New book Mr. America: The Tragic History of a Bodybuilding Icon

  • Cutlass

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    Sep 03, 2017 5:09 AM GMT
    I've seen some synopses and excerpts from this book and I seem to be inclined to order it. The author claims there is a great deal of homosexuality and hustling in bodybuilding. A reviewer mentioned that bodybuilding was full of racism, sexism, homophobia, and anti-semitism. Yikes.
  • buddycat

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    Sep 03, 2017 6:49 AM GMT
    Cutlass saidI've seen some synopses and excerpts from this book and I seem to be inclined to order it. The author claims there is a great deal of homosexuality and hustling in bodybuilding. A reviewer mentioned that bodybuilding was full of racism, sexism, homophobia, and anti-semitism. Yikes.

    I agree with this from what I have seen. They forget to mention most are on illegal steroids. If you go to Bodybuilding.com they talk about doing web cam modeling and this prompts a lot of homophobic remarks. Some webcam models are also escorts.
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    Sep 03, 2017 8:01 AM GMT
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    Good book.

    "At age 26, scrawny, Oxford-educated Samuel Fussell entered a YMCA gym in New York to escape the terrors of big city life. Four years and 80 lbs. of firm, bulging muscle later, he was competing for bodybuilding titles in the "Iron Mecca" of Southern California-so weak from intense training and starvation he could barely walk. MUSCLE is the harrowing, often hilarious chronicle of Fussell's divine obsession, his search for identity in a bizarre, eccentric world of "health fascists," "gym bunnies" and "muscleheads"-and his devout, single-minded acceptance of illness, pain, nausea, and steroid-induced rage in his quest for the holy grail of physical perfection."
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 12, 2017 4:56 PM GMT
    Probably this bodybuilding icon consumed way too much protein which helped lead to his tragic demise. Protein along with steroids often lead to early deaths.
  • Laxguy20

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    Mar 01, 2018 8:01 PM GMT
    The author is amazing, if you're into the history of bodubuilding. He's written some other great books, too, that I've read. As to homophobia and stuff, I just accept that in history but it's important to know. But my expectations are about researching the great art of bodybuilding. Not politics.
  • Need1GoodMan

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    Mar 02, 2018 9:46 PM GMT
    has there ever been a bodybuilding contest where @ least one contestant was on something...even tehe naturals....???

    some reports suggest that true naturals (never users) are @ disadvantage when competing against former users whose muscle memory recalls larger muscle mass than normally attained without drugs.....

    respect the effort in bb, but not the drugs
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    Mar 02, 2018 11:21 PM GMT
    There are separate competitions for juiced and natural bodybuilders, though I agree with the poster above in the sense that a bodybuilder may have benefited from such enhancements in the past, even though he passes the drug tests. But honestly: who cares? Natural bodybuilders who lost their divine bragging rights?
  • tonyatl

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    Mar 07, 2018 8:30 PM GMT
    Although steroids can be abused, they should be legal if even under doctor supervision. Roid rage is largely a myth pedalled by those against steroids. as Someone who has experienced steroids, I am convinced that many police officers are on them by policy. Their builds mimic steroid body builders