Bodybuilding is a sport involving physical exercise to enlarge one's muscles to create an aesthetically toned figure. The first bodybuilding competition was organized in 1901. In competitive bodybuilding, participants are lined up and showcase their body or certain muscle groups in specific poses. Bodybuilding started to take off when notable athletes like Arnold Schwarzenegger competed and raised the awareness of the sport during the 1970s. In the early 2000s bodybuilding was attempting to become an Olympic sport, but there was received with controversy around whether or not bodybuilding can be considered a sport.

What is aesthetic bodybuilding?

Aesthetic bodybuilding is primarily concerned with how finely tone the muscles of your body look and how little body fat percentage you have. Aesthetic bodybuilding is more about how your body looks rather than how strong you really are.


How do you start bodybuilding?

Bodybuilding starts by joining a gym and gradually getting stronger by working out with lower weights and moving up to higher weights and reps. Eating healthy food on a consistent schedule to lose body fat and maintain muscle is another attribute.

What should you eat before a morning bodybuilding workout?

The first thing you should eat when waking up is plenty of water, good carbs, protein, and healthy fats. Water in the morning helps digestions and rehydration, good carbs keep you feeling full and stable and protein helps build, repair torn muscles and healthy fats maintain muscle mass.

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Abdominal & Thigh Pose
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3D
Abdominal & Thigh Pose
6’2” | 1.88 m
235-245 lb | 106-111 kg (Contest)
July 30, 1947
Arnold Schwarzenegger
188.000
111.000
1947.00
721000
3D
Arnold Schwarzenegger
5’2” | 1.57 m
129 lb | 59 kg (Contest)
May 1, 1968
Denise Masino
157.000
59.000
1968.00
19000
3D
Denise Masino
5’10.5” | 1.79 m
275 lb | 125 kg (Contest)
April 19, 1962
Dorian Yates
179.000
125.000
1962.00
39000
3D
Dorian Yates
5’9” | 1.75 m
212-240 lb | 96-109 kg (Contest)
August 23, 1965
Flex Wheeler
175.000
109.000
1965.00
21000
3D
Flex Wheeler
5’9” | 1.75 m
185 lb | 84 kg (Contest)
June 28, 1942
Frank Zane
175.000
84.000
1942.00
32000
3D
Frank Zane
Front Double Biceps Pose
55
3D
Front Double Biceps Pose
Front Lat Spread Pose
255
3D
Front Lat Spread Pose
5’5” | 1.65 m
121 lb | 55 kg (Contest)
September 30, 1957
Gladys Portugues
165.000
55.000
1957.00
17000
3D
Gladys Portugues
5’11” | 1.80 m
209 lb | 95 kg (Contest)
December 27, 1969
Joan Marie Laurer
180.000
95.000
1969.00
83400
3D
Joan Marie Laurer
5’8” | 1.73 m
155 lb | 70 kg (Contest)
February 10, 1971
Lisa Marie Varon
173.000
70.000
1971.00
8700
3D
Lisa Marie Varon
Most Muscular Pose
800
3D
Most Muscular Pose
6’2” | 1.88 m
240 lb | 109 kg (Contest)
August 10, 1964
Nicole Bass
188.000
109.000
1964.00
12000
3D
Nicole Bass
5’9” | 1.75 m
240 lb | 109 kg (Contest)
December 18, 1979
Phil Heath
175.000
109.000
1979.00
30000
3D
Phil Heath
5’6.5” | 1.69 m
129 lb | 59 kg (Contest)
June 21, 1955
Rachel McLish
169.000
59.000
1955.00
8300
3D
Rachel McLish
Rear Double Biceps Pose
10
3D
Rear Double Biceps Pose
Rear Lat Spread Pose
90
3D
Rear Lat Spread Pose
5’11” | 1.80 m
287-300 lb | 130-136 kg (Contest)
May 13, 1964
Ronnie Coleman
180.000
136.000
1964.00
102000
3D
Ronnie Coleman
Side Chest Pose
250
3D
Side Chest Pose
Side Triceps Pose
20
3D
Side Triceps Pose
Dorian Yates
Scaled height comparison drawings of Dorian Yates compared to other bodybuilders

Dorian Yates is a former professional English bodybuilder famous for several things. First, for being a top bodybuilder in the 21st century. Second for being a six-time Mr. Olympia winner. Third, for his thick back. Fourth, becoming first in seventeen bodybuilding competitions and second in two contests. Fifth, for being the first "mass monster" bodybuilders combining muscle mass with peak conditioning. He was a great defender of Mike Mentzer's and Arthur Jones' high-intensity training (HIT) style of bodybuilding. He retired because of chronic injuries. Dorian was labeled "The Shadow" for arriving in bodybuilding contests unexpectedly and snatching titles from other bodybuilders.

Dorian Yates has a height of 5’10.5” (1.79 m) and competes in bodybuilding with a contest body weight of 275 lb (125 kg).

Series of elevation drawings of Dorian Yates in multiple bodybuilding poses measured with overall height
Dorian Yates is a former professional English bodybuilder famous for several things. First, for being a top bodybuilder in the 21st century. Second for being a six-time Mr. Olympia winner. Third, for his thick back. Fourth, becoming first in 17 bodybuilding competitions and second in 2 contests.

Dorian Yates has a height of 5’10.5” (1.79 m) and competes in bodybuilding with a contest body weight of 275 lb (125 kg).

