(Rio, Brazil. 2015)

Joao is a 44 years old bodybuilder from Piedade, a suburb outside of Rio de Janeiro.

After more than 20 years in the fitness world, he has won several awards and tournaments along the country.

Now, he ́s trying to put himself back in shape, overcoming the injuries and the lack of sponsors to try, one last time, to achieve the glory.

In Rio, there is a culture of the muscle, is not just an obsession for the body, but the muscle, the size. Is all over the place, and somehow, represent one side of the local identity of the carioca ́s way of life.