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07/31/04

Bodybuilding Returns To Biloxi

It wasn't a play, but a display of muscles taking center stage Saturday evening.

Thirty-six contestants, men and women from all over the Southeast, competed for the title of open overall champion.

It's the first body building competition on the coast in ten years.

We asked world renowned bodybuilder Jay Cutler about what he and the others gain from having extremely buff bodies.

"It actually becomes a type of therapy where it helps relieve a lot of stress, it makes you feel good about yourself, creates a lot of positive energy around yourself which not only makes you feel good but helps you excel in whatever you're trying to do or achieve and that's not just for the body builder but for the person in general in the working environment in school and that kind of thing," said Cutler.

The contestants are judged in the categories of symmetry, presentation, and muscularity.

But in order to be a winner, bodybuilding cannot be simply a hobby. It has to be a lifestyle.

"I eat up to 10 meals a day. I train up to four hours daily, and I train 5 to 6 days weekly, working out two times a day, usually at least an hour and a half in the morning, hour and a half in the afternoon, and then I spend most of my time cooking my food," said Cutler.

Whether amateur or professional, bodybuilders are training to be in top shape to win that next title, but we wanted to know if Cutler has been able to win over one of the harshest aspects of the South - the humidity.

"I'm getting used to the humidity a little bit now, I'm used to sweating," said Cutler.

Cutler will be competing in the Mr. Olympia competition on October 30 in Las Vegas.

He was the first runner up last year.

By Karla Redditte

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