Strength on stage: Tahoe Show bodybuilding competition returns to MontBleu for sixth edition, features 300 competitors
Tahoe Show bodybuilding competition
Saturday, Aug. 27
MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa
Pre-judging 10 a.m., finals 6 p.m.
More info: www.tahoeshow.com
STATELINE — The sixth annual Tahoe Show Fitness and Bodybuilding Championship will bring hard bodies of all varieties to MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa this weekend. More than 300 amateur bodybuilders will strut their stuff inside the casino’s showroom Saturday, Aug. 27.
“This is the biggest Tahoe Show there’s ever been,” said show producer and bodybuilding champion Chris Minnes. “Every show I’ve done is always bigger than the year before, and this is no exception.”
The biggest bodybuilding show in Northern Nevada will draw 2,000 spectators and is expected to sell out. Minnes said he steps up the level of production for each edition, and has invested nearly $80,000 in the stage itself — which this year includes custom-built LED panels manufactured in China.
Competitors will flex Saturday at the NPC show in pursuit of the coveted “muscle moose” trophy in six classes — bodybuilding, figure, men’s and women’s physique, bikini and classic physique. The top finishers within each class’ open division will qualify for a national-level show, and take a step closer to earning a pro card.
“Each year, the caliber of the athletes is getting better and better,” Minnes said. “It’s cool because we get both ends of the spectrum. We get this very, very high-level athlete, but we also get competitors that are new to the sport.”
The competition is broken up into a pair of spectator-friendly events in the showroom that will also house a number of vendors ranging from supplements and health food to clothing and equipment. Pre-judging begins at 10 a.m. in the showroom while finals start at 6 p.m., with each lasting around four hours.
“It depends on what you like better — the process or the outcome,” Minnes said.
The “process” is pre-judging, which Minnes described as a serious atmosphere. Tickets cost between $25 and $35 to watch the technical side of bodybuilding and see criteria used by judges.
“It’s very interesting for people to see how the athletes are being stacked up against each other and how they’re being compared,” Minnes said.
The “outcome” is finals, a produced show hosted by Lou Ferrigno, Jr. that features music and is not quite as serious as the morning session. Finals are also when awards are handed out
“That’s where you’re going to see more entertainment,” Minnes said.
A new class added to this year’s show is classic physique, which rewards the aesthetic of a bodybuilder more than simply mass. Those that appreciate the 1970s look reminiscent of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno will like what they see on stage from this class of competitors.
“This new division focuses on a very small waist, an athletic look — and posing has become an important component of that,” Minnes said. “We’re taking some of the aesthetics that were lost in bodybuilding and really bringing it back to the golden era.”
In addition to seeing a variety of carefully crafted physiques in action, Minnes said spectators can use the Tahoe Show as an inspiration. Even if not aspiring to have the traditional power and poses of a bodybuilder, the variety of classes on display Saturday can offer a springboard for fitness goals of any kind.
“The reality of it is you see very attainable, attractive physiques that inspire — if you work hard you can get there too,” Minnes said. “Coming to the Tahoe Show is a great way to get that inspiration and find those solutions that can get you to the body of your dreams.”