Real Bodybuilders

Saturday, August 14, 2010
Posted in category Fitness

In the Republic of the Congo, here are a group of men in a makeshift gym with a bunch of “stuff” cobbled together to make gym equipment that mimics the standard equipment found in the West. They are doing traditional bodybuilding exercises as opposed to functional fitness, but hey, this is sensational given that they are all probably very poor.

One thing that I picked out immediately: the “naturalness” of their bodies, unlike with western bodybuilders. Every one of these men has a tiny, packed waist – no bulging abdomens or unsightly ripple-rolls that are the result of drugs, both illegal and legal. Also, no carb-induced pot bellies here, either. And certainly, none of these men are carrying around sacks of visceral fat while they focus on building huge shoulders and arms, like the typical American, part-time gym bum.

After watching the video, contrast those healthy, natural bodies with that of a man who has access to all kinds of magic potions and magic potion givers, Jay Cutler (Mr. Olympia). Via the Conditioning Research blog.

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8 Responses to Real Bodybuilders

  1. Todd S. says:

    August 14th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Cutler and his ilk just look ridiculous. I think the pinnacle of human form is somewhere between gymnast body and sprinter body.

  2. Jeremiah says:

    August 15th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Frank Zane comes to mind, there’s a old school classic. Not the pumped up drug-zillas that pass for bodybuilders nowadays.

  3. Karen De Coster says:

    August 16th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    I have photos of me with Zane – he was a work of art.

  4. Mark D. says:

    August 17th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Steve Reeves and Jack Lalanne definitely come to mind as well.

  5. Michael says:

    August 17th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    These walking chemistry sets are no different than people who “dine” at fast food joints 7-days a week. They are willingly destroying their bodies; the difference is simply vanity versus laziness.

  6. Karen De Coster says:

    August 17th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Mark D. — I second that. Look also at Frank Zane:

    He is so perfect that he stops my breathing for about 60 seconds.

  7. Mark D says:

    August 18th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Karen, I agree. Frank Zane is a sight to behold; check out this site as well:

    They have some great examples of the “old” physical ideal vs the “new” one.

  8. Kait says:

    September 30th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    This is so cool! Love their gym. And they look pretty awesome, as far as bodybuilders go (usually ick me out a bit). Probably eating plenty of cassava, yams, sweet potatoes, taro, rice, and the like, though. You know, the real food, non-potbelly-inducing carbohydrates.

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