Lisa Lyon

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Lisa Lyon
— Bodybuilder —
Personal info
Born 1953
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Professional career
Pro-debut 1979 AAU Junior Ms. America, 1979
Best win 1979 AAU Junior Ms. America, 1979
Active Retired 1979

Lisa Lyon is a female bodybuilder from the United States. At the conclusion of her bodybuilding career, she stood at 5'3" and weighed 105 pounds, able to dead-lift 225 pounds, bench-press 120 pounds, and squat 265 pounds; two and a half times her own weight.


Born in Los Angeles, California in 1953, Lisa Lyon studied art at the University of California at Los Angeles, and became accomplished in kendo, the Japanese art of fencing. She began weight training to build more upper body strength for kendo.

Lyon entered and won the first IFBB Women’s World Pro Bodybuilding Championship in Los Angeles on June 16, 1979. This was the only bodybuilding competition of her career. She appeared in many magazines and on television talk shows. She also wrote a book on weight training for women titled Lisa Lyon’s Body Magic (ISBN 0-553-01296-7), which was published in 1981.

Lyon appeared in Playboy in October 1980. She was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame in 2000.

Lyon played Cimmaron in Vamp, a low-budget 1986 film starring Grace Jones.

She modeled for American fine art photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, resulting in the 1983 book Lady: Lisa Lyon.[1]

In creating the Marvel Comics character Elektra, Frank Miller initially used Lyon as a basis for the character's appearance.


  1. ^ Mapplethorpe, Robert; Bruce Chatwin (1983). Lady: Lisa Lyon. New York: Viking Press. ISBN 0-670-43012-9. OCLC 8826279. 

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