A perfect body is hard to come by. It requires months and years of commitment, tears, and painful training. The following women in this slideshow have striven for perfection and found it in a wide range of different disciplines. But whatever you might think, these attractive women are not just eye candy. Theyre not just decoration. Theyve more ripped than most of us will ever be, more dedicated, and stronger. And theyre not afraid to show it.
Crossfit Games Athlete
Camille has both muscles and brains: a dangerous combination. Although standing at only 5 feet 2 inches, she took out the 2014 CrossFit Games with a decisive victory in the female event. Not only that, at the age of 27 she is an accomplished weightlifter, skier and rugby player. Oh, and a chemical engineer.
Hailing from Quebec in Canada, she got into crossfit because a teammate told her she was not in shape. Her diet is heavy on nuts, fruit, and vegetables, but she says I dont care if I fit in. I just want to be respected. We respect you, Camille. Just dont hurt us.
While Sarah might be faking it in the ring, with those muscles you definitely would think twice about taking her on. The Swedish former WWE wrestler got her start at the age of 14 in arm wrestling (yes, its a sport) and rose to become an eight-time world champion. After she was released from her WWE contract in 2014, she switched to real estate brokerage, of all things.
Now married to Taylor Rotunda Bo Dallas in WWE she also spends her spare time in the Swedish edition of Gladiator on television, where she performs as Spirit. She says being able to play a part in the show is a childhood dream. If we tried to get fresh with her, it would quickly become our childhood nightmare.
Just because theyre scantily clad, doesnt mean they wont rip off your arm if you try anything. A linebacker for Seattle Mist in the Legends Football League (previously Lingerie Football League), Christine definitely has, uh, ball skills. Just dont tell her we said that, okay?
Although it might seem like a novelty sport made up by pimply boys, Lingerie Football is the real deal. They run, they kick, they viciously tackle. They develop muscles that would knock you flat before you could even deliver your cheesy pick-up line. The same rules apply as in an expensive jewelry store: look, but dont touch.
Mixed Martial Arts
How do you approach a woman who could fly-kick you to the head? The answer: carefully. At only 22 years old, Paige VanZant has already turned heads in the MMA world, winning 7 out of 9 bouts in the strawweight division. Strawweight means light, certainly, but it doesnt mean they cant beat a grown man senseless.
Paige only got into MMA by accident after she walked past a gym while looking for a dance studio. A couple of sessions later, the 54 pocket dynamite was ready to take anybody on including you, if you mess with her. Her fighting tactics are described as aggressive grappling. Which sounds a lot like our first attempt at kissing, to be honest.
Track and Field
Were not going to comment on Alison Stokkes looks, because theres already been enough gross sexualization of her in the media. Also, those thighs could crush us like a grape. The 27-year-old pole vaulter has seen a lot of attention over her attractiveness, and not nearly enough attention about her athletic prowess.
Which is substantial. In high school alone, she vaulted into the record books by breaking the American freshman and sophomore pole records in subsequent years. From there she continued to excel through college, narrowly missing out on Olympic selection. Of her status as an unwilling sex symbol, she said I worked so hard for pole vaulting and all this other stuff, and it's almost like that doesn't matter. Nobody sees that. Nobody really sees me."
At 55 and 117 pounds, Andreia Brazier certainly doesnt sound ripped on paper. But one look at her and youll realize how much power she has. She may have a dream bod, but the professional bodybuilder and four-time WBFF World Champ is far more than just looks.
Andreia comes from Brazil, and spent her early life looking, like most of us do, enviously at the Rio beach bodies around her. Nowadays shes the worlds number one fitness model and sells a range of highly successful health and workout routines. Wed buy one ourselves if the sight of her didnt make us faint in terror.
Celeste Bonin aka Kaitlyn
Celeste Bonin has actually retired from the WWE and wrestling life, but that hasnt at all made her less scary. Now 29, her imposing physique made her an unstoppable force inside (and outside, were willing to bet) the ring. After marrying a bodybuilder in 2014, though, she walked away.
Why? In her own words, focus on my marriage, give it the best Ive got. She has other interests on the side, too: a clothing line called Celestial Bodiez, and a smoothie bar in Florida she runs with her husband. She probably also has a side trade in kicking peoples asses.
