Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The History Of Female Bodybuilding

I've been a fan for many years and have always admired women who put extensive time into creating a muscular and/or athletic physique. Let's face it, it's not easy. It takes a lot of time, perseverance and a strong will. Training is not for everyone, but for those who do it on a day to day basis I applaud you.

I decided to set forth on a trip through history and learn more about the sport I loved and learn where it began. Luckily the internet has brought such resources readily available to my fingertips.

The Beginning:

I'm sure the admiration for female muscle in some way can be traced back to the start of mankind. But for documented proof, we look towards the great ; sculptor, painter and artist extraordinaire! His love and appreciation for the human form showed in all of his work. He strived to depict people perfectly and to him perfection was a powerful, muscular physique; on men and women. As an example view pictures of Eve .

Bodybuilding got it's start with known as the Father of Bodybuilding. He was born in 1867 in then Prussia and in 1893 performed feats of strength at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Oddly enough the audience was not interested in watching him lift heavy objects, but interested in his physique. This soon led to Eugene posing and flexing his muscles for the crowd. This helped Eugene promote bodybuilding and start what would become a popular sport worldwide. Years down the road would be the man to help mainstream the sport, being the youngest competitor ever to win the Mr. Olympia in 1970 and make a successful jump from bodybuilding into acting.

The Women:

The first women's national physique event was held in Canton, Ohio and promoted by Henry McGhee in 1978. It was the first contest where women were judged solely on muscularity. The following year other contests began to spring up. The first Women's World Bodybuilding event was held on June 16, 1979 and won by . 1980 then became the big year for female bodybuilding and it's start in gaining national popularity. The held it's first Women's Nationals event which was won by and the first was held, which was won by . Over the next 10 years we were introduced to such stars as , and all professionals in their field who chiseled themselves a perfect, muscular but still feminine physique. It wasn't until the early 90's when we saw female bodybuilders start packing on more size to their frames for contest preparation. Two great examples are and who were deducted points from the judges in the 1992 Ms. International for being too overdeveloped. The judges instead were looking for a more feminine physique and gave first place to . Needless to say Ben Weiders femininity rules didn't last much longer, the rules were soon rewritten. Lenda Murry remained unbeatable and was able to retain her Ms. Olympia title amid the controversy and kept it until 1996 when she was beaten out of the top spot by who held the title through 1999 before retiring from bodybuilding. More changes came in 2000 for the Ms. Olympia. Weight classes were introduced and rules were added. Jim Manion, chairman of the Professional Judges Committee, stated women would be judged on symmetry, presentation, separations, and muscularity.

Present Day Era:

The rules have remained the same from their changes in 2000 and bodybuilding contests continue to gain popularity to this day. Even the addition of in 2001 has helped draw more competitors to the stage, especially those looking to retain a more feminine physique. If you love female muscle you've come to the right place!

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