What is bodybuilding and working out about?

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    Nov 15, 2016 7:17 PM GMT
    We all have seen motivational bodybuilding videos with ripped bodies and epic music and long i mean LONG '' motivational'' ''deep'' ''philosophical ''speeches about following your dreams, haters who do not have a life, be the best version of yourself and epic goals and overcoming obstacles and getting morally and mentally stronger not just physically, having success

    So what is bodybuilding about? Is it subliming inner lives issues into making your body more appealing or just shallowly showing off, because for both options the goal is what? Showing off because of inner insecurities or because to achieve something else, like getting laid or be admired, feeding you ego which is also insecurity, isn't it?


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    Nov 15, 2016 7:37 PM GMT
    I hate those videos.
  • Destinharbor

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    Nov 15, 2016 8:31 PM GMT
    I think guys get into gym for a variety of reasons. Young people mostly to be sexually attractive, older guys to regain the shape they once were, or to simply lose weight. But once in the gym, some push it past working out for those reasons into bodybuilding. I would guess it is because they just flat like being in the gym and their eye for shape and form gets more specific. I'm not in any way a bodybuilder but I know I much prefer being in the gym to golf or tennis or other sports, I can do it alone if my partner isn't around, and over the years, my goals keep getting higher and frankly that means larger muscle. And lower fat. In my case that is also because of my appreciation for the male form and my guess is even straight guys secretly love the male form. If I'd gotten serious about the gym when I was 17 I bet I'd have at least attempted bodybuilding. Maybe not to the tournament level and look but certainly the physique. Even at my age I'm still aiming for it even if I know I'll never get there.
  • FRE0

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    Nov 15, 2016 9:12 PM GMT
    When I was about 14, my mother told me that I should always wear something more substantial than a T shirt so people could't see how skinny I was. Also, I was victimized by bullies throughout high school. I got complimentary "Cs" in physical education because I had no game skills (and still don't). I wanted to take up weight lifting, but without permission from my parents, there was no way I could do it. My self-confidence was about zero.

    When I was about 22, I did take up weight lifting. It made a much bigger difference than I would have expected. At the beach I often head comments about my muscles. Since then, I've always made a point of keeping myself physically fit, including with aerobic exercises including running, bicycle riding, swimming, and hiking. I figure that as I get even older, keeping fit will at least delay, if not prevent, moving to a nursing home.
  • gymnerd

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    Nov 16, 2016 4:31 PM GMT
    Your body has to carry you through your entire life. Why not work it out? Give your self more speed, strength, stamina?

    I'm sure all of the motives above apply in some degree but if the end result is self improvement, how important is why you did it?
  • FRE0

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    Nov 16, 2016 6:55 PM GMT
    UMayNeverKnow said
    Behemothboi said
    UMayNeverKnow saidThere are always people who take things to extremes. I liken it to outdoor Christmas decorating. There are those for whom a tasteful display of a few lights is sufficient. However, there are others who tax the electrical grid with a gaudy display of a gazillion lights synchronized to music.

    Meh. To each his own. Muscle heads aren't hurting anyone but themselves, assuming they are abusing steroids.


    I SAID, I love it how your nationality, and what country you live in changes all the time. First you were Lithuanian, now what are you?


    What a dumbass.


    I really admire your objective, thoughtful, and intellectual response.
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    Nov 18, 2016 12:28 AM GMT
    It's possibly different for every bodybuilder, and much more complex than the superficial options you offered.

    For some punk ass kids it is all about "aesthetics", they just want to be the biggest, most attractive in their group of friends.

    For some it is a consolation sport due to an injury from another. Former high school and college football players take up bodybuilding when they suffer some sort of injury preventing them from pursuing a career in football.

    Some see it as the only sport where you're only responsible for you, you're competing against yourself to be the best you can possibly be.

    My passion for it started when I was a kid watching cartoons and saw that He-Man and super heroes had these body types, and thought "I want to look like that" because I probably conflated having a body like that meant you could be a hero or something. But when I eventually saw movies like Conan the Barbarian and shows like WWE I realized that it was actually achievable because these guys had done it, so I wanted to do it too. But that passion sat on the back-burner until my 20s when I finally joined a gym.
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    Nov 19, 2016 4:30 PM GMT
    jackedgamer saidIt's possibly different for every bodybuilder, and much more complex than the superficial options you offered.

    For some punk ass kids it is all about "aesthetics", they just want to be the biggest, most attractive in their group of friends.

    For some it is a consolation sport due to an injury from another. Former high school and college football players take up bodybuilding when they suffer some sort of injury preventing them from pursuing a career in football.