Imagine how nerve-racking trying to date Laila Ali would have been. If her father didnt knock you out, she could do it just as easily. The daughter of Mohammed Ali, Laila has achieved sporting success in her own right, having an eight-year boxing career without a single defeat. And despite retiring in 2007, with a reach of 70.5 inches youd still better stay out of her way.
Laila began boxing at the age of 18, despite her father telling her it was too dangerous. After retirement she has still stayed in the public eye, appearing on and hosting numerous TV shows. Not only that, Hulk Hogan credits her with saving his life, saying that she phoned him up while he was suicidal and talked him out of it. Or maybe just threatened to beat him up.
Mixed Martial Arts
They say that the pen is mightier than the sword, but as a MMA fighter and literature major, Julie Kedzie is just mightier than you. The pint sized (5 5) fighter may be retired from fighting now, but she still has what it takes to put you down. With mastery of Taekwondo, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, she rose to prominence with a series of stunning wins in the MMA ring.
Although born in Chicago, she now calls Indiana home. She began training in Taekwondo at the age of 5 and is placed in the bantamweight category, which loosely translates to able to do you serious damage. Nobody is quite sure what shes doing with herself after retirement, so youd better keep looking over your shoulder.
Crossfit Games Athlete
With a name like Christmas Abbott, it would be no surprise if she got her start beating up the bullies in the schoolyard. And after ten years as a crossfit nut, its best that you dont start teasing her, either. Basically, if the tattoos dont already scare you, just take one look at those muscles.
Nowadays her résumé has expanded to cover a wide range of pursuits. She calls herself quirky, and with a range of bodybuilding videos, motivational speaking circuits, and a side career in a NASCAR pit crew, she lives up to the label. She also has an English bulldog named Fran. So if she doesnt sink her teeth into you, the dog will.
Theres something exotically alluring about Italian women, and Camila is no exception. Except shes just as unattainable shed knock you out of the court if you tried anything. At only 24 years old, shes already racked up almost $2m in prizemoney, and has no plans to call it quits just yet.
Although only 56, her powerful, flat forehand groundstrokes and aggressive style have given her notoriety as one of the hardest hitters in the game. In one particular match, she was cautioned for hitting a ball into the stands, which thudded into an elderly spectator. With fiery Argentine blood running through her veins and huge muscles to boot, you dont want her aiming for you.
As a mother of four and professional bodybuilder, Raechelle has a lot of experience dealing with annoyance. Even after the pregnancies she hasnt lost that killer body, which she attributes to training like a demon even while carrying. She even has a line of books describing her pregnancy workouts.
How does she manage to achieve so much? It just a mindset, she says. I constantly feel like I want to achieve more than I feel I am capable of, maybe just to see if its possible. Although she says she does sometimes struggle with those rigorous diets, she says shes as motivated as ever. By the looks of her ripped body, it definitely looks like shes telling the truth.
A WWE star and member of the downright scary Hart wrestling family, Natalya Neidhart simply Natalya in the ring has been kicking ass for 16 years. At 135 pounds, you definitely dont want her performing her signature Sharpshooter finishing move on you. Its as painful as it sounds.
Still in the ring, Natalya has moved on from her days as the perky, cute, blonde little bimbo to become the central villain in the WWE Divas line-up. Shes still got the blonde hair, but her takedowns of several of her protégés and peers have earned her wide respect in the wrestling world. Sure, its all for laughs until you mess with her for real.
Womens basketball is often looked over in favor of the more popular mens league, but if theres anyone who will make you sit up and take notice, its Skylar Diggins. Playing as guard for the Dallas Wings in the WNBA, her astounding court record has put her firmly in the VIP category. Shes even won gold for the country.
At 59, shes not exactly tall for a basketball player, but she makes up for the stature with an incredible training regime and aggressive physical strength. She got her start at Washington High School in South Bend, Indiana, and has recently been named a WNBA all-star for two years running. Becoming engaged this year, its unlikely that marriage will keep her down. Or any man, for that matter.
Mixed Martial Arts
If you think youve seen those rippling muscles before, youre not wrong. Ronda isnt just an incredible fighter and the highest paid UFC competitor, male or female, shes also all over Hollywood. She was famous before her roles in Expendables 3, Furious 7, and Entourage, though, with an early judo career leading to USAs first ever judo medal in the Beijing games.
