Or Is It?
Everybody knows that bodybuilding is all about building muscle, right? Getting ripped is only done so that spectators and fans alike can see the muscle beneath the skin.
There are a lot of ripped guys and gals in the world. Just look at so-called “fitness models.” They're very lean and sport very muscular bodies.
However, they're not bodybuilders. Nor do they want to be.
When I was growing up, guys like Franco, Arnold, and Louie dominated the bodybuilding scene. Building the biggest muscles possible is what they wanted to do and they did it. However, they built their massive size to go along with the other, more aesthetic appeal of bodybuilding, which was symmetry, balance, proportion, striations, and a relatively healthful appearance.
However, times have changed and today's champions are truly comic book here HUGE. Guys like Cutler and Coleman are bigger than what most of the super heroes of my time could ever dream. If Arnold imagined his biceps to be mountains, then Coleman must imagine his arms as Mt Everest on HGH, steroids, and TNT.
I'm not knocking these guys (and gals). They are pursuing the near-impossible and succeeding. They are not trying to impress anyone but themselves. To take your body from “normal” to “para-normal” is a feat in and of itself. They are truly giants of the sport and deserve at least kudos for blazing a trail that most of us would never even try to undertake.
But I'm also not saying that I like the look. I don't. I like the rugged look, where the bodybuilder not only looks strong and tough, but also athletic.
I don't know for sure, but I doubt any of these guys could beat Franco Columbu in a WSM competition. But I could be wrong. I remember thinking – when I first saw him – that there was no way Tom Platz could touch his toes, but then I saw not only that but he could touch his elbows to the ground.
What a flexible specimen. And have you seen those legs? Out of this world, even by today's standards.
Nope, when people talk about competitive bodybuilding, they're talking extreme cases where the individuals involved are not typical human beings. These folks are into building muscle on an extreme basis. They don't want to be better than the old-timers; they want to be HUGELY BIGGER than these guys and for the most part, they've been wildly successful.
I won't get into the drug aspect of all of this. It's hard for me to believe that any of the top professional bodybuilders in the world are drug-free. But I don't know for sure. And I certainly blew it when making predictions about flexibility and tremendously huge thighs!
No, I won't travel that path again! Undoubtedly some do, some don't. I have no idea who's who though. I do know this:
Building muscle is what bodybuilding is all about. Always has been. Always will.
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