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 An instructor in the gym I use mentioned to me that he was training his girlfriend for her first body building competition. Mr & Mrs Tyneside 2019, Stormont Working Mens Club, Gateshead.  My brain flipped out a little. How could get in?!  I’ve always been interested in body building culture. The sheer determination of the competitors, the gruelling training, the rigorous diet and the exhausting stage routines rank bodybuilders with the greatest of athletes. There’s also the tiny buggy smugglers (swim trunks) and bikinis and the seemingly excessive tanning. It’s utterly serious and utterly ridiculous - in the best possible way - all at the same time.  What I found was a truly supportive community. Just talking to the competitors I found that some had endured real hardship, mental health problems, injury and health issues and body building helped them through.  This was going to form part of the Down the Club project, but now I plan to make its own, ongoing, thing.

An instructor in the gym I use mentioned to me that he was training his girlfriend for her first body building competition. Mr & Mrs Tyneside 2019, Stormont Working Mens Club, Gateshead.

My brain flipped out a little. How could get in?!

I’ve always been interested in body building culture. The sheer determination of the competitors, the gruelling training, the rigorous diet and the exhausting stage routines rank bodybuilders with the greatest of athletes. There’s also the tiny buggy smugglers (swim trunks) and bikinis and the seemingly excessive tanning. It’s utterly serious and utterly ridiculous - in the best possible way - all at the same time.

What I found was a truly supportive community. Just talking to the competitors I found that some had endured real hardship, mental health problems, injury and health issues and body building helped them through.

This was going to form part of the Down the Club project, but now I plan to make its own, ongoing, thing.

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An instructor in the gym I use mentioned to me that he was training his girlfriend for her first body building competition. Mr & Mrs Tyneside 2019, Stormont Working Mens Club, Gateshead.

My brain flipped out a little. How could get in?!

I’ve always been interested in body building culture. The sheer determination of the competitors, the gruelling training, the rigorous diet and the exhausting stage routines rank bodybuilders with the greatest of athletes. There’s also the tiny buggy smugglers (swim trunks) and bikinis and the seemingly excessive tanning. It’s utterly serious and utterly ridiculous - in the best possible way - all at the same time.

What I found was a truly supportive community. Just talking to the competitors I found that some had endured real hardship, mental health problems, injury and health issues and body building helped them through.

This was going to form part of the Down the Club project, but now I plan to make its own, ongoing, thing.

 An instructor in the gym I use mentioned to me that he was training his girlfriend for her first body building competition. Mr & Mrs Tyneside 2019, Stormont Working Mens Club, Gateshead.  My brain flipped out a little. How could get in?!  I’ve always been interested in body building culture. The sheer determination of the competitors, the gruelling training, the rigorous diet and the exhausting stage routines rank bodybuilders with the greatest of athletes. There’s also the tiny buggy smugglers (swim trunks) and bikinis and the seemingly excessive tanning. It’s utterly serious and utterly ridiculous - in the best possible way - all at the same time.  What I found was a truly supportive community. Just talking to the competitors I found that some had endured real hardship, mental health problems, injury and health issues and body building helped them through.  This was going to form part of the Down the Club project, but now I plan to make its own, ongoing, thing.
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