I have said these things before and I will say them it again, perhaps because the sadist in me finds it so fun to repeat such things. I am sick - while still finding it humorous - of hearing the following:
- Bodybuilders are all show and no go. This one is funny for several reasons. One is that several bodybuilders have athletic and/or powerlifting backgrounds. Some compete in both powerlifting and bodybuilding. No one ever talks about how dysfunctional powerlifters are, despite the fact that MANY - particularly bench press specialists do a lot of bodybuilding activity.
Take a look at Glen Chabot’s, Mike Wolf’s, David Waterman’s, Dave Tate’s (I mean when he was competing), Ryan Kenelly’s, Ken Patterson’s, and a whole lot of others’ training logs and you will see that nearly >80% of what they do in the gym is bodybuilding. Most of them do what looks like a powerlifting - bodybuilding-split hybrid routine. Yeah, they have leg, back, and arm days. If bodybuilding training was so worthless for a performance based sport, they wouldn’t be doing it, considering that they compete at the highest level of their sport.
Hey, wasn’t Chuck Sipes, a guy who trained 5 times per week on a bodybuilding split, pretty dysfunctional? I mean, the guy only had a raw bench of 500 lbs, the first one to have do so.
-Bodybuilders are womenless. I was at the Team Universe last week and there was no shortage of female ass walking around, some of whom were competing or accompanying their boyfriends, pleutonic friends, or husbands. One of the more humorous sayings is “women don’t like men who are too big!” I find this humorous to me since nearly all of the “too-big” men I know or have seen usually have a woman following them around! How ironic!
-Ken Leistner’s and Pavel Tsatsouline’s favorite sayings: “Bodybuilding is the worst thing to happen to strength training” and “bodybuilders look like a collection of bodyparts”. Hmm, most mammals are a collection of bodyparts. Aren’t insects too? I mean they have an abdomen, wings, antennae, and so on. Seems like bodyparts to me. They also look like they are a collection of them too.
I ask: “how the fuck is bodybuilding the worst thing to happen to strength training?!” Most of the bigger athletes around have done some bodybuilding training. And to say that added muscle mass is dysfunctional and useless in all sports is bullshit in my opinion, despite the fact that I am not a strength and conditioning coach.
You think pro wrestlers, some of who are fucking huge, don’t train like bodybuilders and are all about plyos, TBT, and Olympic lifts? I don’t think so. Otherwise, they wouldn’t look the way they do. And last time I checked, some of them can perform quite well physically.
-“Are you going to make money from lifting?” I ask “when the fuck did the more rational and worldly bodybuilder and powerlifters ever think they were going to make a dime from stepping onstage or from sponsors?!” I think most of us know the deal. But people ask “you invest all this time in it and what has it done for you?” I can think of a lot:
-Entertainment education, and fun (shows, contest footage, websites, magazines, books)
-A sense of accomplishment.
-Women that wanted to and/or liked to fuck me because they thought I had a hot body (is this not important, being wanted by the opposite sex?).
-A hobby that some have turned into a living (writing, speaking, personal training).
But these same assholes sure make it their priority to spend nearly all of their boring days texting their buddies or girls about the silliest shit while at work, never miss an episode of Friends, Seinfeld, and American Idol, or Oprah, or read or watch some shit tabloid newspaper or TV show about celebritiies who they wished they were like.
They seem to take no shame in turning their brains into oatmeal from these activities, all the while being a bunch of jealous, shook bitches that criticize bodybuilders. By the way, do any of them have two cents to rub together that was accrued from their great, productive activities?! I say and have said openly in words (offline, that is) “fuck you” and “fuck off” to people who have given me shit about my eating and exercise and even dressing habits.
By the way folks, when have any of these wiseasses criticized some “dysfunctional”, “fat”, “bloated”, machine using idiots up close and personal? I heard many of them are real pushovers!