BIG MUSCLES: What do you use them for?

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    Jan 24, 2011 2:58 AM GMT
    It's great to be healthy and fit. It's great to have muscle tone to help you with sports activities and ward off age-related issues. But if you're a bodybuilder trying to get huge, what do you use your big muscles for? Are they for a heavy-lifting job or are they just for show when you take off your clothes for anyone who'll look?

    Super-sized Beach bodies. Take for instance the Mr. Olympia competition. Those guys - and gals - train so hard and so long pumping up their massive physiques just so they can take off their clothes and have people judge their bodies. Why not use those large muscles for a useful, labor-intensive job like construction, firefighter, rescue worker, military, etc. If a bodybuilder is riding in a car with a friend and the car breaks down on the side of the road, will the bodybuilder get out and push the car using his huge muscles? Or if a tree falls in a neighbor's yard during a storm, will the bodybuilder pull out a chainsaw and help his neighbor remove the tree?

    For those who aren't competitive bodybuilders, sometimes you'll see enormously buff guys in the gym who may never put their pumped up physiques in a situation where their strength would be useful. Seriously, after years of hardcore training and consuming large amounts of food, what is the purpose of having really big muscles if you don't use them for anything but removing your shirt?

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    Jan 24, 2011 3:50 AM GMT
    Bodybuilding is an aesthetic "sport". It's all about form over function.

    Besides, being that huge often times works against you if you're a cop, firefighter, or in the military. Because whether you have 300 lbs of muscle or 300 lbs of fat, you're still 300 lbs and you gotta lug that weight around all day.
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    Jan 24, 2011 4:57 AM GMT
    xrichx saidBodybuilding is an aesthetic "sport". It's all about form over function.


    Precisely.
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    Jan 24, 2011 4:58 AM GMT
    Opening jars.
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    Jan 24, 2011 5:05 AM GMT
    i was at a gay club for the first time in maybe a few years the other night and i was watchin all these musclehead dudes drinkin and dancin and actin a mess and i was wondering why they put the time into their bodies and supposed wellness when they are hot messes. i mean they cant possibly care about themselves on a spiritual level watching the way they act so they invest all this time into working out and 'eating right' just so they can get laid and be objects of others desire. i mean i dont know them personally. but its kinda crazy and sad. but whatever, its just as dumb as anything else.
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    Jan 24, 2011 5:08 AM GMT
    someguy saidOpening jars.




    LOL. Great answer !


    I can remember seeing the bodybuilding magazines and thinking that I wanted to look like that. I had no desire to compete or move heavy objects. I just wanted to be a lot more muscular. I like the way it looks.
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    Jan 24, 2011 6:37 AM GMT
    Picking up a motorcycle if it's dropped. Moving furniture.
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    Jan 24, 2011 6:42 AM GMT
    Whoa! Scary muscles!

    Seriously though, that takes a lot of work and effort to be that size. It's commendable, but muscles that big are a bit scary. icon_eek.gif
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    Jan 24, 2011 6:59 AM GMT
    I lift things up and put them down (with my big muscles.)
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    Jan 24, 2011 7:13 AM GMT
    From JFK:

    "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."
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    Jan 24, 2011 7:17 AM GMT
    The musclebound look is not something I aspire to; I'd much rather be the 180# guy at 6'0" tall who has functional strength with muscle tone who could chop a cord of wood or hike up a mountain with a 50# pack in my 50s and 60s and enjoy it... than to deal with schlepping around 300#+ of bulk.
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    Jan 24, 2011 7:25 AM GMT
    As someone who is considered at less than 2% of risk of a cardiac event and who has a PSA of 0.4 and a cholesterol of 150. I think a Real Jock understands why someone does whatever it is, whether it's running a marathon, or striving to be big.

    It invokes attributes all of us should aspire to: patience, discipline, planning, dedication, consistency, persistence.

    Folks don't do it because it's easy. They do it because it's hard.

    Why does a musician practice for hours? Why does a runner run for so many miles? Why does a guy immerse himself in his business? It's because we set personal goals and like the things they do for us, the things they provide, or the way that it makes us feel.

    If you can be 4% fat, and carry 200 pounds of muscle, it's a a result of years of execution, planning, and WORK.

    Folks do whatever their passion is because it's their passion, most often.

    With a Real Jock, a RJ likes the way it makes him feel. Whether it's the extreme ballet dancer, or the advanced bodybuilding, it's about being the best at it you can be, embracing your passion, and seeing where it leads you. The health benefits, and great physical presence are part and parcel of that passion.

    Is it for everyone? Of course not. Most folks don't have the ability to have that level of focus, dedication, and consistency. If it was easy, everyone would do it, but, fact is, most folks are lazy.

    You have to wonder how a picture-less can ask the question? Does he not understand that we also pursue our passions / what we love doing? Some guys love pot smoking. Some guys love making money at the exclusion of all else. To me, that's a VERY SIMPLE thing to understand.

    With bodybuilding, it feels good, and has a LONG list of health benefits, and is a very PRIMAL thing in terms of physical appearance. Like it, or not, it effects folks in an up close and personal way, from the base of their brains.

    Why do folks climb mountains? Because they CAN.
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    Jan 24, 2011 7:33 AM GMT
    There's a clear difference: athletic performance and health benefits.

