"But it's beautiful, and it takes a lot of hard work."Many women spend years lifting double their weight at the gym and weeks cutting out sugar and alcohol, all for the few seconds they'll strut out on stage, strike a pose, and hope for the No. At stake is prize money ($6,000, in some cases), qualification for the Olympia, the so-called Super Bowl of the sport, and, of course, glory.
spoke with some of the competitors as they got ready.
I feel like I've achieved the goal I've been working for — to be here. Kelly Keiser, 31 How long have you been training for this day? How do you describe this scene to people who have never been? With the explosion of social media and having fitness pictures and women who are very inspiring to others posted online, I think we're drawing in a more accepting crowd. Christina: We're both from Canada and we were both at a show in Pittsburgh in 2006, and I phoned her up and said, "Hey, I'm out here too." We just clicked from then on.
I did gymnastics and soccer, and doing this is the first time I appreciated my thicker legs the way they are. This is where the size of my figure is appreciated." When you look in the mirror, how do you feel? Do you guys hook up with the male bodybuilders here? Could you date someone who didn't go to the gym and just lay on the couch? When I started a few years ago, people were more critical. Laurent and Christina Mehling How did you become BFFs — best fitness friends? RELATED: 3 Exciting Treadmill Workouts That Only Take 20 Minutes14 Habits of People Who Always Stay Fit9 Times You Should Shut Up About Your Weight Follow Michelle on Twitter.
Organiser and promoter Joe Wheatley has said: 'Muscle Beach Venice one of the largest amusement attractions in the Los Angeles area.