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[quote]But they’ve got nothing to worry about. We may have changed our look and added new features but our philosophy remains intact. In order to assuage your fears, I thought I’d pull out the amendments to the Testosterone Constitution that we store in the Testosterone National Archives:
We the Meatheads of Testosterone, in Order to build a more perfect Body, Glorify Man and Embrace Woman, spit on Dogma, set ourselves apart from the Unwashed Masses, and get as damn Smart as possible, do ordain and establish this Constitution for Testosterone Nation.
We shall promote a new type of bodybuilding.
On second thought, we should say we promote an old type of bodybuilding. Old-time bodybuilding, with its roots in Charles Atlas and Dan Lurie and Vince Gironda and Steve Reeves, wasn’t just about looking strong; it was about being strong, too.
Testosterone shall preserve a traditional male mindset.
Testosterone, beyond disseminating information about how to lift more weight, build more muscle, or lose body fat, is about a way of life that we think is worth preserving.
Men are good. Male attributes are good.
We believe in moral laws and ethical laws more than we do in societal laws that pertain to what we can do with our body or put into it. We like to think of ourselves as virtuous bad boys.
This is a place where you can be a guy; where there are others who think like you. Come. Hang out. We’re not about formality or pretense. Take your shoes off. Relax. But keep your schlong in your pants.
And when you leave for the day, you don’t have to thank anyone or hug anyone or ask for the recipe or say how the experience changed your life and thank-you-very-goddam-much.
It is funny how many people act like none of those words were ever written now. Bodybuilding is about size and strength. We could debate which specific era carries the greatest specimens (which people must be blind if they aren’t in awe of some of the newer bodybuilders hitting the scene lately that truly remind me of when I first got started), but the bottom line is that this isn’t about barely looking like you lift but bragging about how “functional” you are. This is about actually making physical progress and not settling for barely making any at all.
I doubt many here are anywhere near the size that even Steve Reeves was carrying…yet they act like building muscle is so easy you have to take steps to avoid it.
Even those men still stand out against most today.
I also think that current bodybuilding is changing its focus as the “X-man” physique is taking front and center.
Phil Heath has no bloated abdomen. Let’s give those lifters some credit for it instead of acting like they don’t exist.