It was a full house Saturday for The National Physique Committee Bodybuilding Competition! People of all ages gather round to gaze upon heroic figures on a brightly lit stage to compete for the titles of greatness. 1st through 5th place awards were awarded to the chosen few.
First up was the Women's Bikini Division. These statuesque vixens were a sight to behold for sure. All different shapes and sizes, they all had a quality of power about them. They graced the stage to show off their physiques to much applause and cheering from the crowd. There's really a shock value when you see a gal with quads that blow yours out of the water, but hey it sure is inspiring!
The Men's Physique was really something new to watch this year. It is a departure from the traditional Bodybuilding uniform of the speedo, however the prowess these guys have is undeniable. They're in phenomenal shape, and believe me I'm working on my building up my legs, but my only critique would be the board shorts. When legs are at mass, you know I'm showing these guys off! I guess the board short apparel is essential to make a uniquely separate the divisions. There is also no posing in Physique, unlike Bodybuilding.
Let's not forget the Women's Body Building Division!
I hope I look this amazing when I'm 35! Men's 35 to 45 Division!
OMG!!! The 45 to 55 Division! These guys are really superheroes!
All in all my first time at a bodybuilding competition gave me the same feelings of inspiration and wanting to travel the long road ahead as did my early days of showing my portfolio for artist critiques at comic cons. In both a comic con and a bodybuilding competition, I'm surrounded by art. Bodybuilders look like superheroes because superheroes are bodybuilders in costumes. The parallels are astounding. I have so much enthusiasm, more than even before, I can't stand it. The sensation can also be likened to watching a thrilling episode of The Incredible Hulk. I remember many a summer day I'd be in my living room drawing or painting and the Sci-Fi Channel would have marathons of The Incredible for the delight of my Abuela and I. I'd be working on a piece of Batman or what not and she'd be in her rocking chair,"Mira Alexio! El tipo que se pone verde!" Abuela's English may not have always been so great, but watching Bill Bixby turn into Lou Ferrigno would make me want to draw, and then work out. If that makes any sense.
I am a fan of body building. This is both a sport and an art for me. I confess I do view body building with a bias, I am artist. I look for the beauty and not just the bulk in the physique, the posing, the passion of the whole thing. Body building is not just a sport and an art form, it's how I want to live my life.