The Sheru Classic was held in India this past weekend. Once again, Phil Heath came out on top. The Top 5 for the Men's Bodybuilding Division were as follows:
- Phil Heath
- Kai Greene
- Toney Freeman
- Roelly Winklaar
- Michael Keffalanos
Phil Heath was just too good for the competition once gain.
The competition was fierce as these pros stepped on stage just after the Olympia showdown in Las Vegas a week ago. Once again, Kai Greene pushed Phil Heath to the limit, but Phil came away with his second title in 2 weeks.
The Sheru Classic is held in New Dehli every year. It follows the Mr. Olympia contest in Las Vegas so it usually gets a lot of the very same competitors. This makes sense since they only have to hold their conditioning for an additional week. It seems that the winner of the Mr. Olympia contest manages to win this one each year.
The IFBB is trying to spread the sport internationally with contests like this. Bodybuilding is generally not an accepted sport in the United States because of the use of steroids and the like. I could discuss the use of steroids and what that really means, but that's for another day. I think people need to realize that these guys may use things to enhance their body, but they still have to do the work, the eating and the training, to get the body you see on stage. They are amazing.
I get upset when people say they don't get interested in bodybuilding because “I don't want to look like that.” Well, I watch NFL football, but I don't want to look like a defensive lineman! It is about appreciating the athlete's performance. These guys bust their asses and they deserve recognition for it.