Bodybuilding is a form of physical exercise and body modification involving intensive muscle hypertrophy. An individual who engages in this activity is referred to as a bodybuilder. In competitive and professional bodybuilding, bodybuilders display their physiques to a panel ofjudges, who assign points based on their appearance. Bodybuilders prepare for competition through a combination of dehydration, fat loss, oils, and tanning (or tanning lotions) which combined with lighting make the definition of the muscle group more distinct. (from Wikipedia)

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Born in 1926, Steve Reeves grew up in 1930’s Montana, moving to California after his father died when he was 10. In high school, Reeves became interested in bodybuilding, and by seventeen he was by most accounts a modern day Hercules. After graduation, he enlisted in the army, fighting in the Pacific in World War II. After the war, Reeves competed in numerous contests, winning successive titles as Mr Pacific Coast, Mr Western America, Mr America, Mr world, and Mr Universe, from 1946-1950. Reeves also had some success as an actor, featuring movies such as Hercules, Athena, Sandokan The Great, and the spaghetti western A Long Ride From Hell. (adapted from

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