her career as a powerlifter and was known for squatting 265lbs and benching 235lbs, all while weighing only 120lbs. 

Debatin is the only athlete to have ever qualified for Ms. Olympia for three consecutive years.

 

11. Sarah Hayes

Sarah Hayes is an IFBB professional bodybuilder and certified personal trainer from Tracy, Minnesota. 

She began competing in women’s bodybuilding competitions in 2007, the Gopher Classic being her first show, and later went on to win shows like the Ronnie Coleman Classic, the Europa Super Show, and the Lone Star Classic. 

As a certified personal trainer, Sarah continues to train clients in gyms, homes, and schools across her state to help them achieve their fitness goals. 

 

10. Cathy LeFrancois

Cathy LeFrancois is a Canadian female bodybuilder, and figure competitor ranked the 10th best female bodybuilder in the IFBB. 

Cathy made her professional debut at the Jan Tana Classic in 1995 and competed on stage at around 155lbs. 

Over the years, Cathy placed top ten in several major bodybuilding competitions and has won the New York Pro consecutively from 2008 until 2010. 

 

9. Michelle Cummings

Michelle Cummings is an American IFBB professional bodybuilder from upstate New York.

As a former gymnast, Michelle came into the sport of bodybuilding with a strong foundation, so her body responded well to lifting weights. 

She competed in the 2011 Nationals, having only two previous competitions under her belt, but still managed to take the overall victory. 

 

8. Anne Luise Freitas

Anne Luise Freitas is a Brazilian professional female bodybuilder who’s currently the 8th best IFBB Pro female bodybuilder in the world. 

She made her professional debut at the IFBB Europa Battle of Champions in 2012, which she won, and placed eighth in her first Ms. Olympia in 2012. 

While training in the off-season, Freitas gets up to around 150lbs, cutting down to 121lbs to do battle on stage. 

 

7. Monique Jones

American professional female bodybuilder, Monique Jones, ranks as the 7th best female bodybuilder in IFBB Pro Women’s bodybuilding.

She stands 5’8″ and competes at 220lb on stage, dieting down from as much as 250lbs in the off-season. 

Monique made her professional debut in 2011 and took 9th place at the Ms. Olympia the same year. 

 

6. Sheila Bleck

Sheila Bleck is an American professional bodybuilder who currently ranks 6th in IFBB Pro Women’s Bodybuilding.

Bleck made her professional debut at the New York Pro in 2010, and some of her best wins include three Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Championships.

Her most recent accomplishment was winning third place at the 2018 IFBB WOS Rising Phonix World Championships.  

 

5. Brigita Brezovac

Slovenian professional bodybuilder, Brigita Brezovac, made her pro debut in bodybuilding in 2010, when she won the Tampa Pro and Europa Battle of Champions.

Brigita regularly placed within the top six at every Ms. International and Ms. Olympia she entered and is ranked 5th in the IFBB Pro Women’s rankings. 

 

4. Alina Popa

The fourth best female IFBB pro competitor is Alina Popa.

The Romanian-born professional bodybuilder is the highest-ranked Romanian bodybuilder in the IFBB Pro Women’s rankings. She made her professional debut at the 2010 Ms. International. 

Her best win to date was being crowned the overall champion at the IFBB WOS Rising Phoenix World Championships in 2018. 

 

3. Debi Laszewski

Debi Laszewski is the third-best female bodybuilder in the women’s IFBB ranking list. 

She started bodybuilding at 20 years old and competed in her first competition at the age of 24. 

The American professional bodybuilder made her pro debut at the 2007 Europa Super Show and achieved second place at the 2012 Olympia, just behind Iris Kyle.  

 

2. Yaxeni Origuen-Garcia

Venezuelan-American professional bodybuilder, Yaxeni Origuen-Garcia, is the second-best female bodybuilder in the women’s IFBB. 

Yaxeni made her pro debut in the sport of bodybuilding in 1994 at the Jan Tana Classic. 

She was crowned Ms. Olympia in 2005 and is the most successful Venezuelan bodybuilder ever due to being the only Venezuelan to win an Olympia title. 

 

1. Iris Kyle

Iris Kyle is an American professional IFBB female bodybuilder who made her professional debut in 1999.

Kyle became a ten-time Ms. Olympia champion, claiming her first title in 2001, and is often referred to as the “Female Ronnie Coleman.”

During the off-season, Kyle weighs as much as 180-200lbs, cutting down to a shredded 150-167lbs on stage. 

She’s currently the most successful bodybuilder of all time, female or male, as she’s won ten Olympia titles, as well as several other prominent professional competitions. 

Kyle is currently the best female bodybuilder in women’s IFBB Pro bodybuilding rankings.  

 

Summary

We hope you enjoyed our list of the best female IFBB Pro competitors. 

Female bodybuilding is certainly no joke.

Hats off to all the women on the list as they’ve managed to build physiques that most could only dream of, myself included! 

Here’s a quick recap of the best female IFBB Pro competitors:

  1. Iris Kyle
  2. Yaxeni Origuen-Garcia
  3. Debi Laszewski
  4. Alina Popa
  5. Brigita Brezovac
  6. Sheila Bleck
  7. Monique Jones
  8. Anne Luise Freitas
  9. Michelle Cummings
  10. Cathy LeFrancois
  11. Sarah Hayes
  12. Angela Debatin
  13. Kim Buck
  14. Helle Trevino
  15. Lisa Giesbrecht
  16. Maria Rita Bello
  17. Janeen Lankowski
  18. Melody Spetko
  19. Kim Perez
  20. Nicole Ball

Who’s your favorite female IFBB Pro competitor? Leave a comment below.

With almost two decades of lifting experience under his belt, Matt shares his knowledge and expertise with us around bodybuilding and supplementation. Deadlifts and barbell curls are his go-to exercises, and, when he's not writing about health and fitness, you'll find him in the gym busting out some arms! Follow Jacked Gorilla on Instagram: @jackedgorillanews

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