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Old 04-16-2013, 05:51 AM   #1
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Saw a discussion on twitter about this. What do you guys think.

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Old 04-16-2013, 06:27 AM   #2
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Who gives a shit? I'm 340# and I'm pretty sure I look better than any 340# non-powerlifter.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:31 AM   #3
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Are most SHW very attractive to the public, prob not. Since when were pro BB though? There are tons of lean powerlifters. I am not one of them haha
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It depends on what you mean by "Aesthetic"...

I used to say that Bodybuilding Aesthetics seemed based on what would happen if you took the typical High School Varsity Quarterback and bulked him up to Real Man sized, and then a bit beyond...

As opposed to taking a Defensive Tackle or End and packing Even More Muscle on him.

Nowadays with Bodybuilders like Lee Hanney and Kai Green, this isn't true any longer...

Those guys are Brutes...

But look at Hollywood or Male Models...

And the whole thing revolves around the ideal of a man—or woman—with a Wasp-Waist...

And as my old Weight Coach used to say, "Extraordinary Power does not go along with a Wasp-Waist."

O yeah, you can find some exceptional dude with a 31" waist that can Squat more than me and you put together...

But these are Mutants—and probably juicing too.

Case in point:

Why do so few guys put much effort into developing a big thick neck?

Because a halfway muscular man with a 21" neck looks like a Brute—and many are trying to avoid looking too Masculine...


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i love powerlifters

i think they look lovely
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:36 AM   #6
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aesthetically pleasing according to whom?

Some swimming fans would say that modern day IFBB pros are not aesthetically pleasing.

Some bodybuilding fans would say swimmers are not aesthetically pleasing.

Many powerlifters who compete at lower weight classes look great by any standards. And many who compete in the higher weight classes look quite imposing too.
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I don't really care how everyone else looks. As long as my wife oohs and awwws over my definition, or lack there of, that is all that matters.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:19 PM   #8
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Opinions are like asses, everyone has em. Do what you want and enjoy good company, reject the ones who think they know whats best for you.

Im sure when i go to Daytona beach in 5 weeks most people will think im ridiculous for having my shirt off. Im also bigger and stronger than those people.
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Well if we're going that route, go to a natural bodybuilding show. The average natural bodybuilder is small, frail and has no abs.

People need to stop making generalizations. Most mid-card bodybuilders aren't aesthetically pleasing. Don't believe me go to a local natty show. It's a bunch of 162 men with very little muscle.

The top 10% look good. The rest are pretty sub-par.

I see just as many good natty physiques at powerlifting comps. People need to get out more and actually go to shows and meets.

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Even if someone is aiming for maximum muscularity naturally, they really cannot get that big. The waist in and of it's self requires years of ab work to gain an inch or two. Most powerlifters want to put up the highest numbers they can whether they're natural or not and don't really care about body fat percentages, so they look unappealing. But once a powerlifters cuts, they look better than most worried about aesthetics.

Personally I want to look good and have low body fat and do powerlifting, I know my numbers would suffer, ill be in a lower weight class. It's all a matter of what you want and care about...
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