Mens sana in corpore sano
A blog about a plethora of physical activities and the mind
Post include body building, MMA, pole dancing, endurance sports, nudity, random fun physical experiences
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Now that I got your attention with my title…
I’m calling this one Tasteful Nudity in Art
Literal Body Sculpting (to match the theme of my blog)
There’s going to be a lot of pictures here for your viewing pleasure. I love nudity in art. And I’m very body centric. Two fantastic things.
I had the pleasure of going to France this past week. And although I was not a fan of the food at all, I was fortunate to see many famous nude art pieces.
Egyptian bodies from the Louve.:
From the Italian artist Michaelangelo, we have the Dying Slave:
I neglected to get more information about this piece…However fighting and nudity? Win.
Nude French sculptures from the garden of Versaille:
And now we have 3 Shades from French sculptor Rodin:
There’s a Dali museum in France as well as Spain. Here are some of my favorite women sculptures. I liked his artwork the best because they all went deeper than just a form/just pure beauty.
I was in Greece in 2011 and unfortunately photography was prohibited in the Acropolis museum. Fortunately the French took some of the Greek sculptures and put them in the Louve so here’s one picture with the Aphrodite:
Winged Venus of Samothrace
Of course, many of the most famous ones are still in Greece. Here’s the best thing I got-myself with a replica sculpture in a Greek metro station:
My Figure Drawings
But enough with the famous pieces, here’s a blurb about my work-
And I’ll leave you with a picture I drew while I was at my first figure drawing workshop. The subject was man roughly in his late 60s. Drawing live is so much better than attempting from a flat photograph. Despite having been interesting in figure for a while, this was my first time at a workshop:
Here are two 20 minute poses using black pen on paper.
I went to a nude resort by myself the other day. And like always, I have a couple of thoughts on this topic.
On the concept itself:
First of all, when you hear the word nude, do not get your panties in a bunch. It is absolutely not a wild or*y. There are places like that, but definitely not the place I went to recently. If you can’t read this post as a mature adult, please X out of the screen now. I had debated actually making a post about my experience, but then I decided, I’m really not doing anything “wrong.” So if you are a recruiter that somehow found my blog site, I hope you’re not judging me for going to a nude non-sexual resort. Thank you and please read on.
Why I was there:
Sometimes I fantasize about living an alternative lifestyle or leaving this mundane but safe path I’ve taken.
Let me clarify-I wasn’t there to scout for meat. I wasn’t there to oogle. I was simply there to experience something new. I was also there to free myself from the mundane, straight jacket lifestyle of the corporate world. And I wanted to physically relax. Sometimes clothing is just physically uncomfortable-the tight clothes, underwire in the bra, the heels. I went there wearing zero makeup, zero jewelry. I believe real nudity is when you’re not trying to impress anyone and you are as natural as can be.
I chose to go to a resort rather than beach because I wanted the safety of a community. If my friend’s plans didn’t change, I would have wound up at the beach with a few other girls. But one girl traveling by herself will probably get too much unwanted attention from a beach setting since there is no real supervision from it being an open space.
The other part of me is not that crazy because f*ck no, I would not go nude unless I was in a controlled environment because I wouldn’t want to be “improper.”
What was Going on in my Mind:
Going nude is easy when no one is looking, but I thought I would just naturally throw it off without even thinking because this was a controlled environment. It still took me a little bit to feel ready to do it. I felt my heart pounding, not because I was nervous or self conscious what others would think of my body…It was more like, I feel like I’m doing something bad. That’s what you just have to say f&ck it, just f&cking do it because no body gives a $hit.
On the specific resort:
I went to a nudist resort called Goodland in northwestern New Jersey. Overall, I think it was a nice facility but certainly not for everyone.
The average age of the patrons-60 years and I’m not exaggerating. People were nice & respectful and it seemed to be the culture there that everyone knew everyone. I was not upset that the patrons were of a different age bracket, since it’s widely assumed that areas with too many young guys equals trouble. If you’re just trying to relax in a safe place, this will do it.
Although I said I wasn’t going for the view, I was not at all impressed with the view. There were still some parts I couldn’t get used to. And many times, I felt like there were things I just really didn’t want to see, as in I wanted others to cover up. I do honestly feel bad for thinking this, but I mean nothing offensive by it. I attribute the feeling to a bodily reflex.