She might not have moved on from her hometown of LA, but she did move on from Judo to the fiercer MMA world. At 61kg, she qualifies as a bantamweight, and at one point had an 11 match winning streak. She says, there are so many ridiculous arguments that MMA is somehow anti-woman. Fighting is not a man's thing, it is a human thing. To say that it is anti-woman is an anti-feminist statement. We wont disagree, but mostly because shell break our legs.
Crossfit Games Athlete
To those of you who have just been doing your best to kick me while I'm down, F*** OFF cause your wasting your time. Nothing you say can break me, or soil what I have done or am about to accomplish this year. Thats Brooke Ence on learning she had failed to qualify for the 2016 World Crossfit Games. With that incredible physique, Im not exactly sure who would manage to kick her while shes down.
As a crossfit athlete for more than four years, the failure came as a surprise to many. Just look at those thighs. They can deadlift an incredible 365 pounds about two of me. Shes a strict disciplinarian, always measuring what she eats and scheduling her rest days with army-like precision. With that kind of attitude and her insane body, we think shell bounce back in no time.
Lingerie football is sometimes seen as a bit of a joke by sports purists. All beauty and no brawn, they say. No tactics or grace, just eye candy. Ashley Helmstetter, of the LFLs Baltimore Charm, would like to prove otherwise.
While she is certainly luscious, and has even appeared nude in a 2011 issue of Playboy, thats not all she has going for her. As an offensive and defensive line-backer, she has the versatility to take on any play, at any time. If theres a will, theres a way, she says of her career. Her imposing body would help, too.
When she was young, Erin Stern trained in pentathlons and heptathlons. She was very good at it, but couldnt qualify for the 2008 Olympics. The reason? She was 3cm too short. I gave it my all, she is quoted as saying, but I couldnt make the last three centimeters.
So what did she do? Got ripped instead. Even at only 59, Erin cuts an incredibly imposing, incredibly muscular figure. So muscular, in fact, that shes won the Miss Figure Olympia competition twice. If that doesnt scare you, consider the fact that she also has a bachelor in Environmental Policy. Thats right, Erin. Beat those gas-guzzlers into submission.
Mixed Martial Arts
Also known as Cupcake, her cute name definitely does not match her MMA prowess. Unless it means that shes come out of the fire looking gorgeous. Famed for her grappling technique, the pint-sized beauty has an amazing 18-6 win-loss record, even coming out on top in a cage fight or two
Far from being a vicious lady, though, Miesha has actually saved a life or two in her day. Her boyfriend, fellow UFC fighter Bryan Caraway, has a lot to thank her for when Miesha saved his mother during a scuba diving trip gone wrong. She also helped rescue a six-year old with a broken arm while hiking in Nevada. We wouldnt mind being saved by her.
Where does WWE find these frightening beauties? Her real name is Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace, but under the name Nikki Bella she has terrorized countless opponents in the ring with her sweet-but-vicious brand of wrestling. Paired with her twin sister Brie, also a WWE wrestler, she poses a formidable threat to anyone who gets her in her way.
Coming from San Diego, her early life consisted of working on the family farm and destroying the boys at soccer. Before she was a wrestler, she also appeared in a number of TV shows, including Meet My Folks. And just to round it all off, Nikkis also a qualified real estate agent. Dont hurt us, Nikki, well pay whatever youre asking!
Crossfit Games Athlete
Another crossfit wonder, Ashley credits her stunning physique to a regimented paleo diet and training. Despite only being 23 years old, she has muscles that most men cant match, in places youve never dreamed of. Now also a qualified and very scary body builder, she still manages to keep an unbelievable flexibility.
Some of her favorite inspirational quotes include your mind believes whatever you tell it, so tell it positive things and because when you stop and look around, life is pretty amazing. No Ashley, when we stop and look around, youre pretty amazing.
Weve got a stunning revelation for you, men. Women are just as good as you are (if not better at a lot of things, to be honest). Jen Welter is living proof. In 2015, she achieved two incredible firsts: the first female coach in the NFL, when she signed on as inside linebacker coach for the Cardinals, and the first woman to play a contact position in a male dominated sport (the Indoor Football League).
