New bodybuilding competition a hit for Rochester residents – Post Bulletin
ROCHESTER – Chris Worth knew Rochester would be a great place for a bodybuilding competition.
He was right.
The Natural Med City Bodybuilding Classic debuted at the Mayo Civic Center on Saturday, August 27, 2022, after two years of postponements. Twelve competitors competed in five divisions: Men’s Bodybuilding, Men’s Physique, Women’s Bodybuilding, Figure and Bikini. It’s a smaller lineup than other competitions, but the crowds in attendance were indicative of greater competition, said Worth, the competition’s promoter.
“That’s the same number we would have gotten for a show of maybe 40 athletes for 12,” he said. “And to have an audience of over 60, I think that was the final total, I’m just shocked.”
It was the perfect venue for first-time bikini contestant Erin Bussian, a Rochester resident. She first decided to try bodybuilding competition after her days in pageants.
“Preparing for the swimsuit part was always what I enjoyed the most,” she said.
Bussian, who works at the Mayo Civic Center, knew it would be special to have her first bodybuilding competition in a building and city where she feels comfortable.
The 29-year-old, like many competitors, is passionate about health and wellness and has been training for years. Bussian began training specifically for the Bodybuilding Classic at the start of the summer.
“(The competition) was just exciting,” she said, “and being here in this venue was pretty cool because you could see individual faces and see your supporters in the audience. So it was fun.
Josh Graves, 22, has spent the past two and a half years training seriously for a bodybuilding competition, although he started weightlifting around 10 years ago. The Rochester resident got into bodybuilding because he spent so much time lifting weights.
“I was very nervous,” Graves said. “I went there without any knowledge of anything and gave it my all.”
This paid off when he won the men’s physique beginner category. Bussian also won numerous medals, winning the beginner and novice categories and placing second in the open bikini division.