Think tank fish wrote:
Did anybody see this? It features greg valentino who was interviewed on this site in an article called the “most hated man in bodybuilding”. This show pissed me off not because of greg valentino I along with 99% of the population think he looked like a freak but the way the entire show made bodybuilding look sadistic,evil and unhealthy when the majority of the world does’nt exercise enough and we have an obesity epidemic. What made me laugh was the fat mom getting anoyed at her son for wanting to be a bodybuilder when she’s probably on her way to a heart condition.
Anyone else see it?
You make some valid points.
However, it could be argued that professional Bodybuilding is “sadistic, evil and unhealthy.”
I don’t think many in the general public are able differentiate between “bodybuilding” as in lifting weights, and what the pro’s do.
At least that’s my read.
That doesn’t justify the ignorance or the media’s mis-representation of it. In all reality, I do follow bodybuilding and lost interest in “pro” (as in Olympia bound) bodybuilding a long time ago. I have all of Ronnie Coleman’s DVD’s, but that is mostly out of fascination than it is motivation because I don’t want to look like him.
I do focus on NPC contests which seems like the last stage before they take it to the farthest extreme. Instead of the media, or even many who call themselves bodybuilders, focusing on NPC contests and the like that are not in that realm, they CHOOSE to only focus on extremes.
This is exactly what was being argued in that ridiculous poll about who would you like to look like “Brad Pitt or Jay Cutler”. Who would see things in extremes like this when they don’t have to? That isn’t all that is out there and it isn’t even hard to find representations of the lesser gradients. All you have to do is LOOK.