    Some see it as the only sport where you're only responsible for you, you're competing against yourself to be the best you can possibly be.

    My passion for it started when I was a kid watching cartoons and saw that He-Man and super heroes had these body types, and thought "I want to look like that" because I probably conflated having a body like that meant you could be a hero or something. But when I eventually saw movies like Conan the Barbarian and shows like WWE I realized that it was actually achievable because these guys had done it, so I wanted to do it too. But that passion sat on the back-burner until my 20s when I finally joined a gym.

    that is why you are shirtless in your pic, sure
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 04, 2016 3:18 AM GMT
    Bonaparts said
    jackedgamer saidIt's possibly different for every bodybuilder, and much more complex than the superficial options you offered.

    For some punk ass kids it is all about "aesthetics", they just want to be the biggest, most attractive in their group of friends.

    For some it is a consolation sport due to an injury from another. Former high school and college football players take up bodybuilding when they suffer some sort of injury preventing them from pursuing a career in football.

    Some see it as the only sport where you're only responsible for you, you're competing against yourself to be the best you can possibly be.

    My passion for it started when I was a kid watching cartoons and saw that He-Man and super heroes had these body types, and thought "I want to look like that" because I probably conflated having a body like that meant you could be a hero or something. But when I eventually saw movies like Conan the Barbarian and shows like WWE I realized that it was actually achievable because these guys had done it, so I wanted to do it too. But that passion sat on the back-burner until my 20s when I finally joined a gym.

    that is why you are shirtless in your pic, sure
    For hard gainers like myself, working out is basically just setting you up for failure and discouragement because your physique is stubborn and will not respond to any bodybuilding routineicon_razz.gif
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 18, 2017 5:47 PM GMT
    gymnerd saidYour body has to carry you through your entire life. Why not work it out? Give your self more speed, strength, stamina?

    I'm sure all of the motives above apply in some degree but if the end result is self improvement, how important is why you did it?
    Why the goddamned hell should I waste money and time on a stubborn physique that just won't grow one iota. I am sorry but I am through with the gym and all these bodybuilding regimens that don't do jack shit for me. icon_razz.gif

    The sport of bodybuilding is just like the concept of putting poor people in public housing projects, both are abject failures and a big waste of money.icon_mad.gif
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    Feb 21, 2017 11:09 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidFor hard gainers like myself, working out is basically just setting you up for failure and discouragement because your physique is stubborn and will not respond to any bodybuilding routineicon_razz.gif

    That's a cop-out. Hard gainers CAN gain muscle. The most common reason why they find it difficult is because they are not consuming enough protein (2g per pound you weigh).
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    Feb 21, 2017 11:10 PM GMT
    Bonaparts said
    that is why you are shirtless in your pic, sure

    I don't understand the point you're attempting to make. People can be multidimensional: my wanting to show off my hard work doesn't disprove my deeper motivations.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 28, 2017 3:21 AM GMT
    jackedgamer said
    roadbikeRob saidFor hard gainers like myself, working out is basically just setting you up for failure and discouragement because your physique is stubborn and will not respond to any bodybuilding routineicon_razz.gif

    That's a cop-out. Hard gainers CAN gain muscle. The most common reason why they find it difficult is because they are not consuming enough protein (2g per pound you weigh).
    That is way too much protein and that is not healthy at all. You end up being a bloated gas bag, no thank you. I will stick with both biking and running. I don't need no bodybuilding and no gym.
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    Feb 28, 2017 3:39 AM GMT
    roadrageRob saidI don't need no bodybuilding and no gym.

    Although it would be nice if you had a brain.

  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 28, 2017 3:48 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    roadrageRob saidI don't need no bodybuilding and no gym.

    Although it would be nice if you had a brain.

    Go fuck yourself you left wing lunaticicon_mad.gif
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    May 15, 2017 3:58 PM GMT
    Bodybuilding and working out have always made me feel better about myself and increased my self-confidence.

    An older man I used to work with told me an old Hebrew saying: A man has to be of three parts: body, mind, and religion/heart to be a complete man. I really believe that.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 12, 2017 5:05 PM GMT
    DerrickRigg saidBodybuilding and working out have always made me feel better about myself and increased my self-confidence.

    An older man I used to work with told me an old Hebrew saying: A man has to be of three parts: body, mind, and religion/heart to be a complete man. I really believe that.
    Bodybuilding and working out always made me feel depleted and depressed. No matter what routine I followed it ended up being a dead end street for me. Building up muscle and putting poor people in highrise housing projects have one big thing in common, THEY DONT WORK, PERIOD!