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May 10, 2011



I can't imagine the dedication this takes, Elaine. I knew someone who trained for shows like this, and the lack of water (and no carbs) right before the competition was the worst.

Elaine Viets

These women bodybuilders are dedicated, Dana. Sadly, women make less than the male bodybuilders. Female champs get smaller prizes and less endorsement money.

Chery Kendrick

another great blog Elaine! thanks so much- looking forward to this new read :>
Doc Chery

Elaine Viets

Thanks, Doc. It's a fascinating world.
You can catch a glimpse of it on the book trailer


Storyteller Mary

I think I'll stick with purse-lifts . . . and aqua-aerobics (not much scandal for book material there, though, Elaine ;-)

Hank Phillippi Ryan


What happens to their bodies when they stop?

Elaine Viets

Nothing good, Hank. This regimen is not healthy.

Nancy Lauzon

Great post, Elaine and congrats on your latest novel.

Wow. The physiques on these women are not lean and stripped down. They're bulked up and humming with testosterone. Scary.


Laura DiSilverio

As a woman who has weight trained--not competitively--for twenty years, let me say that moderation is key, as with so many activities (to include shopping and eating chocolate). Weight training reduces one's chances of osteoporosis, gives one the energy and stamina to handle tasks like lugging toddlers or grocery bags up multiple flights of stairs, and helps with weight control. I suspect fewer than 1/2 of 1% of women who weight train end up looking like these photos. Can't wait to read the new book, Elaine.

Elaine Viets

Thanks, Laura. And you are right -- these women are in the minority when it comes to weight training.
Nancy, the examples I saw at the gym were scary.


Men and women who look like that just look odd to me. Weight training is one thing, but this extreme seems scary.

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