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Arnold Schwarzenegger winning his Mr. Olympia title in 1980

Bodybuilding has always been a sport that has been seen as an underground cult like organization. People don’t really know it but bodybuilding is one of the hardest sports out there as well. There is a lot that goes into the sport, so having to diet and prep meals, the posing aspect of the sport and having to train very hard to the point that your muscles and bones want to break.

For me I see bodybuilding as an art being able to sculpt your body in the way that you want it too look. Being able to look at your body and see the tweaking that needs to be made as in seeing the different striations in the muscles and trying to expose them. Being able to judge yourself honestly and critique yourself to the point that you have to make yourself better.

For me a huge role model was Arnold Schwarzenegger, his era of bodybuilding has a very big impact on me as well. There was a movie called Pumping Iron that was dedicated towards the guys who competed in the 1970s against Arnold and Arnold’s story as well.

Bodybuilding isn’t just seen as being a big guy with muscles, that’s what most people think when they hear the term “bodybuilding”. Bodybuilding refers to an individual who is willing to change their lives for better even if it’s just for health or to change their physiques in a way that makes them happy. It’s just a way of staying fit and changing the way you want your body to look and perform.

There are many division in bodybuilding as well for example bodybuilding which is meant for big huge people, Men’s and Woman’s Physique and then there is fitness and bikini. But all these are categorized as just bodybuilding

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Danny Rivera, 23 year old fitness entrepreneur, Started his own fitness clothing company called Fang and Hammer Fitness).

Some People see bodybuilding in different perspectives, for example my good friend Danny Rivera  believes that bodybuilding is used for him to stay fit and lean all year round. Ever since he started bodybuilding he has changed his life to the way he wanted to look and stay very lean and aesthetic. I’ve asked Danny a few questions on his view on bodybuilding and why he loves it so much.

My first question to Danny was why do you love bodybuilding?

He replied to me by saying its a great way to relive stress and promote self confidence and prepare yourself for anything physically and mentally.

Another question I asked was how did you get into bodybuilding?

He replied by saying well my father grew up playing all kinds of sports and he would always be at the gym.  While Danny was growing up his dad would bring him to the gym and he would see some of the other guys and see what some of them could do. like how much weight they could move and how fast they could run or jump. That’s when he realized he wanted to start bodybuilding.

Next question I asked, was would you tell anyone who doesn’t body build to start bodybuilding?

Danny replied by saying anyone who isn’t really should start at least working out because in the end of the day that’s what bodybuilding is a form of training to transform the body in positive ways. In order to stay healthy we don’t just have to eat right but we also have to do some type of physical activity and you don’t have to have a gym membership in order to do it. You could by some cheap equipment (resistance bands, yoga ball, light dumbbells) and do it as well.

Danny and I have trained together many times and he specializes in fast agility work and lifting heavy weights.

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Asher Matthews, 6’5 235lb Bodybuilder

This is my good friend Asher Matthews but everyone just calls him Ash. He sees bodybuilding in a different aspect but loves it the same as anyone who is in the sport. I’ve asked him the same questions as Danny.

Why do you love bodybuilding?

He replied by saying it is a way of expressing yourself to show yourself and others to get over obstacles and showing people it is possible to achieve your goals. Also having the power to be able to change your life if you really want to, physically and mentally.

How did you get into bodybuilding.

He replied by saying that he got into bodybuilding in his mid 20s after having his young self go to parties and make irresponsible decisions. He one day started realizing that he didn’t want this kind of lifestyle and to grow up old and weak and not be able to maintain good health was starting to become a concern for him. So after that he dropped a lot of his old friends because they didn’t really accept him for his new lifestyle and he continued to grow and become a personal trainer.

Would you tell someone who doesn’t body build to start bodybuilding?

He answered by saying of course. He also mentioned how us as humans have incredible bodies and there is so much we can unlock physically and mentally, so why squander that ability and make it seem that it isn’t possible. Also that we only have one life so always push your limits and you would be shocked on what you can achieve from bodybuilding.

Speaking with these two have made me realized that bodybuilding is seen differently in others eyes and the definition of bodybuilding is what you want it to be as long as it has a positive outlook in fitness and in health. Bodybuilding is a growing sport and I hope to see it increase in the many years to come.

 

 

 

 

One thought on “Why Bodybuilders Love Bodybuilding So Much?

  1. Yannis,

    I think you wrote a great feature article! I wish I could be as passionate about exercise as you are. Anyway, here are some things I really liked about your article:
    –The pictures really help bring the story to life. They put a visual with the words.
    –I like your writing style. I feel like I was there with Danny and Asher during the interview.
    –The subject matter is great!

    As far as some suggestions to consider:
    –Now that I see how your article turned out, I think that maybe the question/answer interview writing might be more effective if the questions were seamlessly entwined with the writing. Let me know if you need clarification on this.

    Great work Yannis!

    Grade: A-

    Professor Burns

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