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So you want to be a natural bodybuilder?  After reading this, not really . . . 

So you want to be a natural bodybuilder?  After reading this, not really . . . 

When it comes to pure muscle culture propaganda, few endeavors have captured the zeitgeist of how ridiculous bodybuilding can be quite like Pumping Iron and it's bastardized offspring films. But did you know that the most recent incarnation of this film project — Generation Iron — has its own offshoot web community? This alone would be Snoopable unto itself.  But this Snoop comes to us by way of our Mike (Legacy, Next Level 2006).

It's an "article" extolling the virtues of competing and turning professional as a drug free bodybuilder, portraying them as somehow remarkably noble and rewarding accomplishments unto themselves. Now, that alone sounds pretty innocuous. However, it's so bungled of a piece of blog writing that it seems to undo its own (quite overblown) attempt at making a point.

The article spends most of its time explaining why it's just not worth it to try to turn professional and natural bodybuilding. And just as you're about to step off the proverbial gym roof to meet your muscle flexing demise, he presents a feeble attempt at claiming that seeking out your professional status will somehow, magically reward you. He doesn't really explain how those rewards will manifest. ("Continuous improvement, small personal victories, and self- satisfaction," aren't exactly specific.)

It's one of the strangest undoings of a valid reason to compete in bodybuilding that we have seen in a while. It's rare that you actually see somebody demotivate while trying to inspire. So while this article is definitely not recommended for your armada of motivation, it's definitely good for a laugh.

Just like the rest of the Pumping Iron film anthology.