I always enjoy reading your guys’ bodybuilding threads. I’m not a fan of the sport but I can definitely appreciate its depth and the way you guys discuss it.
The reason I’m not a fan is because I’m just a regular guy who’s lifted weights for over four years and even I can’t remotely identify with those mass monsters up on stage. My lifting goals have always been modest. I wanted to get stronger, leaner and improve my health. You know, reap the benefits of lifting. Mission accomplished, with plenty of room left to improve.
This idea of pursuing size over everything else just doesn’t resonate with me, and the physiques of modern Olympia lineups strike me as more of a freak-show than any physique and strength ideal I’d ever aspire to. I can’t possibly see how this is ideal for spreading the lifestyle, generating interest in the sport or even selling supplements.
The classic division is changing my opinions on that. I’ll probably end up following some of these guys more closely, and I’d also like to think that this might be an avenue for positive change in the lifting community. Maybe get more young guys lifting hard and eating well without trying to become the next dead-before-50 mass monster with a gazillion insta-followers.
Edit: On the subject of Heath, it really seems like a weak and low-class statement to make for a guy who is supposedly on top of the sport.