Bodybuilding is unique because it’s the only sport where it consumes 24 hours of your day and 365 days of your year. For basketball or baseball or soccer, there are off-seasons, there are periods of time where the sport isn’t being played. But professional bodybuilders are ‘playing’ everyday. The 2 or 3 hours that a lifter puts in the gym is regarded as the easy part, the other 22 or 21 hours of the day is where the hard part comes into play. Diet and nutrition play a key role in sculpting a physique, that’s why professionals have to spend more time and effort OUT of the gym than in the gym.
But sometimes people take it a little too far and body dysmorphia becomes a real thing.
Here are several individuals who took bodybuilding a little too far.
1. In bodybuilding, it is important to breathe and exhale (especially heavy weight) since a lack of oxygen can make you pass out. In a video, you can see a young man pull a weight up to his shoulders before he executes a push press. But for some reason the boy topples over with the bar barely missing his face as he falls down. In the image, you can see the coach or trainer quickly rushing to his aid just as he is on the brink of falling backwards.
2. Spotters are essential to any serious weight lifter. Being trapped under a bar is never any fun and some gym injuries have even resulted in death. This gentleman is bench pressing in his basement gym but he is clearly struggling because he cannot get the weight off his chest. He is essentially pinned to the bench with the bar on top of him. Either get yourself a spotter, or don’t put the ‘clips’ on the ends of the bar so you can just ‘spill’ the weights off.
3. Even with a spotter, there is no 100% surefire safety net. A spotter needs to know what he or she is doing. If you’re struggling they should provide enough help where you still need to exert energy to finish the rep but are not fully fatiguing yourself. In this case, the spotter was not in a ready position to help his buddy when the lift got too difficult. He dropped over 300 pounds on his chest and is super lucky the bar didn’t land on his neck.
4. Here is an unfortunate case of synthol being used. Synthol is an oil that is a muscle filler. It is a substance that is ‘pinned’ between the skin and muscle giving it this ‘bloated’ or ‘ballooned’ look. A piece of muscle is usually dense and filled with striations, so an obvious sign of synthol use is the lack of detail or any definition on the muscle.
5. Picking the right spotter is very important. The spotter shown here clearly isn’t one of them. The weights are literally spilling off on one side and yet he remains motionless. The rest of the video shows the plates toppling onto the floor on his right side.
6. Another obvious sign of synthol use. The complete ballooning of this man’s arm accompanied with the lack of any definition, density or striations is a sign that this piece of muscle was not attained naturally.
7. You might be thinking: there’s nothing wrong with this photo, its just a jacked lady lifting some heavy weight! But as the video rolls on, the lady begins vomiting, projectile style. It got so bad that the judges who were watching her lift had to take a couple of steps back to avoid the splash.
8. Synthol use is dangerous—excessive use of the substance has resulted in explosions of muscle. Teens who are experiencing a high surge of hormones should not rely on exogenous substances for help. Their hormonal state is primed for optimal muscle growth.
9. A lot of people start on their bodybuilding journeys because they want to get a little more muscular, lose a bit of body fat, or a combination of both. This gentleman took it a little too far.
On a Brazilian TV show, World’s Most Extreme Bodies, Valdir made an appearance flexing his balloon-sized pecs and inflated biceps. He claimed that was tired of his ‘thinness’ and decided to completely change his look.
He claims to have used anabolic steroids to reach his size and plans on getting his lower body to match his upper body in the future. Viewers of the show argued that Valdir was using synthol, the muscle filler that is composed mostly of oil.
The side effects of synthol can be extremely dangerous as it can cause nerve damage, cysts, infections and ulcers just to name a few. He says he is ‘very happy’ with his body but wouldn’t recommend everyone to go on his ‘routine.’