Top body-builders flexed their considerable muscles at a contest to out-gun the opposition and win a place competing against the best in the universe.
More than 70 of the country’s best muscle men and women descended on Brierley Hill Civic Hall to take part in a range of categories, including juniors and veterans over 50s.
It also provided the chance to win a spot on the platform at the flagship National Amateur Body Builders’ Association Universe competition next month.
Hundreds packed into the venue, off Bank Street, for the contest on Sunday, as athletes took part in a series of exercises.
Competitors completed their own routine of poses lasting around one minute for the judges. They also had to stand in poses alongside their fellow competitors on stage, which officials say cranks up the tension.
Many continued to work out including using dumb bells until moments before they went on stage.
The dedicated participants are said to often deliberately dehydrate themselves to tighten their skin.
And some are said to eat chocolate just as they start to compete to help give them an energy boost.
Former body-building champion Jim Charles has been involved in running the event for five decades and is one of the world’s top competition judges for body-building contests.
The 75-year-old runs Jim’s Gym, in Lye, Stourbridge, and has received many awards over the years for his work to promote body-building to the next generation of athletes.
Mr Charles, who organises the Brierley Hill event along with his wife Val, said: “The atmosphere was fantastic and it was absolutely rammed which really made it.
“The quality was really high and these are people who are so devoted to what they do.”
He added: “It is the last event before the Universe competition so all of them are trying so hard to qualify.”