First there are the spray tans and flawless Vaseline smiles, followed by the banana hammocks, perfectly waxed six-pack abs, and the strict and steady diet of egg-white protein shakes and abstinence. For as many stereotypes as we can lob at the professional sports modeling industry, it is with a bit of self-reflection that we confess these smarmy observations are made out of extreme jealously for the fact that these folks have more self-discipline and determination in their flexed pinkie fingers than we have in our entire bodies. Seriously, how do they do what they do? This weekend provides an opportunity to see all that goes into the makings of a champion sports model when Fitness Universe Weekend takes over the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Happening Friday and Saturday at the center's Amaturo Theater, there will be competitions like the Fitness Universe Championships, Musclemania Physique and Bodybuilding, and Ms. Bikini Universe. In its 15th year, the fitness show features more than 400 world-class athletes, including several from across Florida, competing in a series of fitness, sports modeling, and natural bodybuilding competitions. Shows begin at 2 p.m. Friday and run into the evening Saturday night at 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-462-0222, or visit universalweekend.com Tickets cost $50 to $150.
Fri., June 27, 2 p.m., 2014