Everyone has seen someone who is excessively muscled. Is it 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, mostly, slaves to their sport. Is bodybuilding 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 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.
Arguably, 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 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.
The sad truth is that those who do find themselves wholly immersed in the sport wake up one day when the 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 commented on 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 the proper way is not being used, injury and excessive strain on joints are pretty much a given. Sometimes the lack of proper way will manifest itself in an injury quite quickly, and other times, it may result in a progressive injury. All exercises must be adequately executed every repetition.
As for steroid use, natural bodybuilding contests institute mandatory testing for competitors to “weed out” the users of enhancement drugs. The use of steroids can affect one’s 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 substantial amounts of caffeine. Caffeine puts stress on the heart and, in large quantities 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 the form will not experience the ailments that can stem from the alternative.