Bodybuilding contest?

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    Jun 23, 2012 8:45 PM GMT
    Would you go to one?

    I couldn't find anyone to go with me here in Dublin, just not a gay guy thing I guess icon_confused.gif

    I eventually found a friend to go but it felt harder than it really should have been. These are people I've gone to weird art installations, theme party shopping trips for gender non conformist clothing, the theatre, ethnic food carts of questionable origin with

    I mean come on... Drag queens proformances are miraculous but a posing routine is not interesting enough to hold their attention?

    But this was too out there for most of my gay male friends...

    I wondered is it their own self esteem issues, that held them back, the aame as most feel on the gym floor or are they just not interested?

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    Jun 23, 2012 10:25 PM GMT
    I would definitely go to something like the Arnold or Olympia where there's a bunch of events along with the contest. I'd probably only go to a contest only event if I was with friends who were into bodybuilding or supporting someone who's competing.
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    Jun 23, 2012 10:34 PM GMT
    I'd only go if someone else was paying and insisted I go, and if I got bored I'd have to leave.
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    Jun 23, 2012 10:39 PM GMT
    Gay or not, you have to remember that bodybuilding is "gross" to a lot of people. Also, it is a bit of a narcisistic sport. And some may not care for that aspect. I've been meaning to go to one, but.. laziness. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 23, 2012 11:54 PM GMT
    xrichx saidGay or not, you have to remember that bodybuilding is "gross" to a lot of people. Also, it is a bit of a narcisistic sport. And some may not care for that aspect. I've been meaning to go to one, but.. laziness. icon_lol.gif


    I can drag a straight guy to a gay bar or pride even though a lot of what's on display is truly gross...

    Yet I can't drag a gay guy down to watch heavily muscled and tanned guys pose

    We're a pack of hypocrites really
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    Jun 24, 2012 12:02 AM GMT
    There is a smaller show here in town in a few weeks for one of the natural federations. I would go if they weren't charging $25 a ticket to the night show. To see pre-judging is an extra $25. Just simply not worth the cost to me.
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    Jun 24, 2012 1:20 PM GMT
    MuchoMasQueMusculo saidI've been to the Arnold Classic once or twice over ten years ago and also went to a local amateur competition in Chicago where Jay Cutler was guess posing. At the time he was the Mr. Olympia.

    I don't care to ever go to another one again in the future. I found the crowd to be obnoxious in general. As Rich mentioned, they are narcissistic and it's really a lot of superficiality.

    However, even with my low opinion of bodybuilding contests, I'd rather go to one any day than go to some drag show.


    Isn't it a question of expectations... If I wanted more than something pretty to look at I'd have invited them to a poetry reading at barns and noble.

    Also that's kind of why I wanted a buddy or two to be there, so you don't feel like a loner if everyone else is a narcissistic etc.
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    Jun 24, 2012 3:49 PM GMT
    MsclDrew said
    xrichx saidGay or not, you have to remember that bodybuilding is "gross" to a lot of people. Also, it is a bit of a narcisistic sport. And some may not care for that aspect. I've been meaning to go to one, but.. laziness. icon_lol.gif


    I can drag a straight guy to a gay bar or pride even though a lot of what's on display is truly gross...

    Yet I can't drag a gay guy down to watch heavily muscled and tanned guys pose

    We're a pack of hypocrites really
    Well, read some of the threads here in the forums. How many times have you seen guys say they want to gain some muscles but not get too "bulky". It seems the lean swimmers body is desirable but anything beyond that is when they start saying "yucky". icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 25, 2012 12:06 PM GMT
    MsclDrew saidWould you go to one?

    I couldn't find anyone to go with me here in Dublin, just not a gay guy thing I guess icon_confused.gif

    I eventually found a friend to go but it felt harder than it really should have been. These are people I've gone to weird art installations, theme party shopping trips for gender non conformist clothing, the theatre, ethnic food carts of questionable origin with

    I mean come on... Drag queens proformances are miraculous but a posing routine is not interesting enough to hold their attention?

    But this was too out there for most of my gay male friends...

    I wondered is it their own self esteem issues, that held them back, the aame as most feel on the gym floor or are they just not interested?



    I think it might be that some gay guys would be intimidated to go to something that they might perceive to be so masculine. That is sad because I have found that bodybuilders are often the least homophobic friends I have. They truly dont care.

    I have had fun at bodybuilding contests, but they are very very long and sometimes drag out. I get bored easily. I would have gone with you for a little while.
  • Latenight30

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    Jun 25, 2012 1:52 PM GMT
    I would go. I think it would be interesting.
  • UFJocknerd

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    Jun 30, 2012 2:53 AM GMT
    Gotta get the three Fs at every show ;-)
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jun 30, 2012 6:26 AM GMT
    I have a few bodybuilder friends so yeah I have been to them, but I don't condone steroid use.
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    Jul 11, 2012 9:06 PM GMT
    UFJocknerd saidGotta get the three Fs at every show ;-)


    Three Fs?
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    Jul 22, 2012 6:52 PM GMT
    been to quite a few locals but never a big one like the O or arnold or whatever. all my mates go, but theyre all "straight" so i may be not a "gay guy thing" icon_cry.gif
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    Jul 24, 2012 12:07 AM GMT
    lucky_sevn saidbeen to quite a few locals but never a big one like the O or arnold or whatever. all my mates go, but theyre all "straight" so i may be not a "gay guy thing" icon_cry.gif


    Yeah it's definitely not a 'gay' thing

    But I've tolerated a dozen drag shows, shopping trips or antiquing... You think one time I wanna do something I could get a friend to go... icon_neutral.gif
  • chaotic1

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    Jul 31, 2012 3:15 AM GMT
    I've been to a handful.

    I hate team sports, but I can really get into sports of individual skill or aesthetic. I like watching competitive snow boarding and dog shows too.

    That being said, I was extremely self concious as the only gay guy in a vast sea of Jersey Shore-like guidos.
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    Jul 31, 2012 10:18 PM GMT
    chaotic1 saidI've been to a handful.

    I hate team sports, but I can really get into sports of individual skill or aesthetic. I like watching competitive snow boarding and dog shows too.

    That being said, I was extremely self concious as the only gay guy in a vast sea of Jersey Shore-like guidos.


    Exactly my point...

    Being the only gay man is easier with a bud or two, but the lack of interest is evident.

    Especially when it a friendship and you mutually seek out the interesting points in doing things you aren't really interested in... But yet none of your friends are willing to make any effort in the things your really interested in