Body Dysmorphia And Bodybuilding – You Are Never Big Enough

Bodybuilders suffer from a very specific type of body dysmorphia – the inability to satisfy one’s size expectations. As a bodybuilder you can never be too big. It’ s like making money – it’s never enough and more is always better. There are bodybuilders who have enormous proportions and arms bigger than the upper legs of most men and yet – they still need more and more. Those kind people look themselves in the mirror and never appreciate their physique. This particular case reminds of the popular British bodybuilder Bertil Fox.

You can look like Bertil Fox and still feel insecure.

You can look like Bertil Fox and still feel insecure.

Fox was one of those guy who always felt like there’s more to be done. His physique was out of this world and most people were happy to look a tiny bit like him.

In the video below at about 6 minutes the narrator tells a story about how Bertil Fox looked incredible and yet for some reason he wasn’t satisfied at all and lacked self confidence.


This brings a logical question – why are we trying to fill an emotional emptiness with muscles?

The ego will always be hungry for more…

Everybody is familiar with the number 666. It is supposed to represent the number of the beast or the devil. However, it’s not quite that simple and like many other things the real key is kept hidden.

666 = 6 + 6 + 6 = 18 = 1 + 8 = 9;

The real number of the beast, or should we say one of them, is 9.

9 is an absolutely unique number also known as the number of the ego.  The reason for that matter is that when you add 9 to something you always go back to the where you started. I know this sounds a little complicated but it’s actually pretty easy to understand with a few examples.

9 + 1 = 10 →1 + 0 = 1;

You added 9 to 1 and as result you got the same thing – 10; 10 = 1 + 0 = 1;

9 +2 = 11 → 1 + 1 = 2;

You added 9 to 2 and as result you got the same thing – 11; 11 = 1 + 1 = 2;

9 + 3 = 12 → 1 + 2 = 3;

9 + 4 = 13 → 1 + 3  = 4;

9 + 5 = 14 → 1 + 4 = 5;

9 + 6 = 15 → 1 + 5 = 6;

9 +  = 16 → 1 + 6 = 7;

9 + 8 = 17 → 1 + 7  = 8;

9 + 9 = 18 → 1 + 8 = 9;

9 + 10 = 19 → 1 + 9 = 10;

….

9 + 56 = 65 → 6 + 5 = 11 = 56 ( 5 + 6 = 11)

and it goes on…

It’s interesting to add that when you multiply 9 you always get 9 as end result.

Example:

9 x 2 = 18 → 1 + 8 = 9;

9 x 3 = 27 → 2 + 7 = 9;

9 x 4 = 36 → 3 + 6 = 9;

9 x 5 = 45 → 4 + 5 = 9;

9 x 54 = 486 → 4 + 8 + 6 = 18 = 1 + 8 = 9;

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9 is supposed to represent the EGO. When you add EGO to something you always get the same thing in return because you’ve added nothing. The EGO could also be considered some sort of low level consciousness. When you add it to whatever you always get the same thing in return because you’ve added, once again, nothing. There’s no added value to the equation.

At the same time when you multiply 9 by whatever you always get 9 in the end. Or in other words multiplying EGO by whatever only gives you EGO. You never create anything new – it’s always the same illusion and deception.

So, what does this have to do with body dysmophia? I’m glad you asked.

When you start lifting for the wrong reasons and attempt to fill an emotional void with muscles (EGO), you are only going to get the same thing in the end no matter what. The result is going to be the same no matter how much muscle tissue you add to your frame. That’when body dysmorphia occurs and the cycle will continue as long as you are doing the same mistake over and over again.

What about dedication?

Many will  explain the constant pursuit of muscle size with dedication to the sport and the strive for perfection. This may work up to a certain point but we are well aware that modern bodybuilders are willing to do almost everything in order to satisfy their hunger for fame. It’s gone to the point where bodybuilders are walking pharmacies resembling inflated balloons. You call this dedication? We call it multiplication by 9. Big and grotesque muscles alone will never make you happy.

2 comments

  1. Ptit Suisse

    Pretty interesting.
    I wonder where you got this information.
    In ancient traditionnal cultures, every number add a symbolical meaning.

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