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Throwback Thursday: Former Mr. Olympia Chris Dickerson – Rare Fitness Cover



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Throwback Thursday: A rare occurrence in fitness media – Chris Dickerson, who in 1982 became the oldest bodybuilding competitor to win the prestigious Mr. Olympia title is featured with an African-American female model on the cover of Muscle & Fitness magazine in July 1980; Volume 41, Number 7.

Chris Dickerson’s career spanned over 30 years to include the Mr. Olympia title, aninduction into the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Hall of Fame in 2000, and a 2008 “Ben Weider LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD”.

This award is named after the iconic IFBB co-founder and Honorary Life President, Ben Weider, who has championed the benefits of a bodybuilding lifestyle for over sixty years. It was created to recognize an individual who has committed themselves to the advancement, promotion and lifestyle of the sport of bodybuilding.

Check out the list of some of Dickerson’s bodybuilding shows during his 30-plus-year career. 

Participated in the following shows* (Courtesy of

1994 IFBB Masters Olympia And Jan Tana Pro | Placed 4th

1994 IFBB Masters Olympia And Jan Tana Pro | Placed 1st

1990 IFBB Arnold Classic And Internationals | Placed 8th

1984 IFBB Olympia| Placed 11th

1982 IFBB Olympia | Placed 1st

1981 IFBB Olympia | Placed 2nd

1981 IFBB Night Of The Champions | Placed 1st

1981 IFBB Grand Prix California | Placed 1st

1981 IFBB Grand Prix Louisiana | Placed 1st

1981 IFBB Grand Prix New England | Placed 2nd

1981 IFBB Grand Prix Washington | Placed 1st

1981 IFBB Pro World| Placed 2nd

1980 IFBB Olympia | Placed 2nd

1980 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro | Placed 2nd

1980 IFBB Night Of The Champions | Placed 1st

1980 IFBB Canada Pro | Placed 1st

1980 IFBB Florida Pro | Placed 1st

1980 IFBB Grand Prix California | Placed 1st

1980 IFBB Grand Prix Louisiana | Placed 2nd

1980 IFBB Grand Prix Miami | Placed 1st

1980 IFBB Grand Prix Pennsylvania| Placed 2nd

1979 IFBB Olympia| Placed 4th

1979 IFBB Canada Diamond Pro Cup| Placed 2nd

1979 IFBB Canada Pro| Placed 1st

1979 IFBB Grand Prix Vancouver| Placed 2nd

1976 WBBG Olympus| Placed 4th

1976 NABBA Universe| Placed 2nd

1975 WBBG Mr. World| Placed 2nd

1975 PBBA Universe| Placed 2nd

1974 NABBA Universe | Placed 1st

1974 NABBA Universe| Placed 1st

1973 WBBG Mr. America| Placed 1st

1973 NABBA Mr. Universe| Placed 1st

1973 NABBA Mr. Universe| Placed 1st

1971 NABBA Mr. Universe| Placed 1st

1970 AAU Junior Mr. America| Placed 1st

1970 AAU Junior Mr. America| Placed 1st

1970 AAU Mr. America| Placed 1st

1970 AAU Mr. America| Placed 1st

1969 AAU Junior Mr. America| Placed 2nd

1969 AAU Mr. America| Placed 2nd

1968 AAU Junior Mr. America| Placed 3rd

1968 AAU Mr. America| Placed 3rd

1968 AAU Mr. America| Placed 3rd

1968 AAU Mr. USA| Placed 1st

1968 AAU Mr. USA| Placed 2nd

1967 AAU Junior Mr. America| Placed 4th

1967 AAU Junior Mr. America| Placed 5th

1967 AAU Mr. America| Placed 6th

1967 AAU Mr. America| Placed 4th

1967 AAU Mr. California| Placed 1st

1966 AAU Junior Mr. USA| Placed 1st

1966 AAU Junior Mr. USA| Placed 1st

1966 AAU Mr. Atlanitc Coast| Placed 1st

1966 AAU Mr. Eastern America| Placed 1st

1966 AAU Mr. New York City| Placed 1st

1966 AAU Mr. New York Metropolitan| Placed 1st

1966 AAU Mr. New York State| Placed 1st

1966 AAU Mr. North America| Placed 2nd

*This list may not reflect all shows for this participant

Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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2Chainz Pretty Girls Fit Fest: Pretty Girls Like Trap Music



Atlanta’s Hottest Fitness Trainers Missy Mostrom, Stephanie LeBeau, DaShaun “Guru” Johnson & Lana Ector Whipped Over 200 Pretty Girls into Shape at Center Stage for the Release of 2Chainz “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” Album  

This past Thursday, June 15th over 200 of Atlanta’s prettiest girls showed up to the Loft at Center Stage in athletic gear for one reason…because they love trap music! Event attendees were excited and ready to sweat it out to 2Chainz new album “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” with a few of Atlanta’s hottest fitness trainers and were surprised to receive an official “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” pink yoga mat which came in handy during the three 45-minute workout sessions.

