It’s incredible when you stop and think about it, but bodybuilding hasn’t been around for all that long. Sure, it’s roots stem back to the beginning of the 20th century but way up until the 1980’s it was always regarded as some weird subculture hobby. Not too many people even thought about lifting weights. But those who did, got laid a lot more. : )
It was the film Pumping Iron that started what today, is an accepted part of remaining healthy, strong and muscular. But it’s still reserved for a select few. It still takes work and commitment.
Obviously, the use of anabolics have completely changed the game. And the availability through the internet has made its use more commonplace than anyone ever thought was possible. Instead of looking fit, it’s possible to look like a god. In 1950 Charles Atlas was considered to have the ultimate body. Today, he’d be considered just another guy at the gym.
We’re still in the embryonic stages of knowing how this advantage will play out. The theories are twofold. If drug use is overdone, we’re going to see a lot of damage. But if done right, we’re going to see (and already are seeing) guys remaining young and strong into their 40’s, 50’s 60’s…and…who knows?
Another HUGE advantage is with supplements. Remember, the advent of vitamins is just about 60 years old. That changed everything. Suddenly, people never had to suffer from a deficiency of any kind. That’s difficult to fathom in this day and age, but at one time it was commonplace.
Using supplements has always been a part of the bodybuilders protocol. Whatever provided an advantage was tried and tested. Some helpd. Most didn’t. But still, they tried.
It was in the 80’s and 90’s that there was a ton of bogus supplements all pretending to act like steroids. (Since steroids were so difficult to get at that time). And although there’s still a lot of crap out there, there have been some astounding advances. Today’s lifters have an advantage so great, we don’t even know where it will lead with constant use, but the promise is pretty exciting.
So between new training equipment, the availability of gear and state of the art supplements, will this lead to a generation of physical marvels never before possible? It already has. Maybe you’re one of them.
Pretty cool, isn’t it?