I believe that people should do what they enjoy and if they like to follow bodybuilding, that is cool. That being said, it still boggles my mind that such a large amount of people watch bodybuilding contests, idolize professional bodybuilders, etc. I figured bodybuilding would die out back in the early 90′s at the end of Arnold’s popularity on the big screen, but it is still going strong.
[The guy on the left, Ric Arango, was a Calvin Klein Obsession model in the 90's. This is a recent picture of him and he still looks great. The guy on the right, Ronnie Coleman, is an eight time winner of Mr Olympia. To me Ric has a much better physique than Ronnie Coleman. Coleman's muscles are so big that they look droopy, not angular and masculine. What is up with his abs?]
“I Do It for Myself Not for the Approval of Women!”
Typically when I point out that most women find bodybuilder physiques repulsive…the comeback is that these guys don’t care what women think and they aren’t looking for approval. I believe in “choosing your path” as a man and that is what women find attractive in man. I get what is being said, but still don’t get why they themselves think it is a good look.
Spandex, Bleached Hair, Ultra Dark-Tans…Welcome to 1988!
I feel like I’m in a time-warp when I hit a lot of the big bodybuilding sites or look through a bodybuilding magazine. The funniest photos to me are the ones of the supposedly “sexy” female fitness models. I swear some of them used to be backup dancers for Motley Crue…”He’s the one they call Dr. Feel good! He’s the one that makes ya feel all right!”. Between the weird poses and crazy expressions…these women actually scare me a little!
Roid Use, Roid Rage, Roid-Like Results, Roid Side Effects
Bodybuilding has a sickening dark side…steroids. I remember picking up a few magazines in the early to mid 90′s that blatantly talked about steroids. Bill Phillips had a magazine called Muscle Media 2000 that promoted a book called the Steroid Handbook. The magazine back then had Q&A about steroids and how to avoid side effects, etc. Many of the articles made me sick to my stomach, but I respected the authors for not pretending that professional bodybuilders got huge from supplements. One of their most talented writers, TC Luoma, went on to form T-nation several years later. Bill Phillips went on to build a brand for the masses called, Body For Life.
[Check out this video to see what a professional bodybuilder eats. He pretty much eats every other hour all day long. He doesn't really talk about when he injects the roids.]
Working Out to Live -NOT- Living to Workout
The biggest problem with bodybuilding is that it absorbs people’s lives. In order to gain mass, the muscle must be damaged and broken down. The sore damaged muscle must be rested in order to heal. A life around being sore and broken down, resting…then repeating the process. Everyday life gets affected. When you are not training you are sore. If you want to get huge, your day revolves around eating…no thanks!
Too Many Gyms Still Encourage Bodybuilding Principles
The whole 6-12 reps to failure approach is out-dated. If you want to build muscle mass, that is fine…but what about the 25 year old woman who wants to look good in her wedding dress? How about the 30 year old guy, who wants the “GQ” look and wants to look great in a suit? There are so many people who want to look great in clothes as well as on the beach in a swimsuit. These “bodybuilding inspired” workouts just don’t do the trick.
A Growing Movement Away from Bodybuilding
Two years ago, when I first started this site there weren’t many options for men and women who wanted to get the lean and slim fit look. I’m not saying that my site was the first to address this audience, but I did my best to “draw a line in the sand”. I wasn’t going to put up with any of the profanity and rampant homophobic remarks that many of those sites thrive on. Unfortunately, many bodybuilding sites have forums that are out of control. No disrespect to the guys who run those sites, but I wouldn’t want my name associated with that garbage. Luckily, there is an increasing number of great places to get fitness info.
[Here is a group of friends at the beach who are all in great shape. What is cool is that all of them look like they just take care of themselves without being obsessed and living in the gym.]
Why Normal is “The New Black”
I think that overly developed physiques create a “forced” look. Normal looking while keeping in decent shape is the way to go. I don’t even think reaching 4-5% body fat is necessary (unless it comes easy for you). There is something to be said for just a nice lean, but healthy look. I like this trend.
Note: I just feel the need to write a post like this about every 6 months or so. Just to let the newer readers know what the focus of the site is about…looking great in and out of clothes, while leading a fun-filled and rewarding life.
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