Welcome to the gun show: Ripped Australians show off their bulging muscles at bodybuilding championships in Melbourne
- The national championships were held at the Plenary in the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
- Male and female competitors were judged on their symmetry, mass, size and all important stage presence
- Bodybuilders can be seen preparing backstage, lifting more weights to make sure their muscles really pop
Australia’s leading bodybuilders have slapped on the oil and slipped into their Speedos and bikinis to strut their stuff at the IFBB Australian Bodybuilding Championships.
The national championships were held at the Plenary in the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Sunday and showcased rippling muscles.
Competitors were judged on their symmetry, mass, size and all important stage presence before winners were crowned in each category.
Competitors pose in the Wellness Novice section during the IFBB Australian Bodybuilding Championships at the Plenary in Melbourne
Male competitors pose in tight underwear during the IFBB Australian National Championships
Muscular competitors going head-to-head during the IFBB Australian National Championships
Eager bodybuilders can be seen preparing backstage, lifting more weights to make sure their muscles really pop.
Women flaunted their sculpted bodies in sequined, bright bikinis as they strutted their stuff on stage, hoping to impress the judges.
Tattooed former champion Belinda Cracknell, 49, showed off her biceps during her backstage workout.
Belinda Cracknell (pictured) prepares backstage for the Women’s Physique section during the IFBB Australian Bodybuilding Championships
Belinda Cracknell (pictured) lifts weights while preparing backstage for the Women’s Physique section
Female competitors work out backstage
Bodybuilders can be seen getting doused in fake tan prior to the competition.
Female contestants competed in a range of categories, including physique, bikini, and wellness.
Male competitors went head to head in a series of weight and age-based categories.
Male competitors prepare backstage. One bodybuilder can be seen getting doused in fake tan prior to the competition
Male competitors work out in preparation for the competition backstage
Bodybuilders flex their muscles backstage before the competition
One female bodybuilder walking around backstage before the competition
A woman in a sparkly bikini liftf weights backstage
Woman work out in preparation for the bodybuilding championships
During showtime, all competitors stepped out on stage an flexed their strength for the judges, letting their muscles shine.
Men were judged in different outfits, depending on the category.
Some wore tight black underwear, while others wore bright metallic undergarments.
Muscly men posing during the bodybuilding competition
Men in sparkly underwear posing for the judges on stage
Male bodybuilders flexing their biceps in black undergarments
Male bodybuilders posing for the judges on stage during the compeition
The judges are seen during the IFBB Australian Bodybuilding Championships
Men display their back muscles during the IFBB competition in brightly-coloured underwear