The Art of Bodybuilding

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.

Comments

comments

       

About The Author

Comments

  • By Walter Glover - on Reply

    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.

Leave A Comment

Recent Posts

 
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that whether it be drugs, alcohol, sex or food the nature of the addiction is the same. The behaviour is compulsive and the obsessions of the overeater are the same as the obsessions of an alcoholic. If you have a tendency to binge eat or use food
Your body works on a sodium-potassium exchange; It is estimated that you need a minimum of 500mg per day. The problem is the processed salt added to processed foods. So if your diet is clean and free of processed rubbish, adding salt can be a necessity. Salt and fat will bloat you, but simple sea
Caffeine has been demonised over the last few years and wrongfully so. It’s classed as a psychoactive drug and blocks the effects of adenosine which sends signals to your brain that you’re tired. This is why it makes you more alert. That mental clarity and focus is important when you train to enable you to
This could sound contradictory, but the two are not mutually exclusive. Yoga has so many benefits for the average bodybuilder, it’s unbelievable. Firstly stretching the fascia promotes muscle growth. Stretching the muscle fibres help contraction. Increased mobility allow you to work the muscles through a greater range of motion. Realigning the body is essential for
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
Arnold Schwarzenegger found out how strong he was shortly after he won his first Mr. Universe title. He was asked by a friend to hold a baby – he said after five minutes he thought his arms were going to drop off. The average mother holds her baby for hours every day and has an

ABOUT US

 

As Sydney’s longest standing gym we have developed an unbeatable reputation as a results orientated gym, our equipment and staff have been carefully selected to ensure that our members always have access the best service and fitness advice.

CONTACT US

 

Level 1, 160 Broadway

0451 076 281, (02) 9211 5068

inquiry@broadwaygym.com.au

STAFFED HOURS

 

7 Days : 10am – 8pm