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. I agree, and I see what you are saying
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. In combination with drug use is a nothing statement. There is no proof that diuretic practise is dangerous when combined with anabolics. Pulled this out from nowhere. Coupled with the fact that in most cases, dehydration is very light and not done for more than a day, probably only for about 6-12 hours before a show depending on the circumstances. Again, this may be unhealthy in a small short term way, but nothing to be concerned about. In fact, most people probably dehydrate themselves all day long anyway and are probably less hydrated then most bodybuilders are!
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. But other sports are in need of mention, because whats good for the goose is good for the gander
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. I understand the point here, but again see my above comment. We seem to give bodybuilding a lot of negativity without even considering what we would find normal in other sports
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 Completely bias statement. And indeed, even a tad over-the-top and nonsensical. Stating the obvious. Yes, a person can do all those things. But you are trying to correlate these things and fit them in where they have no place. Not only that, but again, being fit and bodybuilding are two different things. 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. No, they are not all quite common. At all. You are not only bias, but you are speaking from outsider experience with your bias.
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.Not true at all. Again, every single sub-culture on this planet has negative sides or groups to it. Do we condemn them for some negativity? No.
There is a rather long list of well-known bodybuilders that have died prematurely, primarily due to drug abuse. **I would be rather intrerested to see this list. I have had this argument before on the bodybuilding forum I frequent, and the person I argued with gave about 3 obscure names who didn’t even die as a result of drug use. This is also a nothing point because it is selective information. Many people have died in many different sports as a ‘result’ of that sport. But do we condemn that sport? Again, no. So even if 100 people died from drug usage - they died from drug usage not bodybuilding. And then, if you insist on relating the two, what about the other 10000000 people that didn’t die? And what about other sports? **