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

By Giles “Tiger” Thomas

When this function was initially put to me, the angle was to function IFBB Bikini professional “Ashley K” (as she is maybe greatest recognized) as the brand new file holder for the quantity of all-time wins by any IFBB Pro League skilled. As myself and MD “Buff Bombshell Show” host Lauren Lotter offered (Bucharest, final November) the livestream commentary on the Romania Muscle Fest for Jake Wood and Alina Popa in November (2021), we witnessed 2008 Mr. Olympia Dexter Jackson’s file of a whopping 29 professional wins be taken out by Ashley with the profitable of her thirtieth professional occasion. But some bodybuilding followers may increase an eyebrow at that. “You can’t compare men’s open pro bodybuilding to BIKINI!” they may yell. OK, high-quality, I get it, however hear me out on this, and I’ll let you know why that is truly so vital, and – effectively – bloody spectacular. Here are just a few explanation why:

1. Pro Bikini hasn’t been round so long as males’s open bodybuilding. The Mr. Olympia began its first yr again in 1965. When Joe and Ben Weider fashioned the IFBB Amateur League internationally and after Joe’s spouse, Betty, instructed the identify for the last word bodybuilding occasion (to resolve who actually was THE greatest on the earth) by recognizing the identify “Olympia” on a bottle of beer, the IFBB Pro League as we now realize it to today, was – successfully – born. So, for 57 years, the blokes 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 Pro 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. But 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. Something 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 seems 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 yr. Ashley has needed to regularly evolve, at the same time as 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 light away. That’s spectacular.

4. Bikini judging is extra subjective. When evaluating males’s bodybuilding to Bikini, I imply. Even although the night time and day look is completely different from (for instance) 2018 Mr. Olympia Shawn Rhoden, to that of present Mr. “O” Big Ramy, the judging standards has – for many years – been fairly clear minimize. Very little has modified in that respect and it’s the evolution of all the boys’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 blokes received larger and heavier, sure, however the requirements to which they had 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 boys? I’ll hold this one fairly succinct. Dexter Jackson was competing – efficiently – up till he was over 50 years outdated. Would a Bikini professional be capable to do the identical? Would they even be capable to nonetheless be profitable 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 a few 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. Yet one more reason simply why Ashley Okay is one of the best Bikini professional of all time with the MOST professional wins of ANY IFBB professional. Bottom line – she’s nonetheless going, and profitable. 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 just getting started, guys.”

Let’s go rock it!’

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 nations in two weeks, and the tour bookended with one other win in Romania and runner-up in Alicante, Spain on the Big Man Weekend).

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

Ashley: I’m shocked! Because right here’s the factor. When I first turned professional, I assume my final purpose was to win one present and I thought that will be the head – and perhaps after just a few years I might scoop up one present win and “maybe” qualify for the Olympia. My expectations weren't that top in any respect, I assume; I simply wished to win simply ONE professional present, someday. And in Romania, I simply did, instances 30!

 

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

Ashley: (Cuts in) However! I'll say! Apples and oranges guys, as a result of I notice it’s 100 instances more durable for a bodybuilder to try this than a Bikini competitor, so I've to offer props the place props are due for the gentleman, as a result of a Bikini competitor can keep loads 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 is an ever-changing look, sure, or it turns into extra subjective in that it may be “anybody’s game” form of deal, so I assume once 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 once you began, to now?

Ashley: Back, just a few 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 assumed “time to put on some fat” so I might truly acquire muscle – and I quickly realized that that's NOT the way it goes, as we actually know now. I assume we’re far more smart to that these days. But, 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 assume again then when it began, there simply wasn’t a lot data or data again within the day, you already know?

 

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. Fat doesn’t essentially equal muscle. Although I do get we are able to’t be stage lean ALL yr spherical, I notice that. But for me, I wish to set an low season restrict of simply 10 kilos over my stage weight. I feel that’s fairly honest for most women, though it will possibly differ relying how tall the woman is just too.

 

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

Ashley: You know, what I mentioned up there to the emcee after I received, what’s cool is that you just’d suppose, “ahh, 30 wins, it’s like ‘whatever’” now, NO! It actually appears 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 remains to be the identical – and I by no means count on that both. I additionally by no means count on 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 once you count on 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 once you get discouraged. But when you go into it and also you’re like “you know what, ‘hey’ I gave it my all, I’m really proud of my physique and I feel good about this, give it my all, enjoy every second of it and we’ll see what happens at the end of the day, if I win, then that’s the icing on the cake.” Because in Bikini, it may be anyone’s sport on any given day, so I hold that mindset at all times and stay pleased with my physique and inform myself every time, “So let’s go rock it!”

 

Guys, She Did It Again …

As acknowledged within the opening paragraph of this function, the article was to deal with her file thirtieth professional win. But, at time of writing, yep, she’s received, once more! At the Musclecontest in her hometown of Las Vegas. So, yeah, scratch that “30th Pro Win” working title and change it with “The Unstoppable One wins 31!”

 

Ashley’s 31 Show Wins 

2013
IFBB Powerhouse Classic
Toronto Pro Show (Canada)
Bikini Olympia
Sheru Classic (India)

2014
Arnold Classic (USA)
Arnold Classic Australia
New Zealand Pro Show
Toronto Pro Show (Canada)
Bikini Olympia
IFBB Russia Pro (Russia)

2015
Arnold Classic USA
Bikini Olympia
Korea Grand Prix (South Korea)
Nordic Pro (Finland)

2016
No wins

2017
Took this yr off (consuming Snickers bars for breakfast, Ashley informed us)

2018
Denver Mile High
Vancouver Pro (Canada)
Battle within the Desert

2019 
Denver Mile High
Northern California Championship

2020
World Klash Pro Bikini
Battle within the Desert
Pacific USA

2021
Wasatch Warrior
Pittsburgh Pro Show
California Night of Champions
Denver Mile High
Clash of the Titanz
Patriots Challenge
Texas Pro Show
Romania Muscle Fest

2022
Legends Classic

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Ashley Kaltwasser, who has essentially the most professional wins of any IFBB professional, is a Team Hi-Tech athlete sponsored by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals. For extra data, go to hitechpharma.com

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