I’m not here to debate about whether or not professional bodybuilding is steroids vs natural, I’m not here to figure out who the best Mr. Olympia in history is, and I’m not here to tell you that one guy has been doing things way better than another. Hell, the Olympia competition has branched out into all kinds of other fitness related things outside just the base bodybuilding of the men. What I am here to talk about, though, is the Mr. Olympia competition (event, etc) and why that should matter to you, the fitness minded individual.
Joe Weidner started the International Federation of Body Builders (IFBB) and the Mr. Olympia competition as a way for the Mr. Universe winners to compete against each other. This is a difference between amateur and professional, too, but there is no doubt that the best and biggest in the world of bodybuilding have all come to compete for Mr. Olympia over the last 50 years. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Mr. Olympia competition and I decided that on the morning of the kick off of the event (it starts 11 hours from when this is posted) that now was a good time to address the Mr. Olympia and why it matters.
Professional bodybuilders, particularly the ones who compete in the Mr. Olympia competition, are masters of the human body. Forget whether or not you think they’re too big or they are doping or something else, and forget whether or not these people are wasting time bulking up. Think about the idea of people being able to control how the body develops, muscle building, and they also know what to put into the body (for nutrition) in order to best facilitate that particular muscle growth.
If I’m going to be bodybuilding in any form, I’m going to be listening to Phil Heath, Kai Greene, Jay Cutler, Branch Warren, and guys like that because they know what they’re doing. They’ve PROVEN that they know how to get the job done.
These guys know how to build muscle. They know how to shape a body and they know how to eat in order to shape that body. If you want to be something more defined than what you are or if you want to be some sort of Greek adonis, you want to enlist the advice of these Mr. Olympia competitors.
Like I said, I’m not going to debate whether they are natural, doped, sane, crazy, or anything of the sort. I’m just talking about big guys that know how to make their physiques look exactly the way they want them to.
I’m interested in becoming an aesthetic looking individual who is healthy and fit. In order to accomplish that, and the whole reason for the Fitness Specter writing on this website, I want to do things like the Mr. Olympia people are doing, just not to that extreme. I want to look good, be strong, and feel good about everything I’m doing. I want to be healthy. I want to be fit.
That is why Mr. Olympia matters. Those guys are paving the way for the rest of us to do things correctly. They are making sure that we can all eat correctly without being forced to eat what governments have deemed “safe for human consumption.” It’s time to be better than that.