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dotBodybuilders are employed as fitness trainers, product endorsers, fitness product salespeople, nutrition specialists, models and media personalities.

dotBodybuilders need to have lots of discipline, follow specific nutritional guidelines and undergo hard physical training. Muscles are sculpted to exact requirements, and long hours in the gym reward bodybuilders with physiques that resemble finely crafted works of art.

dotWayne Demilia, a vice-president with an international bodybuilding group, says there are only about 130 top-ranked male professional bodybuilders in the world. Another 50 are female. These are the elite of the sport. There are 25 top-ranked bodybuilders from the U.S.

The peak year for female professional bodybuilders was 1985, says Demilia. Since then, the number of female professional bodybuilders has dwindled. Whereas female bodybuilders had smoother physiques in the '80s, now the trend is more pumped-up, masculine bodies.

dotAccording to the International Federation of Bodybuilders, to reach the top ranks of professional bodybuilding you must win your country's national bodybuilding title or the international title in amateur bodybuilding.

At a Glance

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  • You need discipline to stick to training schedules
  • Bodybuilders can work as fitness trainers, product endorsers, fitness product salespeople, nutrition specialists, models and media personalities
  • Genetics are the key to success in bodybuilding