Sheila Bleck

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Sheila Bleck[1]
Bodybuilder
Personal info
Born (1974-10-14) October 14, 1974 (age 45)[1]
Coos Bay, Oregon, U.S.[1]
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
WeightIn Season: 154 lb (70 kg)
Off-Season: 164 lb (74 kg)[1]
Professional career
Pro-debutIFBB New York Pro[1], 2010[1]
Best winIFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro champion[2], 2014,[2] 2016,[3] and 2017[3]
PredecessorTammy Jones[2]
Margaret Martin[3]
SuccessorMargaret Martin[4]
Alina Popa[3]
ActiveSince 1993[5]

Sheila R. Bleck (born October 14, 1974) is an American professional female bodybuilder. She ranks as the 6th best in the IFBB Pro Women's Bodybuilding Ranking List.[6][7]

Early life and education[edit]

Bleck was born in Coos Bay, Oregon, along with her identical twin sister, Sherry. Their mother, Rebecca, was young and unmarried, and they never knew their father. Bleck has spoken of the abuse she and her sister suffered at the hands of babysitters between the ages of three and five years old. Eventually, Bleck's working mother asked the twins' grandmother to step in and take care of them.

In 1992, Sheila, who describes herself as having always been athletic, graduated from North Bend High School.[1][8][9]

Bodybuilding career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

At the age of twelve, Bleck's mother bought her and her sister their first weight bench. She cites actor Sylvester Stallone's character Rocky Balboa and the Incredible Hulk as her early inspirations. It would be several years more, however, before Bleck, a modern dancer, would begin lifting seriously.

At the age of 16, she joined a powerlifting team, with which she competed for over two years. Her first trainer was Jake Grabow of Better Builds Gym, from whom she received an education on eating and posing. Not long after high school graduation, Bleck started competing as a bodybuilder.

In 2008, in winning the NPC Nationals, she obtained her IFBB pro card.[1][8][10][11]

Professional[edit]

In 2009, John Romano became Bleck's prep coach for her pro career, although her current prep coach is Dave Palumbo. In 2010, she came in a close second at her first professional competition, the 2010 New York Pro. She lost to Cathy LeFrançois by just one point. Since 2010, she has been in the top six of every professional bodybuilding competition in which she has competed, with the exception of the 2014 Ms. Olympia. At the 2016 Rising Phoenix World Championships, Bleck came in 2nd place overall and won the Best Poser Award.[1][2][12][13][14]

Contest history[edit]

  • 1993 Bill Pearl Classic - 2nd (HW)
  • 1995 Oregon Coast Champ - 1st (HW)
  • 1998 Oregon State Champ - 1st (HW)
  • 1999 Oregon State Champ - 1st (HW)
  • 2000 Oregon State Champ - 1st
  • 2000 Emerald Cup 2000 - 1st
  • 2000 USAs Nationals - 16th
  • 2002 Contra Costa - 1st
  • 2003 Nationals - 6th (HW)
  • 2005 National - 11th
  • 2006 USAs Nationals - 3rd
  • 2006 Nationals - 3rd
  • 2007 USAs Nationals - 2nd
  • 2008 Nationals - 1st
  • 2010 IFBB New York Pro - 2nd
  • 2010 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 4th
  • 2011 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 6th
  • 2012 IFBB Tampa Pro - 2nd and Best Poser Award
  • 2012 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 6th
  • 2014 IFBB Tampa Pro - 1st and Best Poser Award
  • 2014 IFBB Ms. Olympia - 7th
  • 2016 IFBB Tampa Pro - 1st
  • 2016 IFBB Rising Phoenix World Championships – 2nd and Best Poser Award
  • 2017 IFBB Tampa Pro - 1st
  • 2017 IFBB WOS Rising Phoenix World Championships – 2nd and Best Poser Award
  • 2018 IFBB WOS Rising Phoenix World Championships – 3rd[1][2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Bleck currently resides in Tampa, Florida.

Her sister Sherry started boxing competitively at age 19 and did so for six years with the USA Amateur Boxing Association. She fought as a welterweight and had an undefeated 10-0 career. Sherry has also competed in amateur bodybuilding three times (2004, 2005 and 2007) and took two overall titles and one 2nd place.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Sheila Bleck Bio". sheilableck.net. Archived from the original on February 22, 2015. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e 2014 IFBB Wings of Strength Tampa Pro
  3. ^ a b c d e Sheila Bleck Muscle Memory
  4. ^ IFBB Tampa Pro
  5. ^ Sheila Bleck, IFBB pro Bodybuilder at Fan Expo Las Vegas
  6. ^ "IFBB Pro Women's Bodybuilding Ranking List". getbig.com. September 1, 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  7. ^ Sherry R Bleck, 39
  8. ^ a b "Don't Stop Believing. . . The Sheila Bleck Story- Part 1". rx muscle. 5 August 2010. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  9. ^ Sheila Bleck Stage Choreography
  10. ^ "IFBB Professional Bodybuilder SHEILA BLECK!". amg-lite. November 18, 2011. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  11. ^ "Sheila Bleck interview by femalemuscleguide.com". femalemuscleguide.com. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  12. ^ THE SHEILA BLECK STORY…PART TWO Archived 2014-05-20 at Archive.today
  13. ^ Training & Diet
  14. ^ New York Pro Women

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