Series of elevation drawings of Dorian Yates in multiple bodybuilding poses measured with overall height
Dorian Yates
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Nickname: The Shadow
Years Active: 1984–1997

Birthday
April 19, 1962

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Front Double Biceps Pose

The Front Double Biceps Pose is probably the most popular type of posture you will see bodybuilders do. The bodybuilder displays their arm musculature, mostly bicep size and peak or forearm size, quadriceps size, front lat width, and front calf musculature. To do the front double bicep pose: flex both biceps and abdominals as you look towards the judges while twisting your knees slightly and tensing your legs; also ensure to inhale the stomach to enhance the rib cage. Make sure you raise your arms to lift your elbows slightly above your shoulders while tightening the bicep and ball fits as you press the elbows forward to display your lats out.

Set of illustrations of assorted bodybuilders performing the Front Double Biceps Pose
The Front Double Biceps Pose is probably the most popular type of posture you will see bodybuilders do. The bodybuilder displays their arm musculature, mostly bicep size and peak or forearm size, quadriceps size, front lat width, and front calf musculature.

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Displays: Forearm size, front lat width, quadricep size, front calf musculature

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Rachel McLish
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Rachel McLish is probably among the few American female bodybuilding champions who actively held up the role of a physically powerful woman in both professional bodybuilding competitions and in films. Born Rachel Livia Elizondo McLish, she is also an author and actress inspired by Lisa Lyon to contest bodybuilding to promote her recently launched health club. She won the inaugural United States Championships in 1980. Rachel was a resilient force that never passed below the third position in any contest and appeared in eight competitions besides being the first to receive the Ms. Olympia title granting her admittance into the famous International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Hall of Fame.

Rachel McLish has a height of 5’6.5” (1.69 m) and competes in bodybuilding with a contest body weight of roughly 129 lb (59 kg).

Series of elevation drawings of Rachel McLish in multiple bodybuilding poses measured with overall height
Rachel McLish is probably among the few American female bodybuilding champions who actively held up the role of a physically powerful woman in both professional bodybuilding competitions and in films. Born Rachel Livia Elizondo McLish, she is also an author and actress.

Rachel McLish has a height of 5’6.5” (1.69 m) and competes in bodybuilding with a contest body weight of roughly 129 lb (59 kg).

Series of elevation drawings of Rachel McLish in multiple bodybuilding poses measured with overall height
Rachel McLish
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5’6.5” | 1.69 m
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129 lb | 59 kg (Contest)
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Years Active: 1980-1984

Birthday
June 21, 1955

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Rachel McLish standing, bodybuilding poses

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Arnold Schwarzenegger
Scaled height comparison drawings of Arnold Schwarzenegger compared to other bodybuilders

The Austrian-American actor Arnold Schwarzenegger's popularity might have come from Hollywood. However, he is also a legend in the bodybuilding sphere even after his retirement with several awards, honors, state orders, titles, and several books. He took home the Mr. Universe, Mr. Europe, and Mr. Olympia titles seven times besides scooping the first position in nineteen competitions and second in three competitions. The Arnold sports festival was named after him for being the best bodybuilder and ambassador in history. He was labeled the "Austrian Oak '' during his bodybuilding heydays. Apart from bodybuilding, he has also taken part in many powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting competitions and was once the governor of California.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has a height of 6’2” (1.88 m) and competes in bodybuilding with a contest body weight between 235-245 lb (106-111 kg).

Collection of drawings of Arnold Schwarzenegger in various bodybuilding poses measured with overall height
The Austrian-American actor Arnold Schwarzenegger's popularity might have come from Hollywood. However, he is also a legend in the bodybuilding sphere even after his retirement with several awards, honors, state orders, titles, and several books. He was Mr. Universe, Mr. Europe, and Mr. Olympia.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has a height of 6’2” (1.88 m) and competes in bodybuilding with a contest body weight between 235-245 lb (106-111 kg).

Collection of drawings of Arnold Schwarzenegger in various bodybuilding poses measured with overall height
Arnold Schwarzenegger
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6’2” | 1.88 m
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235-245 lb | 106-111 kg (Contest)
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Nickname: Austrian Oak

Years Active: 1963-1980

Birthday
July 30, 1947

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Arnold Schwarzenegger standing, bodybuilding poses

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Rear Lat Spread Pose

The Rear Lat Spread Pose is also called the back lat spread or the reverse of the front lat spread. To do this posture: face the judges with the back and feet shoulder-width apart; firmly put your feet on the floor or raise the heel while slightly bending the knees. Remember that your toes should be slightly angled to the sides as you put one foot a stride back while still looking at the judges. With your thumbs on your hips, open your back by pulling the elbows forward or stretching the shoulder blades apart. Aim to show the width of your lats back, size of your arms, glute development, hamstring size, the thickness of your trapezius muscles, and rear calf musculature.

Series of elevation drawings of the Rear Lat Spread Pose being performed by multiple bodybuilders
The Rear Lat Spread Pose is also called the back lat spread or the reverse of the front lat spread. To do this posture: face the judges with the back and feet shoulder-width apart; firmly put your feet on the floor or raise the heel while slightly bending the knees.

Series of elevation drawings of the Rear Lat Spread Pose being performed by multiple bodybuilders
Rear Lat Spread Pose
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Displays: Lat width, trapezius thickness, arm size, glute development, hamstring size, rear calf musculature

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