Is Bodybuilding a Dysfunctional Vanity Sport?

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Those on the extreme side of the form versus function debate claim that bodybuilding is “a completely dysfunctional sport of pure vanity.” I was recently a guest on the Fitcast show for the 3rd time and hosts Kevin Larrabee and Leigh Peele brought me on to talk about natural bodybuilding, dispel bodybuilding myths and explain the virtues of the natural way to physique development. All bodybuilding, fitness, figure and physique athletes should check out this 5-minute audio clip from the show…

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Related links

Leigh Peele
www.FatLossTroubleshooter.com

The Fitcast Show
www.TheFitCast.com

Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle: Fat Burning Secrets of Bodybuilders and Fitness Models
www.BurnTheFat.com

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August 29, 2009

Lee @ 12:08 pm #

Godd answer, Tom. I think the whole “bodybuilding is pure vanity” reaction can be boiled down to the fact that people who have made the lifestyle decision to not work out or watch their nutrition basically feel quite uncomfortable when confronted with a person who has taken action and shows results by their figure.
It’s far easier to express insecurity by making negative comments than face up to the fact that you have been neglecting your own health.

August 30, 2009

For some it is. For others it’s a business venture, using their bodies as a marketing tool. And there are also those that do it for health reasons.

October 1, 2009

AlexHK @ 1:05 pm #

I am in it for health reasons. I actually got involved by coincidence, using Tom’s Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle ebook. For more than 2 years I am now eating and training like a 100% natural bodybuilder.
It turned my life around in many ways: I went from 23% to below 10% bodyfat due to motivation, nutrition and workouts. Health improved drastically. Bad cholesterol (LDL), good cholesterol (HDL) and triglycerides were all in the red before I started. Now they are in the optimal ranges and I definitely look and feel a lot better than I ever did before. I’ve also inspired family and friends to join this adventure just because I look and act a lot different nowadays.

January 15, 2010

stasik @ 8:56 pm #

Vanity is due to ego, and everyone’s ego is manifested in different ways. To BB’s its bigger muscles, to a sprinter, its the time on the clock when he is done his sprint.
My story is damn near identical to what AlexHK listed, Tom’s book is invaluable nutritional information for anyone who is starting out a nutritional lifestyle change.
Thanks a lot!
~Stasik

March 1, 2010

Restore @ 10:58 pm #

I am in it for health reasons. I actually got involved by coincidence, using Tom’s Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle ebook. For more than 2 years I am now eating and training like a 100% natural bodybuilder.
Thanks!

June 1, 2010

Anabolic Board @ 7:50 pm #

Of course link anything else there are a few crazies involved, but that doesn’t make the whole area of activity dysfunctional or only done but ego maniacs.

September 9, 2010

Without doubt it is for some, however some just enjoy the lifestyle and for health. Personally for me, I love the lifestyle!

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