generation ironThe Great Debate.

For many, bodybuilding is a lifestyle and not a sport, the name says it all, the purpose of it is to build one’s body to its maximum potential, there are guys and gals out there with amazing physiques that don’t even dream of competing in a Bodybuilding stage, possessing a nice physique and being healthy is good enough for them. On the other side of the fitness map there are people that dream of going under the spotlight and competing, they want to showcase all of their hard work and dedication.

Even though working on building a world class physique is difficult enough, getting on stage is even harder, it takes hard work, dedication and heart, the physique division has been getting a lot of heat and negative criticism from the hardcore bodybuilding fans for a few years now. A big part of the online fitness community originally questioned the appearance of the male physique division on bodybuilding stages around the world, some called it a “joke” and an insult to Bodybuilding, they said it would never be popular and it would fail, fast forward a few years later and you have one of the biggest divisions in the entire sport.


Men’s physique has been critiqued because of the way the men pose and the shorts they use to pose in, that said, there are a few things people don’t really take into consideration when analyzing and judging the physique division, not every man out there wants to be a big bodybuilder and carry that much mass, the purpose of creating the physique division is to introduce a more “general” or “normal” looking side of bodybuilding to the fitness community, something that resembles the classic side of bodybuilding, a lot the guys doing these competitions like Steve Cook or Sadik Hadzovic, for example, have really good legs. Competing in the physique class has more to do with having a “nice” and “aesthetic” physique. A lot these guys truly have the potential to become Pro Bodybuilders, genetically speaking, but they choose not to.

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