I’m glad I got to experience this. The first time it was interesting since it was so new and foreign to me. Honestly speaking, I don’t think I’d go back any time soon. After a while, it’s kind of like…ok so I’m naked, who cares? It’s not that big of a deal to be in clothes or not to be. If I lived closer to one, I’d probably go just to chill, but I wouldn’t make the 2 hr hike just for that, unless I was going with people I was really close with.
I’d say many of the moves take a certain level of athletic ability and some take much more skill/practice to achieve. In this entry, I’ll showcase a few of the cooler looking beginner to intermediate moves. It gives people a chance to practice with something that can be obtained without going insane with expert moves just yet. If you haven’t gotten at least a little bit of instruction or haven’t been pumping iron recently, don’t try these moves just yet. What’s great about this activity is you can master random moves pretty quickly. However, safety comes first so know your limits. I created a table (which isn’t showing up well on here) along with the descriptions relisted by the pictures to describe the kind of workout you can get some select moves. Enjoy!
Name of Move: Flag
Prerequisite/ Warm ups: Suspend yourself vertically with use of both wrists & legs split to work on wrist strength/grip
Description: Suspend your self horizontally like a “flag” and then start peddling your legs. More advanced people can keep the elbows away from the body
Type of Move: Hold
Athleticism Used: balance, strength
Muscles Engaged: [Bicep, shoulders, tricep] to lift/hold, legs (to kick), abs (to stabilize)
Tips: Rest your body on your elbow to support yourself. However, this can be pretty straining on the wrists so don’t over do it
Name of Move: Basic Butterfly
Prerequisite/ Warm ups: While standing, lift self with arms while legs are suspended
Description: Lift yourself up and flip upside down as you reposition your legs to grip the pole as well
Type of Move: Invert
Athleticism Used: balance, grip
Muscles Engaged: Bicep (to pull up), legs (for the hold)
Tips: When going upside down for the first times, make sure you have a spot or else it can get dangerous
Name of Move: Iguana
Prerequisite/ Warm ups: Headstands on the pole
Description: Start from the kneeling and end up with your legs in the air and head upside down
Type of Move: Mount, Invert
Athleticism Used: grip, flexibility (arm), hand eye coordination (leg/pole)
Muscles Engaged: Shoulders (for the mount)
Tips: Your hands are the only thing keep you from crashing, make sure you are holding on tightly
Name of Move: Side
Prerequisite/ Warm ups: Normal climb up
Description: Instead of climbing in one direction, climb from the side
Type of Move: Climb
Athleticism Used: coordination (between hands and legs)
Muscles Engaged: Bicep (to pull up), legs (to pull up), abs (crunch motion upward)
Tips: Depending if you feel like your arms or legs are relatively stronger, use that muscle group to get yourself up
Name of Move: Brass Monkey
Prerequisite/ Warm ups: Kick into Invert
Description: Start standing and kick your legs back to hold onto the pole
Type of Move: Mount, Invert
Athleticism Used: hand eye coordination (legs/pole), balance, positioning
Muscles Engaged: Shoulders (for the mount), legs (for the hold)
Tips: Watch where you are kicking your leg up to make sure you don’t go crashing into the pole
Name of Move: Hook
Prerequisite/ Warm ups: Fireman spin, inside knee spin
Description: Pick up from speed and twirl around with the whole body linked to the pole
Type of Move: Spin
Athleticism Used: speed, positioning(high/parallel enough to spin)
Muscles Engaged: Abs (to hug around the pole), shoulders (hold body in place)
Tips: You need to pick up a little bit of speed or else you won’t spin anymore. Keep your abs as close to the pole as possible to spin smoothly
Sport Pole Purchases:
The one I’m using in the pictures in located in my apartment. Be careful when buying these devices. If you go too cheap, you could end up hurting yourself. However, if you don’t plan on spinning/inverting, a cheap $100 one from Spencers may be enough to just dance around. I got mine from Xpole.com. This was one around $300, but definitely sturdy and well put together. Some are made from different materials which can make your grip better or worse. Some are also skinnier than others which can be useful if you have smaller hands. Some are made to spin while others are more stationary. It all depends on your preferences.
Start date: May 21
Competition date: July 28
Update: June 17
How to Fit in the Time
I work a 40 hour a week office job. Afterwards like many normal people, I am mentally tired and not in the mood. I drive to the gym immediately as I leave the office and many times am literally yawning on the drive over. But what other time do I have? My career has nothing to do with my hobbies/passions unfortunately. Naturally I don’t get in as much training as I would like, but here’s what I’ve been trying to squeeze in to prep for this competition.
Day 6-Cardio or Rest
I’ve been told I’m supposed to have more cardio. Once I get some more energy and more accustomed to the schedule/closer to competition time, I will amp it up.
