The newly formed National Female Bodybuilding Coalition (NFBC) will be hosting a forum on July 12, 2012. They will discuss the past, present and future of the sport of female bodybuilding. The NFBC is a consortium of respected and famous natural female bodybuilding legends to educate women about bodybuilding. Their overall goal is to keep the sport of female bodybuilding alive. According to Trina Smith, an NFBC co-founder, “Our goal is to get back to basics with specific, practical information regarding women’s physique competitions, aka female bodybuilding. You’ll leave feeling energized, educated, inspired and motivated!”
What is Natural Female Bodybuilding?
Bodybuilding is defined as any activity that builds an aesthetically pleasing muscular body.
Female bodybuilding has been around since the late 1970s when women started taking part in bodybuilding competitions. The 80’s and 90’s were filled with controversy as new hormone therapies were introduced. The majority of the controversy was around maintaining “femininity” and the use of these hormone therapies to alter their physique. In 2000, the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) completely altered their rules for the famed Ms. Olympia contest. Jim Manion, chairman of the Professional Judges committee, stated that women would be judged on healthy appearance, face, make-up and skin tone. He further added that criteria would include “symmetry, presentation, separations, and muscularity but not to the extreme.” In 2005, Manion introduce a 20 percent rule. Essentially, this rule called for a 20 percent reduction in muscularity.
Due to women’s lack of testosterone, it is not possible for women to gain the massive muscle that is present in males. In the past, anabolic steroids and other synthetic chemicals used to build muscle were very popular in female bodybuilding. Fortunately, this trend has been curbed with the modern popularity of natural bodybuilding. This is essentially the same type of training, however without any sort of unnatural synthetic chemicals. Many natural strength training supplements are available at BodyBuilding Factory, a website devoted to supplements for training. Modern female bodybuilding has split into many subgenres, such as fitness, fit body, bikini and women’s figure competitions. All of these have their roots in traditional women’s bodybuilding.
What Will the NFBC Forum Discuss?
The NFBC forum will primarily discuss the present state of female bodybuilding. Many famous figure and bodybuilding titleholders will be attending a roundtable discussion, such as: Joan Lopez, ChrissyZmiljewski and Michelle Shepard. Many different topics will be discussed during the NFBC forum as well:
- The differences between figure and bodybuilding
- Diet and nutrition for a healthy life and bodybuilding
- erception of muscular women
- Stage presentation and posing
- Benefits of bodybuilding competitions
- Promoting ideas to keep the sport alive
The titleholders will provide a unique perspective on the above topics, as many of them have been involved with the sport throughout its evolution. According to Katy Wayman-White, cofounder of NFBC and bodybuilder, “There has been a decline in media coverage of female bodybuilders, showing more favor to figure and fitness models. Therefore, a majority of women have chosen to compete in figure, fitness, and now bikini. Can it be that female bodybuilding is out of sight—out of mind?” While figure and fitness models stem from the female bodybuilding tree, it has become more popular than female bodybuilding itself. This forum aims to change that and bring female bodybuilding back into the spotlight.
An Exciting Opportunity
Terry Reeves, NFBC roundtable organizer and natural bodybuilding champion, says that the forum, “should be a hoot and totally captivating. Count on it!” If you are an appreciator of the sport and competition of female bodybuilding, this forum promises to be enlightening and exhilarating. The roundtable will be in a Q&A format—you’ll be able to ask legends of the sport any pressing questions. You will also be able to be an active participant in the effort to ensure a lasting life for female bodybuilding