I’ve had a lot of years of fitness. As a serious runner who experienced lots of knee injuries, I took up bodybuilding and trained with some of the top Bodybuilders in Britain. After watching the Olympics a thought popped into my head… Can we actually consider Bodybuilders, ‘athletes‘? There is an argument to say that they are! Bodybuilders follow a gruelling strict diet and have to dedicate their lives to their training most days of the week, whether it be pounding weights in the gym or doing some morning cardio before the world is awake! This does take a lot of sacrifice, and let’s be honest, isn’t that what being a top athlete is all about?
You must make major sacrifices in order to reach your goals. On the other side of the coin, we all know that some Bodybuilders aren't the most healthy people in the world. Let's face it, when they are on stage for a competition, they are so weak and tired from what can only be described as gruelling weeks of cutting that they would struggle to withstand the attack of a female groupie wanting their body (so to speak of course). Also, as controversial as it may seem, drug-abuse is just a public secret among some Bodybuilders. I have no view on this point as it's up to the individual. But does a true athlete abuse his body? Does sculpting your body into an amazing shape have anything to do with being an athlete? Should the Olympic council consider bodybuilding and bodybuilders as a sport and as athletes? I would be interested to hear your views?