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Physique

Photos by Agnieska Stalkoper

Physique in the OutGames is a mixed event... the strike-a-pose segments are absolute boredom for the common mortals, but delight for those who are physique admirers. Don't get it wrong: physique is the right word, much more than "muscles"... you can find much bigger pectorals or arms in a night out on the clubbing scene, but what you will not find that often is other features like definition and symmetry that are paramount for a good result in the competition. The definition aspect lends to two other "side-effects": the tan-like coverage of the bodies (to enhance the contrast with the lighting used for competition) and the complete absence of body hair (this last one works both-ways: it helps to show definition, but it also helps to show "defects").

In a very personal view, I'm a big fan of choreographed physique events - apparently a view shared by the audience on the events that I've been present. Besides the posing and physique display, there is space for innovation (in a previous gay physique event a winning couple had gymnastics background and did some spectacular stunts), the numbers are varied (at least in the music choices) and there is space for innuendo and fun. The athletes are there not only for the marks and for the jury but also to captivate the audience. Moreover, they do not have to move and pose to the jury like slaves in a dominatrix movie: they are free to do what they want in the stage. Much more my thing to watch (at least if I am not in the action).

F.P. (PortugalGay.pt)

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Montréal 2006 Reports

3 August 2006
 
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