When a random stranger in the gym asks me “How long you’ve been working out?” I feel quite confused, because to be true I do not remember most of the times the exact answer that I should be giving. Not that I do not take pride in looking fit but it has been too much of an eye-opener and I refuse to do what others have been doing. All I can say is that it has been too long and extreme workout did gift me a tennis elbow, weak knee and ofcourse a wrist that does not allow me to do moments I once did.
Blaming bodybuilding for my injuries would be unfair because I did not have what it takes, and I mean the resources. Ronnie Coleman calls it vitamins, while people like Rich Piana consider these an essential ingredient of ‘Getting Big’ recipe. Fitness in the form of bodybuilding can be the best weapon to feed your ego but if done without these resources can do some serious damage my friends. Extreme workouts and depending on just protein supplements can surely help you befriend some common injures.
However, this blog is not about whether one should go all natural and extreme, instead I wish to talk about why I feel bodybuilding today is not what it should be! Yeah buddy, you heard that right, irrespective of what many say about bodybuilding being a sport, I consider it to be nothing less than a beauty contest and in most of the cases a freak show. I mean ask your-self as a non-competing steroid user – “why am I doing this, will I compete and if not, why do I still want to look big?” The reply to this is ‘you have an ego my friend and you just found the perfect means to satisfy it’.
I myself am a person who has been working out for a long time and the only reason I never went dark side is that I had no intention of competing professionally. Moreover, in a developing country like India, where corruption breeds literally everywhere, competing professionally can be really heavy on your pocket and conscience. I like to browse through some fitness channels on YouTube just to hear opinions and tips, but Jason Blaha – video blogger who manages the channel ‘Juggernaut Fitness’ had some very interesting points that made me question my own intelligence. As he said – bodybuilding is not a sport, but a beauty contest where people pose in their trunks. I always considered bodybuilders to be one of the strongest people in the world, which is why it came as a big surprise to me that they actually are the weakest during competition phase.
I still follow fitness very close to my heart, wherein every workout matters. May be this is why I always have my workout planned just to ensure I crawl back home with a smile. However, I do agree that this sport and people associated with it have mislead many, including my very own brother who has been asking me to inject a certain vitamin up his ass every now n’ then. Why I blame people associated with the sport? Answer is quite simple – with great power comes great responsibility!
Personally I am a very big fan of Mr. Lee Priest, which is why he comes a close second in my short list of bodybuilding idols. The best thing that I like about him is his down to earth and a very realistic attitude with which he tells people to consider the consequences of taking steroids. Yes, he does own a million dollar physique but what makes him popular is the fact that he appears so real unlike others who cry ‘Titan’.
Unfortunately, I chose a topic so vast to write on that finding words seem much difficult than squats. Steroids have their own price to pay with time, but one should consider its worth and consequences before accepting it. Bodybuilding is a complex term and a tough practice to deal with; it had enlightened many like Arnold Schwarzenegger while it has lead to the downfall of legends like Ronnie Coleman. The story continues….