BODYBUILDING- LIVING WORKS OF ART
Events and endeavors out of the ordinary have always intrigued mankind. Feats that reaffirm faith in the strength and fortitude of man have captured our imagination for eons. Exploration of the limits of human perseverance and endurance has gained popularity and visibility in the past few decades, with the advent of social media and global connectivity. And one of the foremost and prominent examples of such events is bodybuilding.
The fascination with muscled and conditioned bodies began as early as ancient Greece and Egypt. In all the famous scriptures and artwork of several civilizations, gods and heroes were depicted as towering physical specimens, with bodies encased in muscle, not an ounce of fat on them. This glorification of physical prowess led to an obsession with developing impressivephysiques, which has continued to this day.
This sport has seen gradual and exponential growth and improvement over the ages. Eugen Sandow was the first individual to gain fame for his well-proportioned and conditioned body, and is credited with being the ‘Father of modern bodybuilding’. He organized several shows and competitions starting from the late 19th century, and is credited with popularizing the sport, and taking it beyond its initial gimmicky image. His contributions to the sport are so crucial that the trophy of the premier bodybuilding competition in the world, the Mr. Olympia, is named after him.
As the sport gradually gained popularity, several regulatory and promotional organizations cropped up, notably the International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness (IFBB) and the National Physique Committee (NPC), which are still actively involved in the promotionand development of the sport. Since 1965, the IFBB has conducted the Mr. Olympia competition annually, which is now recognized as the top competition in this sport. Any athlete who wins the Mr. Olympia title inherits the mantle of the best bodybuilder in the world. Several athletes such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lee Haney, Dorian Yates, Ronnie Coleman, and the current Mr. Olympia, Phil Heath, have attained almost legendary status through their exploits on this platform.
The fundamentals of bodybuilding have remained constant through the ages.
- Diet: – Any bodybuilder will testify to the importance of a diet. Muscles are made in the kitchen, and every professional bodybuilder is accompanied by a nutritionist to ensure he is always on the top of his game.
- Training: – Physical rigor is a bodybuilders’ constant companion. New developments and innovations are made every day in the sphere of exercise, to keep the body in a perpetual state of growth and development.
- Rest: – The body needs to recover sufficiently in order to be able to grow. Proper sleep and recovery are vital to a bodybuilder.