The Curse of Bodybuilding
When ever I tell people I bodybuild I am immediately put into a stereotypical model and am treated with less respect than if I told them I just exercise with weights. Among Americans it appears that bodybuilders are viewed as unintelligent, over testosterone driven, primitive neandrathal, steroid pumping freaks. Though this stereotype is pretty close to what is seen in most gyms across America, it doesn't mean that everyone who bodybuilds is a dumb, unconscious, primitive being. Believe it or not there are actually good guys out there that are intelligent, strong, ripped, and live a healthy life without taking drugs. I started weight lifting when I was twelve years old. Weight training helped me excel in my favorite sport-- baseball. I trained deligently for years and enjoyed all the benefits I received in and out of the gym. I noticed my body changing dramitically right before my eyes. When you train right and know how to eat correctly you feel a sense of well being that can not be duplicated by drugs or anything else. The self gratification of succeeding each workout is a big boost to self esteem. As well as, the health benefits are incredible. I competed in my first bodybuilding contest when I was 18 years old and did well. I competed not for the vanity of strutting my stuff on stage in a skimpy swim suit. I competed because I wanted to over come my fear of being in front of large crowds. I knew that if I was going to do well in college and life I had to overcome my fear of being in front of people for public speaking. I decided that I had confidence in body and that I could start with that. Bodybuilding contests helped me overcome my social fear. To me bodybuilding has never been about building an enormous ego or to show off among my peers for acceptance. To me bodybuilding is a lifestyle (a religion if you will) that I adopted and adhere to. I have dedicated my whole life to the pursuit of health and the preservation of creating positive energy in a world that is so negative. Unfortunately, our country has shifted into an unmoralistic, no values, hateful, junk food eating, drug abusing, primitive intelligence, Atheisitic, unconscious society. It is extremely hard for an individual to go through this life without resorting to negative behavior in some form. Junk food and drugs rule the land. If you are not apart of this negative world then you are considered abnormal or a freak. It takes tremendous strength and discipline to remain positive in today's society. This is very symbolic to what True Natural Bodybuilding is all about. As a True Natural Bodybuilder with a conscience, I , believe in the good of man and want to preserve the essence of the human experience in a healthy way not a medicated way. In my teen years I was alienated from my "friends" because I wanted to play sports and workout instead of doing drugs. I thought that after graduating high school that people would accept my way of life. I was wrong. People always try to tear down anything that is good in person. This is what our country is all about nowadays. So, when a person wants to take care of themselves in a positive way other people become jealous and frustrated with that. Misery loves company. Insecure people can't handle seeing positive people succeed. If someone looks good they are ridicule for looking too good. They are automatically labeled as conceeded, pretentious, shallow. Even if the person doesn't bother anyone and minds their own business they are still persecuted. Bodybuilding has become a way of pushing through all the garbage that people and this society has to offer. It is a way of keeping the true essence of the human experience alive and well. I have been cursed with bodybuilding. Because I have learned too much about how to take care of the body through exercise and nutrition that I can no longer relate to the common person who is always searching for the next greatest magical pill for changing their mind and/or body. It is hard to not live healthy once you have reaped the benefits of living a healthy life. Another problem is that if a guy with muscles works out in a tank top or sleeveless shirt they are viewed as "show offs" or "muscle heads". Or people will suggest that the guy is on steroids. It is better to wear a baggy shirt while working out rather than be looked at under the microscope of an ignorant gym peer.The curse of a bodybuilder is the fact they we cannot share our views and philosophy with people because we will be scrutinized and made fun of. The collective intelligence of America is not progressing it is regressing back into the primitive stages of life. All I can do is forge ahead and try to create as much positivity physically and emotionally. That is what True Natural Bodybuilding does for me.