Greek Physique to raise money for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

By Hailey Kurth

Greeks and non-Greeks alike will strut their stuff tonight on the Egyptian Theatre stage for Greek Physique.

Greek Physique is Phi Kappa Sigma’s philanthropy event, said Joe Keller, graduate sport management major and Phi Kappa Sigma member. Keller said it’s a male bodybuilding and a female figure competition. The proceeds go toward the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Keller said. He said the competition is open to any college student, and there are occasionally have students from Kishwaukee College who participate.

“I decided to do Greek Physique because I like to work out a lot,” said Kimberly Wieszchowski, junior nursing major. “It’s just something that I enjoy to do. It’ll be my first time.”

Carmen Orbegoso, sophomore corporate communication major and first-time competitor, said most people start training for Greek Physique a month or two beforehand. Many committed students cut out alcohol and narrow their diet to things like chicken and protein.

“I’m on a really strict diet,” Wieszchowski said. “I’ve been working out about two times a day now, and I’m just really watching what I eat.”

Orbegoso said she also tried to eat healthier and cut out carbohydrates. She has always ran, but she started lifting weights to train.

“I don’t want to be huge,” Orbegoso said. “A lot of girls are getting big, but you have to be stuck with this body afterwards.”

By changing their lifestyles to train, many students have to cut out some of their favorite food items. Wieszchowski said the few things she’s missed while training are cheeseburgers and pizza.

“I miss bread,” Orbegoso said. “Every time I have a sandwich I just eat the stuff inside and don’t eat the bread.”

Orbegoso said all the competitors are allowed a 60-second posing routine to music of their choice. Orbegoso said after the routines, they line up and do quarter-turns in front of the judges.

Keller said there are 28 competitors this year: 12 women and 16 men. The competition is split into three height classes for women and four weight classes for men, Keller said.

Keller said the top three competitors of each class will get a medal, and the winners of each class will continue on to compete in the overall for trophies. The competition will be judged by two women and two men that have backgrounds in fitness contests, Keller said.