It's pointless talking about how good she looks. The very fact that she has the prowess and physical strength to take on the men in the most physical sport in the world just goes to show that people can achieve anything. She even won an award for her achievement from the UN. Were very proud of her, and slightly jealous.
Mixed Martial Arts
If there ever was a potent combination, its a woman who is at home both on the mat and the red carpet. Gina Carano is the epitome of that combination, having roles in a number of big budget Hollywood blockbusters (Haywire, Fast & Furious 6, Deadpool) and being a killer MMA fighter in her own right.
Her muscular power and knockout looks have garnered her the attention of both fight managers and film directors. Of her performance in Fast & Furious 6, respected critic Richard Roeper reported that her two fight scenes with Michelle Rodriguez are just epic. At 143 pounds, she certainly has the muscle mass to dominate every scene and every match.
If theres anyone that can better Erin Sterns Figure Olympia record, its Nicole Wilkins. Shes won the award an amazing four times, and with a body like that, its no wonder. In fact, wed kinda like to see a matchup of the two. With honey. Just kidding theyd totally kick our asses.
Nicole was winning bodybuilding competitions by the time she was 19 years old, and hasnt looked back since. The Michigan native now has a line in personal training and workout programs, and says that when she walks out on the Olympia stage, Everything else is sort of silent. Even when they announce your name as the winner, it's all you hear. It's just you and the lights. And us, Nicole, cheering you on.
Crossfit Games Athlete
Fitness superstar Amanda Douglas is no one-trick pony. Not even a two-trick pony. How does she manage to look so damned cute, and be so incredibly buff at the same time? Try crossfit, dancing, rock climbing, coaching, and growing up in a riotous Texan family with seven siblings. Thatll turn anybody into a muscle machine.
Since moving to LA to pursue her dream, Amanda has moved from strength to ridiculous strength. But for all her daily regimen and strict lifestyle, she doesnt mind letting her hair down once in a while and loves a beer or two. We know who wed want on our side in a bar fight.
You might not notice her rippling six-pack at first. Actually, the first thing thatll grab you about the Irish born wrestler (before she does) is her flaming red hair The distraction effect might help to explain her success in the WWE, where she is currently the reigning Smackdown queen. Either that, or shes just completely ripped.
Away from the arena, Becky (real name Rebecca Quin) treads a very different kind of stage, acting in theater productions. She did try to go to college, studying philosophy and history, but dropped out because she couldnt stand it. We dont blame her. Who needs philosophy when you can solve every problem with the Four Leg Clover?
Professional Beach Volleyball
Forget about Martina Hingis heres the real Swiss Miss. At 63, Joana towers over most people and dominates the sand with her powerful spikes. Not only that, at the innocent age of 24 she managed to qualify for the Rio games with partner Nadine Zumkehr. Although only seeded 14th, the team managed to almost topple world champions Brazil in the longest match of the Olympics.
Coming from the cosmopolitan financial capital of Switzerland, Zurich, all of that fresh alpine air must have helped her achieve the physical and career heights that she has. She comes from a family of volleyball players - both of her brothers play professionally she has a bright future ahead of her. Though it might be tough finding a man who can match up.
Serena Williams really needs no introduction. The tennis megastar perhaps the greatest that ever lived and outspoken female and black rights defender has a list of successes as long as her legs. Its hard to say whats more attractive: the way her muscles hum as she smashes down another winner, or her unflappable and intelligent contribution to the welfare of our society.
Even at 34 years old she shows no signs of letting up, winning Grand Slam after Grand Slam and racking up an incredible $80m in winnings alone. Shes featured on the cover of Vogue, performed cameo after cameo in TV shows and films, and she runs her own charity foundation helping underprivileged kids gain educational scholarships. If theres anyone who works as tirelessly as Serena, wed like to see her.
Mixed Martial Arts
How could we describe our reaction when we first saw Cat Zingano? The best quote we could probably use comes from the formidable MMA lady herself: my head caved in, I was dizzy; I couldn't be in light for a month. I put on like 30 pounds because my pituitary gland got knocked around and my hormones were all screwed up. Yeah, shes a looker alright.
