While for many people who are not into bodybuilding, the whole idea is
probably something of a mystery, there are millions of individuals all
over the world for whom bodybuilding is a major part of their lives.
The best place to start this investigation of natural bodybuilding is to
define what bodybuilding is. According to the Wikipedia definition of
bodybuilding, it is:
‘the process of maximizing muscle hypertrophy; an individual who
engages in this process is referred to as a bodybuilder’.
Muscle hypertrophy is a scientific term that is used to refer to the
growth and increase in size of existing muscle cells, as opposed to the
formation of new muscle cells.
In short, bodybuilding is the process of adding extra muscle mass to the
body by extensive working out and control of diet. It is something that
is done either for personal achievement, recreation or as a competitive
However, one of the first areas of dispute between those who practice
bodybuilding and those who are less enamored of it concerns whether
bodybuilding is a genuine sport or not. The contention that it is not a
sport is based on the fact that there is no athletic activity involved, as
the whole basis of judging bodybuilding competitions is the appearance
and aesthetics of the contestants.
It is for this reason that despite many attempts to have bodybuilding
included in the Olympics, these attempts have been continually
rebuffed, and will probably be similarly dismissed in the future. As
suggested, there is no athletic activity involved in body building, so it is
not to be confused with strongman contests or weightlifting