There seems to be a trend developing in advertising where the term bodybuilder has become a negative word and the act of bodybuilding is spoken about like an activity to be avoided. I’ve devoted my life and education to said endeavor and I find this marketing approach both offensive and rooted in ignorance.
Let’s take a step back for a second and examine this from a logical point of view. The act of bodybuilding is that of building muscle and losing fat. Correct me of I am wrong but isn’t that the basic goal of 99% of gym goers? Don’t we all want to build muscle and lose fat to some degree? Of course most people don’t want to become Mr. or Ms. Universe but that’s the extreme end of the spectrum and takes many years of unyielding dedication to even begin to approach that level, especially if you are steroid free. So to insinuate that you will turn into some muscled up neanderthal overnight or even after several months is very misleading and simply false.
I have news for you. Everyone who is attempting to change their body is a bodybuilder! And if more people (men and women) approached their training with that in mind they would have greater success at changing their physique because a workout program with a strong emphasis on muscle building is the key to truly transforming your body. I should know because I’ve been conducting my own 20 year experiment with myself as the primary test subject. In that time, not only did I push my body to a level of drug free development that is considered to be one of the best in the history of the sport, I’ve also instructed people literally all over the globe with the same principles and have a staggering success rate I might add. I am not just talking about competitive bodybuilders. I’m talking about “average” men AND women who were committed to making a true body transformation.
If you want to change your body you DO want to be a bodybuilder. Stop thinking of it in terms of the giant competitors you see in the magazines. Again, that is the extreme example and unattainable for most, especially without the use of drugs. Start thinking about bodybuilding in terms of the physiological act of building muscle and losing fat and you will be on the way to a smarter, more effective program.
The next time some commercial or some salesman tries to convince you that bodybuilding is an activity that only muscled up steroid guys do it should make you question their level of fitness expertise and question their motives.
I do “pick things up and put them down” (4 to 6 reps per set) and guess what….you should too!