With the female bodybuilders becoming more and
more extreme in their muscular appearance, a backlash of sorts occurred. It is
unclear, if this reversal of trends was started by the women not wanting to be
so outrageously muscled or whether the public at large was just not interested.
Maybe a combination of the two. In any event, the novelty of the female bodybuilder
of the women who were champions in female bodybuilding world had switched to new
classes of Fitness and Figure. A good example of this was Kim Chizevsky.
was a 4-time winner of the Ms. Olympia. Suddenly, the "rules" were rewritten
so as to penalize the awesome muscularity that she possessed. Kim re-invented
her shape and turned to fitness competitions.
It became clear, the ruling
powers of the "sport" were trying to force the women to tone-down their
It appears as if the women's version of bodybuilding has almost
come full circle to their glory days of the 80's when they were forced to wear
high-heels and not allowed to clench a fist while hitting a bicep pose. Indeed,
fitness and figure competitions are more of a beauty contest with gymnastic and
dance routines. The size of their muscles is not only secondary, but possibly
change has both supporters and opponents. Supporters argue that it helps get the
drugs such as steroids out of the sport and allows more women to compete. Opponents
argue that the women should be encouraged to be as muscular as possible, after
all, it's bodybuilding. Either way, it's clear that the debate about femininity
is still raging. Also, it's important to note that there is no similar debate
with the men becoming more extreme every year. It's definitely a double standard.
of this controversy makes it extremely difficult for the competitors to know what
the judges want to see. It takes months of training and dieting for these women
to get their bodies ready for the competitions. All of that hard work can be for
nothing, if the judging criteria is not what they expected.