Politics In Bodybuilding

Bodybuilding is one of the most controversial sports out there. To the regular person it seems crazy and every competitor looks the virtually the same – like a freak. Since the very beginning bodybuilding has been a cult sport with a few exceptions here and there due to the popularity of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Steve Reeves.

Since the beginning the sport has been full of controversy and many times the winner of the competition was chosen way before the contest has even started. Politics in bodybuilding have dictated the course of events and the 1st place was always given to whoever bodybuilder was the most marketable.

The controversial Mr. Olympia 1980 {image via: bodybuilding.com}

The controversial Mr. Olympia 1980 {image via: bodybuilding.com}

A good example would be the competition Mr. Olympia in 198o when Arnold Schwarzenegger surprised everyone by deciding to compete. He was allowed to do so despite the regulations that were actually prohibiting the acceptance of new competitors. This didn’t seem like much of a problem because Arnold had powerful figure behind his back. On top of everything Arnold won the competition even though he was 17lbs lighter than his last Mr.Olympia which was 5 or so years ago. What was Arnold’s secret weapon in 1980? Joe Weider.


Arnold Schwarzenegger had a really good physique and nobody can deny that fact. However, the fact that he was heavily supported by Joe Weider through out his career cannot be denied either.

The champion is always the one that’s the most marketable because there are millions of dollars to be made on his back. If the winner is a controversial figure, it’s hard to use him as promoter of products. Unless the winner is a Hollywood like guy with a big fake smile he just ain’t very useful.

People today put way too much value in fake things. It may sound hard for some of you to realize but there is no such thing as first and last place in the real world. All of this is a man made concept meant to manipulate people. The real winners and losers can’t be defined by human made criteria that doesn’t correspond to the natural law on this planet.

A good way to illustrate this point would be to compare a successful athlete to a firefighter or a doctor. The first one may get all the glory and the fame, but that’s only because in the fake human world that person in considered more valuable. In the real world a doctor helping people is much more important than a footballer selling his soul for a contract with a sugar drink. Of course, doctors can be immoral too but that’s another story…

Bottom line is: The only reward that matters is reaching growth of the character and blowing for cash ain’t exactly it. The winners in history records are never the right ones – but those who sell better.

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