Bodybuilding competition has gone from strength to strength over the last 100 years or so. From the early days where bodybuilding was seen as an strange subculture activity undertaken by a very select few to today's mainstream competition which attract 100's of competitors and thousands of spectators,
Bodybuilding has been developing as a spectacle sport with each new generation.
See the best bodybuilders strut their stuff
The origin of bodybuilding as a popular activity can be traced largely to Bert Goodrich, who had a string of gyms and was Mr.America for 1937. He ties to Hollywood helped to bring bodybuilding to mainstream attention. Of course,
the Governor himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, played a major role in popularizing the activity. Featured in the documentary 'Pumping Iron' alongside Hulk-to-be Lou Ferrigno, Arnold became the poster child of what could be accomplished in terms of transforming a normal physique into something that would make Hercules green with envy. Naturally, Arnold went on to Hollywood where he played roles as a variety of mythical behemoths, such as Conan the Barbarian. The modern incarnation of bodybuilding is one that is backed by globally recognised competitions such as Mr and Miss Olympia and Universe. There is even talk of inclusion of bodybuilding as a sport in the Olympics.
A true spectacle of hard work and achievement
A bodybuilding competition is something truly amazing to behold. Hundreds and sometimes thousands of athletes who have been sweating and enduring incredible pain and exhaustion to perfect every possible aspect of their muscle frame display their work proudly. Competitors go through a series of poses, such as the front lat spread and back double biceps, and are assessed by judges based on criteria such as aesthetic, physique balance and symmetry. Competitions are divided into male and female categories. The female division focuses on four main styles of contest, namely bikini, figure, physique and body building. Men's competition breaks down into a variety of divisions including straight up body building and classic physique body building. However, make no mistake. The work is not over once the workouts are done and the competition has arrived. Athletes have to go through a grueling pre-competition routine that in many ways is more challenging that the most intense workout imaginable. Get yourself bodybuilding tickets and you will have a chance to see a clash of competitors who have undergone some of the most rigorous and challenging training around, all in the hopes of achieving the perfect physique and having their hard work and dedication rewarded. Book now and experience the elation and tears, the performance, the anticipation and, of course, the muscles!