Afghan Bodybuilding – Back Again

Afghan Bodybuilding

Once considered somewhat of a national pastime, bodybuilding is once again regaining popularity amongst the men and women of Afghanistan.

Since the fall of the Taliban government about 200 gyms have popped up in the capital city Kabul, including around a dozen female-only establishments.

Unfortunately, the rebirth of the bodybuilding craze has also seen a dramatic rise in the use of anabolic steroids, which the Afghan authorities are finding difficult to control as, unlike the USA, the possession of these performance-enhancing drugs is not considered illegal.

Despite this, bodybuilding is most certainly on its way to regaining its previous levels of notability in Afghan society, with over 1,000 such gyms now operating across the country.

The new found freedom of the people of Afghanistan has allowed them to once again don skimpy trunks and fake tan in order to compete, with many aspiring bodybuilders looking to emulate the success and image portrayed by such western stars as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.

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