Immediately after the Olympia last weekend, I logged into Facebook to see a lot of comments like, "Bikini shouldn't be part of the Olympia," "They don't even have to work hard," "Do those girls even lift?" and "What do they do to prep, swap burgers for chicken sandwiches?"
Now I understand that some Bikini competitors, especially at small shows, look like they decided to compete about 10 days prior to the show. But that's not the Division's ideal. Besides, there are competitors in just about every category at any small show who look like they haven't been lifting very long, or didn't diet very hard, or whatever. (And for the record, I still think those people ROCK. Competing is so hard - mentally AND physically - and getting on stage is a HUGE accomplishment.)
But I mean, are we really going to say that girls who look like this.....
|(Source - Jamie Baird)|
|(Source - India Paulino)|
Don't lift? Don't work hard? Don't diet hard?
These two girls - top IFBB pros - both have great shoulders/arms and BANGIN' legs. They are both displaying leanness that is simply not achievable or maintainable year-round.
This is obviously just based on my personal experience, but most of the Bikini competitors I've met have either been very athletic for most of their lives, or have backgrounds in powerlifting. After all, what better way to build a beautiful booty than lots of heavy squats and deadlifts?
It is a shame that some girls choose to wear butt-floss bikinis and make their posing routines overtly sexual, but I don't think that should take away from the hard work all competitors (Bikini, Figure, Fitness, Physique, Bodybuilding) put into their diets and training.
What do you think? Should Bikini remain part of the Olympia?