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Bodybuilders wear the badge in Southern Classic

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It's billed as the biggest body building competition in the state, and five local policemen,deputies and a trooper will put their bodies on the line.

Collectively 81 years of law enforcement experience will flex and pose in the 34th annual National Physique Committee Southern Classic.

"Now yall come see us tomorrow night at the Southern Classic. Come get some," said Edwards Police Chief Torrence Mayfield. 

"Only the best go to the Southern Classic", said Hinds County Sheriff's Department Lt. Caesar Hamilton.

Just hours before the weigh in for the Southern Classic Bodybuilding Competition, the metro's finest literally, showed us their sculpted physiques at Twisted Fitness in Jackson.

Five metro area law officers are competing in the law enforcement division.  

Edwards Police Chief, Jackson Police Department Corporal William Wade, Hamilton, Hinds County Sheriff's Deputy Billy Sanders and Mississippi Highway Patrol Corporal Richard Daniel have competed in the special category for four years.

"You can't be productive for the community if you're obese, and right now Mississippi holds that title as an obesity state," added Mayfield. "So what we're showing in law enforcement that you don't have to be defined by what the public says your state is".

"Now they're coming to our house," boasted Hamilton. "I'm at Thalia Mara Hall".

The Lieutenant spent 20 years with J.P.D. and joined the sheriff's department a year and a half ago.

He is among is among 200 bodybuilders taking the stage.

"They're coming from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina. We've even got some coming from New York," said Hamilton "Being law enforcement you've gotta be active. You've got to be physically fit. We have to run into buildings. You have to run to accidents. We may have to pull a child either you out of a car".

Deputy Billy Sanders owns Twisted Fitness gym where the officers pump iron and take away the pressures of crime fighting.

"Competing is a big stress reliever for me especially, because I've been in law enforcement for 20 some odd years now with the weights and everything. It helps to relieve a lot of stress," said Sanders.

These crime fighters say the competition is about showing the results of healthy eating and exercise which can prolong your life and of course bragging rights. 

"They're gonna have to come play with these Mississippi boys this weekend", added Mayfield. "We're country bred".

The Southern Classic will be held at 9 a.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. The finals get underway at 6 p.m.

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