Yaxeni Oriquen General overview
Yaxeni Oriquen Garcia is a Venezuelan-American pro bodybuilder champion who was born 48 yrs ago on 3rd September 1966. She is ranked as the second-best female athlete bodybuilder in the IFBB ( International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness).Yaxeni is also a personal coach and trainer to a handful of upcoming amateur bodybuilders. In addition, she is a fitness nutrition advisor for South Beach’s IronWork.
Physically, world’s number two stands 5ft 8 inches ( One of the tallest female body builders today) and maintains a massive contest weight of 160-170lbs. When she’s not competing, she can weigh anywhere between 185-190 lbs. This also means that Yaxeni Oriquen competes in the Women’s Heavyweight Class.
With a professional career spanning over two decades years, Yaxeni Oriquen is considered as Venezuela’s most successful bodybuilder of all time.
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Yaxeni Oriquen Garcia Early life and childhood background
Yaxeni Oriquen was born and raised in Cabimas, Zulia state in Venezuela. She is the youngest in a family of nine siblings. She has four brothers and four sisters.
Since she was young, Yaxeni Oriquen was very active in modelling and theater arts. As she got older, her interest in what had begun as a mere pastime also grew. She, therefore, decided to study theatre arts and modeling in a Venezuelan Theater Academy in her late teens.
Although Yaxeni Oriquen did not start bodybuilding until she was 23, she always felt awkwardly incomplete when she was only involved in modelling. It was not until 1989 when she discovered her real passion.
Bodybuilding career and Championships
Yaxeni Oriquen started her career in bodybuilding in 1989 by signing up for a gym membership in her local town. She spent the rest of the year training in preparations for what was to become a star-studded profession.
Between 1991 and 1993, Yaxeni participated in four shows as an amateur athlete and stunned the judges by winning all of them. Her most significant amateur contest was the 1993 Ibero-American Championships that were held in Peurto-Rico, where she clinched the overall women’s title. It was also this win that earned her a pro card. After this, she emigrated to the US to further her career.
Her Pro debut was in the 1994 Jan Tana Classic competitions, where she began her long, successful career by being placed 10th place by judges in Miami, Florida.For the more than ten years between 1994 and 2005, Yaxeni Oriquen participated in more than 25 shows before catching her big break in late 2005. In a recent interview, she revealed that it was her fiery determination that kept her going, even after repeatedly being ranked out of the top ten.
First Ms Olympia
Yaxeni Oriquen recorded her biggest win in 2005’s Ms. Olympia Weekend. After years of laboring to compete in the bodybuilding world’s most major league, Yaxeni had for the third time qualified for a chance to prove her worth.
In front of the Judges in Las Vegas Nevada, Yaxeni Oriquen made his history by been the first Venezuelan-born Bodybuilder to win the coveted Ms. Olympia title.
Her second biggest win was in the 2012’s IFBB Arnold classics. After six years of missing out of the top three list, Yaxeni Oriquen Garcia reminded the fitness world of how far she had come by recording a double win. First she was named at the top of her heavyweight class and then went ahead to take the Women’s Overall title home.
She is currently listed as the 2nd best female professional bodybuilder in the IFBB ranking list. Yaxeni Oriquen also has five Miss International titles under her belt.
Personal life, relationships & family
In July 1990, Yaxeni Oriquen bore her only son Luis Alcala, who is 25 years today. Apart from that, Yaxeni got married to one Mr. Tomas Garcia in 2000, whom she describes as her ‘ training companion and personal advisor’. The family resides in Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
Yaxeni, who doubles as a mentor and personal coach to a handful of upcoming bodybuilders in Miami, describes herself as a staunch evangelical Christian. She has also attributed her success to her religious belief and lifestyle.Besides being a spiritual person, unlike most other athletes today, leads a very disciplined and dedicated lifestyle. She has more than once stated how she is particularly averse to the rather infamous practice of Muscle Worship and pre-booked pose appointments.
When she is training or attending shows, Yaxeni enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with her extended family in Venezuela.