This is seriously the most irritating part. I don’t think I was ever a *junk eater*, although professionals in the body building industry would probably consider it since they have to be such picky eaters. Either ways, I was definitely never a *clean eater* and even now I’m still struggling. But I am making a conscious effort to eat cleaner. My trainer gave me a meal plan that has almost zero carbs…I’m not sure how I feel about this. I went carbless for most of one day and then had an intense workout. I felt sick/about to pass out from lack of energy. My personal opinion is that carbs should be limited because of the insulin spike. However, heavy activity needs energy.
I’ve been going sans alcohol recently too. Some of my friends think it’s just because of this competition. That’s what sparked the change, but I realize there are multiple reasons I’m less interested in drinking these days and most of the time (unless I’m upset), I usually don’t feel temptation to drink. The other reasons I changed this lifestyle: I have enough fun dancing crazy without alcohol, I am at high risk of acting obnoxious/embarrassing when I drink, increase risk of stupid decisions, my stomach is weak and alcohol literally is killing my stomach lining, it messes up my eating patterns because i need drunk food, I have enough vices as it is and don’t need more. One of the biggest reasons is the recovery time. I’m not so much concerned about calories as I see I just don’t have the time that I did my senior year in college to just spend the morning/afternoon taking it easy. There’s just too much stuff I need to get done.
The most important days of diet are the two weeks leading up to the competition. And right now I feel like I’m prepping myself for the hell aka no carb week that will be. After this is over, I still continue to eat relatively clean-the biggest reason being my digestive system feels a lot better with clean eating. It’s not just all about the way things look out the outside.
As with many of my other hobbies, I’m yet again flying solo, shooting in the dark and it stinks sometimes (a lot of times). I went to the NAGA tournament, my first official tournament without my coach/team. I had a friend and his family for support but they were there for him and not me so when it came time for this one match, I was fighting this girl with no one in the vicinity. All I could hear were the cheers for her and it was daunting, not going to lie.
Apparently many girls do these competitions in teams. I’m working with one trainer who isn’t a specialized a body building coach. I’ve searched everywhere for posing seminars in my area and for some reason, I’m really struggling to make connections. I know of people who compete in bikini but I really don’t have any friends that do this. These aspects make my experience a little bit daunting, but I won’t let it stop me. If I have to youtube videos to pose and go with a mirror, that’s what i’m going to do. Although my trainer isn’t checking up on me when he’s not with me as much as I would prefer him to, I still appreciate the 1v1 sessions we do have and I will try to take as much out of it as possible.
Eh. I didn’t realize how expensive this experience was going to be…So the direct costs include…
The Prep: Private Training, Supplements (mostly whey protein, flax seed oil, multivitamin, amino acid), cleaner food
The wear: Suit (110), Shoes (60), Tan (20)
Pictures of me in the suit (Pictures intentionally blurry to not give the grand finale away):
The Competition: Entry fee (25), NGA card (45), Polygraph (40)
I wrote this out for anyone interested in competing and curious about the barebones of how much it will cost. There were ways I could have spent more money-such as on the joining a team with a more rigid training program. At this point, I don’t want to go crazy with my wallet in sometime I’m trying for the first time. We’ll see how it goes.
Key Take Aways From this Training Experience
I see muscle differently now. I admit when I used to see it on guys, I’d think…gosh, what a dumb meathead. It’s true some of the people are dumb, but it’s not nice to stereotype. I have to give props for them for working so hard. My perception has changed. If I’m a scrawny Asian girl with muscles, I feel like men have no excuse not to be more jacked. What I realize by looking at a guy is where his priorities lie. Some dudes just care more about how they look than others and there is nothing wrong with either-just personal preference.
So this part is relevant to everyone, whether interested in competing or not:
I think for females, getting close to a bikini competition ready body is very possible. Figure and body building might require a different level however. For bikini, the muscle tone is achievable through much hard work at the gym and eating right. And since it’s more about discipline & exercise than strategy & skill, I believe in the women of this world that it is possible if you want it bad enough. Read my entry on skill versus exercise:
Weight training-Women are stronger than they think. They’re afraid of getting too bulky. There’s a thing called *toning* and that means light weights and more reps. More reps, meaning 15-20 reps. This doesn’t mean you pick up a 2lb and stop curling at 20x, yet you know you could do it 100x. If you can rep more than 20x, that weight is doing nothing. You’re not getting toned, you’re wasting your time. Instead pick up the 5lb and do it 20 times. That still fits the description of light weights and more reps.
