The latter is the course chosen by the participants in the St. Louis Natural Bodybuilding Classic. These are not the needle-marked gym rats with grotesque physiques that appear more like mockeries of the human figure than actual human beings. Natural bodybuilders eschew all steroids, human growth hormones, horse tranquilizers, whatever -- no drugs or chemicals allowed. Instead, they work only with what they were born with, the same standard equipment we all have. Through nutrition and realistic (but tough) workouts, a natural body-builder endeavors to shape his or her body into the best shape that particular body can achieve. This years classic has male and female competitors ranging in age from 17 to 66 years; every bodys different, but theyre all looking good. See for yourself today at the Roberts Orpheum Theater (416 North Ninth Street; 314-588-0388 or www.robertsorpheum.com). Preliminaries start at 10 a.m., and the main event is at 6 p.m., when early winners face off via posedown to determine who advances to the nationals this fall. Tickets are $10 to $20 for the preliminaries, $20 to $30 for the main event, and a two-event pass is available for $25 to $40. And keep this in mind while youre watching: With a little work and discipline on your part, you could be up there at next years competition. Its never too late to rehab your own temple.
Sat., June 16