The Real Meaning Behind Bodybuilding

Triumphs for Malaysian bodybuilders at world meet in Hungary

The answer is you could theoretically start as young as 13 or 14 and train under supervision with weights that are not too heavy. At the other end of the scale - you are never too old to start a training routine, providing that your doctor has given you a proper medical test. Even those who have suffered heart attacks will benefit from training to improve their cardio or strengthen their muscle fibers. Nowadays, its more and more common to see fitness centres used for rehabilitation of injuries. Working out with weights strengthens muscles and as long as you receive professional advice, strengthening muscles around a certain injury can be extremely beneficial. Bodybuilding and strongman competitions began in the 19th century, but it was in the 1930s that they really began to grow in popularity, and the term "bodybuilding" emerged. One of the first Mr Americas was John Grimek, who built his physique almost entirely with barbells and dumbbells. The coming of Arnold Schwarzenegger gave a whole new revival of bodybuilding and took it to yet another level. Major competitions these days include Mr Universe, Mr Olympia and the Arnold Classic, with cash prizes sometimes running into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, not to mention lucrative sponsorship deals There are a few myths that should be cleared concerning bodybuilding. Muscle cannot turn into fat any more than fat can turn into muscle. In any active sport your appetite will be far greater as you consume far more energy. Source -

Bodybuilding Obsession Leading To 'Bigorexia'

Thailand's Sawaeng Panapoi won the men's bodybuilding 80kg (176 lbs.) category, and fellow Thai Roontawan Jindasing took home the gold for the women's fitness physique in the 165cm (5' 4") class. This pushed up the total Thai wins to five. Hungarian Jennifer Toth won the women's junior gold, and Dorottya Nemeth won the over 165cm gold went to capture the fourth top slot by Hungarian women. Ali Sorour Poor of Iran won the 170cm (5'6") division, and Aghil Moradi won in the 180cm (5'10") category. India, Kazakhstan, South Korea, and Ukraine each earned one gold. Women's model physique at 160cm was won by Daniya Tleumbetova of Kazakhstan, and women's model physique at 165cm was won by Lee Huang Mi of South Korea. China's Sun Ruifen took second place. Sun also placed third in the 165cm women's fitness physique category. Ankur Sharma of India won the men's bodybuilding 85kg (187 lbs.). Women's junior model physique category was won by Ukraine's Daria Malsak. Source -

Muscle dysmorphia has been described as a reverse form of anorexia, with sufferers believing they are never muscular enough. Relatively little is known about the disorder, nicknamed 'bigorexia', as it was only formally recognised by doctors in 1997. Dr Stuart Murray, a world expert on muscle dysmorphia, has estimated around 1% of the UK population has the illness or symptoms of it, but that could be just a fraction of the real picture because many sufferers are too ashamed to seek treatment. "When we look at the literature over the last three decades we've seen the number of men dissatisfied with their body triple," he said. "There's data suggesting men would be prepared to sacrifice years off their life for bigger biceps for instance which wasn't even heard of in the 70s or 80s, in the lay public at least." Sufferers often adopt strict dietary regimes and would find it terrifying to miss a gym session. Dr Murray said: "A gentleman I was working with had a broken wrist and he continued to train because the pain of potentially losing muscle far outweighed the pain of training with a broken wrist." Edouard 'Spyk' Gheur, a former Hollywood stuntman, bodybuilder and model, used to consume 10,000 calories per day and spend six hours a day, six days a week in the gym. But despite being 18 stone and abnormally muscular in the eyes of those around him, he still felt small. He told Sky News: "I just never felt big enough. Every morning I'd wake up go to the bathroom and look in the mirror and I was thinking 'I need to be bigger'." But his obsession came to a dramatic end when he suffered a heart attack after years of using steroids to help him achieve his impossible goal. His main artery exploded, leaving him in a coma for six weeks. Source -

5th World Bodybuilding and Physique Championships Results

Sazali led the way through pre-judging and maintained his form in the final to notch a historic triumph for Malaysia. The Batu Pahat-born sub-inspector clinched his first Mr Universe title in the 65kg category (bantamweight) in Malacca in 2000, followed by wins in Moscow (2004) and Ostrava, Czech Republic (2006). Sazali later shifted to the lightweight (70kg) category and won it on his first attempt in Jeju, South Korea (2007) before notching wins in Dubai (2009), Varanasi, India (2010), Malacca (2011) and Bangkok (2012). Sazali, an eight-time Mr Asia champion, was close to tears after the judges awarded him the title. "It is satisfying after having failed to retain my Mr Asia title in August," said Sazali in Hungary yesterday. "I spent hours in the gym prior to this event. Age is not on my side and it is getting tougher in training. "This is why I am delighted to become the champion again especially as I was up against younger competitors. Hopefully, I can bring home a gold medal in next month's Myanmar Sea Games." Sazali is the last Malaysian Sea Games gold medallist in bodybuilding, achieved in Vietnam, a decade ago. Source -