About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Bulging Popularity of Muscle Building in China

by Bidita Debnath on September 17, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Font : A-A+

 Bulging Popularity of Muscle Building in China

Gaggles of Chinese bodybuilders preened and performed press-ups backstage before competing for one of the country's biggest prizes in their discipline. Their bronzed bodies rippling with tension.

More than 100 men competed at a Bodybuilding Grand Prix this weekend for a top prize worth 80,000 yuan ($13,000).

Advertisement

They included at least 20 professionals as well as scores of amateurs from across the country, in what organisers said was a sign of the bulging popularity of muscle building in China.

"I am totally devoted to bodybuilding -- I don't do any other job," said Jiang Min, 24, from northeast China, as assistants used rollers and brushes to daub brown make-up over his huge torso.
Advertisement

Wearing nothing but thongs, contestants grimaced as they contorted themselves under glaring stage lights in the central city of Zhengzhou, with an audience of several thousand people whooping in excitement.

"Chinese bodybuilders are now competing at an international level," said Gao Yan, a scientist turned gym entrepreneur who has run the competition for a decade and says it offers China's beefiest prizes.

But while men were encouraged to display huge muscles, in their own "Bikini Fitness" contest women appeared in skimpy swimsuits and high heels, and were judged by different standards.

"For men we look for muscle shape and definition... with women we look for wide-shoulders, small waist, and long legs," said Gao.

"We don't have women bodybuilders, we don't want women to be trained like that, like muscle women."

Contestant Svetlana Borushko from Russia's far east won a women's category but said: "Women don't get big prizes like the men... I compete because I like my body."

Bodybuilding has at least a century of history in China, but fell out of favour following the Communist revolution in 1949, when the sport was condemned as western and bourgeois and competitions sometimes banned.

But it has enjoyed a resurgence since the 1980s, and competitors said the growing number of contests made it viable as a way of making a living.

"There are more and more competitions and bigger prizes, so more opportunities," said Wang Yu, a 24-year-old amateur on the cusp of turning professional.

The winners were presented with oversized cheques -- along with bumper-sized black tubs of protein supplements labelled "muscle powder".

Source: AFP
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Advertisement
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Fermented Skin Care
Television Binge-Watching May Boost the Risk of Deadly Blood Clots
Western Diet may Augment the Risk of Autoimmune Diseases
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Protein Supplements for Muscle Building and Health High Protein Diet for Athletes 

Recommended Reading
Ideal Body Weight
India and China, which are epicenters of a booming economy, are now witnessing a steady rise in ......
Final Wish of Suicide Victim in China Denied
A man who texted police in China to donate his body and organs to science before hanging himself ......
China Welcomes Authentic Giant Rubber Duck
China welcomed its first authentic version of the giant Rubber Duck that has made a splash around .....
Diabetes Rises Sharply in China, Touching 'Alert' Level
Nearly 12 percent of adults in China had diabetes in 2010, with economic prosperity sending the ......
High Protein Diet for Athletes
How much protein do athletes need to include in their diet? Proteins have a direct impact on the per...
Protein Supplements for Muscle Building and Health
Are you getting adequate amount of protein from food, if not you need to supplement protein in your ...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2022

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
open close
ASK A DOCTOR ONLINE
I have read and I do accept terms of use - Telemedicine

Advantage Medindia: FREE subscription for 'Personalised Health & Wellness website with consultation' (Value Rs.300/-)