noun \-ˌbil-diŋ\

: the activity of doing exercises (such as lifting weights) to make the muscles of your body larger and stronger

Full Definition of BODYBUILDING

:  the developing of the body through exercise and diet; specifically :  the developing of the physique for competitive exhibition
body·build·er noun


  1. She's been doing competitive bodybuilding for a few years now.

First Known Use of BODYBUILDING



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Developing of the physique through exercise and diet, often for competitive exhibition. Bodybuilding aims at displaying pronounced muscle tone and exaggerated muscle mass and definition for overall aesthetic effect. Weight training is the principal form of exercise used; high-protein foods and vitamin and mineral supplements contribute to the diet. Bodybuilding competition grew largely out of 19th-century European strongman theatrical and circus acts. The first important international competition was the Mr. Universe contest, founded in 1947. It was followed in 1965 by the even more prestigious Mr. Olympia contest. Competition for women began in the 1970s. In 1998 bodybuilding was granted provisional status by the International Olympic Committee. The use of steroids to enhance performance, though generally forbidden, has long been common among bodybuilders.


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