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Originated in the late 18 th century. The sport really took off in the 70’s with Arnold Schwarzenegger taking over the bodybuilding scene. With his film Pumping Iron, Arnold was a major success, this movie showed a new aspect to the sport of bodybuilding.
From then on the International Federation of Bodybuilders took complete control of the sport, over the AAU in hopes to give bodybuilders the center stage and not entirely only Olympic Lifters.
In 2000 the IFBB made a bid to enter bodybuilding into the 2004 Athens Olympics but was unsuccessful.
In recent years the sport has further more progressed has more and more young people strive to more be athletic and active.
The only downside to the growth of this sport is the ever growing pandemic of steroid abuse
- Bodybuilders train beyond the limit because they are 200% dedicated to this sport. They train like a hockey player would train for the playoffs. There goal is to physically exert there body to the ultimate limit. There mission is to have the most absolute “freakish physique.” There is never satisfaction, a bodybuilder always strives for more. In some cases these athletes physically look inhuman to the naked eye, but to themselves they appear small.
To be a Bodybuilder one must be mentally and physically strong. The demands in this sport are immense and do take a major toll on the body. The main goal is to block out the pain and to carry on and train to max!