Thursday, January 9, 2014

False Perception, Body Dysmorphia And The Social Media


We live in a world where bodies of athletes taking grams of illegal drugs such as anabolic steroids are put on a pedestal. Millions of people are sharing photos of bodybuilders and other strength athletes everyday vie online social media. Usually, the images are accompanied with some kind of a cliche quote like: “Shoot for the moon, and even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.”, “If you can't stay the heat, stay you of the kitchen.”, “How bad do you want it?”...etc. While of this is an amusing activity in itself what is happening has also negative consequences since an opportunity for development of false perception is present.

I have news for you: it's all an illusion and the lifestyle of fitness and bodybuilding professional is a well orchestrated pipe dream meant to produce financial gains for some due to the ignorance of others. Since online social media have become a catalyst for the human narcissism sites like Facebook are also responsible for the cult of the steroid bodies which have become the norm.

IronGangsta is not against sharing photos over the Internet. The real problem hides in the fact that as always people fall for a classic Hollywood like scam, and in the end of the day remain frustrated and even hate themselves because they cannot achieve something that seems to come so easy to others.

If you are not 8% body fat, you are “phat”.

If you don't have 18 inches “ripped” arms with bulging muscles, you are a “fagget who should try lifting some weights.”

Similar language is quite common on bodybuilding forums where all it takes to convince someone that you are not using steroids and all your “gainz” are real is to just say: “I am a natural bodybuilder and you are just jelly (slang for jealous).” The illusion has grown so much that people have accepted the bodies of professional fitness models as something “natural” and even supposedly easily achievable by anyone who trains hard and eats plenty of vegetables. If you fail – it's your genetics that are to blame! {More on genetics here}.
How does someone who is not perfect feel when he or she lists through photos of professional fitness models who look like they've came straight out of Photoshop? It's like being a broke person in an expensive restaurant – you just feel weird and others look down on you. Most of the time people even start criticizing themselves for not being good enough, to the point where self-hatred eats them from the inside out.

Thinking bad things about yourself is never a good thing – it's like having a computer virus damaging your otherwise well working software. Therefor it makes perfect sense to limit your possible sources of viruses such as Facebook

IronGangsta's advice is to be more realistic and to try to see through the fake in front of you and appreciate yourself a little more. Sometimes it's very hard, but as Bruce Lee has said:


“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”

15 comments:

  1. What do you think this guy is using? Link is photo of him in 2010. Check out the progress. Claims to trani hard and work hard and being sponsored by NutriForce. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=481489785297959&set=pb.274969942616612.-2207520000.1389304236.&type=3&theater

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    1. The vascularity and hardness at that size is suspicious. I don't know what he is using but most likely what all fitness model use. You know what I am talking about?

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    2. I know what you talking about :) 3 years training, big transformation. You have a nice blog and i felt like giving something back by showing you all this guy transformation. It´s interesting because he really wants to be "Ron Coleman big".

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    3. Thanks for the support. I hope this site is useful to you.

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  2. Correction: "train hard and eat a lot" lol

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  3. Guys, come on, you are getting ridiculous now.
    That guy is clearly natural.
    I personally have looked 10 times better than this guy in my younger days.
    You are hurting your own ability to get in shape when you attribute EVERYONE who is in good shape is on drugs.
    If you think like this, you will never even train, because you will think it is pointless if you are not on drugs.
    You can get in shape without steroids guys, I hate to rain on your parade, but it is true.

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    1. Do you think he can go from this- https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=481489785297959&set=pb.274969942616612.-2207520000.1389304236.&type=3&theater TO THIS - https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=494833267296944&set=pb.274969942616612.-2207520000.1389351268.&type=3&theater as a natural? I think the maximum he could achieve naturally would be this.-https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=462667810513490&set=pb.274969942616612.-2207520000.1389351607.&type=3&theater

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  4. Your best post so far... good job!

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  5. Regarding Bruce Lee... and I know I might get totally slained by informing this, but he (yes, even he doped) actually died from alergic reaction from a mix of drugs and steroids. It would have been totally impossible for me to accept such a thing regarding one of my 'Gods' in my teens... but today I belive it... and still think he was fantastic. Anyone looking deeper into the man that was Bruce Lee, knows these things: He was a vain man that took great care dressing according to the latest fashion and kept up with the current trends, ideas and topics. He mixed with the Hong Kong and the LA 'in crowd' in what was the liberal late 60's early 70's. Most people 'experimented' with many things back then. He held a membership card at Golds Gym, at a time where bodybuilding was beginning to make some noise and steroids were not illegal. He was very dynamic, showing spells of extremelly high activity with frequent temper tantrums followed by spells of isolation and deep self reflection = clear signs of some people with a history of abuse (but does not have to be of course). He felt and expressed the pressure of always being in 'the publics eye', always noticed and every move scrutinized etc... so why would he not use what 'help' there was at hand to look and to feel his best? Interviews of different people close to him, like an old one with Chuck Norris and a current one with William Cheung, says it out loud and clear: Bruce Lee died from a swelling of the brain from an alergic reaction to a mix of drugs and steroids. Don't take my word for it... use things like youtube and google and look it up... and please don't kill the messenger!

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    1. Bruce Lee was just a human. There are a lot of fairy tales where he plays the main role.

      Thanks for the post.

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    2. Bruce wanted to be the best! He felt that taking steroids would help on back injuries!

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  6. Another intelligent and mischievous delivery of absolute truth! I am an entertainer and producer, and the pressure to look 'Hollywood' is a constant nag. Your post have helped me, in twenty minutes, to realize that even with good genetics, most guys are only going to achieve a certain level of success (without juice). My dad was a semi-pro bodybuilder who couldn't win for shit because he was all natural. I'd rather be deadly (self-defense/life and death training) than huge (for a bunch of golddigging trick skanks). Dude, thanks again, 4 real!!!

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  7. I thought I'd better correct my screen name before some troll ass so martial arts wanna internet warrior tries to check my temperature!

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  8. Thanks for the support and the comments.

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