Steve has been a body builder for over 20 years. Yesterday he met with us and shared his views about the unrealistic expectations of teens and adult males taking up bodybuilding for the first time.
“People come up to me and they say, I want shoulders, stomach muscles, arms or legs like yours; what do I have to do? They take it for granted that if they do what I do, that they will end up looking like me. I can take one look at them and know straight away that they will not make it; they simply don’t have the right genetics for example they are slim built.
“Men think that they can look at someone and say ‘I want to be like that,’ then work out and achieve the body they want, but many can't. Even if two brothers walking to the gym to start bodybuilding, there is no guarantee that they will both be able to develop muscle in the same way. People need to pay much more attention to genetics.
“There are body builders out there offering tips on how anyone can look like them; some make a lot of money from it, but it's a lie. These self-proclaimed experts may have the right genetics, used steroids or both, you just don’t know. If someone comes up to me and says they want to look like me and I don’t think they can naturally; I tell them the truth. I say, ‘you won't be able to look like me, but you can develop muscles and have the best body for you as an individual’. I’m talking about natural healthy development, without steroids.
“Do you know something? When I tell them the truth they don't want to hear it, because they want to believe that they can look like me or like anybody else; they choose to believe a lie”.
Steve’s observation makes it easy to understand how unrealistic muscle growth expectations could lead to body image issues, similar to what females experience.
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