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Tuesday, 02 January 2007 01:35

Bodybuilding - History

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The first ever formal bodybuilding contest was in 1901

The first evidence of weight training comes from 11th century India, where athletes made wooden dumbbells. Bodybuilding as an aesthetic sport however, did not develop until the late 19th century.

Prussian Eugen Sandow is generally regarded as the pioneer of modern bodybuilding. After successfully touring Europe and the US with his "muscle display performances", Sandow organised the first ever formal bodybuilding contest at London's Royal Albert Hall in September 1901. The huge success of this event led to similar contests on both sides of the Atlantic.

In 1939, the US amateur weightlifting governing body, the AAU, added bodybuilding to its list of events. Seven years later, brothers Ben and Joe Wieder set up the first professional bodybuilding federation, the International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB). In 1965, the IFBB started the Mr Olympia contest, currently the most prestigious title in the sport.

The sport was finally recognised by the Olympic movement in 2000 when, after many years of lobbying, the IFBB obtained provisional IOC membership.

Bodybuilding is appearing in the Asian Games for the second time, after making its debut at the 14th Asian Games in Busan, Korea in 2002.