An encyclopedia article on bodybuilding by Elon professor Anne Bolin is available to read online for free for a limited time. Exact Editions, the academic reference publisher responsible for the Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport, has posted its work on the Web for visitors to read.
Bolin researched the history of competitive bodybuilding among men and women. She finds that “those who are genetically predisposed with a symmetrical body shape, full muscle bellies, small joints, and muscle that grows readily, will have an advantage.”
Still, Bolin writes, bodybuilding may be regarded as a “very democratic sport.”
To read the full article, click on the link below, and enter Bolin’s name in the search box to the upper right of the Web page.