If you ask any bodybuilder why he started lifting, the response you are going to receive is something among the lines of: “I saw Arnold Schwarzenegger in Pumping Iron and I wanted to become great like him.” In order words, people see bodybuilding as a way to flatter your male pride and sort of better yourself.
There are a lot of things in life we cannot change no matter what we do. You cannot change your height, the natural color of your hair nor your age. Those are genetic qualities you are born with and they cannot be broken regardless of your will.
The same goes for the size of your dick. It is what it is. That’s where bodybuilding comes – it allows you to better yourself.
Out of all of this arises an important question: “What’s the problem with wanting to be better?” On theory, there is no problem with wanting to be more than what you are now. Most people seem to be perfectly fine staying at one place and not making any progress. Wanting to be better differentiates you from the crowd. People today are perfectly happy to live a simple life without asking questions. Give them a beer, a football game, some sex, some money and they are all set. Why would you want to evolve? Bastard!
If everybody was to adopt similar thinking, the world wouldn’t progress one step forward. To tell the truth because of people’s stubbornness to change the world today is spiritually the same as what it was 100 years ago, just without all that iPhone/Facebook drama.
However, wanting to better yourself has two sides, like everything. A good one and a bad one. The good one, in bodybuilding for instance, is that you are trying to develop and reach your full physical potential. The potential that God blessed you with when he/she created you. You are in essence finishing his work. Of course, you can speculate by saying that you are an atheist who doesn’t believe in God. The truth is that God exists, but he/she is much different than the commonly accepted social idea of deity. So, developing your muscles is not bad at all. The problem comes when you start rejecting yourself and spitting over the creator’s work.
Many bodybuilders such as Rich Piana are highly uncomfortable with who they are. That’s why they put so much effort into injecting their bodies with chemicals. For example, Rich Piana has fake hair color, plastic surgeries and SEO in his arms. He has also admitted to using steroids, growth hormone (GH), insulin and all the rest of the muscle elixirs famous bodybuilders use these days. If you ask him, he would say that he is trying to better himself , but it’s not the case at all. He just doesn’t love himself and has deep personal issues. He tries to cover his problems with mountains of muscles. Everybody has problems and everybody tries to overcompensate somehow. That’s just his way. However, that’s not an excuse. It doesn’t matter how big your biceps are when you are not comfortable with who you truly are. When you don’t love your core, no muscle mass will ever save you. You will sooner or later have to face the inner battle.
Many bodybuilders truly have small male pride and the problem described above explains some of the emotional reasons. Muscle athletes in general suffer from the lack of strong male figure in their younger years. If you interview 100 bodybuilders, 80 of them will tell you that their fathers were never around. Many bodybuilders are raised by single mothers. That’s why so many of them are trying to overcompensate by at least looking like a tough motherfucker. You may not have it deep in the heart, but at least you look like you have it. That’s the main principle.
Ironically bodybuilders have also small male pride in the literal sense of the word. The reason for that is they abuse of steroids. When you take large amounts of synthetic testosterone your body eventually shuts down your natural production. Since testosterone is produced in the balls, your balls shrink when you have none of the magic in them. Most bodybuilders who abuse steroids have testicles smaller than peanuts.
Bodybuilders are usually unhappy with the physique they can achieve naturally and decide to hop on the steroid train in order to become the superman they want to be. When the use turns into abuse and your identity as a conscious being is solely measured by your muscle mass, you have a recipe for permanently damaged male pride.