Everyone has seen someone who is excessively muscled. Is it really excessive? Alternatively, is that just how a share of society looks at it? The people who have highly developed muscles spend hours in the gym and are, essentially, slaves to their sport. Is bodybuilding really the ultimate show of health and dedication to one’s well-being? On the other hand, is bodybuilding an extreme that shortens your life?
It takes a great deal of dedication and sacrifices in order to develop muscles to the incredible extent that some bodybuilders achieve. There are many long hours in the gym; sometimes multiple visits to the gym in a day. It is arguable that this dedication causes a loss of social life for the bodybuilder; however, many bodybuilders hang out with like-minded people so it makes sense that they probably have friends at the gym. It may be threatening to their love and family life, especially if children are involved. With all the time spent in the gym, some may not make it a priority to have time for family and friends. It is also possible that the standard that a bodybuilder holds themselves to will be impressed upon family and children who will be pushed away when they may not be able to, or desire to meet expectations.
Meals are planned, caloric intakes configured in relation to estimated calories burned; this can make eating elsewhere a hassle. It is not impossible to enjoy an outing, it just requires a little more planning. Although there are probably some bodybuilders who bring alienation on themselves, it is the exception not the rule. A sad truth is that those who do find themselves completely immersed into the sport, wakeup one day when competition is no longer an option and realizes that they have nothing else. This can lead to depression.
Many times it has been overheard and observed, where someone has made a comment about a bodybuilder thinking they are superior to other people. In some cases, this is very true, again referencing situations that have been observed. There are times though when people judge and make assumptions based solely on the fact that a person is a bodybuilder. Everyone has heard of these judgments’ or at least the basis for them, stereotypes. Everyone is aware that stereotyping exists, everyone hates being stereotyped, but still people judge others based solely on preconceived notions. Get to know the person and if they turn out to be an overbearing butt-face with a superiority complex, don’t talk to them again. Easy peasy, right?!
Health faux pas?
Exercise is healthy, as is well documented, but is there any way in which it could be harmful? Long-term training has been reported by numerous studies not to have any adverse effects unless:
- Proper form is not being used
- There is anabolic steroid use
If proper form is not being used injury and excessive strain on joints is pretty much a given. Sometimes the lack of proper form will manifest itself in an injury quite quickly and other times it may result in a progressive injury. It is important that all exercises are executed properly every repetition.
As for steroid use, natural bodybuilding contests institute mandatory testing for competitors in order to “weed out” the users of enhancement drugs. The use of steroids can affect ones mood and bodily systems. The safest practice is to avoid steroids at all costs.
In the case of products marketed to the bodybuilding community, many contain heavy amounts of caffeine. Caffeine puts stress on the heart and in large amounts over a long period, can have adverse effects. While speaking of the cardiac system it is also important to note that there is a relatively low amount of cardiovascular exercise in a bodybuilding regimen if any.
All this info concludes to the fact that bodybuilding in and of itself is not detrimental to one’s health. The damage stems from the decisions that are made when formulating a plan to achieve the “perfect” physique. Someone who chooses to take an all-natural approach and receive proper training on form will not experience the ailments that can stem from the alternative.
Nate is a part-time guest blogger and a full-time health&fitness expert at one of the best diet sites online, superfooddiet.com. His main interest covers weight loss, body building and new exercise methods. Nate likes to travel a lot, he prefers to discover untouched and hidden places all around the world.