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  1. Introduction: The concept of American sport
  2. Bodybuilding within the American sport
    1. Notion of bodybuilding
    2. Brief history of bodybuilding and its first big contest
    3. Bodybuilding organizations
    4. Competitions
  3. Bodybuilding as the basis to fundamental kind of sport
    1. Tennis, basketball and baseball
  4. Bodybuilding as a creator of new kind of sport
    1. Armwrestling
    2. Figure and fitness
  5. Conclusion
  6. Bibliography

American sports have evolved from the simple folk games and premodern pastimes of the colonial era to the highly complex, commercial spectacles of the early twenty-first century. (For the purposes of this essay sports are defined as competitive athletic games that demand a significant degree of physical activity.) Many factors shaped the development of sports in colonial British America and in the United States. Among the most significant were industrialization, urbanization, and ideological and cultural trends, especially those involving religion, social class, ethnicity, race, and gender.
During the Colonial Era the English, Dutch, and other European settlers who established the thirteen colonies that became the United States brought with them premoder pastimes and folk games that had been popular amusements in the Old World for centuries. These included early version of cricket, baseball, golf, football, and bowling, and also foot racing and pitching quoits (similar to tossing horseshoes). Combat sports such as wrestling, boxing, and cudgeling (fighting with sticks), and animal and blood sports ? especially bull baiting and cockfighting ? also enjoyed great favor.

[...] 1.3 Bodybuilding Organizations Even if bodybuilding is a pretty young sport there is plenty of organizations all around the world and even in U.S. First of all it has to be mentioned about the largest bodybuilding federation in the world, with over 150 countries participating this is International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB). Now, at the beginning of a new millennium, the IFBB is 56 years young, with 173 National Federations worldwide and its future growth and development never brighter. This federation was created by Weider twins: Joe Weider, ?Trainer of Champions? since 1936 and IFBB Patron and his brother Ben Weider, C.M., C.Q., SBStJ, Ph.D., IFBB President he was also nominated for the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, recognized for promotion of peace through sport formed the International Federation of Bodybuilders in 1946. [...]


[...] The greatest part of the athletes count this sport as a pure American sport, American as Apple Pie and California is the home of serious pullers[5]. But as it turned out in the early 90's the Russian had something to say about that Dave Devoto thinks that this fact will make the American to work harder competition truly breeds Champions. 4.2 Figure Figure is a new branch of women's bodybuilding having as an aim to create a beautiful body by means of weights and aerobic workouts. [...]


[...] So I'm talking about the following groups of muscles: lower and upper trapeziums all the three heads of it triceps anterior, middle and posterior deltoids and rhomboids This is the reason why such famous players like Sampras, Agassi, Kuerten, Rafter, Hewitt, and Kafelnikov keep on practicing bodybuilding as the basis to their physical state. They use the exercises which workout these types of fast-twitch muscle: Seated front dumbbell raises this is a basic exercise for the deltoids and namely for the anterior one. [...]

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