Bodybuilding competitions are mentally and physically challenging, just like any other sport. To be the best, you have to improve every year in order to defeat anyone who is trying to catch up to you. Such physical improvements take dedication and focus; you need to be committed to the goal. However, before you even think about preparing for annual competitions, you need to first know what you’re getting yourself into.
What is bodybuilding
If you’ve ever seen pictures on the internet of outrageously buff men who have no traces of fat, just muscle, then it was probably a bodybuilder. And the pictures of women with a masculine body? Bodybuilding.
Bodybuilding competitions allow you to gain the most amount of muscles a human could possibly handle. The bonus is making money for it. In 1974, Arnold Schwarzenegger won $1000 in the Mr Olympia competition. This value increased throughout the years as Phil Heath claimed the Mr Olympia title last year and won $250 000.
Who can be part of a bodybuilding competition
Similarly to all sports, the training in between bodybuilding competitions means that bodybuilding has to be your way of life. It has to be a lifestyle. Therefore, these competitions are only suitable for those who live that lifestyle already.
For Mr Olympia, you have to have proven yourself to be the best out of the best in order to make it to Mr Olympia. The following is the criteria to be part of the Mr Olympia competition:
Have to be part of the top 4 in all Olympia divisions
Have to be part of the top 3 in all Arnold Classic divisions
Have to be part of the top 2 in all New York Pro divisions
1st place at all other competitions including the Amateurs World Championship Competition
Popularity of bodybuilding competitions
Bodybuilding competitions attract people from all over the world which proves how far and wide the bodybuilding community stretches across the globe. Arnold Classic Europe is an example of global acceptance as they are confident that they’ll be expanding to South America soon.
Duration and time of bodybuilding competitions
Bodybuilding competitions tend to last for 3 days. For example, this year the Arnold Classic Europe will be running from the 26th to the 28th of September.
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