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What is the point of body-building? Why do people do it and what are the benefits? And please (like some people) don't assume that bodybuilders have no intelligence. Thanks. This question roots from curiosity.

asked Nov 30 '11 at 17:39

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edited Nov 28 '12 at 18:19

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Yeah, I know someone who is probably as close as you can get to being a body-builder without actually being one. And he's working on his second Ph.D.

(Nov 30 '11 at 18:05) sfrancis928 sfrancis928's gravatar image

okay but please answer the question?

(Nov 30 '11 at 18:15) Caelan Caelan's gravatar image

Sorry, I don't know the answer. That's why I left a comment, not an answer.

(Dec 01 '11 at 01:22) sfrancis928 sfrancis928's gravatar image

There are many reasons.

Some get paid to do it (great extrinsic motivation)

Others feel that it will improve their chances of getting a girl or guy

Some like intense workouts because it causes the body to release natural pain killers where if enough are released, you can get high.

some may consider it their life's work, or a major project, kinda like how you see news reports of people spending years building a scale model of a city out of toothpicks or some other random thing.

And some probably have nothing else better to do.

answered Dec 01 '11 at 00:26

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edited Dec 01 '11 at 00:27

Your answers lie here: "Bodybuilding is a form of body modification involving intensive muscle hypertrophy. An individual who engages in this activity is referred to as a bodybuilder. In competitive and professional bodybuilding, bodybuilders display their physiques to a panel of judges, who assign points based on their appearance."

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodybuilding

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answered Dec 01 '11 at 01:17

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and occasionally to fuel an actor career^^ :D

(Dec 02 '11 at 09:22) Yarvaxea Yarvaxea's gravatar image

Stay healthy, fit and "in shape", and generally feel good about themselves. It conditions your heart, your lungs, your body and your mind. You live a longer, healthier life! Not to mention it makes you look great! You should start!

answered Oct 10 '12 at 21:02

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And world peace is only a dream away too!

"According to bodybuilding.com, many bodybuilders suffer from high cholesterol and high blood pressure due to their taxing diets. Moreover, it takes a lot of effort for the human heart to supply blood such a large body mass – and so it increases the risk of heart issues and complications. And that’s without even taking into account the effects of steroid use."

To say nothing of the obvious fact that when, for whatever reason, it becomes impossible to maintain the rigorous training schedule necessary hypertrophic muscles become atrophying muscles and fat at an alarming rate.

Extreme diet and training is almost as dangerous as extreme inactivity (and a whole lot less fun!)

(Oct 11 '12 at 07:51) dunfiddlin dunfiddlin's gravatar image

lol Your talking about steroid use, not body building. Your average every day body builder doesn't use steroids sorry. Nice try though.

(Oct 11 '12 at 11:32) Drmgiver Drmgiver's gravatar image

It is an addiction pure and simple. No matter how intelligent some may be it is palpably irrational behaviour in which the reward is transient, abuse of 'supplements' is endemic, and the use of steroids epidemic.

answered Oct 11 '12 at 08:03

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It can be an addiction, a lifestyle, or just something you like to do, myself I was into Karate (full contact) for many years, so building up my body was a plus and I lived for it, my wife reckons she wants the guy with the six pack back, I am almost 60 and stopped doing all of it in the mid 80's after a bad car accident, the discipline taught me heaps, especially how to handle pain, but then so did the army, it all depends on what is important in your life, I met my wife doing Karate so when I could not do it any more, she became the most important thing in my life, the exercise was a transition stage to now, if I had not been doing all the exercise I would not have met the women who has been the drive in my wife for 30 years. Oh and the guys who get into steroids and such, leave their brains out of the equation the moment they start

answered Oct 11 '12 at 10:05

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edited Oct 11 '12 at 10:08

It's a hobby, I have some friends who spent a lot of time in the gym and that's what pretty much they talk about, just like some people spend their time playing videogames and talk about it a lot.

answered Oct 11 '12 at 11:15

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