Not literally, but figuratively. My friend Arrin was competing in the 2009 NPC Northern Kentucky Bodybuilding and Figure Championships. I wasn’t able to go watch her compete two years ago, so I was definitely going this time. 6 of us made the trek to Covington Kentucky, just outside of Cinncinati. I think you can tell which one is Arrin.
We arrived to the show around 7 pm and WOW. I don’t know if I can even describe it. It’s almost something your eyes have to see for yourself. First, these men and women are the color of a golden brown turkey cooked perfectly for Thanksgiving. I had never see this tone before except on purses and belts. It was spray tan central. I now, do not feel I was too tan last summer during my sabbatical. I didn’t even recognize Arrin when I first saw her, I walked right on by her. Second, these people are ripped!! I only ever used the word shredded to refer to cheese, but at this show, it was to describe the muscles. The guys could flex their back muscles into 10 different shapes that looked like some CGI movie clip. It was amazing.
Arrin was competing in the Figure portion. She’s been training for months, eating only protein and veggies. It’s a discipline I could never get to, but completely give her much respect and props for doing it! She finished 3rd in her division, which I thought was one if not 2 spots lower than she should have finished! I don’t know how they judge this thing, but third gets her to advance, so that’s good enough for me! Here’s a look at her competition. She’s 4th from the left here. The girl to her left, won the division and the whole Figure portion of the show. I’ll go “Tonya Harding” on her, but only if Arrin asks me too 🙂
Closer shot of Arrin and her rockin’ bod!!!
Since we were already there, we stayed until the very end to see the Super Heavyweight men. These guys weigh over 225 pounds are are all muscle…so we thought. There were only 3 guys competing. The first 2 were phenominal. Just like you see on TV. Then the last guy came out. I think he lost a bet or something. This dude was a good 250 and 50% body fat. Bless his heart and his little red banana hammock for getting on stage. He was trying to flex and work the crowd like he owned it! It was hilarious! Now the key is, they award to the top 5 in each category. So, he got third and a huge trophy! I’ll try to find the NPC picture from the event because it is priceless.
So, congrats to Arrin!!! I’m proud of you girl and you’ll always get 1st place in my heart!!!