Becoming Bikini Bodybuilders: Challenges and Rewards of Ordinary Women Stepping on Stage offers an insight into the bikini category of natural female bodybuilding by revealing benefits and challenges experienced by ordinary women who decide to become bikini bodybuilders. Nina Michalikova challenges prevailing misconceptions and shows that not all female athletes follow extreme training and dietary measures for prolonged periods of time to achieve their desired physique. By highlighting the positive aspects of bikini bodybuilding, this book breaks the stereotypes of a “typical bikini competitor” as a hyper-sexualized woman with underlying health issues. In addition to studying a little understood population of bikini athletes, the study uses an innovative methodology to examine the topic.
Nina Michalikova received her PhD in sociology from Texas Woman’s University in 2013 and is a professor of sociology at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Chapter 1. Personal Life
Chapter 2. Social Life
Chapter 3. Professional Life
Chapter 4. Diet
Chapter 5. Training
Chapter 6. Drugs and Supplements
Chapter 7. Competing
Chapter 8. Expenses
Chapter 9. Health
About the Author
"Michalikova’s autoethnographic account on female bodybuilders is a fascinating read. Her story is not just from someone on the outside looking in; it is told from the voice of someone who has lived the life of a bikini athlete. The personal narratives add credibility to this study. The participants are from all over the world and the themes transcend different cultures. This book fills a gap in sociological literature about bikini competitors that wouldn’t be possible with other research methods."
"Michalikova's vulnerable approach to sociological research allows for an in-depth exposure of the world of bikini bodybuilding. Drawing from her own experience, she provides empathic interviews and dialogues from her participants to guide the reader through this developing area of research. Although written with the sociological imagination, this monograph truly provides an interdisciplinary opportunity for knowledge. This unique approach also provides encouragement to the reader to explore new adventures, primarily in bikini bodybuilding; the writing inspires the reader."
"Michalikova writes in a matter-of-fact style, addressing the process of competing in women’s bodybuilding. In this autoethnography, Michalikova brings attention to both the highs and lows of this sport and successfully incorporates her own experiences as well as those of other women bodybuilders. Because of her sociology background, Michalikova is well versed at weaving in the broader cultural and environmental contexts that influence the sport and the training concerns of its athletes."