Female Bodybuilding Takes A New Form, But Has It Gone Too Far?
According to Paul Dillet, founder of the World Beauty Fitness and Fashion competition circuit, pure bodybuilding is dead. There are at least 12 bodybuilding organizations, such as the IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilding), where he started, and OCB, the Organization of Competitive Bodybuilders. But those competitions are are old and busted, what with all the overtraining and steroids and lack of aesthetics. Bodybuilding, says Dillet, is supposed to be an art. Now it's just a race to see who can be the biggest.
So Dillet formed the WBFF, which combines bodybuilding, fitness and showmanship and puts them on display in a series of competitions throughout the world. The next one, comping up in Australia next week, will feature WBFF superstar Maggie May Russell (pictured).
But is this in keeping with the WBFF mission of going for a more natural look? You be the judge. Russell's competition workout routine includes four hours a day in the gym, 1,200 calories a day and no carbs. Her waist is a size pencil. Her booty can bounce quarters into orbit.
But the WBFF has something else that sets itself apart: costume and bikini competitions.
"The bikini model is just more toned. It can't be a girl who just walked in off the street," Dillet said to Bodybuilding.com. "You still have to work out, and you still have to show in your physique that you work out, but it's a much more attainable look — a sexy look. It's Victoria's Secret meets fitness.
The WBFF looks at everything. We look at your physique, your face, your hair, the way you put on your makeup—every single thing. We ask, 'Could this girl be on the cover? Could she be in an ad campaign for Nike or Reebok?' We judge the complete package of what we're looking for."
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