Bodybuilders pump up Yongsan Community
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- Bodybuilders from different areas all over the Korean Peninsula had opportunities to awe Community members who attended the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Bodybuilding contest held at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan's R&R Bar and Grill, June 9.
Fifteen male and four female participants made the audience scream and cheer every time they came up on the stage. Since there were only a few female competitors, they competed for one trophy regardless of weight class. The male contestants, however, competed in light, middle, and heavy weight classes.
When the bodybuilders from each weight class first appeared on stage in a straight line facing the judges for the symmetry round, they executed a series of quarter turns for judges to make comparisons of their front, left, back and right sides.
After the symmetry round, each bodybuilder was given a minute to pose with the accompaniment of music, which they themselves chose. They also got the chance to showcase their figure and characteristics. Fans cheered and supported their favorite participants.
The champions and runner-ups for each weight class as well as the overall winners were each awarded trophies.
Last year's overall winner, 1st Lt. Jonathan Reid, S-3 operator for 1st Signal Brigade, couldn't conceal his excitement when his name was sounded as the overall champion, allowing him to successfully defend his title for another year.
"I prepared for today for 6 months," Reid said. "Working out gives me a natural high and keeps me fit. I am very excited to be here, and I thank my new workout partner and especially USAG Yongsan for putting on an event like this."