Why I Don't Like Bodybuilding
(And YOU Shouldn't Either)
Bodybuilding is the use of progressive resistance exercise to control and develop one's muscles by muscle hypertrophy for aesthetic purposes. As a focused endeavor it does not concern itself at all with function, as it's sole and solitary purpose is form - the appearance of the individual. There are many positive aspects that can come about as a result of bodybuilding: increased muscle strength and bone density as a potential side effect of resistance training, increased muscle size and body weight, and even heightened confidence and self-esteem!
To contrast that there are also a myriad of negative consequences that can occur as a result of immersion by an individual in the sport and even hobby side of bodybuilding. This dark side includes potential drug abuse, and ironic to my previous point, decreased confidence/self-esteem as well as body dysmorphia. It also seems to flame narcissistic personality tendencies in susceptible individuals. All told there are many issues with modern bodybuilding ideology and one's immersion inside of it. Today I list my top 3 reasons why I do not like the sport of bodybuilding and think that there are better ideologies to strive towards in the pursuit of one's health and fitness.
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