The way in which a person wraps their brain around the definition of certain titles, such as "Bodybuilder" and applies context, can a make a distinct difference in what they view.
In the biological, physiological, and in medical terms, any one person whom partakes in a form of fitness and is consistent to the point of obtaining progress and/or meeting goals, are bodybuilders. It doesn't matter whether another human being wants to tag or classify it as: A Power Lifter, A Body Builder, A Weight Lifter, A Marathon Athlete, A Triathlon Athlete, A Gymnast, A body weight only person, Football player, Basketball player, A Recreational Lifter, medical necessity to improve health, etc, or what have you.
In each case exampled, "the body is in fact building/rebuilding" due to the progressive stresses applied.
The difference in these brief examples are in the "methods applied" (and applied focus) to earn their personal goals, but ALL are building and rebuilding the body to bring about certain bodily improvements--be it strength/muscle improvements, or cardiovascular conditioning improvements.
There is no competitive stage required here with the exception of personally applied competitive goals, and personally applied aspirations to compete with and against other people other than their self. It doesn't matter which they choose, as they are equally important to the individual person.
Continuing with the example above, there are many persons in this world, who have the desire to only battle the beasts of the self, are extremely meticulous in their diet and training, are very consistent, and never set a foot on stage in a competitive event. The only desire is to set their own personal stage (and in some cases even rival the ones whom partake, and the people they associate with, and/or come in contact with). Classifications just through common sense, have to be applied in competing events because of the variables involved in the "type of competition", but this doesn't declassify a person with "like" goals whom do not compete--they are all EQUALLY IMPORTANT on the personal level, with the variable differences stemming from the degree of serious, will, want, and desire, to achieve what they want.
Its pretty simple, really. Not as difficult as some may make it.
After losing 40+ unwanted lbs:
Last edited by Chillen; 03-16-2012 at 03:56 PM.