“Not Body Destroying”- Arnold Schwarzenegger Believes Young Bodybuilders Have a Toxic Approach to the Sport

Published 06/21/2022, 9:00 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 17: Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks on stage(Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Back in the 50’s and 70’s, bodybuilders looked impressive from top to bottom. The uniqueness of their chiseled physiques, followed by an elegant poise, was a spectacular sight to watch for the fans in attendance. But, things have come a long way since then. The usage of enhancers in the sport of bodybuilding has become the norm, and people often ignore their harmful effects. Arnold Schwarzenegger once explained the differences between the new age bodybuilders and the previous generations.

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Using steroids is menacing for everyone while training rigorously to keep their bodies in best shapes. Focusing on the problems related to it, Arnold described the differences. 

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Arnold Schwarzenegger perplexed by new age bodybuilders

The side effects that come with enhancers are of primary issue these days. To his surprise, most bodybuilders did not compete in bodybuilding events. Significantly, steroid abuse is a vital problem in the sport. More and more people want to get in shape shape and become incredible to the naked eye. Arnold spoke about the same and talked about a message he wanted to send. 

“It’s getting the message out to tell people that it’s called ‘bodybuilding,’ not ‘body destroying.’ We don’t want to destroy the body, we want to build the body,” said Arnold, who became perplexed at the state of the sport. He continued“You want to build health, fitness, agility, and all those things.”

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The side effects that come from using steroids are dangerous, as it causes life-changing problems. The complications of a ‘bubble gut’ is prevalent among most bodybuilders as it gives an awkward image while the bodybuilders pose on stage. 

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What is a bubble gut?

When one looks at the bodybuilding pictures of the mid-90s, most people witness bodybuilders having a V-shaped structure. However, things have changed. Right now, the appearance of a bubble gut seems unmistakable to most bodybuilders. Bloated midsections are common these days, and using insulin and Human Growth Hormone with a high-calorie diet is the reason this happens. 

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Although it is not about steroids, there is a reason most bodybuilders have bloated bellies while taking part in competitions. As for Arnold Schwarzenegger, he wants bodybuilders to focus on the fitness side of things. Being fit is imperative for the well-being of the bodybuilders, and Schwarzenegger wants them to remember this for their future too. 

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Post Graduation in Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the power forward, the respect he deserves.

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