Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bodybuilders and Bikinis

Bodybuilders and Bikinis

If you are easily offended by scantily clad men & women in great shape, this blog is not for you. You have been warned and I do not want to hear you complaining. J We had a blast attending the NPC Terminator 2011 in Tucson and I am sharing a few of my images.

“The NPC Terminator is a Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini and Men’s physique competition that is sure to entertain and motivate you to get in the best shape of your life.” The added competitors and classes add a new dimension to the contest.

As read on Wikipedia, “In competitive bodybuilding, bodybuilders aspire to develop and maintain an aesthetically pleasing body and balanced physique. In prejudging, competitors do a series of mandatory poses - the front lat spread, the rear lat spread, the front double biceps, the back double biceps, the side chest, the side triceps, the most muscular (men only), and the thigh-abdominal pose. Each competitor also performs a routine to display the physique. A posedown is usually held at the end of a posing round, while judges are finishing their scoring. Bodybuilders spend time practicing their posing, since they are judged on it.”

“In contrast to strongman or powerlifting competitions where physical strength is important, or to Olympic weightlifting, where the main point is equally split between strength and technique, bodybuilding competitions typically emphasize condition, size and symmetry. Different organizations emphasize particular aspects of competition, and sometimes have different categories in which to compete.”

Professional bodybuilding

“In the modern bodybuilding industry, "professional" generally means a bodybuilder who has won qualifying competitions as an amateur and has earned a "pro card" from the IFBB. Professionals earn the right to compete in sanctioned competitions including the Arnold Classic and the New York Pro (formerly the Night of Champions). Placings at such competitions in turn earn them the right to compete at the Mr. Olympia; the title is considered to be the highest accolade in the professional bodybuilding field.”

Natural bodybuilding

“In natural contests bodybuilders are routinely tested for illegal substances and are banned for any violations from future contests. Testing can be done on urine samples, but in many cases a less expensive polygraph (lie detector) test is performed instead. What qualifies as an "illegal" substance, in the sense that it is prohibited by regulatory bodies, varies between natural federations, and does not necessarily include only substances that are illegal under the laws of the relevant jurisdiction. Illegal Anabolic steroids, Prohormone and Diuretics, under widespread use by professional bodybuilders, are generally banned by natural organizations. Natural bodybuilding organizations include NANBF (North American Natural Bodybuilding Federation), and the NPA (Natural Physique Association). Natural bodybuilders assert that their method is more focused on competition and a healthier lifestyle than other forms of bodybuilding.” Many competitors choose to participate using natural bodybuilding techniques on their own.

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I shot over 800 images at the event. The official photographer shot over 9,000. Photos from the official event photographer, Michael Simon, can be found at: or:

Overall Men's Champion - Mike Gustavsson