And a powerhouse. The #3 UFC bantamweight only discovered jiu-jitsu late in life, after a promising career on the college wrestling team. Now 34 and with an impressive 9-2 win-loss record, shes also the mother of Brayden, making her the first mother ever to fight in UFC. If she was our mother, wed have a much different upbringing.
Heres another who proves that being a mother doesnt mean the end of your life, or the end of an amazing body. With her trademark ash blonde hair and sculpted body, Jessie has it all: a successful career as an IFBB Figure, a hugely popular fitness program, and a couple of star turns as a fitness cover model.
After spending her childhood with a weightlifter father, she was always interested in being fit and active. But it wasnt until her husband encouraged her to start bodybuilding that her fledgling career started to take off. Now signed to the bodybuilding.com, shes one spokeswoman who makes us sit up and take notes.
She might be 35, and she might be retired, but Beth Phoenix (real name Elizabeth Kocianski) has not lost a drop of her drop-dead gorgeous looks or fierce demeanor. Both of them made the New York native a darling of the WWE, where she used such moves as the Chokebomb and Glam Slam. Ouch.
Were willing to forgive the sometimes, um, odd costume choices, but only because with that figure, Beth could pull them off. At 57 and 150 pounds, Beth is a force of nature to be reckoned with. Both her ex-husband and current husband are WWE wrestlers too. So I wouldnt go pissing off any of them.
Crossfit Games Athlete
The image of Australia brings to mind all kinds of bronzed, muscular beach bodies. So youd be forgiven for wondering where all the Aussies are on the list. Dont worry, Jessicas here to sort that all out. And sort you out too, if youre not careful.
Yes, shes from the Land Down Under, and thats also where her talents lie. With a pair of huge legs on a tiny 140-pound frame, she manages to back squat a slightly terrifying 330 pounds. She says she used to hate competition and only enjoy the training side of things. Seems like its paid off
Mixed Martial Arts
Alright, were going to exclusively date girls called Jessica from now on. I dont know how, but every one of them on the list seems to be a lithe, whip-smart mega-hottie. Jessica Eye (that cant be her real name, can it?) has just proved the rule. Tough as nails and beautiful to boot, the MMA fighter has an admirable win-loss record and has even modeled for Cosmopolitan.
Jessica got into MMA after a drunk driver hit her and her father and left her with a broken back for three months. On her slow road to recovery, she realized a powerful drive to success that she had never found before. Its helped her ever since. But what about her faults? We couldnt find any.
If you dont believe us about Brandis muscle definition, all you have to do is find the picture of her celebrating her famous penalty winner in the 1999 FIFA World Cup. In a moment of what she called momentary insanity, nothing more, nothing less and what we call well earned, she ripped off her soccer jersey and fell to her knees in delight, revealing everything her sports bra wasnt covering.
While everyone else was looking at her, um, sports equipment, we were jealously checking out her abs. Look at those things. So sharply defined you could grate cheese on them. She might be retired now, but those incredible muscles, that physical prowess, will be etched into our memories forever.
If theres anything more attractive than a successful woman with a killer body, its a successful woman with a killer body and a French accent. Luckily, weve found the perfect woman, and her name is Stefanie Richard. And by the way, if you dont like French accents, dont tell her that. She could probably snap your arm off.
Shes from Quebec, shes a blonde bombshell, shes got the physique of an Amazonian goddess, and shes a certified personal trainer, dental hygienist, and art history major. What more do we need to say? She loves pets and hiking? She says she will always aim to become a better person, but we dont really see how you could get any better.
Trying to mess with Simone Biles would be like a fight scene out of The Matrix. In a few seconds shed be cartwheeling across the floor and dropping you like a sack of bricks. Only 19 years old and a pocket-sized 48, she already has the grace and muscles that most of us will never ever achieve in our lifetime.
She uses it well. Those of you glued to the Rio Games could not have failed to notice her wiping the floor with the competition. The dual American/Belizean national took out a stunning four gold medals in the Team, All-around, Vault and Floor categories. Simone was also the first female gymnast to ever have the honor of flag-bearer for the closing ceremony. She deserved it.
