body·​build·​ing | \ ˈbä-dē-ˌbil-diŋ How to pronounce bodybuilding (audio) \

Definition of bodybuilding

: the developing of the body through exercise and diet specifically : the developing of the physique for competitive exhibition

Other Words from bodybuilding

bodybuilder \ ˈbä-​dē-​ˌbil-​dər How to pronounce bodybuilding (audio) \ noun

Examples of bodybuilding in a Sentence

She's been doing competitive bodybuilding for a few years now.
Recent Examples on the Web Physique coach Paul Revelia uses his own experience in competitive bodybuilding to help people lose fat and build lean muscle. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 17 July 2022 Starting out in bodybuilding and as a former WBFF pro, Johns has been under the spotlight on many occasions, both physically and online. Jodie Cook, Forbes, 7 July 2022 However, the journey took another direction, entering her in the world of bodybuilding. Randy Mcroberts, Baltimore Sun, 19 May 2022 In Season 2, Richardson plays the host of a bodybuilding contest made up of children in padded muscle suits. The New Yorker, 29 May 2022 And this year, around 2,000 people came to watch 300 men and women compete in the bodybuilding and physique competitions at the 2022 NPC Kentucky Derby Championships at the Kentucky International Convention Center Saturday. Matt Stone, The Courier-Journal, 1 May 2022 As a two-time Top 10 contender in the renowned Mr Olympia bodybuilding competition, Cook's strength and conditioning aren't in any doubt — but his coordination and mobility will be very much put to the test. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 19 May 2022 The Golden Globe winner noted that his love for Russia has only grown since then, frequently traveling to the country for bodybuilding, movie roles and to meet his Russian fans. Glenn Garner,, 17 Mar. 2022 Your wife competes in bodybuilding shows as a Figure competitor. Roger Lockridge, Men's Health, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bodybuilding

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bodybuilding was in 1884

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24 Jul 2022

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“Bodybuilding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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