I don’t use Reddit, but the few times I’ve seen anything on there, it’s been a bunch of uninformed people giving their opinions with no real background to support their very adamant stances. I went to my first natural contest as a spectator in 2006 and I remember thinking to myself “these guys are all juiced out of their minds!” Of course I knew nothing about achieving true contest conditioning, what honest to goodness real muscle, without fat looks like, or how much the illusion of fake tan, spotlights, and carb loaded muscles can add to a guy who onlyh weighs a buck fifty.
Several years later, I got onstage, having dieted down from 210 to 170, and thinking I had lost all of my muscles (after already spending 15 years in the gym!) in the process. My cheeks sunk in, my neck looked like it could barely support the weight of my head, the last thing I thought I looked like was a bodybuilder as I swam in my t-shirt. Fast forward a few hours, and I’m holding a few trophies and looking at pictures thinking “That can’t be me, I don’t look like that, all huge and ripped!”
Most bodybuilders I see getting hate or always used as poster boys for being fake-natties are 140 lbs (Ogus, Elkins…) soaking wet. The top guy in the sport? Whitacre weighs 160-165 lbs. Jim Cordova, with his perfect muscle bellies and tiny joints weighed 154 lbs when he won the Universe… think about those number for a moment.
Now, think about some idiot who spent years in the gym, training half assed, eating a diet that he probably couldn’t tell you how much protein or carbs he got on a given day, who honestly believes his friend in the gym who says he’s “10% year round” really is 10% bf ever, thinks when they see a close up, well lit shot of someone in contest condition, all pumped up, fake tan, and usually alone (so you can’t see how tiny they are).
I used to just shrug my shoulders whenever I saw the “natty or not” threads on many of the bodybuiding forums populated by 16 year old kids and older guys who never truly got in shape. Now, I just laugh at how stupid they all sound. WHat are ya gonna do though. chime in and let them know how uninformed they all are? That’s the thing about stupid people, they don’t know they’re stupid. And when you get a bunch of them together, they feel even more empowered and right in their thinking -lol