Monday, 16 August 2010 18:47
These gym gurus don’t work out hard every day—sometimes more than once a day—and and follow strict diets just to enter bodybuilding competitions.
By Jennette Holzworth; Photos by Maria Linares
On Saturday night, nearly 60 local bodybuilders competed in the Greater Gainesville Bodybuilding & Figure Championship to help children, raising $7,000 for Stop Children’s Cancer, a local non-profit organization dedicated to fighting cancer.
In its three years, the event has raised more than $20,000 for the organization, says event promoter Brian Elliot, and every year, the number of competitors and spectators increase, too.
Dallas firefighter and two-time Team National Bodybuilding champion Steve Kuclo guest posed for the event. His performance concluded with the 400 spectators in attendance singing “Happy Birthday,” since Kuclo turns 25 on Aug. 15.
While on stage, co-promoters Elliot and Michelle Adams surprised Kuclo with a dumbbell-shaped cake. Meanwhile, competitors backstage feasted on fried chicken and pizza—luxuries to men and women who endured weeks sans anything too fatty or carb-y.
“It’s a little more than a hobby,” Kuclo says. “It’s a lifestyle.”