Clas­sic body­build­ing con­test re­turns to High­land cap­i­tal

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News Highlands & Islands - BY JAMIE MCKEN­ZIE

Mus­cle­men and women across the High­lands will gather soon to com­pete in a na­tional qual­i­fier body­build­ing con­test in In­ver­ness.

The High­lands and Is­lands Clas­sic Body­build­ing com­pe­ti­tion will take place on April 2 at the Iron­works Venue in the city’s Academy Street.

The event is or­gan­ised by Forge Gym, based in Carsegate Road, un­der the aus­pices of the In­ter­na­tional Body­build­ing and Fit­ness As­so­ci­a­tion (IBFA) Scot­land. The con­test will fea­ture male and fe­male com­peti­tors from un­der­18s to over-55s in body­build­ing, fig­ure, bikini and fit­ness cat­e­gories.

Com­peti­tors will be judged on their sym­me­try, mus­cu­lar­ity, def­i­ni­tion and pre­sen­ta­tion, with the win­ners in each cat­e­gory be­ing in­vited to com­pete at the IBFA Bri­tish cham­pi­onships.

With last year’s Mr and Miss High­lands win­ners, Rudi Sczer­bal and Mayuree Duff, tak­ing a year out to bulk up, it means the con­test is wide open and the ros­trum al­ready in­cludes many na­tional cal­i­bre com­peti­tors.

With just six weeks un­til show time, many com­peti­tors will have al­ready un­der­gone 12 or more weeks of gru­elling di­et­ing and train­ing in an ef­fort to strip body fat and re­veal the mus­cu­lar­ity and de­tail of their bod­ies.

Typ­i­cally, body­builders and bikini com­peti­tors in prepa­ra­tion for com­pe­ti­tion will eat up to eight meals a day and train twice a day with a mix of weights and car­dio­vas­cu­lar work­outs. Any­one want­ing tick­ets should call the Iron­works box of­fice on 0871 789 4173.

Doors will open at noon on April 2 and the con­test starts at 12.30pm. Tick­ets cost £18.

Body­build­ing de­vel­oped in the late 19th cen­tury and was pro­moted in Eng­land by the “fa­ther of mod­ern body­build­ing,” Prus­sian-born Eu­gen Sandow, who patented his dumb-bells.

“Com­peti­tors will be judged on sym­me­try and mus­cu­lar­ity”

WIN­NERS: Rudi Sczer­bal and Mayuree Duff were last year’s top com­peti­tors

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