Ashley Fliehr aka Charlotte
Two-time WWE Raw champ Ashley Fliehr (Charlotte to her fans) doesnt just have enough muscles to flatten you, shes got a bit of a temper, too. Or so the cops would say, since one officer was caught in the middle of a nasty fight between Ashley, her ex-husband, and her father (the legendary Ric Flair), and came out much worse for it.
With moves like Charlottes Web and Natural Selection on the mat, it seems that no-one within a hundred yards of her is safe. Shes another beauty and brains in one complete package, having graduated from North Carolina State with a Science degree. No doubt shes done experiments on how to cause maximum physical pain.
Mixed Martial Arts
Also known as The Preachers Daughter, since her father is a minister for the Church of Christ, Holly Holm doesnt just have a divine body, but a truly blessed career. At 58 and 135lb and with a reach longer than her height, shes nimble enough and solid enough to carve out incredible success in not one, not two, but three different fighting disciplines.
In boxing, she was a multiple world champ winner, and coolly defended her titles 18 times in three different weight divisions. In her brief time as a kickboxer she managed to take out the titles of two national tournaments. Finally, in UFC, shes simply won more awards than we can count, at one point even upsetting Ronda Rousey in a fight many called the upset of the millennia. Whats next, Holly? Would you mind defending our galaxy?
Track & Field
Lord, not another beautiful and talented Jessica. Theres got to be a limit to the amount of Jesses, Jessies, Jessicas, and J-Sickers that we can handle in our life. Whats this one got? A lovely face check. A stomach you could use for rock-climbing practice check. Medals from the Olympics check. Alright, she can come in too.
Shes broken more records than an angry music store employee and won Olympic gold and silver in the heptathlon. Shes half Jamaican, which is very cool in anyones book, donates time and money to charity, and even writes for The Times in the UK. Did we forget to mention shes also a Commander of the British Empire? Stop it, were getting flustered.
Get Fit With Bella, her website proudly proclaims. But look at her. How you could you possibly have her as your personal trainer? Oh, were certain shes more than qualified shes a word-class bodybuilder, winner of multiple competitions, and fitness model but we dont think were qualified to even look at her.
Imagine trying to train with this Brazilian beauty. Would you end up even finishing one push-up, or would you end up on the floor in a puddle of your own drool? Would you end up doing anything at all except ask her to please demonstrate a squat again? Or would you just end up being so creepy that she breaks you up into a thousand pieces with her unbelievable biceps?
Track & Field
Hurdler, model, Australian. Ranked #10 on AskMen.com's 99 Most Desirable Women 2013. Mechanical Engineering student at The University of Sydney, Youth Olympics gold medalist, reigning Australian national champion. If theres a way Michelle Jenneke could be improved, were open to hearing some suggestions.
Despite a disappointing outing at the Rio games, at only 23 theres still plenty of time for her to find her feet. Shes got the body, thats for sure. Shes got that hilarious warm up dance, too, but if you havent seen it youll have to discover that one for yourself. All we can say is that it looks like shed be great fun at a club.
Joan Laurer aka Chyna
The passing of Joan Laurer earlier this year was a sad blow to the millions of WWE fans who knew her as Chyna. From 1995 to 2001, Chyna thrilled fans as the six-foot 9th Wonder of the World, partnering with the world-famous Triple H, she was the only woman to win the Intercontinental championship.
It wasnt just wrestling she appeared in several TV shows and magazines, bringing her towering frame and huge muscles to new fans all across the globe. In a tell-all autobiography, she described her constant battles with drug and alcohol abuse and mental illness. RIP, Chyna. Well never mess with you.
Mixed Martial Arts
The favorite pastime of Americans in the late eighties was to mess with the Soviets. Unfortunately, revenge like war is a dish best served cold. 28 years later, out of the Former Soviet State of Kyrgyzstan, Valentina The Bullet Shevchenko has come to wreak revenge. With her looks, though, wed consider defecting.
The 55 fighter started her indoctrination sorry, training at the impressionable age of 5. She progressed from taekwondo to become what many say is the best female Muay Thai fighter in the world, then switched to MMA to collect a tidy 13 wins out of 15. Shes a cold, ripped, precision machine who could have you on the ground before you could say nuclear winter. Look, lets just stop making fun of Putin, okay?
