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Offline Simp

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Are you a bodybuilder?
« on: April 02, 2012, 09:23:17 AM »
Unless you compete, then I say no.  I hear lots of people claim to be bodybuilders, but they have never dieted down or done a show.  Yeah, they might train for size, but without actually competing, then it doesn't meet my rather tight definition of the word.  I wouldn't say that someone who trains for football everyday but fails to ever get on a team and play a down is a football player.  Why would a call someone who lifts every day but never diets or puts themselves through the hell that is bb competition a bodybuilder?


How do you define this word.  I take it that most people's definition is far more lenient than mine.

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Re: Are you a bodybuilder?
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2012, 10:07:50 AM »
Fwiw, i just consider myself a weightlifter.

I train mostly for size, but for strength on some excercises as well
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Re: Are you a bodybuilder?
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2012, 10:13:17 AM »
Good thread. I agree, I consider myself a weightlifter also. I have no plans on competing. If you are not on a stage competing, then no you are not a "bodybuilder".

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Re: Are you a bodybuilder?
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2012, 10:20:20 AM »
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that thinks this way, though I still expect a shit-storm to arise from this topic before it's all said and done.

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Re: Are you a bodybuilder?
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2012, 10:27:58 AM »
I don't think too many guys here would disagree with you, simp. It would cause a dust up on bb.com. Lol.

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Re: Are you a bodybuilder?
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2012, 10:30:01 AM »
I don't think too many guys here would disagree with you, simp. It would cause a dust up on bb.com. Lol.
Disagree.  I read guys on here calling themselves bodybuilders every day.

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Re: Are you a bodybuilder?
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2012, 10:37:06 AM »
I consider myself a recreational weightlifter.

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Re: Are you a bodybuilder?
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2012, 10:38:18 AM »
I'll 3rd weightlifter, and maybe throw in gym rat :)

Body building in my mind takes it to a whole different level that I don't train at, and don't really have the desire to.  I just want to be fit and have a decent build.
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Re: Are you a bodybuilder?
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2012, 10:41:49 AM »
I consider myself a recreational weightlifter.
But you often call yourself a bodybuilder.  Too much to type the other?

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Re: Are you a bodybuilder?
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2012, 11:09:05 AM »
I consider myself a recreational weightlifter.
But you often call yourself a bodybuilder.  Too much to type the other?

Maybe when talking on this site or bb.com in relation to other pursuits such as strongman or whatever, but I don't tell people IRL I'm a bodybuilder.

Recently at a work function there was an 'icebreaker' where you had to introduce yourself and tell people about a hobby you have.  I didn't say "I'm a bodybuilder" I said "I like to lift weights and go to the gym."
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Re: Are you a bodybuilder?
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2012, 11:12:44 AM »
For now I consider myself a weightlifter as well. Until I lose enough weight to do a show that is...which could be never at this rate. :p
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Re: Are you a bodybuilder?
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2012, 01:21:44 PM »
I call myself a Powerlifter.  But that's only in the last two weeks, that I've done that.  I won't feel comfortable calling myself that until I've done a few more shows, and am dedicated to training that way.  I also believe there is a difference between "I am a Powerlifter" and "I have done a PL competition".  By the end of July, I'll be a powerlifter, because I'll have another one (hopefully 3) under my belt.

Before my first Meet, I wouldn't call myself a bodybuilder or a powerlifter.  I was just really good at picking up heavy things.  In previous years, as I've watched my food and macros, and dieted down on two occasions, I would say that I was "training to be a Bodybuilder".

It's along the lines of "Until you do it, you're not It"

This also stems from my chosen career choice.  I have two degrees in Architecture, and have worked in Architecture firms for 15+ years, yet by legal distinction, I'm not an "Architect" until I pass the test and get my stamp.  Until then, I'm a Building Designer.  I can do everything the Architect can do, but I don't have not past that "test" to say that I am one.

then again... I wouldn't consider the guy on the right a Bodybuilder even though he's been on stage.
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Re: Are you a bodybuilder?
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2012, 01:52:16 PM »
You bring up a good point.  Bodybuilding, at least at the amateur level, is quite a bit different that many other sports (though I'm also loath to call bb'ing a sport) in that pretty much anyone can apply to get on the stage.  There are no tryouts to weed out the ones who have no place being there.

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Re: Are you a bodybuilder?
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2012, 02:23:27 PM »
Unless you compete, then  Why would a call someone who lifts every day but never diets or puts themselves through the hell that is bb competition a bodybuilder?


How do you define this word.  I take it that most people's definition is far more lenient than mine.

I think comparing competing in BB as going through hell is a bit of an over statement, how can something one does out of choice for enjoyment be hellish. You should try visiting an oncology ward at a hospital, I'm doing this a lot at the moment, if a Bodybuilder was in my wife's shoes I'm sure they'd prefer to diet than be going through chemo.

I take it your definition of hell is a little softer than mine.
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Re: Are you a bodybuilder?
« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2012, 02:26:54 PM »
I'll 3rd weightlifter, and maybe throw in gym rat :)


I'll 4th weightlifter and 2nd Gym rat.
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