Bodybuilding: Freak show, fitness or just a beauty contest?

freak show art
Freak Show – Classics are gone!

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….

Leg Day: The Day of Champions…

Deeper....
Deeper….

With each rep you go deep and try to go deeper! With every grunt you pray the repetition to be the last one while you feel the constant tension that grows more and more till you only have the option of limping back home. Yes, we are talking about the best day of the week at gym and that my friend is the ‘Leg Day’ which I profoundly call as the day of champions.

Look around you, what separates you from the rest is the fact that you’re the only who pays attention to his/her leg routine. Legs are what separate a champion or a guy who takes his workout seriously than others who just want a body to flaunt or are here to take selfies with the gym equipment. Leg workouts have a long lost relationship with some misfit myths as well, which includes height diminishment if you keep squatting.

Without further ado, let’s have a look at the facts on why one should squat and break some good old myths:

Body Proportion

Chicken Legs...
Chicken Legs…

It may be the rule of nature that anything out of proportion might seem awkward in appearance. As if the creator of this world himself is an artist as all of his creations including humans are well proportioned. Bodybuilding is something that we try to take things to the very next level and this is where most of us loose proportion in our body. There may be an inch difference between Phil Heath and Kai Greene but the former is proving to be a nightmare for Kai all thanks to his gifted proportions. (Ofcourse he works hard as well). In short, no one wants to be a Johnny Bravo!

Lower body strength

One who works out actually knows the value of muscle/strength training in his day to day activities. For instance having good arms makes push and pull activities much easier, likewise good leg development makes climbing stairs, elevated walking, trekking and much other physically demanding stuff easier. Having a well-toned upper body will be best complimented with an in-shape lower body as well.

Better body size by testosterone production

Studies have proved better testosterone production leads to improved gains and following a leg schedule leads to better male hormone (testosterone) production. Who doesn’t want better gains and compared to people who don’t train legs, you can easily tell the difference in muscular density and development.

Core strength

A weak core can lead to multiple injuries many a times even while performing daily life activities. We have read the importance of having a strong core but are yet to apply the same in reality. When we are performing compound exercises like squats or even deadlifts, we are working on more than one muscle groups at the same time. Our core abdominals are under stress all the time when we perform these interesting moments.

Ofcourse you do look good because toned legs also count when we talk of a fit body and an impressive physical appearance.

Is Bodybuilding or Fitness…Madness?

Madness prevails in the end
Madness prevails in the end

If I give you a big YES as an opening statement… would it be worth to travel all the way down and finish with the read? The answer to that would be another ‘Yes’. This write-up is much more than a mere yes or no to the title, but more about showing as of why people pursue this madness and reach a level rarely imaginable by commoners.

It’s about the MindGame

When we talk about bodybuilding or weight training the first image in the mind of any average individual would be some big-ass freak walking the planet with 24 inches guns. Well, for those of you, who somehow glide in this category, let me tell you that there is a thick line of difference between a professional bodybuilder and a fitness enthusiast.

One cannot expect a regular gym freak to be as huge as Kai Greene due to the difference in the intensity of the training as well as the diet that the predator actually abides by. Being a professional bodybuilder not only means supplementation but also a discipline involved that one has to follow like a monk. Yes, fitness for many is madness and to some is a religion that actually assists you in perfecting yourself.

To me fitness was all about regaining that was lost in my childhood…my ‘Prestige’. I still remember the days when in a typical Indian environment I was bullied just because of my skin color. Those days were mixed with feelings of hatred and anger; somehow fitness was a respite in channeling that anger in appositive way. I still remember the first day I picked up iron and the madness that prevailed after each repetition with that weight. This is the madness that drives you throughout the workout with a motive to perfect yourself in each and every sense.

If you were looking for something or a workout plan or a diet detail then let me tell you that this blog has to do with preparing yourself mentally. Not everyone can have a gifted forearm like Phil heath due to the genetics factor that comes into foreplay in the end. However, fitness is much more than just genetics because it is the very last repetition before failure that actually triggers your muscles to grow and being mentally prepared is all about training to the level of failure. Look around and compare yourselves with others, ask yourself ‘what would have happened if everyone in this world could build a million dollar body Just like that?’ *Doomsday* because nobody would realize the value of this hard-work and nobody would actually know what madness means.

Yes…Bodybuilding/Fitness like art will always be madness….

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Workout tips for a Gym Newbie…

Go hard or Go home....
Go hard or Go home….

Majority of people amongst us commit mistake due to incomplete knowledge or improper method of workout. This article will provide beginners with some essential advice and tips that can and will assist them in gaining momentum in their current workout and will help them avoid committing mistakes.

More is never more

Many of us who have just enrolled into a fitness club are under a wrong impression of improper style of workout. You can see many of the beginners performing endless bicep curls and afterwards complaining of muscle soreness and injuries.

Warm-up before start up

Most of us never pay attention to a proper warm up session before starting our exercise schedule. At least 20 minute of warm up that includes running and flowed by stretching is necessary to avoid injuries during weight training sessions.

Recovery

Allow your muscles to recovering by providing them enough time or rest after a workout. For the aspiring body builders of today it is essential to take a nice sleep of about 8 hours so that the muscles can repair themselves.

Time for a change

It is very important to keep on changing the style of workout with time because after a particular time our muscles get used to the same movements and may not yield better results.

Diet

Working out for two hours is not the only thing you need to build muscles. You also need a good diet that is rich in proteins and carbohydrates.

In order to learn correct posture and method of performing different exercises, it is necessary to seek guidance from a professional trainer.

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