Model: Cynthia Benoit lying down wearing matching denim shorts and crop top

Model: Cynthia Benoit Model: Photographie Brian Landis

I could be wrong, but I don’t think we have too many Bikini Athletes over here in the UK. If anyone would like to jump in here and slap this pen out of my hand then by all means. I’m confident however that a Bikini Athlete marks all the classic characteristics of a heliotrope. Indigenous only to hot climates. Growing up on the East Anglian coast I can assure you I haven’t seen any Bikini Athletes pose for photos, freezing in the below minus temperatures collecting fag butts between their toes on Lowestoft beach. If you’re looking to find out more about Bikini Athletes and fitness and figure competition in general, here are some semi-interesting facts, mixed with some of the best Bikini Athletes on Instagram.

Lauren Irick

Cover girl for Bikini Athletes is Lauren wearing hot pink bikini sitting on a rock with the sea in the background

Lauren Irick is one of the top Bikini Athletes out there and specialises in Nutrition Coaching and Prep Packages. Click on here picture to follow her on Instagram and find out more about her Coaching programme on her website.

FACT: Fitness and figure competition is a class of physique-exhibition events for women. While bearing a close resemblance to female bodybuilding, its emphasis is on muscle definition, not size. In other words, fitness competition is a sport which fuses female bodybuilding and gymnastics into one.

Aly Garcia

Aly is brunette kneeling on an arm chair wearing her underwear looking over her shoulder


Aly Garcia lives in West Palm Peach in Florida. She is I’m a mother, IFBB BIKINI PRO, and President of Erb’s Palsy Recovery, INC a non profit organization founded to help those afflicted with Erb’s Palsy. Whilst the UK might not be the leader in the clubhouse with the Bikini Athletes, we do have a support group for Erb’s Palsy which you can check out here. Click on her photo and follow her on Instagram to show your support.


Aly again in a black bikini and hi heels leaning against a window

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FACT: The first women’s Fitness competition was produced by Wally Boyko in 1985 at the National Fitness trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada; it included a swimsuit round, an athletic routine, and an evening gown segment.

bikini athlete girl taking selfie with grey leggings

Danielle Ballard is a mother also and currently engaged. She is a personal trainer and hails from Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Click on her photo and follow her on Instagram for inspirational work out routines.

FACT: A typical fitness competition consists of a swimsuit round and a routine round.  The swimsuit must cover at least fifty percent of the gluteus maximus muscle; no thongs or G-strings are allowed. 

Girl taking selfie in locker room flexing her bicep

Cynthia Benoit is a Pro Bikini Athlete with her own nutrition company; ADN Atôme de Nutrition. Be sure to click on her photo and follow her journey on Instagram.

FACT: The first Bikini Olympia was introduced in 2010.

Amanda Gable

amanda gable in pageantry bikini and high heels

Amanda Gable’s passion for fitness has led her to a journey that developed a career as a National Level Bikini competitor, fitness model, personal trainer and CEO of GableFit.  She has been featured in numerous ads by her sponsors USPlabs and Ravish Sands. Check out her website and find out how she can improve your physique by clicking on her photo and following her on Instagram.

FACT: Lowestoft’s South Beach was given a Blue Flag status in May 2016. The Blue Flag Award is the international standard for beach quality and is only awarded to coastal destinations that boast the highest standards of water, facilities, safety, environmental education and management.

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  1. Gregg Temperley
    December 7, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    A friend of mine just won the UK Pure Elite Bikini competition ( I think it’s pretty common the UK now and most body building competitions have a “bikini” category. On a competition weekend, the fake tan used exceeds that of the entire cast of TOWIE prepping for marbs.

    • December 11, 2016 / 10:39 am

      HAHA! I think it was just Warren Woodcraft and I that were totally unschooled in this area.

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