The Flag City Classic Natural Bodybuilding, Figure, Physique and Bikini Competition will tone up the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Sept. 1.
Admission for the 2 p.m. prejudging event is $15, with a $25 admission to the 6 p.m. finals. The combo package ($35) and VIP combo package ($45) grant admission to both events. VIP tickets offer seats in the first five rows, and the rest offer general admission.
Tickets are available at the Marathon Center box office, 200 W. Main Cross St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or an hour before showtime; by phone at 419-423-2787; or online at www.marathoncenterarts.org
Shiloe Steinmetz, who is organizing the National Gym Association-sanctioned event with Joe and Amanda Bayliff, has more than 20 years of competitive bodybuilding and judging experience.
The Mount Blanchard resident (and multiple Mr. Ohio champion) has competed in more than 70 competitions across the country, including the national and world championships. This experience influenced his objective to create a show geared toward the competitors, he said.
This included selecting the Marathon Center for the event, which Steinmetz said provides a good atmosphere; a later check-in time for athletes; and additional awards and recognition, including: Most Inspirational for an athlete who overcame particular adversity to compete; an award recognizing the gym that brings in the most competitors; and an award for the most entertaining evening routine.
Steinmetz also hopes to make the Flag City Classic an annual event, with plans to add an expo in an effort to bring fitness-minded people together along with those who enjoy watching a quality competition.
The prejudging event is where the athletes’ hard work is officially judged, with each class scored live to determine the placings for the evening finals. Classes will be called out separately and directed through a series of mandatory posing, with emphasis on the technical aspects of the sport.
According to Steinmetz, the finals are the most entertaining part of the event, and the portion he most encourages new spectators to watch. During the finals, routines are performed to music and each class is presented with awards. They are then judged again to determine the best of the best and eventual overall winner of each category.
Athletes compete in several classes, including traditional bodybuilding, classic physique, men’s physique, women’s physique, figure and bikini.
Most athletes prepare for a 12-week period leading up to the contest, Steinmetz said. This includes a strict dietary regimen along with cardiovascular and weight training.
Steinmetz said the judges look for a variety of things. Symmetry is based on proportions between the size of the arms, legs, etc.; muscularity is the size and shape of muscles; and conditioning evaluates how lean the athletes are.
The overall winners in each category at the Flag City Classic will qualify for professional status, going on to compete for money and prizes in events that include the national championships in November.
A drug-free event, Flag City Classic competitors need to pass a urinalysis.
Most of the competitors come from Ohio, with athletes also coming from Michigan, Kentucky and North Carolina. Chris Miller, a sports broadcaster on WKXA radio station in Findlay, is among the competitors.
Athlete registration runs until the day of the event. Entry fee is $80, crossover fee to compete in other categories is $30, and sign-up is available at www.ngaflagcityclassic.com
For more information, contact Steinmetz at 419-799-0714, visit https://marathoncenterarts.org or go to www.ngaflagcityclassic.com/