PNBA Bikini Athletes Arely Ayala and Kayla Rowling Shine Bright at Natural Universe

Arely Ayala and Kayla Rowling bikini athletes
Images via Instagram @arelyayala.hc and @kayrowling

PNBA Natural Olympia bikini champions Arely Ayala and Kayla Rowling performed well at Natural Universe. 

2022 INBA PNBA Pro/Am Natural Universe took place this past weekend on September 2-3 in Tampa, Florida. It was one of the more significant natural bodybuilding events ahead of Natural Olympia–taking place in a few months–and was a Natural Olympia qualifier. Bikini athletes Kayla Rowling and Arely Ayala displayed stunning physiques and posing performances to place well. Arely Ayala won first place in the Bikini Angels and Bikini Divas categories. And Kayla Rowling received third place in the Bikini Divas division. 

Arely Ayala and Kayla Rowling are bikini athletes and placed well at the 2021 Natural Olympia. Arely Ayala was the Bikini Angels champion, and Kayla Rowling was the Bikini Divas champion (Ayala was runner-up). They’re also multi-media contracted athletes with Generation Iron, Iron Man Magazine, and the INBA PNBA.

Arely Ayala has had an amazing year thus far. In late July, she won first place in Bikini Divas and Bikini Angles at 2022 INBA PNBA Pro/Am International Iron Man Magazine at Hermosa Beach, CA.

Bikini Athletes’ Statements 

Here’s what each athlete had to say on social media regarding their finish at Natural Universe. 

Arely Ayala expressed (translated from Spanish to English):

“I share with you the results of the Natural Universe Tampa, Florida 2022. 🏆🇲🇽 We Crown 🥇 Bikini Angel and yBikini Diva. Congratulations to the organizers @generationiron @fitnessmania_mx@ironmanmagazine was an event of great level 🤩🏋️ ♀️🌎 Thanks to all the Mexican team, to our president Lic. Cesar Mendoza @inba_mexico who lived his birthday in this event, Viridiana Gorena @fcscesarmendoza @viri.gore, for your presence and support! To the official sponsors: @alicesecret_bikinis@ivo.protein Tanning Marvellous 😍 @karimrocasa 👙 @tanningbyshawnjohn as we start a new work adventure together! Let’s go for more, Road to the Natural Olympia 2022, Las Vegas, Nevada.”

 Kayla Rowling said:

“Exclusive 👀 backstage photos after taking 3rd place at the Natural Universe this weekend in Tampa, FL❤️

I am so proud of the growth I experienced since Italy and the package I brought to this show. I’m constantly learning more about myself and what I need to do to improve. Taking these next few days to mentally reset then t- minus 9 weeks until the Natural o!!!”

Natural Universe 

Denny Kakos started Natural Universe in 1990, so many legendary INBA PNBA athletes have competed in this show, including Mike O’Hearn, Kiyoshi Moody, Philip Ricardo Jr., and Rob Terry. This was the first time a prestigious natural bodybuilding show took place in Tampa, FL. Natural Universe had over 30 competitors, with some athletes from different countries. 

The INBA PNBA plans to host next year’s Natural Universe in Bucharest, Romania.

Below are some clips from the show. 


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Terry Ramos
As a personal trainer and writer, Terry loves changing lives through coaching and the written word. Terry has a B.S. in Kinesiology and is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and ISSA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He enjoys playing music, reading, and watching films when he's not writing or training.