What’s weird is that I was always down on the too-muscular look and now I’m ticked that there isn’t ENOUGH muscle. It was just that Monica was so smokin’ (sitting pretty close to the stage her legs were NOT small, and her figure was balanced, especially compared to everyone else) while the others almost looked like they barely trained - until you saw their lats, where you could see SOME development. A lot of spindly arms up there.
Next year, I’m catching everything, including amateur and bikini, so I can maybe get some perspective on what the heck is going on. Gina Aliotti placed 2nd last year but didn’t compete this year. Even Jen Hendershott was missing from Fitness. I guess last year was her retirement because she did have a booth at the Expo for her Phatt Camp…
In the past it always seemed to me that the forms of the Fitness and Figure women were similar but now it’s as if they’re trying to further delineate a difference between Figure and Fitness so everyone fits neatly into a category. I always thought the difference between Fitness and Figure was gymnastic ability! I’m betting Bikini is nothing but skinny chicks, but I didn’t see that competition so I couldn’t say.
What a drag.[/quote]
Re: the figure and fitness, I also thought the same.
Its just interesting in general that women would have all these classifications. Bikini, figure, fitness and then Body building (i think that’s all of them right?). But I suppose it makes sense that there are categories for women based on varying degrees of muscularity since its still not normative to have women looking to build muscle in this way.
Perhaps this is the way we compensate - by classifying them into categories and saying, well here’s what a ‘toned’ lady looks like, and here’s what a jacked lady looks like.
I wonder if there are any set guidelines for these categories set by the organizations - maybe in the registration section?
I swear, last comment. Also interesting in all this discussion are female power lifters - what is the the difference between women who lift for strength and those who lift for aesthetics. Or is there no difference? Is it the same for men? I don’t really know enough about power lifting to opine.