I don't think modern bodybuilding is a sport. It's a male beauty pageant. That is not to say that hard work, dedication, willingness to do more drugs than the other guys along with epic genetics isn't involved... I totally respect the amount of dedication it takes and literally foregoing every other aspect of you life to get there. It's admirable to have that amount of discipline. But let's face it - it's a bunch of guys in squirrel hammocks flexing. NTTATWWT
If body building is a sport, then so is Miss America.
Who fucking cares what people outside of the activity call it? What I do know is I trained chest tonight so hard I nearly screamed. I know I had 4 different people come up to me and either ask me something about training or make a positive comment about my progress. I don't think Mrs. America is training like that or sweating that hard in the gym.
You can call it what you want but Paddy M's post sums it up nicely. The stage may be a show, but it took competitiveness, drive, and athletic ability to get big enough to reach that stage in the first place assuming we are talking about significant bodybuilding comps.
The real work is done in the gym for years and there is no way you discount that to only focus on the stage.
It makes no sense at all...yet people keep doing it.
Maybe it makes them feel better to discount 20 years of hard work in the gym to build a Toney Freeman and act like it compared to a fucking Beauty contest alone.
Same as yours. The road to get stage ready is a sport. The stage itself...well it depends on how you look at it. From a judging/winning perspective it's not a sport i.e no objective comparison criteria.
However, from the perspective of actually being on stage as a competitor, flexing the hell out of every muscle so damn hard that you would get cramps were it not for the hours of posing practice put in, and damn near passing out from trying not to breathe too much so that your abs stay flexed.....yup sure feels like a sport!