You will not become SheHulk:
The other 23 hrs-The time you spend in the gym is great and all but it’s not the only solution. Your sleep schedule, your diet, your stress levels all impact how your body will look and feel so stay healthy all around.
Kiss my Abs-If you look at my schedule, you don’t see a specific day for abs. That’s because I don’t do them, as in I don’t target them specifically. I may do abs if the instructor tells us to during the cardio class. Otherwise, it’s not necessary. In many of the other exercises, you are full engaging your core-the ab section that you end up indirectly working them all the time anyways.
Exercise vs skill
I was a having a conversation with a friend the other day about exercise versus skill. And one of the many reasons I lost interest in training in MMA was because the pressures of perfecting a skill got to me. In no way am I saying body building doesn’t require hard work. It involves crazy discipline to push to the max and to eat boring foods. However, it doesn’t require skill. And for now, it’s working for me. After a long day at work, I don’t feel like thinking, but I still have the ability to rack up the weight. Jujitsu required me to really focus on my strategy, thinking of my next move. And sometimes that could get really frustrating and make me tired just thinking or remembering what the instructor had just taught us a few seconds ago. It took a lot more attention and patience. I like strength training because you are able to do what the instructor says immediately. Anyone can do the motion, but of course some dig deeper than others. With fighting, many times you won’t be able to get the motion down immediately. MMA is a skill that takes years to really understand and I admit I lost my patience and wanted results faster. I did not get that immediate gratification that I get when I *exercise*. That’s why parts of me is really happy taking a break from MMA, I don’t feel quite as stressed. However, sometimes I really miss learning a skill. I haven’t practiced BJJ since March/kickboxing since April. I opted out of the other grappling tournaments in March/April because I felt like I was well prepped at the time. At the moment I’ve chose looks over application and it’s working for me, but I’m coming back to my gi soon enough after I cross the body building bikini competition off my bucket list.
(Monique Minton Ricardo-absolute badass & knockout. IFBB Bikini Pro & BJJ brown belt. I don’t know how she’s able to be so good at these two things, but I’m totally envious and in awe.)
As I’ve said before, plans can/will change, especially if you’re me and you get drawn in very easily. I’ve modified it since 1/26/12. For reference, this was my plan back then http://thetigress.tumblr.com/post/16554939466/competition-performance#notes
And here is it now:
Delaware half marathon
Training for body building-bikini
Body Building-Bikini Division NGA Philly
Try a month of Crossfit
Go back to BJJ training
*Lonely looking gi I only wore once. :( *
Tough Mudder DC
Baltimore Full Marathon
I always tell people to keep track of your fitness goals and quantify them. And if you can write down your progress, that’s even better. I started a little work out diary last week to remind myself of what I need to do on certain days and what I actually did, along with what I ate that day.
*Messy looking notebook but I’m working on it and attempting to eat cleaner*
I signed onto Fitocracy but haven’t updated any of my workouts. Track your routine and your friends at this online fitness community-fitocracy.com.
There’s been a lot of buzz about zombies/apocalyptic world.
I’ve decided to make my own zombie survival work out/tips. Apparently there’s an actual boot camp http://www.zombiesurvivalcourse.com/. I can’t provide tips on that survival outside of physical activities since I really don’t know much about hot wiring cars or sewing myself back together. There’s one workshop on Aug 25 in South Jersey. If you’re trying to go with me, let me know.
Running-Sometimes the best weapon is your two legs. Just run. Start off with a treadmill. Work your way to pavement and then to the woods because you never know where you may be. Read about my half marathon experience:
Biking-When everyone else’s cars are parked in the way and you need to weave through quickly, cycling can be useful. But keep in mind that if you’re trying to travel cross country, a bicycle may not cut it. Read about my triathlon experience: http://thetigress.tumblr.com/post/17249153888/triathlon
Shooting range-This one is obvious, know how to use a gun. Practice at a local range with a paper target or a moving target. I’ve only tried skeet shooting and the gun range once.
Arrows-Guns make too much sound and bullets can’t be used. Last time I shot an arrow was a Ren Fest, but I’m sure there are better places to practice.
Baseball-Work on your swing. I’d recommend a batting cage so you can work on your hand eye coordination. Just imagine it’s a zombie’s head and you have to swing quick.
