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Health and fitness: Bodybuilding show continues to grow

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By Kent Pegg

Returning Sept. 12 for its sixth year is the Southern Rockies Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Competition.

Once again you can expect a bigger and better show.

This year the competition will feature competitors from throughout New Mexico and from around the country.

The level of competition is even greater than in past years. Each competitive group – men’s bodybuilding, women’s bodybuilding, women’s figure, and women’s fitness model – has several strong competitors and the judges may have their work cut out for them.

The judges will get their best look at competitors at the prejudging event. At the prejudging, held at the Duane Smith Auditorium at 10 a.m. Sept. 12, each group of bodybuilders will come out on stage together to perform mandatory poses which include front double biceps, back lat spread, side chest, most muscular and others. These poses will give the judges an opportunity to compare the individuals in each group more closely.

While the morning prejudging is where the judges will get their best look at the competitors, that evening’s show, which starts at 6 p.m. in the Smith Auditorium, will give the competitors a chance to spice things up with individual routines set to music.

It’s there that the crowd will go wild and show their support for their friends and neighbors.

Again this year the evening show will include other exciting entertainment, including a kid’s posedown, fitness hall of fame awards presentations and other activities. And, for the first time this year, there will be a dance-off competition between local dance groups. Fans will get to cheer on the groups and then decide the most exciting performance.

Tickets for both the prejudging and the evening show are on sale now at the Los Alamos Fitness Center and will also be sold at the door.

This year’s group of competitors has worked harder than ever to be their best.

Many competitors started their pre-contest diets nearly four months ago. In addition to the dieting, there’s the extra weight lifting, increased cardio sessions and other training modification.

In coming days, the competitors will carbohydrate deplete and load, eliminate sodium and reduce water intake in an effort to peak their bodies, not to mention the tanning, posing routine practice and all the other things that go into looking their best.

And maybe, just maybe, you’ll get inspired to improve your level of health and fitness as well.

Kent Pegg is a certified personal trainer and the owner of the Los Alamos Fitness Center.  If you have any questions about the information in this column, you can call him at 662-5232.