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Body building - develope muscle through weight training

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Body building is described as the process of developing muscle fibre through the combination of weight training, increased caloric intake, and rest. This is generally done for competitive exhibition and a healthy body. Bodybuilding aims at displaying pronounced muscle tone and exaggerated muscle mass and definition for overall aesthetic effect.

Competitors show off their bodies by performing a number of poses. Bodybuilders will spend much of their time practising their posing routines as this plays a large role in how they are judged. Weight training is the principal form of exercise used. But a bodybuilder’s size and shape are far more important than how he or she can lift. Therefore the sports should not be confused. Although similar to the untrained observer, the fields entail different training, diet and motivation. Power lifting, weightlifting and strongman competition are all separate sports.

Bodybuilding was largely promoted and grew in the 19th century, with the “golden age” being between around 1940 and 1970. The Mr Universe competition, founded in 1947, was the first important international competition. The even more prestigious Mr Olympia contest followed in 1965. Woman’s bodybuilding competition began in 1970. The first Ms Olympia contest took place in 1980 and was won by Rachel McLish. It resembled closely what is thought of today as a fitness and figure competition. These competitions provide an alternative for women who choose not to develop the level of muscularity necessary for bodybuilding. One also needs to keep healthy and fit.

Bodybuilding also has competition categories for younger entrants and draws a fair number of young competitors. However, critics have protested and said that the pressure on teens to use steroids is higher. This could have very negative effects as the muscular tissue in teenagers may not as yet be fully developed. However, bodybuilding stays popular among teenagers as the sport promotes health and fitness.

1998 saw the International Olympic Committee grant bodybuilding provisional status. Steroids, used to enhance performance, have long been common among bodybuilders, even though it is generally forbidden.