Gym enthusiasts to compete in annual NPC Pinebelt Showdown

Gym enthusiasts to compete in annual NPC Pinebelt Showdown

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Gym and fitness enthusiasts will get a chance to flex their muscles and show off their physiques this Saturday at the Petal Performing Arts Center.

The 5th annual NPC Pinebelt Showdown will take place May 16th in Petal. The show features several categories including Bodybuilding, Figure, Men's and Women's physique, Bikini, and a Wheel Chair Division. The competition is considered the forefront to the IFBB Pro Division.

"NPC is the National Physique Committee. You compete and then you compete at national levels, then you can go on to become a pro," said Amber Holmbeck, owner of Revolution Fitness. "We actually have a IFBB pro wheel chair as our guest poser Kyle Roberts."

Competitors train rigorously for months to get their bodies in top form, seeking the top spots in their categories.

"[It's about] self discipline; actually going through and seeing that they're able to accomplish something they've wanted to do but weren't really sure if they could," Holmbeck said. "It's a sense of accomplishment to get on stage for the first time. We have a lot of novices this year, in bikini body building and physique, so you're going to see a lot of first time competitors. This will be the first time they're on stage, and so that'll be a really great experience."

The show will feature will bring in more than 120 competitors from Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi. The pre-judging will begin at 9am. Admission is $15, and the Night show will begin at 6pm with a $20 admission.