Indonesian tile workers’ toned torsos on display for national day

A worker lifts up tiles during a bodybuilding contest for tile factory workers as part of celebrating Indonesia Independence day at Jatiwangi village in Majalengka, Indonesia West Java province, August 11, 2017. Indonesia Independence day is on August 17, 2017. REUTERS/Beawiharta Top News

More than 70 roof tile factory workers in Indonesia participated in a bodybuilding contest on the island of Java to mark Independence Day on Thursday. The men slapped oil on their bodies before strutting down a runway, flexing their muscles to music and cheers from other residents of Jatiwangi, a village about 200 km (124 miles) east of the capital, Jakarta.

The highlight of the competition, which was judged by last year’s winner and a panel of women, featured the contestants picking up as many roof tiles as they could carry. The men developed their muscles through the demands of their profession making, lifting and stacking roof tiles in the village, renowned in Indonesia for its tile products.

“I was small and thin when I started worked at the roof tile factory,” said one contestant, Yana Kusyana. “I’m happy with the way I look now, the girls love me.” The winner, Oman, took home a trophy in the shape of an arm lifting roof tiles, and a modest cash prize of 2.5 million rupiah ($187).

“I hope the next generation will maintain their bodies,” said Oman, who uses only one name, “because our bodies are a gift from God.” Similar competitions are held across Indonesia in traditional celebrations of independence day.

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