Many events and conferences, both domestic and international, are held in Cochin nowadays, thanks to the connectivity provided by the international airport, the famed natural beauty of Kerala, and decent infrastructure for tourists. Mr. India and Miss India Fitness 2013, the national competition conducted by the Indian Body Builders Federation, was held in Cochin on 23rd and 24th March. I decided to attend the preliminaries on March 23rd. This was my first visit to a bodybuilding event — and it was quite a spectacle! Here are my pics from the event.
Let me showcase my personal favorites among my photos first. I took the above photo after I left the competition venue and was hanging around the tent outside where the bodybuilders were preparing themselves before going up on stage. Someone asked me if I was from the press. I replied that I’m a blogger. He then requested me to take this group pic. They’re all bodybuilders from Cochin.
I love this portrait!
Now isn’t that something??!! The girls showed their stuff alright, and I doubt any male bodybuilder out there can do this.
This was at the tent outside the venue proper that I referred to earlier.
I lost no time in entering the competition venue proper. Every seat was occupied, which must have gratified the organizers. The show was orchestrated by the judges calling out “Bodybuilders, turn to the left,” “Bodybuilders, turn to the right,” “Relax, bodybuilders,” “Bodybuilders, now show us your so-and-so muscles, ” “Relax, bodybuilders,” “Stage marshals, make them line up in order, “Thank you, bodybuilders,” “The next group of five, come forward, please.”
The above girl is from Kerala.
And now the men took over. Brute force was on display again.
I left the venue at this stage. The following pics are near the tent outside the venue. It seems the world championships will be held in Cochin next year!