If anybody was juicing, it was a small enough stack so it didn't show up to discerning eyes.
They looked like fitness models look today: Ripped, fit -- not bloated, yellow, no raging acne ...
Many of the contestants were nervous, this apparently their first time on a stage, and they looked skittish as they went through their poses.
One of the young women doing her routine had friends and family sitting next to us, and as is common at such events, they were calling out encouragement and directions: "Lats! Let's see those lats!" Or "Abs! Abs! Crunch 'em!"
The young woman was obviously teetering on the edge of stage fright when the guy sitting next to me, a boyfriend or brother or whomever, yelled out: "Show us some teeth!"
That got the poser to smile, and she relaxed a bit and went through the rest of her routine with a bit more confidence.
Show us some teeth. What a great line.
He could have just said, "Smile!" but in that moment, what he said was more evocative -- and it got her to do that, plus it tickled her.
Tickled me, too. My notebook came out and I scribbled that one down. As a writer, you are always listening for these little gems, a word or turn of phrase that exactly nails a feeling or action perfectly. When you hear one, grab it. You never know when it will be just the thing you need to make a line, a paragraph, maybe even a page, sing.