Synonymous with the likes of Ronnie Coleman, Dexter Jackson, Phil Heath, Kai Greene, Franco Columbu, and AAAAAAAAAHNOLD.
Bodybuilders are known for their incredibly lean and vascular bodies. They are known for their increased muscle mass. They are known for eating all the pop tarts and donuts. And perhaps, they are known for living like Omar Epps since they got the juice.
Everything that encompasses a stereotypical bodybuilder is something not everyone wants to be associated with and while language is key when discussing ANY topic, I think now is time to break the mold of the stereotypical view of bodybuilders because guess what?
You’reÂ a bodybuilder.
It blows myÂ mindÂ when people say, “I don’t want to be a bodybuilder” as they enter their fitness journey to reach whatever goal it is. Again, language is used to communicate the same idea to someone but now is a good time to give this stigma a rest.
One may be looking to lose fat or build muscle or become more athletic or more explosive. One may simply want to be able to carry a ton of groceries in one trip from the car to the house or be able to play with kids and/or grandkids.
Regardless of the goal, there is a way to reach a desired effect and guess what? It requires you to build your body.
It requires you to make it stronger and better than it’s current state.
It requires you to train your muscles and get get stronger as well as increase ranges of motion to their max ability in a pain-free fashion.
Let’s not get it confused, bodybuilders look the way they do through diet first and foremost. There are TONS of people out there who actually train very hard and smart but don’t reach the level of body fat competitors do. Why? Because it may not be a desire and/or it’s simply HARD.
Getting to competition leanness is down-right hard and many people never reach it because of the sacrifice it actually takes.
So let’s knock down this wall first. While bodybuilders train a certain way to achieve an aesthetic goal, “looking like a bodybuilder” really is achieved through diet, takes an incredible amount of training and discipline, and unless you have a structured training and nutrition plan to sanely reach said goal, you most likely won’t look like the next elite bodybuilder you reference to when you say you don’t want to be one.
Next, moving past aesthetic goals in to athletic goals.
Love to run marathons and tired of the cranky knees and ankles? Want fast times? Body build, especially the posterior chain (glutes, hamstrings, calves).
Love to play sports such as basketball, soccer, football, and baseball? Need to transition up and down the court or field faster? Need to throw the ball further and/or with more ZING!? Body build.
Let’s not forget about the heart. A 10-20 minute low-intensity session of walking after you lift 1-2 days/weekly won’t ruin your gains and without a strong heart, you won’t be training long. On top of that, a short aerobic day can help with overall recovery and your ability for better work capacity.
Again, it comes down to building the body
No matter your athletic goals, you are still building your body to perform better.
Lastly, moving from athletic goals to “life” goals.
I will use one example as their are countless examples to use.
While I was training, Kevin and I were talking about an older lady who he had been training. Whereas I’m the young gun that loves training like a rockstar and getting HYPED, Kev definitely can connect to the older population better than I can (Lol, and you’re not even much older than me). This, however, helps me learn more because what he said to me made sense and opened my eyes a bit.
We were talking about this client who is in her 70’s(?) and just loves to fish. Grip strength is going, overall body strength is going, stability is going and if you want to catch a shark around the Hamptons … or maybe something smaller, you’ve got to be strong.
She was working something as simple as rope pulls (similar in motion to how she may reel in a fish) and he provided the resistance. It challenged her and made her feel good to accomplish.
At the same time, her body is being overloaded. When you move weight and you overload the muscle, what is the end result?
You get stronger.
What is she doing? She is building her body. She is doing so in her 70’s.
Everyone has their own goal. You are either an advanced trainee or beginner.
No matter where you sit on the scale, you will want (and need) to get stronger and better.
Get rid of the stigma.
You are in fact, a bodybuilder.