The Art of Bodybuilding

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There’s a lot written, and rightly so, about the science of bodybuilding. Anyone who thinks they can just go into a gym and swing the heaviest weight around they can find and look like Arnold Schwarzenegger is kidding themselves.

Understanding muscle contraction, the endocrine system and a thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology are the basics for anyone who is serious about bodybuilding.

But that’s not what we want to talk about tonight.. We want to put aside science tonight. Yes, we understand that proportions in certain ratios are pleasing, that’s obvious. Remember though, the judges at a competitions don’t have tape measures or callipers. They use the two most important tools they have-their eyes and their aesthetic sense.

Always remember, bodybuilding is an art form. Its moulding and sculpting the body to create something that is truly beautiful. It’s knowing where to bring the delts out to and how big the calves need to be to give that perfect proportion. Think about detail in the back- the mark of a great bodybuilder; getting the infraspinatus to pop out to give the back distinction, not just size. A swimmer has a big back; a bodybuilder has a beautiful back.

Any idiot can train the bits they see in the mirror, but a bodybuilder knows how to create that perfect balance. A bodybuilder also knows which parts not to train, (or at least overdevelop). In short, it comes down to a question of good taste and an innate understanding of beauty.



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  • Walter Glover

    Your blog post is charged with an oft overlooked reality that: although largely physical, body building (as opposed to other exercise regimes) must be a fusion between physical effort and an equally engaged sense of aesthetics through design and proportion.
    Culturally our sense of perceived beauty has been forged by the art of the Ancient Greeks who depicted bodies of a perfection unattainable at the time. Anthropologists maintain that the society and climate of the era could not sustain such lean and defined human form but by depicting humans with such finely honed development made them god-like, something to be admired and venerated.
    I suggest that at that time the notion of modern man began to emerge and develop. Over the time since then we have applied the aesthetics in varying ways, at times taking matters to excess – never more noticeably than in this current era of cosmetic surgery and implants.
    As an artist, I live a life obsessed with the celebration of beauty in all its forms and, with body builders, beauty attains a pinnacle of achievement depicting the beauty of both the BODY and the MIND.

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