Introduction to - The Paradox Of Muscle
Picture an image of pure muscle. Whom springs to mind? Is it Arnie in his prime? Or perhaps Sly in the Rambo series? Or your favourite fitness model? There is no doubt a well muscled body looks impressive. Veins everywhere, muscles bulging, skin glistening. A well muscled body commands respect before the owner of the body opens his or her mouth. That is why so many (majority of whom are men) seek to get it. However, is it all that it seems? Sure, it looks the picture of health, almost ultimate health - but is it really that healthy? What if I told you possibly not? What if I told you without the use of certain pharmaceuticals their bodies would look a shadow of their former self and ironically they would probably be healthier. This ladies and gentleman is the paradox of muscle.
Not All Muscle Is Bad
Not all muscle is bad. The organic muscle obtained from sporting endeavours is natural and healthy and something to achieve and inspire to. The fake muscle is not. Our opinion of fake muscle is the weight to fat ratio. If someone is six-foot, two hundred and fifty pounds and lower than ten percent body fat, then they are getting help from somewhere (anabolic steroids). It is not natural. It can't be done. Period. On the other hand, six-foot, two hundred pounds and lower than ten percent body fat then yes it can be done. That is believable. But will they look like the stars mentioned above? Not a chance in hell!
In saying that, you can still build a great physique naturally. Focus yourself on a physique that is a little more 'normal' looking. Focus on the guy that got the aforementioned stars into the sport. Focus on Hercules himself - Mr Steve Reeves.
Steve Reeves, in his prime was arguably the most genetically gifted natural bodybuilder on the planet. Arnie is considered the poster boy for the sport of bodybuilding but Reeves is what galvanised Arnie and Stallone to begin. Reeves was their poster boy. By today's standards he would be considered to have a more athletic build in comparison to the modern-day Mr Olympians but make no mistake he was in perfect proportion. Large delts, Large chest, perfect ‘v shape’ taper and strong legs. He had it all.
There is still conspiracies whether even Reeves himself got 'help' to get his physique as testosterone use was around even in the late 40s early 50s. The testosterone thing doesn't wash with us because it wasn't common knowledge at the time that testosterone could help with muscle size. Eastern Europe were using it for weightlifting purposes, so the correlation that more testosterone equals more strength was there but not for muscle size as that was not the goal. Anyway the proof in the pudding is in how one ages. Look at pictures when reeves was supposed to be an oap and look how solid he remained. That tells you all you need to know. No later health problems due to hormonal abuse, he was just the perfect athlete. Some are lucky. Some are not.
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