When speaking of the best bodybuilders ever to have hit the stage we tend to glorify the biggest names of the men’s division, but what about those greats who have come and gone in the women’s class?
As quick as the rise of male bodybuilding has been over the past 40 years or so, it’s undoubtedly worth noting a long line of female amazons have rocked the stage, many of whom were renowned for their biceps in particular.
Many of us head to the gym and devote entire months strictly with the intention of growing those mounds of muscle on our arms, and many of us will never come close to these heavyweights.
Take Alina Popa, for example, a staple of the IFBB pro circuit in recent years and the owner of some of the most jacked pythons we’re ever likely to see on a woman.
But the list doesn’t stop there. We’ve seen countless female athletes come through the halls of fitness fame bringing some of the most memorable physiques in history, and stellar arms are a running theme among many of them.
Read on for a breakdown of the top 10 female bodybuilder biceps; just be careful to not stare too close to your screen and having an eye poked out.
1. Debi Laszewski
A five-time podium finisher on the Ms. Olympia stage, Debi Laszewski took a four-year hiatus from bodybuilding altogether in the early 2000s before returning the stage in 2005 and discovering her biggest success.
And aren’t we glad?
2. Maryse Manios
If we’re talking about sheer mass in the female bodybuilding world, Maryse Manios is a name that goes hand-in-hand with the genre.
Or arm-in-arm, depending on which way you look at it.
3. Alina Popa
It’s not too often one hears about 17-inch biceps in the women’s world, but Alina Popa is a massive figure of the IFBB circuit, and it’s no wonder she has an Arnold Classic runner-up medal to her name.
4. Gina Davis
The peak on Gina Davis’ biceps come competition time is the kind of stuff many men dream of.
What, just me?
5. Jana Linke-Sippl
Hailing from the same land as the Austrian Oak himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jana Linke-Sippl brings an incredible pair of guns of her own to the table.
6. Kashma Maharaj
Proof if ever it was needed that big things do indeed come in small packages, 5’1″ Kashma Maharaj has an astounding set of biceps that combine full, vascular bellies with rare size.
7. Colette Guimond
So you thought 17 inches was impressive for a woman’s bicep? Canadian star Colette Guimond eats that for breakfast, boasting a spectacular 19-inch bulge of her own, with the definition to back it up.
8. Isabelle Turell
Isabelle Turell looks like she’s just got done curling tree trunks in the forest, and there is no way we’re the ones to tell her any different.
9. Brigita Brezovac
What Brigita Brezovac lacks in size, she more than makes up for in low body fat and chiselled facial features, not to mention those flowing, Slovenian, blonde locks help her keep a feminine look.
10. Aleesha Young
Combined with a rigorous supplement routine and other substances that tend to alter a woman’s appearance, Aleesha Young is one of the lucky giants of female bodybuilding, who managed to retain much of her womanly appeal.
Not only that, but her biceps are some of the most well-known in the women’s world of fitness, and for good reason.