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Fake Tan and Flexing Muscles: Backstage at the Swiss National Bodybuilding Championship

If you breath deeply you'll smell the body oil and tanning product from here.

by Jojo Schulmeister, words by Seraina Manser
27 October 2016, 11:00pm

This article originally appeared on VICE Alps

Unterägeri is a village like many others in the Swiss Canton of Zug. It's surrounded by cow pastures and picturesque farms, and in the heart of the village you'll find a community centre like any other. That centre is usually reserved for yodel concerts or other local gatherings, but one day a year it's the backdrop to a different kind of event – the Swiss Natural Bodybuilding Championship.

On Saturday the 22nd of October, 100 male and 2 female bodybuilders came to Unterägeri to compete for the national title. Photographer Jojo Schulmeister was there to document the day backstage, where competitors did everything in their power to make their different muscle groups shine as brightly as possible before going on stage. Jojo came back with these pictures and the lingering smell of body oil and tanning product in his nose.

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