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Bodybuilding is the use of weight training exercises to improve and develop one’s body muscles. It combines the use of specialized heavy exercise equipment to target specific muscle groups and the different types of repetitive movements. The person who does this activity is a bodybuilder.

This kind of activity was known to originate from the stone-lifting traditions of Ancient Egypt and Greece. But nowadays, there are competitions held for this activity.

In competition bodybuilding, participants show their developed muscular build through their own posing routines and specific poses required at the competition. They are judged based on muscularity, conditioning, and symmetry.

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To look better during competitions, competitors prepare through a combination of fat loss, dehydration, tanning and oils. However, during the period of building their physique, they do heavy strength training, follow specialized nutrition, and strictly get adequate rest.


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