An annual competition gives empowerment new meaning

November 28, 2015

By Timothy Bella

The backstage area of the 2015 FTM Fitness Conference in Atlanta smells like tanning spray and cooking oil. The bodybuilding competition is running 90 minutes late, and the seven competitors, both pre-op and post-op, are finding ways to kill time. Some do push-ups and talk about what they’re going to eat after the event, while others go over posing tips. One bodybuilder urges another not to cringe as he applies spray to the other man’s back. “Don’t be a girl! Stop!”

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