I think the bodybuilding lifestyle is enticing in particular to certain personality-types.
In a broader, general sense those of us that have been drawn to it often share many qualities.
Positively we are often hard-working, self-motivated, self reliant, organized, confident (at times), determined, dedicated, focused and have a penchant for self-improvement.
Consequently, we may also share some not so redeeming characteristics like possibly being self-involved, inflexible, insecure (at times), even appearing obnoxious, withdrawn, superficial, and self-indulgent.
As a young man that was lifting heavy weights, eating a ton of food, and learning as much as I could about the habits and lifestyle, my progress in building mass was very rapid.
A twenty-something man can quickly add muscle & body weight as there is an almost “perfect storm” hormone-wise internally.
The Iron Ceiling
One day, I happened to be scouring one of the monthly muscle periodicals and I came across an article that ruined my day.
The piece was about natural bodybuilding and ideal measurements based upon things such as height, structure and wrist size.
The article then went on to describe the absolute limitations of muscle that one could feasible achieve with perfect circumstances.
I ran the numbers and was instantly depressed.
Lets just say that according to the author I would fall very, very short of my goal of weighing two-hundred pounds and ripped to shreds even with every aspect of training & nutrition on point.
This actually bothered me for quite a while (in fact I was determined to be the exception to the rule by eating even more——that didn’t turn out too good.)
Looking back at this “dilemma” I have to laugh about it now.
The simple truth is that for improved aesthetic goals most people are better served at recomposing and refining and don’t necessarily need to add a ton of muscular weight.