If a person Google fitness competitions for the state of Utah or probably just about anywhere, the results are dominated by body building competitions. Now before all the body builders start throwing fruit and vegetables at the author, we say hail to all the hours and diligence in the gym of these steadfast weightlifting enthusiasts who have the iron will power to continually watch their diet to look fantastic in their underwear. Now the question arrives. Can or should body building be used as a marker for fitness? They religiously lift their weights in the gym week in and week out throughout the entire year. They push themselves to lift as heavy weight as possible for muscle mass, followed by super strict nutritional dieting during their pre-contest season. Even though this article is to all competitors, those bodybuilders who induce anabolic steroids into their bodies at any time during training are automatically ruled out or disqualified from the fitness questionnaire.
Now, assuming those that are still standing in the bodybuilding arena are what they call “natural” or not using sports enhancing drugs of any type, can they be counted as a model of human fitness when they step up on the stage? Well, as for body fat ratio, they are at the top of the fitness chart. Wonderful! Now, if the body building world starts taking blood pressures, heart rates, cholesterol levels, respirations per minute, along with flexibility contest for the normal public – will our zero percent body fat goliaths still be considered healthy? Oh yeah,…lets also put them through a bone analyses to see if their bone health equals their muscle mass - theoretically it should. This age old question has a few obvious answers, but the rest will have to remain in the hands or heart of the body building federation along with every honest body builder who cares about life after their competition.