Welcome to the fitness industry, a place that is growing exponentially by the day and becoming more fashionable as the momentum builds alongside it. Physical culture is no longer a ‘sub-culture’ but a mainstream thing that all the cool cats are part of and it doesn’t seem to be something that will die out any time soon.
We have seen fashion models go from uber skinny to seeing well built muscular frames on men and women in adverts and on the runway, plus the new divisions in bodybuilding- men’s physique and classic physique, have opened up many doors for more and more people to enter recreational lifting.
Let’s flip the coin
However, there is one thing that I can’t help but notice and that is the confusion between aesthetics and internal health. With mass popularity comes a lot of misinformation, that’s just the way life is, but I bet if you were to ask somebody what they thought physical health looked like, they would most probably mention a six pack, tan, muscles and a very lean frame as part of the package.
Or you could get a photo of an extremely ripped physique, male or female, then show it to people and ask their opinion, I would put money on it that because these people grace front covers, get very good sponsors and media coverage, that they perceived as the epitome of health.
Truth be told
While a person can simultaneously have a lean, muscular physique and have healthy organs, it doesn’t mean this is always the case. Many people achieve this look with extreme dieting that makes performance suffer, if done for too long it can severely tax a person’s organs and also impede hormonal and immune function.
You could get a random person off the street and compare health with said model and chances are the person who has never trained may be in ‘better’ overall shape at that time. Why? They may have a more balanced lifestyle and benefit from things like body fat percentage, being well fed and rested etc.
The effect on extreme dieting mental mood could also have serious negative impacts, when it gets to this point, balance has been completely thrown out of the window. Let’s strive to ‘feel good, look good.’ (If you are competing, that’s a different story. ;))
This isn’t me bashing bodybuilding or aesthetics either, I’m just pointing out the difference between ‘looking healthy’ and being healthy. Always keep both goals in your training plan, don’t over train, don’t starve and don’t obsess.
Your body will thank you in the long run and it’s the only body you have.
Chief editor of Zveron