What is the purpose of bodybuilding?
Bodybuilding, weight training and aerobic exercise increase self-esteem , improve your health and body, lift your mood, reduce stress and frustration, improve your sleeping patterns, distract your mind from worries and difficult life events and situations, help you gain control of your life, body and mind.
Why do bodybuilders exist?
It’s natural for someone to want to compete for something. It’s been going on since the beginning of time. Another reason why people enter a bodybuilding contest is for self-satisfaction . They want compensation for all the hard work they put in the weight room.
Many people are intimated by the term, bodybuilder, as they immediately think of a very muscular man that poses and flexes on stage. This is a competitive bodybuilder. A competitive bodybuilder can be a man or woman. They work very hard to build an aesthetically pleasing body that is also symmetrical from top to bottom and front to back. Competitive bodybuilders compete in organizations such as the National Physique Committee, NPC, and the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness, IFBB. Competitive bodybuilders typically spend several hours a week in the gym working on their physique and follow very strict meal plans.
Would you believe that a bodybuilder can also be a woman who is trying to look her best for a beach vacation. Or a high school basketball player who wants to play college ball? Or a man in his fifties who wants to be strong enough to chase after his grandkids.
In fact, most bodybuilders will never step on stage to compete, nor do they intend to. Anyone who spends time and energy trying to improve their body is a bodybuilder.
Bodybuilding is more than lifting heavy weights to make your muscles grow as big as possible. While, yes this is a component, bodybuilding is the effort exerted by any individual who is working to build a better body.
What is considered a ‘better body’ depends on the individual. Regardless of your goal, if you have a physical goal and you work to achieve that goal through proper diet and exercise, you are bodybuilding.
Bodybuilding requires dedication, hard work and commitment. It is a lifestyle. Anyone can work to improve their body to look and feel better. Anyone who is also willing to work hard and eat a proper balanced diet is considered a bodybuilder!
So, do not let the word bodybuilder intimidate you. If you have a goal in mind of what you want to look like, you CAN achieve this goal. I will not tell you it is going to be easy and it will require time, dedication and hard work. But you can build the body you have always wanted!