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Muscle-mania at the Hong Kong Bodybuilding Invitational

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A competitor exercises as he waits backstage during the 2012 International Bodybuilding and Fitness Invitation Championship in Hong Kong on July 14. Participants, who darken their skin with tanning products and apply oils to increase shine, do a series of mandatory poses and display their best shaped muscles to a panel of judges who assign points based on their appearance.

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A competitor gets tanning product applied during the 2012 International Bodybuilding and Fitness Invitation Championship in Hong Kong on July 13,.

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A competitor exercises backstage during the 2012 International Bodybuilding and Fitness Invitation Championship in Hong Kong on July 13.

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Competitors wait backstage during the 2012 International Bodybuilding and Fitness Invitation Championship in Hong Kong on July 15.