|A competitor in the Arnold Classic Europe bodybuilding competition did a great job when he applied his fake tan – from the neck down.His head literally paled in comparison to his super-bronzed body as he flexed his muscles for the judges. The three-day fitness festival is named after bodybuilding legend and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who also hosted the event.
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The competition is the European version of the Arnold Classic, the brainchild of Arnold Schwarzenegger and co-promoter and fitness legend Jim Lorimer, which has been running in the U.S. since 1988.
Fake tan fail: A competitor in the Arnold Classic Europe bodybuilding event in Madrid has not exactly done a thorough job applying his extra dark fake bake
The pair was joined by Dr. Rafael Santonja, the president of the International Federation of Body Building (IFBB), to create the European version in 2011.‘We have had many requests over the years to take the Arnold Classic to many cities throughout the world, and we are excited to begin the globalization of our event with the first Arnold Classic Europe,’ Mr Lorimer said last year.
‘Rafael Santonja has been one of our biggest supporters and we look forward to working together for many years.’
Hands up, Terminator: Arnold Schwarzenegger and participants in the fitness competition
Bodybuilding hero: Legendary body builder, Terminator and ex-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger flew to Spain to host the competition which is named after him
Clenched clinch: Three competitors flex their muscles during the body building semifinal in Madrid
The original Arnold Classic, now known as the Arnold Sports Festival, has been held in Columbus, Ohio for 24 years.The Arnold Classic Europe, held at the Palacio Municipal de Congresos del Campo de las Naciones in Madrid, included both professional and amateur bodybuilding and fitness competitions as well as bikini fitness, Paralympics and gymnastics.Winner of the IFBB Pro Bodybuilding was Shawn Rhoden. In the female categories Oksana Grishina beat favourite Adela Garcia in the Pro Fitness competition whilst Erin Stern took the crown in Pro Figure.
Lucky man: Italian bikini contestant Mariella Pellegrino poses with a young boy ahead of the semifinals
You're so vein: One participant does not hold back in his attempt to impress the judges
Tight run: Two bodybuilders showing off their skills in Madrid
Tough competition: Four semifinalists line up in front of the judges to show them what they have got