TC's latest installment. Some things there needed to be said. To wit, I believe these truths are (mostly) self-evident:
"Getting big in itself is not a badge of honor; anyone can eat a lot if they put their mind to it."
I'd add anyone can bang grams of steroids and other shit to get big too.
"Generally speaking, the bigger a guy gets, the more insecure he was to start with."
"And the guys who got big to feel powerful? They end up having heart attacks at fifty"
The last truth is the most personal to me. I'm 46 now. Started this powerlifting journey later in life (early 30's) after retiring from basketball as a 190lb point guard. Went up to 275 in a few years, was as high as 285 before a contest, and hovered around 265 mostly when I was "lean". Recently had a Dave Tate OMG moment after some blood work. Glucose levels were creeping high. Cholesterol was up. And I started to think about my family.
The bodybuilding lifestyle is generally NOT healthy. It is NOT healthy to purposefully and forcefully get as big as you can possibly get. I've always thought those that would, my any means necessary (steroids), get as big as possible (for them), had a fucking screw loose somewhere in their psyche. As for me, I never PLANNED to get this big. I remember very vividly when I was a noob hovering around 240 telling a guy on my powerlifting team that I did NOT want to get any bigger. He was suggesting my squat would skyrocket if I went north of 250. Well, I went there and beyond quite by accident. Once I went north of 250, my inhibition against being that large vanished.
It's only now that I'm dropping all junk that I am aware of how fond I was of being 265-275. I'm a pretty lean 240 right now with plans to go to 230 and let me tell you, it's sobering to put on your XXL t-shirt that you used to fill completely out and have it hang a bit on you like a normal shirt. It's far from a dress, but it's not tight anymore. And I feel the tug of being that big guy.
But fuck that. I always just wanted to be that strong guy. And mostly, I want to be that guy that lives to 80 without diabetes and heart disease. I want to see my children grow up. I have a lot of shit left to do with my life.
Those of you on this quest to get hyooge better consider your health. You're the rare guy if you ever make money from being hyooge. And it's easy to become trapped in this paradigm where you feel young and invincible and have a mind set that you can always change it as you grow older. This lifestyle easily becomes ingrained habit - and some of those habits, like being active and eating better foods than the average knucklehead IS good. But there is much to it that IS unhealthy.
TC nailed this one. You'd be wise to ponder the long-term implications of any quest to be hyooge.
Feel free to flame away if you're one of those big guys on the quest to get bigger. But before you do, look around you for the next six months and report back to me on the number of 70-something year old men that you see walking around at 240 and above. Hell, don't wait 6 months. Go to a retirement community (not home - community) - drive around and report. And for you dumb bastards that would say now you don't want to live that long, report back to me when you're in your 50s and say the same idiotic thing.