DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The NPC National Qualifier Body Be 1 Classic Bodybuilding Championships took place over the weekend.
Athletes took the stage to compete for a spot at the next level.
Competitors who do well at the bodybuilding championship advance to national competitions for a chance to turn pro.
Body Be 1 owner, competition promoter and former pro Roland Huff says putting on this competition is his passion.
“I just love giving back to people because I went down the same road when I turned pro,” Huff said. “Being able to have a venue like this and again it gives me the opportunity to give them things that I wish I had when I was coming up.”
One hundred fifty athletes competed on Saturday.
One of the competitors, Dominique Berridge, made her return to the stage after a five year hiatus.
Her father was a bodybuilder and her fiancé Richard Daniels, a professional, was the guest poser at the competition.
“I’ve just kind of been embedded in it since I was a child and I’ve carried it throughout my life,” Berridge said. “It has kind of always naturally been a thing that I’ve loved to do, working out and staying competitive in general. It’s like pageantry and gym come together so it’s the best of both worlds.”
For Berridge, the best part of competing is the moment she has on stage when her hard work and discipline have paid off.
“What you see at the end, by the time you get on the stage the work is already done,” Berridge said. “But it’s the work leading up to it, the diet, the cardio, you don’t have to be extreme, you just have to be consistent.”
Winners are qualified for nationals for the next year so they have time to prepare to make their professional dreams a reality.