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“Couples bodybuilding was a thing years ago”: Fitness World responds to viral “Bodybuilding dance competition”

Modern era bodybuilding enthusiasts may only know the main bodybuilding categories such as open, classic and bikini, but they will be shocked to learn a new category. There used to be a bodybuilding category called Mixed Pair Bodybuilding, which was a big hit at the time.

The famous bodybuilding page generation iron posted a message reminiscing about the golden era and sharing information about the Mixed Couple category. The post shocked some fans and gave them some nostalgia. The page captioned the image: “Have you all seen one? bodybuilding dance competition? Or Mixed Pair performances? Does anyone know what competition this is?Those who were aware of the category definitely participated!

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The Mixed Pair Division was first introduced in 1980, lasted until 1988 and was officially recognized by the IFBB in 1983. According to a document shared by the IFBB: “The 2013 IFBB International Congress in Marrakesh, Morocco finally canceled women’s bodybuilding as an IFBB sporting discipline, so today the IFBB Mixed Pairs category is open to athletes representing various IFBB sporting divisions.”

The rules for this category were the same as those for normal bodybuilding competitions. Men pose all the required poses in other categories, and women perform those poses as they do in women’s bodybuilding. The attire for both men and women was the same as in other competitions. There were two preliminary rounds and two final rounds.

In the first pre-assessment round, all athletes performed five compulsory postures, and in the second pre-assessment round they again performed five rounds and a comparison of five postures. In the third round they did five poses with a posedown, and in the final round there was a twenty-second free posing routine. The jury paid extra attention to the couple’s synchronization with the music and wanted a well-choreographed performance, including all obligatory poses.

The bodybuilder with the title for the largest arm in bodybuilding history, Lee Priest, also posed in this category. Preist competed in this category with his mother in his teenage years. His mother was a good competitive bodybuilder and they both mesmerized the audience with their poses. Let’s see what people in the comments section had to say.

A fan wants the Mixed Pair category in Olympia

A bodybuilding fan was shocked when he first heard about this division and said: “Someone literally just told me about this. I did not see it.”

She went further and asked her questions, writing: “Assuming you couldn’t have one person IFBB and the other amateur? Should they both be pros or ams?

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Another fan expressed his desire to take this division to the most prestigious stage of Mr. Olympia and noted: “Wow…. I also want to do this about Olympia

One fan made a hilarious comment in the bodybuilding dance category, writing: “You and your boo should do this.

One bodybuilding enthusiast reminisced about his days when the show was a hit, saying: “I remember this being popular in the mid 90’s, late 80’s.

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An Instagram user called out Generation Iron’s Instagram page for stating the plain facts, writing: “Couples bodybuilding was a thing years ago and it’s not a dance competition. GI, get your shit together and do some research before you post a stupid comment.”

After hearing about a new bodybuilding category, were you as surprised as the fans, or did you take a trip down memory lane? Let us know in the comments.