    While the pageant queen has poise, beauty, and a variety of attributes, it's not quite the same in terms of health and performance. Like a concert violinist, or a bodybuilder, or a runner, she's practiced her craft.

    Clearly, when you get down to to evolution and the primal needs (food, sex, and shelter), she fulfills the sex one :-)

    You don't get to be a competitive bodybuilder without being a Real Jock / advanced athlete. It simply can't happen. Therein lies the difference.

    Hard to tell if she has the drive. Mom might have made her do it. Likely, though, she wants the things that the trophy brings to her, whatever they may be.
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    Jan 24, 2011 7:34 AM GMT
    AY YUSE MAY MUSSOLS TO PEEK TINGS AAP AN POOT TINGS DOWWWN
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    Jan 24, 2011 7:37 AM GMT
    I work in IT, and unfortunately that means things get physical sometimes. It typically works out that just about the time I start getting burnt out and wondering if any of it's worth the huge cuts of money and time I give it, I end up having to carry a broken or replacement laser printer 2-3 blocks to another building at work. Or I'm faced with either spending the time putting a server or a PC on a cart, rolling it out to the elevator lobby, waiting on the [slow] elevators, riding the [slow] elevators two floors up, rolling it out, and maneuvering said cart through seemingly miles of cube farm... or just carrying the damned thing up a couple of flights of steps.

    It makes me feel good in those moments when people call me "crazy" for *gasp!* carrying stuff. I just LOL at them while they wait on the elevators. icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 24, 2011 7:40 AM GMT
    sportyred saidAre they for a heavy-lifting job or are they just for show when you take off your clothes for anyone who'll look?


    The purpose of this is to perfect the purely aesthetic desire to look like physically perfect from the neck down and appetizing to a ferocious lion who is looking for a human with solid lean meat. It's not necessarily adaptive or beneficial to most things, but neither is the perfect hair cut and people get those all the time.
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    Jan 24, 2011 7:51 AM GMT
    JAKEBENSON saidAY YUSE MAY MUSSOLS TO PEEK TINGS AAP AN POOT TINGS DOWWWN


    lol... endearing icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 24, 2011 8:26 AM GMT
    So i could look hot in a tight t shirt! icon_biggrin.gif
    And to present that look of intimidation so the stupid homophobes dont mess with me, haha!
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    Jan 24, 2011 8:27 AM GMT
    blackstrap saidi was at a gay club for the first time in maybe a few years the other night and i was watchin all these musclehead dudes drinkin and dancin and actin a mess and i was wondering why they put the time into their bodies and supposed wellness when they are hot messes. i mean they cant possibly care about themselves on a spiritual level watching the way they act so they invest all this time into working out and 'eating right' just so they can get laid and be objects of others desire. i mean i dont know them personally. but its kinda crazy and sad. but whatever, its just as dumb as anything else.


    So no one is allowed to go out and act all crazy once in awhile?

    You were there once, you saw them once, and from that you've drawn a mighty big conclusion.
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    Jan 24, 2011 9:43 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    chuckystud said

    If you can be 4% fat, and carry 200 pounds of muscle, it's a a result of years of execution, planning, and WORK.


    And exogenous supplementation as well. More often than not.

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    Mmmmm, intramuscular abscesses.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20355187

    "Abstract

    The current drastic escalation in obesity may be contributing to the exponential rise in drugs used for image enhancement. Drugs such as anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) are perceived as a viable method of achieving a perfect physique. They are also the most widely abused drugs in sport. The Internet has encouraged the abuse of expensive drugs, particularly human growth hormone (hGH), resulting in increased importation for personal use. The substantial increase in this market has opened up avenues for counterfeiting, estimated as a multi-million pound business. The acute adverse effects from contaminated vials may result in a variety of pathologies including communicable diseases. In 2007, in the UK, a series of intramuscular abscesses, requiring surgical treatment, led us to study samples obtained from the underground market. The analysis of 38 parenteral samples and 19 oral samples of tablets was performed by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory, in an attempt to establish the extent of available counterfeit products. Fifty-three per cent (20) of the injectable AAS esters and 21% (4) of the oral tablets were counterfeit. Culture and sensitivity revealed the presence of skin commensal organisms, which may have contributed to the development of the abscesses. Users of AAS and hGH for sport, including bodybuilding, are currently risking their health because of counterfeit and poorly controlled products."
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    Jan 24, 2011 9:47 AM GMT
    ...for hard yakka (work) around my country property - mattocking, digging, lifting, chopping wood, chasing bulls out of the garden....
  • Vaughn

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    Jan 24, 2011 9:50 AM GMT
    I thought they were used for sex.
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    Jan 24, 2011 10:11 AM GMT
    someguy saidOpening jars.


    na-na...crushing cans on the skull.
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    Jan 24, 2011 10:14 AM GMT
    chuckystud said
    Folks don't do it because it's easy. They do it because it's hard.



    Oh really? How does that explain the meatheads that avoid intelligent conversations? Not that all bodybuilder/muscle freaks are meatheads...
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    Jan 24, 2011 1:02 PM GMT
    Vaughn saidI thought they were used for sex.
    They're used to carry props and lights around in muscle-worship videos.