Lisa Lyon was born in Los Angeles, California in 1953 and grew up playing sport and doing athletics at high school. She then studied art at the University of California in Los Angeles where she studied and practiced the Japanese fencing art of Kendo. She decided that she needed weight training to help to build upper body strength.
Once she started to see results from her hard training while she was still studying Lisa decided to enter her first bodybuilding competition to see what it was like. She landed up winning her first competition that was the IFBB Women’s World Pro Bodybuilding Championship held in Los Angeles in 1979.
Although she easily won that competition Lisa decided that competitive bodybuilding was not for her and decided to concentrate on public relations and educate the public about the benefits of training with weights for women. She wrote a book called Lisa Lyon’s Body Magic that was published in 1981 and did very well.
But Lisa is also well-known for appearing in many different health and women’s magazines as well as TV talk shows where she got a lot of airtime. She also appeared in Playboy in the October issue of 1980 but this was never held against her and she was later inducted into the prestigious IFBB Hall of Fame in 2000.
Although Lisa did not get into bodybuilding in any serious way she made a big difference to many women all over the world who discovered the benefits of using weights to re-shape their body. She actually did a lot to stimulate the explosion of the fitness industry that started in the early 1980’s.
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