When an argument can work just as well against other sports, it ceases to be an argument against a specific sport.
You are taking my quote out of context. I gave six (6) specific reasons as to why bodybuilding could “potentially” be considered sinful. I will list them again for you here, in case you missed my prior post:
*The actual act of weightlifting, like any other exercise, is not sinful. In fact, when done properly, strengthening one’s muscles through weightlifting can be a healthy, life-prolonging activity.
Where you run into trouble with bodybuilding, however, is the following:
1.) Posing – Striking bodybuilding poses in the mirror can lead one to pay too much attention to one’s physical appearance, and could potentially lead to narcissism. An over-emphasis on one’s physical appearance at the detriment of one’s spirituality is not advisable.
2.) Attire – Professional bodybuilders typically wear skimpy attire, which would violate general guidelines of modesty advocated by the Church. Gyms that have athletes wearing this kind of attire are also inappropriate, as they promote immodest looks bordering on voyeurism.
3.) Drug use – Some bodybuilders abuse drugs for the purpose of improving strength, refining muscles, etc. This is not only illegal in some cases, but would also generally violate Church norms surrounding drug abuse.
4.) Homosexuality – There is a quite dominant part of male bodybuilding culture that is homosexual. This, again, goes against Church doctrine.
5.) Magazines – Most of the bodybuilding magazines are one step away from a Playboy or Playgirl magazine. The magazine reading material for the modern-day bodybuilder is awfully close to being pornographic.
6.) Music – Most of the athletic gyms play loud, sometimes Satanic music over the loudspeakers - music that advocates drug use, sex, etc. This can’t be healthy for an ordinary Catholic to bombard their ears with this kind of music for hours on end daily. *
This is not a complete blanket condemnation of the sport of bodybuilding. It’s simply pointing out the areas that are pitfalls for devout Catholics. One could, feasibly, engage in weightlifting to improve one’s strength and physique, without delving into the practices noted above.
Could you expand on this? These are not healthy things?
Correct. You mentioned the dehydration and diuretics utilized to prepare for a bodybuilding competition. These practices are unhealthy, especially if done in combination with steroid and drug abuse.
As would most sports I would argue. Could you point them out specifically?
See the comments noted above.
We are not talking about wrestling, or any other sport – only bodybuilding in this thread. Let’s stay on topic and not diverge into a multitude of “other” sports.
Just because another sport – such as wrestling – has some “sinful” or negative attributes, it does not follow that the sport of bodybuilding is therefore exempt from similar scrutiny. No one here is disputing that other sports – such as wrestling – could potentially have similar negative attributes.
So its okay to want to be fit (which is just another way of saying I want to look good - for most people) but saying you want to bodybuild (I want to look good by focusing on muscle size and strength) isn’t okay?
A person can become fit without drugs, without referencing near pornographic trade magazines, and without wearing skimpy attire, nor delving into narcissistic tendencies while working out out to Satanic music. That’s the difference. It’s the combination of all of these components that makes bodybuilding a poor choice for Catholics – all of which are quite common in the sport of bodybuilding.
The sport of bodybuilding has its own sub-culture, and its own set of mores and accepted practices that run directly contrary to Catholic doctrine.
And they continue to live long happy lives. Look at Mr.American Dream Arnie the Guv! People forget that he was a pro, and used drugs. Look at Rambo and Rocky, Sly Stallone.
There is a rather long list of well-known bodybuilders that have died prematurely, primarily due to drug abuse. According to Wade McNutt, a “natural” bodybuilder, he states:
"In the meantime we have an epidemic of top professionals who have died over the last few years including former muscle magazine media darlings “Andreas Munzer, Mohammed Benaziza, Paul Demayo, Don Youngblood, and an ever increasing list off dead athletes whose lives were cut short because of “Mass Monster Mania”.”