(KMOV) --The 8th Annual St. Louis Natural Body Building and Figure Classic will be held in Ladue over the weekend. It’s an event the St. Louis Convention and Visitor’s Commission says will bring money to the local business community.
Keith Hunter, a certified personal trainer, sports nutritionist and competitive bodybuilder, has been promoting the event since its outset eight years ago.
“We’ve been lucky enough and blessed enough that we’ve grown, we haven’t had a year yet that we haven’t had more competitors than the previous year,” Hunter said.
As the show that displays muscle growth gets bigger, the amount of people flexing physical and financial muscle gets broader.
“We have a record amount of competitors, we have 27 states represented, over 150 athletes, just the growth is phenomenal,” said Hunter.
Brian Hall with the St. Louis CVS says all the athletes and associates from across the country who come to promote the art of pumping iron, pump a lot of money into the local economy.
They’ll be bringing in some 1,000 delegates from around the region.
“In dollars and cents that translates to roughly $1 million in economic impact over the weekend,” Hall said.
Those delegates spend dollars in the hotels, restaurants and other businesses. For people like Hunter, that means personal passion corresponds to professional progress.
“One of the great things about the show is being in St. Louis it’s a sports town, you know, its centrally located, people love coming to the town and competing,” he said.
The event will be held Sat. at the Ladue Performing Arts Center, located at 1201 Warson Rd.