I suppose. I guess I just prefer getting toned as result of actually DOING something interesting – a byproduct, if you like. The idea of pissing around with machines in a room covered in mirrors and smelling of arsecrack to the point where you begin looking like a circus freak just seems strange to me. Not that the lady in the pics looks ANYTHING like a circus freak. She looks like a gymnast, except she’s not one. Her “skill” is in moving weights around for hours on end without getting bored out of her mind.
The vast majority of bodybuilders DO look like freaks, though, there’s no doubt. And the vast majority of normal people DON’T think they look better naked, either, from all I’ve read, both here and elsewhere. There’s a real aversion to overly muscly men – and women.[/quote]
The old man above does muscle-ups in Da-An park on the pullup bars near the playground. I used to watch him work out. His strength is very functional. He does one-legged squats too. Strong old guy.
I won’t defend Western bodybuilding because it’s bizarre in how extreme it is. And the drug use is just too much. Not healthy at all. So no argument there.
But the weightlifting the old man and this pretty lady are doing are okay IMO. All the machine use, etc. isn’t my cup of tea personally but it gets them where they want to be so more power to them.
And I agree quite a bit with Mucha Man: nothing wrong with wanting to look good. I wish more people were worried enough about their appearance to work out, especially my family back home. Maybe then they’d get the fat off their abdomen and cut their risk of diabetes down to nothing.