[quote]Professor X wrote:
I have a quick question.
if bodybuilding isnt about building your body…aka adding to it, aka making it bigger, what is it about
I think the dictionary covers this quite well. Just me, but I think this definition is pretty accurate.
n. The process of developing the musculature of the body through specific types of diet and physical exercise, such as weightlifting, especially for competitive exhibition.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
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This is where the warped perspective I mentioned has taken over, I say warped not as an insult to anyone so don’t take it that way.
According to the dictionary, BB is about developing the musculature. Now increasing muscle size is part of the equation, no dispute there. But as mentioned above, there are other considerations as well that can be and are just as important.
Proportion, symetry, balance, muscularity, vascularity etc. So no one is knocking ‘size’ but I think we need to be careful that it isn’t the be-all-to-end-all.
As per my example, pure size isn’t necessarily the prime consideration in many of the natural competitions. And according to the comments someone made above, it appears the pro ranks are following suit.
Once again, I’m not down on getting big, but we need to respect the fact that everyone has a different perspective on how big…‘big’ is and how it stacks up in the list of other BB priorities.
Bottom line is that there is more to ‘developing the physique’ than just ‘size’. It is a part to be sure, but other things play a part as well particularly if one wishes to compete. Lets keep perspective.
The guy in the picture YOU posted is NOT proportional. His legs outsize everything else on him. Somehow, this is ok to you as you nitpick others who actually want muscles that stand out AND are proportional.
If developing a proportional physique was truly top priority to you, this would stand out to you as well as a representation of what you do NOT want.
No one here is simply talking about being big with no consideration for proportion at all.
Pro shows have, for the last 5 years or more, moved away from simply awarding all out mass for the sake of mass (ie. Markus Rhul). That doesn’t mean that they aren’t still looking for BIG muscles. It does mean they are now back to making sure the guy who wins actually looks esthetic.[/quote]
Engaging in discussion and offering opinion is not nitpicking, it is one of the reasons for this msg board. My origninal response was to the poster who stated that someone at 6 ft and 175lbs is a ‘terrible bodybuilder’. I’ve demonstrated that is not always the case.
Now it can still be considered subjective but in my opinion my example has an exceptional physique. Is there room for improvement? Yes, but then that can be said with most.
The fact that he has not only placed but won his division in multiple international contests in one of the largest natural associations places him well above the normal. Without intentionally trying to offend anyone, it is more than most here have or ever will accomplish. I respect him for that.