ATLANTA (AP) — It’s been twenty years since Charles Bennett took the stage to compete in bodybuilding. But at age 63 he’s now done something he’s never done before — compete as a man for the first time in what’s billed as the world’s only transgender bodybuilding competition.
Bennett and seven fellow competitors preformed Saturday night in the annual International Association of Trans Bodybuilders competition at a theater in Atlanta.
The competition first started in 2014 and has since drawn competitors from across the country and one from Russia, according to executive director and head judge Bucky Motter. Competitors are judged in the categories of lightweight, middleweight, heavyweight and masters for age 60 and over. There are five disciplines on which they’re judged: mass, definition, proportion, symmetry and stage presence.