A Salute to Ms. Olympia Kim Chizevsky

There have been causes, past her management, why Kim Chizevsky didn’t get the popularity she deserved. For instance, when she received the Ms. Olympia title in 1996, she was dethroning Lenda Murray, one of the in style feminine bodybuilders of all time. Plus, she was larger and extra muscular than many of the different girls at a time when there was nonetheless a whole lot of resistance to extra mass and excessive muscularity in girls rivals.

In fact, rivals who would comply with a number of years later, like Iris Kyle and Alina Popa, would reset the usual and make extra mass and muscularity the norm reasonably than the exception. And I keep in mind arguing again within the day that “an excessive amount of” was relative and a sliding scale. However Kim would nonetheless endure from a whole lot of resistance as a result of her bodily improvement.

One other impediment for Kim was what the game calls “total presentation.” Kim was a sexy feminine athlete. However the earlier Ms. Olympias had been what you would possibly name “glamour ladies,” strikingly stunning in addition to wonderful bodybuilders. When the usual is Rachel McLish, Cory Everson, and Lenda Murray, that units a reasonably excessive bar.

Female bodybuilder Kim Chizevsky posing in front of a mirror wrapped in silk cloth
When some folks mentioned they didn’t assume Kim Chesevsky was glamorous sufficient, I’ll simply present them this picture. Invoice Dobbins

Really, when Kim first began competing as a professional, she didn’t spend a whole lot of effort on issues like hair and make-up, which might emphasize her aesthetic qualities. However she took steps to appropriate her total presentation, and when she received Ms. Olympia in 1996, I keep in mind standing subsequent to Jim Manion and listening to him say how a lot prettier Kim appeared onstage.

Muscular blonde bodybuilder Kim Chizevsky
Feminine bodybuilders like Kim Chizevsky have legs like a dancer-only a lot extra so. Invoice Dobbins

Sadly, first impressions typically persevere, and a whole lot of judges and officers didn’t actually acknowledge this transformation. After her 1996 victory, Kim – who was underneath contract to the Weider group – was advised if she didn’t change to health her contract wouldn’t be renewed. Given this strain, Kim did attempt to compete in health with some success, however not that of her Ms. Olympia Bodybuilding titles. She did a wonderful job of shedding muscle, firming down her conditioning, and was in a position to carry out the obligatory health stunts and gymnastics, however her pure bodily construction and dimension weren’t properly fitted to the Health division. If some thought of her too huge and muscular for bodybuilding, think about how she appeared in a health lineup.

Artistic image of the female bodybuilder Kim Chizevsky
Giving one other which means to the time period “statuesque”. Invoice Dobbins

As a photographer, I used to be all the time conscious of Kim’s aesthetic qualities and I made an effort to seize them on movie, reasonably than simply taking pictures muscle poses. The end result was that always viewers of the photographs didn’t acknowledge the topic. Kim together with the steerage of her husband and coach, Chad Nicholls revolutionized the extent of muscle and conditioning on the skilled stage for each women and men. In 1996, Kim Chizevsky launched us to a brand new degree of muscularity that we had not seen earlier than. I hope the images I’m together with right here assist to indicate the viewer simply how particular and memorable Kim Chizevsky was. Individuals don’t consider what they see as a lot as they see what they consider.

Kim Chizevsky deserves recognition as an excellent 4-time Ms. Olympia and 2-time Ms. Worldwide, but additionally as any person who persevered regardless of challenges and continued to enhance after reaching success. Kim is married to Chad Nicholls and lives in Springfield, Missouri. She is the mom of two boys Dominic and Morgan, an IFBB Professional League and NPC promoter.

Kim Chizevsky-Nicholls is thought to be one of many best and most muscular feminine bodybuilders of her time. She was the primary feminine bodybuilder to win each the Ms. Worldwide and Olympia in the identical yr in 1996. She ranked as one of the best feminine bodybuilder within the IFBB Professional Girls’s Bodybuilding Rating Record till October 22, 2000. In January 2008, Chizevsky was inducted into the IFBB Corridor of Fame.

Kim Chizevsky Contest historical past

· 1999 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st

· 1998 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st

· 1997 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st

· 1996 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 1st

· 1996 IFBB Ms. Worldwide – 1st

· 1995 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 2nd

· 1995 IFBB Ms. Worldwide – 2nd

· 1994 IFBB Ms. Worldwide – fifth · 1993 IFBB Ms. Olympia – fifth · 1993 IFBB Ms. Worldwide – 1st

· 1992 IFBB North American Championship – 1st (HW and total)

· 1992 NPC Junior Nationals – 1st (HW and total)

· 1991 MPC Midwest Grand Prix – 1st (General)

· 1991 NPC Continental USA – 1st (General)

· 1990 AAU Central USA – 1st (General)

· 1990 AAU Illinois – 1st (General)

· 1990 AAU Southern Illinois – 1st (Tall)

· 1990 NPC Tri-State – 1st (HW)

· 1989 AAU Central USA – 2nd (Tall)

· 1989 AAU Illinois – 1st (Tall)

· 1989 Tri-State Bodybuilding (Illinois) – 2nd (LHW)

Bodybuilder Kim Chizevsky posing provicatively in black lingerie
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