Has Elite Body Building Gone Too Far?

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Author: Michael Greeves

Elite body building is about being the best of the best. It is about getting as much muscle mass as is humanly possible. Those who are into elite body building will never think their muscles are big enough because they always want to be bigger and stronger than everyone else in the world. But the question becomes when enough is enough? Has elite body building gone too far?

Many people say that elite body building has gone too far. In fact, many elite body builders suffer from a disorder called muscle dysmorphia, which is an obsessive compulsive disorder. This disorder essentially causes the individual to believe that they are small and weak, regardless of how large their muscles might become.

There are several negative health effects to elite body building as well. If you gain too much muscle mass, it puts the same strain on your heart as having too much body fat. The more weight you have, the harder your heart has to work, whether that weight is fat or muscle is irrelevant. This increases the chance of heart attack or even stroke.

One of the reasons people think elite body building has gone too far is the appearance of elite body builders. Many of them do not even look comfortable in their own skin. They appear stretched out and stiff continuously. They also have veins popping out everywhere, as there is not an ounce of fat anywhere on the body. This is actually not good for your health, as some fat is necessary for the body to have proper balance. It also makes it so that your body doesn’t hold water, which is dehydrating and causes a whole new world of problems.

Elite body building can also put a strain on your relationships and daily life. When you are focused solely on building muscle, it takes your focus away from your career, your marriage and your children. This is the effect of the obsessive compulsive disorder muscle dysmorphia. In turn, this adds stress and further increases your risk of health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and even diabetes.

Elite body building goes even further in risking your health. If you do suffer adverse health effects, it can be more difficult to treat you than if you were not an elite body builder. For example, it can be rather difficult to administer insulin for diabetes if your muscle mass is so hard that you can barely insert a needle, if at all.

On the other hand, some people believe that elite body building is a valid sport. And in many ways it is. The important thing to remember is that your body should stay proportionate and aesthetic, not just large in muscle shape and size. You also have to consider your health, and make sure that you are not overdoing it. As long as your health is good and your body is proportionate, your size is really something that cannot be disputed.

 

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