Do You Fit in Like This?

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

I can’t tell you how many times I feel like that cat when I go to my own gym. Sure I know how to workout, I’ve been doing this for 17 years now. But I still feel as if somehow I don’t fit in with all the crazy workouts, supersets, high volume training and intensity I put forth.

Just the other day I was doing an exercise called rack pulls. I affectionally called them “mini-deads.” Just as a joke of course. But the trainer gave me the eye like I was doing some crazy exercise and that look.. you know.

“Sheesh… what a gym moron.”

I feel out of place because lately I’m being bombarded with the functional strength stuff written by strength coaches telling me how to be a bodybuilder. They think I want to do clean and jerks or only compound exercise. How could I be so vain as to just want to look good? What’s wrong with me?

Then I found this interview between T-Nation and Dr. Ellington Darden. How did they read my mind!

T-Nation: There also seems to be a lot of emphases on “functional strength” and performance in the weight training world, even for those that don’t play a sport. I think this may be because many of the people writing articles and publishing books these days work with athletes, not bodybuilders. Has cosmetic bodybuilding been lost?

Darden:I think you’re right. Bodybuilding has been lost with all the emphasis on functional strength, which is to imply that bodybuilding for cosmetic purposes is of no value. To look better physically, more than any single factor, is the primary reason people exercise. I’m all for bodybuilding for bodybuilding’s sake alone.


I’m a bodybuilder by nature. I like it. I do it for health but I started when I was young for cosmetic reasons.

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What do you think?

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