Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

The Anabolic Evolution of Modern Bodybuilding


Since the early days of physical culture, modern man has been searching for the elusive ''Fountain of Youth''. The promise of radiant health, enduring strength and a Herculean physique has drawn millions on this quest for physical perfection.

Through the early decades of bodybuilding, the forefathers of physical culture established basic guidelines for the muscle enthusiast to follow. Natural foods, resistance training, plenty of rest, and a positive outlook in life were the primary ingredients for achieving ones goals. The demand for knowledge on 'how to' reach the stars would result in millions of booklets being sold by mail order, while magazine stands and bookshelves were continually restocked with the latest 'muscle building secrets'. Tons of steel and exercise equipment would find its way into the homes of thousands of Americans all across our nation. Health clubs and iron gyms would sprout up in local neighborhoods and towns, while physique competitions were held to determine whom the best in the land was. The strong roots of physical culture were taking grip in our society, and the mighty oak of bodybuilding would soon branch out through every city in America.

A new 'way of life' became a reality for many as the 'body beautiful' movement swung into high gear. For decades the much traveled road to muscledom kept its promise, then by the mid-60's what seemed pure and natural took a wrong turn setting the course of modern bodybuilding down a dead end. The introduction of anabolic steroids into the sport of bodybuilding would usher in a new era of super sized and equally strong muscular physiques that would attract millions of young men with a desire to achieve the same naturally unattainable goals.

Along with the growth of the sport, the physiques continued to become bigger and more vascular as bodybuilders experimented with 'stacking' the latest in designer muscle enhancing pharmaceuticals. Magazine and ticket sales were at a peak and bodybuilding competitions were seen regularly on network TV. The popularity of the sport was soaring high. Then, what could have been mostly prevented by not promoting and rewarding individuals whose physiques were chemically altered became a reality as the widespread use of drugs in the sport became relevant.

Words such as steroids, cycling, and growth hormones became common place in our gyms, and juicing no longer meant enjoying your favorite health drink. Reports of bodybuilders on dialysis and with heart ailments became a frequent occurrence while the eventual death of several competitive pros hit home hard. What had been a dark cloud in a sport with such great potential turned into a storm that spread its vast shadow on a culture that once shined.

Organizations dedicated to natural bodybuilding and a healthy lifestyle would soon respond to the call for a return to the ideals set forth by the forefathers of physical culture. Physique promoters throughout the land created natural bodybuilding competitions so athletes could compete on a level playing field without running the risk of ruining their health. Publications featuring natural bodybuilders began to spread the gospel of healthy living through proper nutrition and exercise. The televised media developed new bodybuilding and fitness programs to inspire future generations of natural iron pumpers. And as the age of cyber space came upon us, the Internet became a resource of concepts and opinions for bodybuilders to learn and express their views with other physique artist throughout the World. The new millennium is here and those dedicated to physical culture have begun to prevail as the radiant beacon of light from the torch of natural living begins to shine through the storm.

Mario Strong is a published author, trainer, national judge, competitor, gym owner, and recognized bodybuilding authority with over 40 years as a proponent for natural bodybuilding.

To learn more about natural muscle building and bodybuilding's golden era go to http://www.mariostrong.com.


MORE RESOURCES:

Men's Fitness

How to Build Muscle and Burn Fat At the Same Time
Men's Fitness
The twin goals of building muscle and burning fat are usually tied to workout routines. After all, what you do in the gym or outdoors goes a long way toward transforming your body into a lean, fat-burning machine. But training regimens usually account ...



The Fiscal Times

Kasich's Defense Diet: Cut the Fat and Build Muscle
The Fiscal Times
The Fiscal Times. Kasich's Defense Diet: Cut the Fat and Build Muscle. Opinion · Policy + Politics · Big Decisions · America at War · Government Shutdown · Government Waste · Debt Ceiling · Defense · Obamacare · Elections · 2016 Elections · 2014 Elections.

and more »


Mstarz

Top 3 Foods That Help You Build Muscle
Mstarz
Building muscle not only comes from lifting weights; it also comes from choosing the correct food to eat. Sadly, devouring a plate of nachos isn't the right food we're talking about hereā€”though it is damn delicious. No, what we're speaking of are ...



POPSUGAR UK

Build Muscle, Burn Calories: Do-Anywhere Cardio-and-Strength Combo
POPSUGAR UK
There are no excuses for skipping this 20-minute workout; it requires no equipment, so no matter where you are, you can fit in a sweat session. Quick and effective, today's workout in our Better-Body Challenge mixes classic cardio moves with bodyweight ...

and more »


Express.co.uk

Would YOU drink breast milk? This man swears by it to help build muscle
Express.co.uk
"There were these big rugby guys at the gym and they said they drank breast milk to build muscle. I couldn't believe it. I was shocked and a little bit skeptical that it would work." The PT believes the growth hormones in breast milk are beneficial for ...
Bodybuilder gets pumped up on breast milkNew York Post
Bodybuilder Danny Davidson admits to drinking humam breast milk to help bulk upMetro

all 8 news articles »


Sun Sentinel

Run, Joe Biden, run
Sun Sentinel
Romney had survived a bruising primary that helped him build muscle for the general election. "You're a better general election candidate if you have competition," says veteran Democratic strategist Steve Elmendorf. "The vice president would be a ...

and more »


Press Herald

Love, prosthesis bring a little horsepower to an injured foal
Press Herald
They designed a brace and temporary prosthesis that will allow Angel to stand and begin to bear weight and build muscle. Gallagher says when he was making the cast for the prosthesis socket, Angel fell asleep on the examining table, her head draped ...



Barre Spar is a super fun way to scorch calories and build muscle! Call ...
Mason City Globe Gazette
Barre Spar is a super fun way to scorch calories and build muscle! Call Raising the Barre Studio about joining us today! 641-529-0065. Saved. Save Ad; My Saved Items · Print Email. July 28, 2015 6:00 am. Barre Spar is a super fun way to scorch calories ...

and more »


ITV News

Doping in sport: performance-enhacing drugs explained
ITV News
HGH is administered by injection and is thought to be rife among athletes desperate to build muscle and improve endurance. While there is no concrete proof that HGH improves performance, it can cause abnormal growth, heart disease, arthritis and diabetes.



The Sun (subscription)

Is there such a thing as too much protein?
The Sun (subscription)
Now people realise it can help you lose weight and build muscle quicker than without it.ā€¯ He says research in the US found that high protein upped thermogenesis (heat production), sleeping metabolic rate, protein balance and fat oxidation. Ross ...

and more »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.