Session 1 featured trainers Stephanie LeBeau and Missy Mostrom of VESTA who opened the night with kickboxing moves and rotational exercises that increased heartbeats and spirits. Then the Guru of Abs himself, Dashaun Johnson, took the stage for Session 2 and after a quick warm up he turned it up and took it off! Always one to focus on breathing during his workouts, you could hear the ladies calling out the numbers of their sets throughout the entire venue. To close out the night in Session 3, Lana Ector came to represent that Black Women Workout Too and showed all the pretty girls that a little twerking can be considered a workout too.

Throughout the evening attendees were able to relax in the Pretty Girls lounge wherein they previewed the “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” album and refreshed themselves with Propel Electrolyte Water.The next stop on the Trap Fitness tour will be….well you just have to stay tuned to find out.

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Fantasia’s ‘Journey to Fit’ – See the Exercises that Helped Refine Her Sexy



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Leading Online Retailer CEO Dishes on Best Swimwear For You and Trends for 2017



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We think it’s fair to assume that our January cover feature, Elise Neal, can rock anything and make it look awesome – especially swimwear. In fact, her black and white mod one-piece suit from Yandy sold out soon after our cover release. 

So, but what about the rest of us (lol)? The summer season is fast approaching, and we’re all working hard to get our bodies ready. However, no physique is the same, so what swimwear works best for different body types? What are the hottest trends we can also look for? 

Black Fitness Today chatted with Yandy CEO Thom Brodeur to answer these questions and more. Beginning as a small, start-up business in 2005, has become the leading online retailer of sexy women’s specialty apparel. offers thousands of stylish items in everyday intimates, lingerie, swimwear and costumes for millions of women around the world, of all shapes and sizes. 

Thom, how is Yandy making a splash in the world of fashion?

Yandy’s goal is to make our mark by transforming the business from a marketplace of 10s of thousands of SKUs across a dozen+ categories to a fashion brand with a sharp eye for on-trend, fashion forward design, quality construction and materials, and the right fit for real women. Our objective is to provide a wide-but-manageable variety of sexy lingerie, everyday intimates (bra & panty), swimwear, active and loungewear to every woman in every shape, size and ethnicity all underscored by our core mission…to help every woman find and own her own brand of sexy.

The brand’s mission is to help every woman discover or re-discover her own brand of sexy. Whether a celebrity like Elise Neal or an everyday woman, how does Yandy swimwear cater to women of varying body types, and what styles/pieces are best for different body types (i.e., athletic, curvy, petite, etc.)? 
Our styles were designed with a wide range of tastes and requirements in mind. Our sporty high neck styles accentuate an athletic physique. Our sexy one piece suits with high cut legs look great on a petite frame, and our high waisted silhouettes hug a curvier figure in all the right places. If you saw the Yandy Swim 2017 Collection that debuted recently at New York Fashion Week; you would have seen models ranging from 5’7 to 6’, size 0 and up, body types from athletic to curvy and full figured, and a range in ethnicities to represent our perspective on what sexy swim is… on a global level. The ideal woman’s look, figure, shape and size is different any and everywhere in the world you go. Yandy wants to continue to bring more of that to the forefront.

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What are the biggest trends in swimwear for summer 2017?
We’ve designed and put a lot of high necklines, long sleeves, high cut hips, low plunging necklines, chic off-the-shoulder looks and high waisted styles into our latest swim collection, and so far, have seen very favorable customer response. We’re excited for swim season to kick into full gear. It’s always great to let the market pick your winners, and then refine your design efforts for future cycles based on real customer feedback.

The suit worn by Elise Neal on our Jan. cover was immediately highly sought after. What can a buyer expect when they receive their Yandy swimwear? 
Yandy customers can expect sophisticated, on-trend swimwear with unrivaled fit and quality, that when worn, will make them feel confident and sexy. 

Browse Yandy’s vast array of swimwear and specialty apparel, and keep up with the brand: 

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