Sword play-Baseball swings are useful, but they can’t slash the way swords can. You’ll need swords for something quieter than a gun, closer distance than an arrow can provide, and sharper than a bat. Read about my fencing experience here: http://thetigress.tumblr.com/post/16553824332/fencing
Obstacle courses-These are everywhere these days. 5k mud runs are pretty popular now. It’s a good way to practice. There’s a zombie run in October in Baltimore. I might participate in it just for the zombies: Runforyourlife.com. Read about my mud run obstacle course here: http://thetigress.tumblr.com/post/15799615474/obstacle-courses
Climbing walls-Check out your local rock climbing area. This picture was taken at my college’s wall. Yeah, I couldn’t get all the way up when it was taken. It’s good to work on this practical skill if you’re trying to climb to avoid zombies. This leaves the forearms pretty shot, great conditioning for your arms.
Parkour-I’ve never tried this activity and sad to say that is not me in the picture below, but this is probably one of the more realistic in a real world survival situation. Parkour is the art of the most efficient movement around obstacles.
Hand to Hand combat-If you have to get close to a zombie, knowing some kind of fighting is good. I wouldn’t suggest BJJ since you don’t want to touch the flesh eaters. Kicks will probably be your best bet because you can create distance. Practice with a partner on pads or on a punching bag. Read about my kickboxing experience here: http://thetigress.tumblr.com/post/21508168428/kickboxing-match
Cross fit-I’m mentioning this one because it’s a total body workout. I know it’s been criticized as just an exercise and not a sport, but as far as survival goes, I think cross fitters are in the highest percentage of athletes that will survive a disaster like this. Unless you go to a gym that has arrows, bats, guns, walls, fighting, you will most likely have to settle for a gym without all that equipment. Cross fit is the next best option for prepping your body.
My Favorite Zombie media-Walking Dead, 28 days Later, 28 Months later, Resident Evil
A well conditioned body, street smarts, and luck will be your most useful tools in surviving the zombies. Good luck.
First attempt at painting myself as an Avatar. I was missing some items for the complete but not too shabby first attempt. I had a friend help with my back, which was much appreciated, but otherwise painted myself.
For anyone that’s curious about painting themselves-
It was a lot of fun to attempt to paint myself. Note to self, put more layers of paint on the body next time. I was looking not very opaque at times. Also, try to move the sponge in one direction. A roller might be a very good investment for smoother and faster application. I was using $4 body paint tubes from Party City. I used a little more than 3.4oz tube for my body and used a different blue cream for the face. The details came from a small pink cream tube. I also got a small sponge and brush from Party City for the application. The white bikini was an old item that I was willing to get blue for this project.
Comic Con is definitely a good time. Fun costumes, although I feel like more people should have dressed up. A lot of celebrities to take pictures with if you’re willing to pay for it. Cheap comics for sale and original collections available. A lot of great artwork and different styles. There were many different vendors selling all sorts of random comic related memorabilia. I’m very excited about my She Hulk shirt, which I think is appropriate for all the strength training I’ve been doing. I also purchased a Batman shotglass and Harley Quinn glassware for my glass collection.
That’s all I have for now. I posted just a handful of pictures-Enjoy
I’ve been out of college for a year, proud U of Maryland alumni and the part I miss most is the plethora of random free/almost free activities. Maryland is a large state school, but I’m sure smaller campuses have random activities going on as well. Here are just a handful of running around activities taken my senior year. None of them get too physical, but they are not your traditional sitting around or drinking gigs. So keep your eyes open!
Undie Run-Run around in your underwear with your friends. Give up some clothing for charity. All in all, fun times. What better excuse to show up in your undies?
Holi-Tag your friends with paint. For this Indian holiday, you run around and throw paint at your friends to celebrate the beginning of spring.
Gyroscope-I took these pictures during Israel day on campus. We got strapped into these harnesses on the gyroscope and then spun around for a few minutes. Make sure you go on an empty stomach. I was a little dizzy afterwards.
Hope you found this interesting. It just goes to show you how you can stay physical without doing a real work out. These are just different ways to expand, try something new, and keep your body moving.
I’ve talked a lot about the parts that make up the body, but not so much of what goes on it.
“The body is the only thing that we carry with us from the moment we are born until the moment we die.”
If we’re going to carry it with us, might as well make it pretty.
I have a dilemma at times because skin is beautiful but so is ink. At this point, I have no desire for any more body modifications, but for a while I was extremely interested in the topic. I did go to the Philly Tattoo Convention back in February. A lot of people getting inked at booths. Way too many different artists to pick from. A lot of vendors selling tattoo related prints, clothing, and misc items. A lot of entertainers risking their safety for our entertainment.
