I used to be soooo into bodybuilding, I was HUGE.... biggest guy in my fraternity; I worked out for about 1.5 years straight. But then I just got bored with it. I wasn't doing it to get girls, or anything like that... I just loved being big. I maxed my body out completely. Pretty much every single muscle on my body was bulging out.
Now I'm trying to get my mass back up to where I was cause I've lost a bit from not working out in the past few months... but I'm trying to figure out, what good does it actually do for me?
Lol, I'm not trying to discourage anyone here, I'm just curious.... in what areas of your life does working out/ bodybuilding help you? Or is it strictly a hobby?
01-18-2013, 07:31 AM #1
How does working out HELP your life?
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I am pretty similar to you, always lifted for football (played in college) during college i decided I didn't care as much about football as i did about being swole. I love being the "big" guy and being the strongest/best looking in the gym. I don't use it to get girls even though it does help with that, i just love being the guy that everyone asks questions about training, supplements, and little things here and there. Now that football is over i'm looking forward to taking my body to the next level. And i help with our strength and conditioning department here.
01-18-2013, 05:28 PM #7
i only lift for aesthitics, staying lean and having above average strength.
yesterday i went for a walk with a girl I'm seeing.
brb being able to hold her and myself up when she almost fell crossing the river.
brb not getting out of breath & keeping my head on the conversation rather than my exhaustion.
its good for stress relief & just general health
size & bulk is useless apart from making girls wet imo
01-18-2013, 08:32 PM #8Pre-Bulk stats: (153 lb.)
Bench - 185
Squat - 275
DL - 295
Current stats: (About a month - 161 lb.)
Bench - 225
Squat - 315
DL - 315 (Back spasm's keeping me from my goal)
01-18-2013, 08:44 PM #9
Imo, better hobby than sitting at home and playing video games. Having a fit, athletic, and healthy body is rather important to me personally. I have friends that have been lifting for years and are 30+ but yet look like they are about 25ish. Outside of that, you asked what the point of bulking is......my goal is to become big(200ish lbs with a low body fat) because that is my ideal look/goal physique. Why not try and reach something you want? Plus if you are bulking, you get to eat a lot. What's not to like about that?
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I have found that while it has made a change in my body, the biggest effect has been on the mind.
Training oneself to keep going when in pain, to not stop when the going gets tough and when you feel tired or discouraged.
These skills are the key to greatness in every aspect of life, not just the iron game and the skills I have been putting these skills to use outside the gym.
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Last January I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and I was having flares after flares. At times I couldnt feel my lower body I would get dizzy. I would lose control of my left side. The whole summer I was having flares and since I have got active in the gym I haven't had any flare in the past 7 months. I have even stopped taking my medicine I believe the gym is my medicine.
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Weightlifting fixed most of these problems. Now I want to look big and pretty since I have to exercise anyway to not fall into that state.
I understand if you're a big guy already you just maintain a pretty physique and probably get bored doing the same routine.-!!!---!!!- No Excuses Homemade Equipment Crew #24 -!!!---!!!-
01-19-2013, 10:40 PM #20
And yea when you're big it does get old so I just started getting into cardio... then I realized my size large shirts weren't fitting like they used to lol and I was like noooooo so here I am, starting another bulk cycle lol
01-19-2013, 10:48 PM #21
I get the same sense of satisfaction from it that I used to get from leveling up in an MMO like World of Warcraft, except it's real life and more significant. I just love the feeling of progressing through getting bigger and stronger. It also branches out to many other aspects of your life by increasing confidence and how others perceive you.
01-20-2013, 12:28 AM #22
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How did bodybuilding help me? Bodybuilding awoken the qualities that were already in me.
I've learned through bodybuilding hard work. I've always been a hard worker. I used to work three jobs at one point in my life. Funny that bodybuilding and hard work come hand in hand.
I've learned patience and preserverance. I've realized that bodybuilding is a slow process especially if you're going natural. It is through the small gains that compound on top of eachother that pays off.
I've learned how to set goals. To set a goal and break it down into measurable increments.
I've learned confidence. I've learned to believe in myself to learn how to motivate myself. The old model, success breeds confidence, confidence breeds success.
I've learned to man up and realized that being nice all the time will not get you far in life. I've learned to be aggressive in a authentic way that is aligned with my character.
I've learned that what I've accomplished in bodybuilding, I could accomplish outside the gym. I've learned about myself.
Hope that helps.
“Just like in bodybuilding, failure is also a necessary experience for growth in our own lives, for if we're never tested to our limits, how will we know how strong we really are? How will we ever grow? ” Arnold Schwarzenegger"Your body is the mirror of your mind"
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