Ripped Australians show off their rippling muscles at bodybuilding championships in Melbourne 2 min read

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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

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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.

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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

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

Male competitors pose in tight underwear during the IFBB Australian National Championships

Muscular competitors going head-to-head 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) lifts weights while preparing backstage for the Women's Physique section

Belinda Cracknell (pictured) lifts weights while preparing backstage for the Women’s Physique section

Female competitors work out backstage

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 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

Male competitors work out in preparation for the competition backstage

Bodybuilders flex their muscles backstage before the competition

Bodybuilders flex their muscles backstage before the competition

One female bodybuilder walking around backstage before the competition

One female bodybuilder walking around backstage before the competition 

Woman work out in preparation for the bodybuilding championships

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

Muscly men posing during the bodybuilding competition 

Men in sparkly underwear posing for the judges on stage

Men in sparkly underwear posing for the judges on stage 

Male bodybuilders flexing their biceps in black undergarments

Male bodybuilders flexing their biceps in black undergarments 

Male bodybuilders posing for the judges on stage during the compeition

Male bodybuilders posing for the judges on stage during the compeition 

The judges are seen during the IFBB Australian Bodybuilding Championships

The judges are seen during the IFBB Australian Bodybuilding Championships

Men display their back muscles during the IFBB competition in brightly-coloured underwear

Men display their back muscles during the IFBB competition in brightly-coloured underwear 

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