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Jesse Neider

STORIES & SERIES: MUSCLE (USA)

Muscle is a graphic exploration of a small bodybuilding competition in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Theo Deitman, 52, of Lewistown PA, is painted with a removable tanning cream by his wife Jeannie before the Potomac Cup bodybuilding competition in Woodbridge, VA. Deitman competed in the over 50 Master Class division where he placed first.
  
Left image: George Hatzigeorgio, waits by a row of lockers backstage before competing in the Potomac Cup bodybuilding competition in Woodbridge, VA. This was his first competition. Right image: A pair of weights lay on a canvas marked with self-tanner handprints backstage to be used by competitors before they perform their routines.
  
Linda Whitehead, of Fairfax, practices a pose in the restroom before competing in the Masters Class of the Potomac Cup bodybuilding competition.  Whitehead, 57, laughs,
     
  
Left image: The greased torso of a bodybuilding competitor. Right image: Heather Peterson shows Erin tucker how to hold her posture to maximize her upper body strength and improve the lines of her figure backstage.
  
Cassondre Wilburn, of Chesapeake, VA, talks with new fan Isaiah Blake, 5, of Woodbridge, in between competitions at the Potomac Cup bodybuilding competition.
  
Right image: A competitor holds out his hands which are covered in self tanning cream. Left image: Competitors gather backstage to prepare for the Potomac Cup.
     
  
Woman competing in the Potomac Cup bodybuilding competition in Woodbridge, VA line the stage to show off their toned bodies for the judges.
  
Left image: Fans cheer on their favorite competitor at the Potomac Cup bodybuilding competition in Woodbridge, VA. Right image: Stevens Martinson traveled from Louisiana to compete in the open heavyweight division of the Potomac Cup bodybuilding competition in Woodbridge, VA.