For anyone that plans on getting anything, here are my two cents in a snap shot. For whatever you get done, make sure it’s in a safe clean spot. It’s potentially life at stake. Here are my two cents:
Piercings: Get it done at a tattoo shop. Places in the malls use cheap guns that you could buy yourself at a beauty shop and then shoot yourself. I’ve shot myself with a gun before, it ended up being okay, but I don’t recommend it. I got my navel pierced while standing up at a shop in Taiwan. And I watched the penetration and fainted. I know, so hardcore I am. And if anyone has questions regarding intimate body piercings, feel free to message me and we can discuss offline. At one point, I had 13 holes through my ears and body. I’m pretty much piercing free now except for two regular ear holes and one rook.
Tattoos: Tattoos can get really expensive and really permanent. I don’t regret any of mine…However, if it had to be redone, I wouldn’t have wanted a cloudy background for my Oriental style dragon. At this point, I’m not interested in getting any more work done. So- a real quick summary. Yes, they hurt, but some places more than others. The more you move, the more it hurts. It will itch, but don’t scratch. Don’t let it get sun burnt. Keep it lubricated even after it heals. The end.
The photographer is Inkfared, except the one in color.
Back in the day, summer 2008, I did a photoshoot with an airbrush artist for a carshow. I don’t remember much of the experience except that it was really hot in the garage and I was coated with stickiness.
I’m going to Comic Con Philly this weekend and I plan on going as an Avatar character. This is going to be my first time attempting to paint myself. We’ll see how this goes…I’ve been watching some YouTube videos, got some paint from Party City. I’m ready to go!
I’m planning on doing a body competition in July-bikini division. I’m heavily involved with physical activity but I really have no experience with body building so do not give me crap if I’ve misunderstood something. Here’s MY opinion:
Bikini-I totally respect their hard bodies, but the other side thinks…The idea of parading around in a bikini with fake breasts, fake tans, and dehydration doesn’t sound like that appealing to me. However, I know that’s not all there is. These girls work really hard for their bodies…most parts except the fake breasts. It’s ironic that they can have those. Of course they are told they are not getting graded on those, but I’m sure it helps to the overall image or else no one would get them. I also understand that after losing a certain amount of body fat, there’s just no fat left.
These are the smallest women out of the ones in body building. I’ve read some threads that criticize bikini as a stepping stone for women who can’t do real work. I don’t agree with the haters, but I can see where they are coming from. It does look much more difficult to win a figure/body competition than bikini just because women can’t build up muscle as easily. And for the women that are afraid to lift weights because they think they’ll get too bulky, that is hilarious. Women building muscle is not easy so don’t worry! It takes work.
I am really most interested in entering fitness because there’s an actual routine involved. At this point though, there’s a lot of work that can’t be done in a few months. The acrobatics and strength are really incredible to watch but this is later down the road.
In general, the idea of being judged on something so subjective can seem silly to me. However, I think it is for a good cause. This is to promote a healthier lifestyle of working out and eating well. Win or lose, I would try not to take it too personally. Maybe for the amateurs I can see a true “winner”. Only because amateurs look different since anyone can enter the contest. The pros look pretty much the same from a distance, but closer up you can see the nuances.
The thought of the competitors being their weakest on competition day sounds funny to me too…since athletes are usually at peak performance. I understand they need to be dehydrated for the muscles to really pop and blah blah blah.
What I think is great about this activity is how it really opens up the door to many people. Similar to endurance sports like marathon running or triathlons, bodybuilding isn’t limited to young people or people that have been training their entire lives. There is pain involved, but it’s doesn’t include the combative or acrobatic type of risk that can really injure a person. Body competitions can take over a person’s whole lifestyle, which can be a great thing when the person is eating and training better.
I was never a star athlete when I was younger. I’m not sure if it was a lack of passion or genetics, but I was never wowing anyone. My parents signed me up for swimming but I was never pushed by them or myself. I never did any of the team sports that involved a ball so I felt like I never got to get recognition as an athletic person. I tried track for a year in high school and that was pretty pathetic on my end. If I wanted to sign up to win some swimming contests now, my chances of doing well are pretty slim. It’s an activity that requires a very long time commitment to get to that level. And body transformations are effort too, but the time needed to get to a level is not quite as long. Good genetics help, but I’ve known of people who were fat or ultra skinny in high school and somehow they dug deep to enter one of these fitness competitions. Many props to them. Girls born skinny were born lucky, but girls that had to work for it are strong.
That’s all the blabber I have for now!
For reference, observe the differences: