The era ranging from the early to late 1980s was very exciting for women body building. It was noticeable by extraordinary growth in both popularity and progress than in any other previous decade. This decade is referred tenderly as the decade during which female body building gained form and receipt, as a truly professional sport that it is today. The following are just but several of the significant events of these decade, that were ultimate to the female body building industry.
Rachel McLish survives today as a heroic body builder of the magnificent 80′s. She rose to become not only a pioneer female body builder but also the single most successful body building contestant in the early 80s. She however lost her Ms. Olympia title to Kike Elomaa in the summer of 1981. She was not discouraged in her stable rise though, for she recovers it in 1982.
Professional female body building also stepped a mark higher following the successful open of the Women’s Pro World Championship in 1981. Lynn Conkwright won the initial contest. The contest was successfully held each year from 1981 to 1989, dominating the headlines as the second most prestigious body building contest at the time. The unconquerable McLish conquered this title and added it to her collection in the very year she regained her Ms. Olympia title.
In 1982, George Snyder resentfully lost her rights to Ms. Olympia title. It was during this year that the titles contestants stopped being hand-picked as previously done. From then on, contestants had to meet the criteria for the title through the spirited placings resulting from lesser female professional body building contests.
Female body building gained in popularity, fans increased, media coverage became amazing and the competitors increased. The women body building sport grew phenomenally such that, competition became violent. So to do the training. The level of the body builder’s training increased comparatively from that of many competitors in earlier contests where very little training was required. Increased prowess in weight training in turn saw the sport gradually evolving towards perfection of muscular physiques. Physiques form, definition and mass became a significant measure of competitive female body building emerged as a trend in 1983.
This is when McLish begun disappearing from the competitive field. Her absence in consecutive big shows, gave way to Carla Dunlap who eventually took over the Pro World title and that of Ms. Olympia. Objective reflection not misguided by media’s fancy of McLish reveals that Dunlap actually possessed far much of a muscular physique than did her predecessors, McLish or Elomaa. Due to reasons unknown until today, Dunlap never repeated her debut success of the year 1983. She however remained very competitive for the entire 80′s decade.