We visited the Madrid Arnold Fair. People at both events were welcoming and humble. Upon arriving, the first thing we noticed was the size of the athletes. We’d never seen muscles like that. Still, their chiseled bodies seemed like a measly reward for all the exercise they punished themselves with.
Prior to shooting this series, we thought that natural bodybuilding was just another one of those steroid-fueled pantomimes you see on late-night television. Witnessing the spectacle firsthand, however, quickly put us in our place: One of the sport’s main selling points is that it’s free from the “get-ripped-quick” drugs people generally associate with bodybuilding.
PHOTOGRAPHY: LAURA CARRASCOSA VELA