Trans and Nonbinary Athletes Flex Their Power at IATBP 2023
The International Association of Trans Bodybuilders & Powerlifters (IATBP) 2023 meet was a sight to behold. On November 18, Atlanta, GA, was buzzing with the energy of trans and nonbinary athletes, all vying for the top spot in eight bodybuilding and five powerlifting divisions.
The event was graced by the presence of Janae Marie Kroc, a world-record holder in powerlifting, who served as the meet director. The competition was fierce, with athletes pushing their limits and breaking personal records.
Josey Davis, a pro bodybuilder, held her ground, retaining her title in women’s Bodybuilding and Bikini. Powerlifting saw Nathan Borneo, the second-place Masc II finisher, lifting a whopping 530-kilogram total across the squat, bench press, and deadlift. Lucas Rojas from Los Angeles, CA, smashed his personal records in both squat and deadlift, promising to return for more in 2024.
IATBP Executive Director Bucky Motter shared with BarBend, “IATBP is the only federation in the world that offers bodybuilding and powerlifting competitions where trans and non-binary athletes can compete against each other in divisions that affirm their identity.” He added, “Competitors self-select their division(s) based on HRT (hormone-replacement therapy) status, or in Open divisions where HRT status is not taken into account.”
The IATBP 2023 meet was a testament to the strength and determination of trans and nonbinary athletes, proving that the world of strength sports and body care is as diverse and inclusive as ever.
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