I know this is almost a month later, but I've been trying to formulate my own resentment in bodybuilding. More specifically, my resentment with the bodybuilding community. And I think I can sum it up in three main themes: Hypocrisy, Guilt, Exclusion
There's been a lot of articles around the web lately concerning motivation and how people should stop seeking external motivation because all of the motivation you need should come from inside yourself. I understand this is aimed at the Resolutioners, but to be honest, I have a little bit of a problem with this being shoved down people's throats.
Disclaimer: If you can't even GET to the gym without external motivation, that's a problem. But that is not what I'm talking about.
What bothers me is all these articles and pros talk about how ALL of their motivation for working out is internal, and ours should be too, even though they also claim that the reason they started going to the gym is because they saw Arnold in movies or Ferrigno as the Hulk when they were kids (external motivation anyone?)
It's annoying how many individuals who are experts or pros recount the external motivation that got them in the gym in the first place, but because they no longer need it, nobody should. Hypocrisy.
I personally don't have any problems getting my ass to the gym. But some days I don't feel motivated to squat 3x6 with 350 lbs -- I'd rather get to the gym and do 3x10 with 300 instead. So maybe I watch some YouTube videos of leg workouts to get me amped up a little more so that the heavy weights don't seem so daunting.
Perhaps I've hit a plateau or my training has become stagnant and I just need a change...but I don't know what that change is. So I come to these forums to get inspiration/motivation for new exercises or rep schemes or intensity techniques.
I suppose I'm just tired of feeling guilty, or that I'm not a real bodybuilder because I need help getting amped up or I need extra motivation and inspiration sometimes.
There is a hardcore sense in the bodybuilding community (I've even felt it here) that you are not a real bodybuilder unless you've competed.
--> I know that Arash does NOT feel this way, so I want to use him as an example. Arash Rahbar trained his ass off using bodybuilding techniques and diets for 20+ years before competing. I can only imagine that his body didn't actually change A LOT in those last 5 years or so, although I'm sure minor tweaks were made. Does this mean that Arash wasn't a bodybuilder until he entered into the Classic Physique division?
That is an example of how I feel, even though I've only been training and eating this way for a decade, rather than two decades.
I don't know about everyone else, but the main reason I love the late 60s and 70s for bodybuilding is the seeming inclusiveness of the industry. From all the footage you see, everybody who was training had so much fun and welcomed anybody into the gym that wanted to train. Sure, when it got down to competition time, it was all business and people might have gotten mean, tempers may have flared. However, the air of frivolity and joviality of that time is very alluring.
Now the industry is different and it's very judgmental, all the way at the top down to the average Joe at the bottom. It's all about brands now -- the brand of clothing you lift in, what supplement brand you use, what internet celebrity you support. People are very exclusive based on what brands you sport.
Hell, it even comes down to experience. I encounter a lot of this shit before because people tell me about it. I lift with anybody. Just the other day, I wanted to squat...so I asked the kid squatting if I could work in with him (he said yes). When we finished up, he told me it was really awesome to lift with somebody 'as advanced' as I am because most people that look like me/are as strong as I am don't ever give him the time of day.
I find these two examples of exclusivity to be mind boggling.
To summarize, I feel that the hypocrisy, guilt-trips, and exclusion that the bodybuilding community creates causes a lot of resentment. I realized that y'all touched on these topics via individual people and situations in the podcast, but I thought I'd make it much more conceptual and thematic.
As always, feel free to disagree with me.