If you had any thought that the Swedes were peaceful, fun loving people, then think again. Heidi Vuorela and her massive muscles would like to have a word with you. Shes got biceps the size of a loaf of bread. Buns the size of your head. A stomach like a double chest of drawers. Veins like pencils. If you arent scared, you should be.
But apart from that, shes a sweet mother and a fun-loving lady. Apart from the thighs that could pulverize your ribs. Apart from the forearms she could use as rolling pins. Apart from the shoulders you could us as an ironing board. No, apart from all that we think shes probably really cute and really cool. We cant really tell, since were about five miles away and refuse to get any closer.
Mixed Martial Arts
Brazilian-born Cristiane Justino, known by the far more intimidating name of Cyborg, was originally a mere handball player. When a boxing trainer discovered her, she became the MMA powerhouse that she is today, known for an aggressive technique that combines traditional submissions with life-threatening chokeholds.
The featherweight fighter has seen the locker rooms of a number of different teams over the years, eventually signing with UFC after a dream run of fights saw her end up with a 16-2-win record. Her hobbies include the incredibly surprising Jiu-Jitsu and Submission wrestling. Wed tell her to get a life, but not to her face.
Another of Americas gymnastic sweethearts, Aly Raisman is like the slightly older and slightly taller sister of Simone Biles. But with a treasure trove of golds and silvers from two Olympics, shes still clearly capable of holding her own. Both her and Simone put in incredible performances at the Rio Olympics to take out the team event.
Aly got her start from the age of 2, inspired by the athletic prowess of the Magnificent Seven, the womens team who won gold in Atlanta. After twenty years of non-stop training, shes built like a Greek warrior, with poise, flexibility, and the legs of a champion racehorse. Her turn on Dancing with The Stars showed us one other thing the girls got style.
Meet this Northern Irish lass in a bar and you might be tempted to try some flirting. Before you do, though, be warned: youre messing with a muscle machine. While shes always been fit and active, it wasnt until a few years ago that she started weights training for real. The results have been spectacular, with a finely honed and highly toned muscle around every curve.
After winning the Miss Northern Ireland title in 2011, she hasnt looked back (it helps, of course, if youve got a mirror), racking up a string of wins against much more experience veterans of the scene. For her its not a hobby anymore its a lifestyle. She still adores the feeling of leaving the gym absolutely punctured and dripping in sweat. We wouldnt know what thats like.
At times it seems like Ellen Hoog was built specifically for hockey. The crucial player in many a gold medal line-up, shes fast and light, but also so strong she can almost lift herself up. With her in the squad, the Dutch womens team romped home to a gold medal in both the 2008 and 2012 games, firmly establishing them as masters of their game.
Growing up the northern part of The Netherlands, Ellen was drafted to the national team just after she hit 18 years old, describing the selection as being like winning the lottery, twice. Since then, shes matured into an outstanding player and woman, reaching into her off-season to work with various African charities. She hasnt found time to get to college yet, but with legs like that why would you need to?
If you grow up in LA, learning how to box is usually your last choice, well behind getting drunk and trying crazy diets. Fortunately for Team USA, Mikaela took the road less traveled and became a certified champion. Her 132 pounds puts her in the lightweight class for women, a category she has come to dominate with five separate championship wins.
Her incredibly far reach and ability to hit out of a tight spot made her top pick for the Rio Olympics. Although bowing out in the quarter finals to a disputed decision, Mikaela remains thrilled with her achievement and is looking forward to trying it all again in four years. Now thats the kind of dedication that makes us very proud (and a little bit scared) of her.
If the news came out tomorrow that Jamie had the fountain of youth in her backyard, wed yawn and turn the page. The womans forty years old and still looks like shes in her early twenties. There must be some kind of wizardry going on. Sadly (for the rest of us, anyway) shes not practicing black magic. Shes just put in a lot of really, really hard work.
The results speak for themselves. I mean, look at that body. Its no surprise shes been on the cover of dozens of fitness and health mags, or been in the Houston Texans cheerleading squad. Not only that, she was diagnosed with, fought, and beat breast cancer at the tender age of 22. If there ever was a woman to admire for sheer guts and incredible abs, this would be the one.