Bodybuilders coming to Lake Tahoe for fitness competition at MontBleu |

Bodybuilders coming to Lake Tahoe for fitness competition at MontBleu

The 2017 Tahoe Show winners pose on the shore of Lake Tahoe.
Photograph by Marcello Rostagni

STATELINE, Nev. — Athletes with perfect pecs and toned tushies will strut across stage and be judged during the eighth annual Tahoe Show Bodybuilding Championship.

Saturday’s event at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa is the biggest show in northern Nevada and California in terms of attendees and size of the competitors.

The National Physique Committee-sanctioned event is projected to attract 2,000-plus spectators and 375-plus athletes. The athletes will compete for custom handmade trophies, paid travel invitation to the Vancouver Pro/Am, a coveted National Qualification, and the chance to become featured in the 2019 Tahoe Show branding.

The NPC is the largest amateur bodybuilding organization in the United States.

Show owner and producer Chris Minnes, a part-time South Lake Tahoe resident who has promoted shows all over the country, said the Tahoe event has something different than a regular NPC show.

“It’s a bucket list item, a ‘must-do’ in the world of physique competitions and it’s an incredible destination,” Minnes said. “Maybe it’s the beautiful venue, the backstage donuts, free competitor champagne buffet and the handmade ‘muscle-deer’ trophy. It could be something less tangible like the feeling you get when you drive over the mountain pass and the blue of Lake Tahoe fills the horizon or the smiles that greet you and the feeling of knowing how much it means to us that you made the trip to be part of the show.”

On stage there will be more than just muscle-bound men and women, but a variety of looks that are featured on many magazines.

“The sport of bodybuilding has changed from the days of the ‘mass monsters,’” Minnes said. “Today, we see a sport that inspires all fans as it now offers a variety of looks across six men’s and women’s divisions. These divisions focus on an athletic, healthy and balanced look like you’d see on the cover of GQ or Oxygen magazines. Athletes prove that age is just number with competitors as young as 16 and as old as 80.”

But expect plenty of flexing and bulging, defined muscles.

The Tahoe Show has become a “massive success” after it was viewed as the problem “stepchild” when it first began, Minnes said.

The Lake Tahoe Visitor’s Authority invested $10,000 through a sponsorship grant and Minnes said that investment paid off.

As the show annually sells out of tickets, producers, in partnership with Carr Cellular Fitness, have solved the problem by streaming the event, making it viewable around the world.

“There is nothing like being there in person to feel the energy and excitement of the show, it really gets you motivated,” Minnes said. “But if you can’t be there, you can join the over 10,000 people who watch the show online.”

New for this year is more classes including Teen Classic Physique, Novice Men’s Physique, Novice Bikini and late night all you can eat sushi for competitors and spectators at Fortune inside MontBleu.

In addition to the bodybuilding contest, the show includes 20 fitness vendors offering up free samples, training advice and fitness apparel. Top vendors include Carr Cellular Fitness, SWAT FUEL, Infinium Works, Fit Kitchen, Icon Muscle, Elite Fitness Training, Measured Fitness Lab and B.A.R Republic Nutrition.

Ticket prices range from $25 to $119.

To stream the show live, or for more information, visit

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Saturday for pre-judging in all NPC divisions. At 10 a.m. athletes will be pre-judged. Doors re-open at 5 p.m. for the finals that commence at 6 p.m. An after party at 10 p.m. will be held at Opal Ultra Lounge, which is complimentary to competitors.

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