As some of you already know (the others just have to check my old posts) I am a die-hard pro-bodybuilding fan and I will always take its defense. I always get into arguments with my non-bodybuilding friends and even with my bodybuilding friends about the state of the pro bodybuilding scene. I do believe that recently the judging has shifted from rewarding the freaks to rewarding a more appealling body.
Good examples of this is the 2004 NOC and the 2004 GNC Show of Strenght(even though I thought Victor Martinez should not have won that contest). I’d like to know what you guys think. I’m gonna post pics of my favorite bodybuilders, starting with my all-time fav Darrem Charles.[/quote]
You picked some of the same guys I look up to, but overall, bodybuilding has fallen out of any sense of logic and it will take more than a few awards to Darrem Charles to cure that. The moment GH guts were allowed in a contest, it plummeted downhill. I truly don’t pay much attention to it like I did growing up. In the late 80’s and early 90’s when I was first buying a FLEX magazine, the physiques looked more “attainable”. Now, the focus has shifted so much towards drugs that you have teenagers who haven’t even lifted a weight for more than a couple of weeks believing that anabolics are more important than training for years or making eating a major priority.
I was looking up to people like Mike Ashley. You have some of these fools who might even call him “small” now. I heard Frank Zane once referred to as having a “swimmer’s body”. Needless to say, it isn’t just the pro’s or the judges that have lost their minds but many of the “fans” as well. The more it is seen as a freak show, the less respect it can ever truly have. That is exactly what it is right now. Worse than that, that negative perception gets transferred throughout all areas of society from CSI episodes to little kids asking, “Are you big because of steroids or do you lift weights?”
It will take more effort than a few first place wins of more esthetic bodybuilders in relatively minor contests. You start with the Mr. Olympia and move from there. Beyond that, I just don’t feel as motivated looking at a bloated Markus Rhul as I did when I saw Lee Labrada or Lee Haney. Those guys made me want to head to the gym immediately and get to work. Many of the guys today just make me want to avoid ever getting on a stage in a thong just so I can show of oiled up shredded ass muscles.