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Bodybuilding in Iraq

Iraqi Rebuilding — Starting With the Rock Hard Bodies

Moving around a lot, the gym has always been my center — my home sweat home. In conflicted Iraq finding a place to work out can be a challenge and safety is an issue. That hasn't stopped these Iraqi bodybuilders in Sadr City preparing for a muscleman competition at the end of this week.

The workout scene in Iraq is decidedly different from the 24-hour Fitness you may be used to — according to this description in the Washington Post, steroids are sometimes vended openly in gyms (sometimes animal steroids), sweat is a good thing — towels are few and far between — and no one bats an eye if someone does a set, lights up a cigarette out the window, and continues his workout.


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In a country where skin is mostly kept under wraps, these posing hulks stand out — and not just for their muscles. Despite the healthy competition, breaking a sweat also breaks some of the tension of living in the precarious region. It's an outer strength to match the inner fortitude required by their environment.

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Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Dude, bodybuilders are freakin' gross no matter where they're from :sick: I don't like shiny, oiled-up skin and yucky too-big muscles. Good for the Iraqis, though, I suppose, if this makes them feel better :shrug:
MindayH MindayH 9 years
interesting
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
:rotfl:
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Citizen did you post this one for me, you big tease!
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