The general public and most fitness enthusiasts prefer the look of famous fitness models over the grotesque appearance of modern professional bodybuilders.
The main reasons for that are:
1. The Classic Look Is More Appealing
The so-called classic bodybuilding physique consists of a wide back, narrow waist and developed deltoids. This combination creates an illusion of grandeur and makes the bodybuilder/fitness model look bigger than he really is.
In the past, this was the ideal look that people desperately wanted to have. After the IFBB professionals added insulin and large amounts of growth hormone to their mix of anabolic substances, things changed. The stomachs of the competitors grew tremendously. Many modern bodybuilders have distended midsections resembling ugly guts. This was one of the many sacrifices on the road to even bigger muscles.
Since many fans prefer the old look, more and more lifters are trying to build a physique similar to what contemporary fitness models present – very low body fat, a narrow waist, wide shoulders and modestly developed legs.
The fitness competitions were created as a way to satisfy the growing demand for a more attainable yet still powerful physique. In those shows, the competitors wear shorts covering their upper legs. This style promotes the idea of an over-developed upper body, larger V-Taper and modest quadriceps and hamstring development.
2. The Myth That Fitness Models Don’t Use Steroids
Another reason for the interest in fitness and physique competitions is the naive belief that the models don’t use anabolic steroids. This is not true. The most obvious evidence is the fact that modern fitness models and natural bodybuilders are becoming as big as the professional bodybuilders from the Golden Era.
Meanwhile, the general public is gullible enough to believe that all people who use steroids look like Ronnie Coleman or Dorian Yates. This is, of course, a very superficial understanding and is the equivalent of saying that unless you have the money of Bill Gates, you are not financially rich.
IFBB pros inject grams of steroids whereas fitness models take a lot less and for the most part stay away from insulin and growth hormones abuse.
3. The Belief That Fitness Models Have Extremely Active Sexual Lives By Default
The number one reason why people start lifting weights is to impress the opposite sex and become more sexually attractive and desirable. When lifters secretly examine their physiques in the bathroom mirror, they often ask themselves – “Am I fuckable?”
However, many forget that anabolic steroids suppress the natural production of testosterone and can technically make you impotent.
4. CrossFit, Mainstream Fitness Motivation, and Social Media
Fitness models have become particularly famous thanks to the CrossFit propaganda and social media. There are thousands of motivational posts presenting the physiques of famous models and natural bodybuilders as the ultimate purpose.
The propaganda is, of course, sponsored by supplement companies. They use the images of fitness models on steroids and growth hormone to promote their product lines. Whether this is moral or not is up to you to decide.
In brief, fitness models use steroids to break the natural limit and build physiques that drag the spectators into a never-ending stupor.