Scientific research and health experts suggest that regular strength training should be part of a well-rounded fitness regime. Resistance training—particularly weight lifting—helps increase bone density, build muscle mass and develop overall strength. If you're looking for weight lifting information, the Web is a great place to find tutorials, advice and resources.
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Bodybuilding competitions are fairly common, and are generally funded by bodybuilding organizations and associations. Weight lifting contests almost always focus on strength, such as Olympic weight lifting and powerlifting competitions. Visit the sites below to find out about contests, and to get advice on starting and advancing a competitive bodybuilding or weight lifting career.
- Some of these sites offer results from previous contests, including stats and pictures. Look for a link labeled "competition results" or "photo gallery."
- Bodybuilding and weight lifting organizations often run separate competitions for men and women, so don't dismiss a contest simply because it looks open to only one gender. If you dig a little deeper, you may find news about competitions for the opposite sex, too.
For bodybuilding competitions ...
is a huge, searchable database of weight lifting and bodybuilding contests. Search by athlete name, competition year, contest name and more. The Web site only lists results, and the archives go all the way back to 1930. It's a good place to learn about champion bodybuilders.
Ultimate Bodybuilding Competition Guide
has plenty of resources for the competitive bodybuilder, including articles, a forum and contest photos. The Web site offers tons of information for the beginner who wants to start competing in bodybuilding.
allows you to search for competitions with criteria such as location, level and organization, making it a good place to search for upcoming events. The results include detailed information about the competition, as well as a link to the contest Web site.
For weight lifting and strength contests ...
International Weightlifting Federation
(IWF) Web site includes a calendar of upcoming events, such as championships and festivals. The site also includes PDF files of the rules of the IWF as well as statistics from previous competitions. This style focuses on Olympic weight lifting rather than bodybuilding or super powerlifting.
offers links and articles for powerlifting competitions. Find the stats of champion powerlifters, and a schedule of upcoming events that includes contact information such as phone numbers or links to associated Web sites.
American Strongman Corporation
offers links and information about "strong man" type contests. Rather than pumping iron or showing off a physique, these competitions involve strenuous lifting, pulling or throwing of unusual items such as tires, stones and automobiles.
For women's contests ...
has a large archive of articles for the female fitness competitor, including reports on previous competitions, advice for beginners and answers to common questions.
Bill Dobbins Female Physique Webzine/Gallery
contest information page is no longer active but includes competition results from most of the major women's bodybuilding contests from 1999 to 2007. To find current contest information and upcoming competitions, the site offers links to other sites for help.
offers details about Arnold Schwarzenegger's most impressive stats. At top form, his biceps measured 22 inches and his chest measured 57 inches!
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