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FitParade 2012 in Hungary, Budapest

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This year is the 10th anniversary of FitParade in Hungary. FitParade is an annual fitness and body-building event organized by Ildiko Buranits, in the capital city of Hungary, Budapest. Athletes from all around the world travel to the city to participate at this event, as well as taking the opportunity to meet others with the same passion.

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Janos Bolvari and Ildiko Buranits

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This year, Lenda Murray was invited as a guest judge at the Fitparade. Lenda Murray is an eight-time winner of the Ms. Olympia title, the highest achievement in professional female bodybuilding. Murray earned her professional status at the International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (IFBB) in 1989, and soon became a regular presence in bodybuilding magazines. She has also appeared in other publications such as Sports Illustrated, Ebony, Mademoiselle, and Vanity Fair, as well as in Annie Leibovitz’s photo essay Women.

FitParade is a two days event with a number of fitness and bodybuilding competitions together with exhibition stands and demonstrations. Activities goes on throughout the day from 10a.m to 6p.m at the main hall, the swimming pool and the outdoor area.

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There are many stands in the main hall where exhibitors are more than happy to speak about their products. Such as Peak, a body-building supplement company; Kangoo, a sports shoes designed to improved core stability and increase endurance; and CrossCore, a rotational bodyweight training equipment that helps to increase core inclusion, strength, agility and performance.

One particular product that stood out was the Vibra Fivefingers® . It is basically a pair of shoes with toes, a concept for a barefoot feeling while wearing it. They believed that these shoes will leverage all of the body’s natural bio-mechanics as nature intended. Vibra FiveFingers® not only encouraged a more natural forefoot strike during running, but also allowed the foot to move and work in a completely natural way, while providing grip and protection over a variety of surfaces.

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The main event at the Fitparade is the Louie Koncz International Classic body-building competition. There are categories for different age group, different height and different weight. Athletes as young as 16 years and as old as plus 40 years travelled to Budapest to participate in this competition. Throughout the day, male and female athletes can be seen walking around the hall preparing themselves, which also gives a great display of their muscular body in close view.

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FitModel World Man, is the first and only fitness category for men in Hungary and Central Europe, and it’s one of the most popular category at the Fitparade. Created by Janos Bolvari, a professional fitness-model/ athlete, personal trainer and adviser. All athletes who enter this category must be between the age of 18-35 with a sporty and muscular body. Judges for this category looks for an overall appearance of the athletes, which includes the face and not just the body, as the winner of this category will be consider to be suitable as a fitness model and less of a bodybuilder.

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The quality of the athletes are extremely high and during the two days of Fitparade, many winners were born. With Peter Molnar winning the grand trophy in the Absolute category and Istvan Oravecz winning the title of FitModel World Man 2012.

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Contributed and photography by Sean Scott. For more images of the event, please click HERE