Marco Banderas Places in Bodybuilding Contest

LOS ANGELES—Adult star Marco Banderas showed off his chiseled physique in another forum last weekend, making his professional bodybuilding debut at a competition at the Veteran's Memorial Auditorium in Culver City. (photo gallery)

Banderas placed sixth in the contest on March 27, an impressive result considering he trained for only four-and-a-half months. He worked on the poses with Mr. America 2004 Jason Kozma.

"It was a great new experience for me that I've been wanting to do for a long time but never made the decision," Banderas told AVN. "I started the preparation only four-and-a-half months before the event, which was leaving it a little late for such a large show in which so many people were competing.

"Even though I'm very at home on the stage this time I wasn't either singing or doing a live sex show. This was very nerve-wracking."

Banderas came away "very happy" with advancing all the way to the final pose-down in his first event.

"It was great fun, but I really needed to have more experience with the posing positions as they are a very important part of the judging points," he continued. "It's all very well having the muscles, but if you don't know how to show them off you won't win. It's very difficult concentrating in getting the pose correct for every muscle in your body while smiling and terrified all at the same time!"

Banderas, a four-time nominee for AVN Male Performer of the Year, said the sport of bodybuilding is "very demanding."

"Above all the super strict diets that I had to do, and the amount of money that you have to spend on supplements, food, and personal trainers just to be competition ready," said Banderas, who was also a professional singer in Barcelona for nearly 10 years before his porn career.