The true story of how pro bodybuilding tanning exists as we know it today.

The art of tanning is just as important as the training and dieting that goes into sculpting the perfect physique. While it doesn’t take the same kind of hard work for the athlete to be tanned correctly… a huge team of inventors and experts work tirelessly to help maximize the look of pro physiques. It’s all for nothing if an athlete’s muscle falls flat under the lighting on the stage.

It might be hard to believe – but there was a time that tanning didn’t look the way it does today on stage. And athletes were left to their own devices on how to improve the look of their muscle and skin under the hot lights of the stage.

Enter Stacy Kaufman and Pro Tan – who saw an opportunity to help pro bodybuilders and transformed the entire industry in the process. This short documentary reveals the oral history of Pro Tan and how the invention of the bodybuilding tan came to be as we know it today. More than just tanning oil – it’s invention is one of family, competition, and a passionate love of bodybuilding.

Watch the short documentary on how Pro Tan invented and revolutionized modern bodybuilding tanning above!

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