View Full Version : Popular misconceptions about bodybuilders and gym rats.
08-26-2002, 02:03 PM
So, what are your favourites??? I hear new ones all the time, so I thought I'd start a comedy topic about the funniest, most ridiculous, and favourite misconceptions!
Mine is that all male gym rats and bodybuilders, and generally guys who take care of themselves or spend more than $1.25 on their wardrobe are either players, or some other form of non-gentleman. This one is kind of annoying, cause for me anyway, i was always raised to be a gentleman and treat my girls like gold, and I like to look good for myself, but unfortuantely, some girls think that I must be an asshole cause of the way I dress, or because I take care of myself.
Another one is that bodybuilders are dumbasses :-) a mate of mine is working on his pHd in kinesiology, and he gets that one all the time! Just thought I'd throw that one in for him! I notice alot of other people on here are either university students, or alumni, or generally smart people cause of some of the organic chemistry and terms they use, as well as their general understanding of human physiology, which isn't really an easy topic! (IE I remember seeing somewhere a discussion on 5-carbon chain esters pertaining to AS), so I guess that would be another good misconception!
08-26-2002, 02:09 PM
One common misconception is that they spend their days on message boards posting stupid questions.
08-26-2002, 02:22 PM
That they pump up their biceps before they go clubbing.
08-26-2002, 02:23 PM
A false assumption is that people who take good care of themselves are gay :\
That it's necessary to spend 2 hours in the gym daily to look good.
08-26-2002, 03:07 PM
if u look good dress good and are built ur gay.
08-26-2002, 03:13 PM
Hmm, well, this is my week off work before I head back to University, just finished my summer job. To be honest, I don't feel like doing alot today, so here I sit. Got a better idea as to how I could spend the last week of freedom before I have to start busting my a*s again? To be honest, this week, all I am doing is fishing, hitting the gym, and sitting at home relaxing my brain. So obviously, I am gonna make some posts just to amuse myself... I find boredom to be one of the best ways to relax.
And Paul, the biceps pumping thing was directly related to the other thread, which coincidentally is exactally what I posted as a reply to someone asking if I was doing it to pick up............. I don't usually do anything of the sort, and to be honest, I usually laugh at the guys that pull that kind of bullsh*t, hence the question about if it would be detrimental to this weeks work.
08-26-2002, 03:35 PM
1. that size equals strength---Unfortunately, a vast majority of the female population (plenty of males also) seem to think that you must be weak if you aren't big. They don't seem to understand that muscle weighs more than fat and a pound of muscle takes up less space a pound of fat does. Yet, people like me who are very lean get disrespected all the time because we aren't "big".
Let's do the math:
Person A: 5-9 165# 6.5% bodyfat
Person B: 5-9 185# 20% bodyfat
Sure, person B will be a lot "bigger" than person A, but if you look at the lean body masses, person A is 154 while person B is at 148. Also, person A probably does more impressive lifts than person B. One more thing, I bet if person A quit lifting for a few months, and gained 20 pounds of pure fat, many ignorant people would think they got a lot stronger. After all, person A would be bigger and still have an average bodyfat percentage around 17 percent!
08-26-2002, 03:46 PM
One of my favorites: Being muscular makes you slow and not flexible. If you really believe this, please bow and step onto the mat.
08-26-2002, 03:48 PM
I dont think muscle is actually 3 times as dense as fat.
"5-carbon chain esters pertaining to AS"
well... thats not so complicated. I had that **** in chemistry when i was what... 14
08-26-2002, 05:41 PM
I went back and checked on the density of muscle as compared to fat and got all kinds of different density comparison numbers online (anywhere from 22% to 300% more), so I guess it would be safer to say that it simply is more dense. My guess is that maybe the body's hydration level affects how much more dense muscle is at any given time.
08-26-2002, 07:37 PM
You have to have an European accent to get big.
I think a common misconception is that Belial's straight :D
08-26-2002, 07:59 PM
Not after you slept over, chasey pooh. How could I be?
08-26-2002, 08:00 PM
PS- Jane, I'm kicking your ass later for laughing.
08-26-2002, 08:02 PM
Belial just got rung up at Gay-Mart!
08-26-2002, 08:03 PM
I'm reporting this thread to a moderator.
lol, dude, another rough day in the spin class?
08-26-2002, 08:08 PM
The fat lady gave me a wedgie. :(
PS--According to Kimpy, you'd hurt your foot. :D
08-26-2002, 08:17 PM
lol @ jane's friend fondling her ass.
08-26-2002, 09:13 PM
I think the biggest misconception is that they aren't all a bunch of closet-homos. Cause they are. Especially me.
A typical misconception I face as a female is that people always ask what sport I'm lifting for.
"This is my sport. I just like lifting."
And then I get a slightly strange look and complete lack of understanding. Ah well.
08-26-2002, 10:34 PM
That I'm mean and violent. (I am, but still.:()
08-27-2002, 04:48 AM
oh geez...where do i start?
1. Muscleheads are dumb
2. Lifting weights har and havy will make a woman bulk-up and i must want to look like chyna.
3. lotsa cardio and low-calories are the way to get in shape.
4. You must spend hours in a gym to look good.
5. women who weight-train like men must be lesbians.
that about covers it for now.
08-27-2002, 05:22 AM
that the bigger they are, the harder they are
they can beat up anyone they outlift
08-27-2002, 06:11 AM
that if you lift weights and you are big then you are tough
therefor if someone smaller who thinks they are tough walks past you in the street they have to try and fight you to prove their toughness to everyone else
08-27-2002, 07:32 AM
One of my favourites is
"Aren't you afraid of ruining your body for when you're older?"
Believe it or not I've heard this one from many people. They get all shocked when I tell them that I never plan to STOP lifting and that it will hlpe me be healthier when I'm older.
08-27-2002, 07:39 AM
I like the one where people say "All of your muscle is going to turn to fat when you're old." Then I beg them to explain to me how that process works. It's kind of funny to hear people try to explain, even when they don't know, that muscle breaks down into fat. Then, of course, I explain to them that eating fly larvae will keep the muscle from turning into fat 100% of the time and that those are the measures I will have to take.
everybody at my school "knows" I use steroids, but when in reality I dont know how they look or whatever.
Why cant bodybuilding get acceptance like all the other sports, tennis and all that crap is on tv all the time, and tennis is like watching old people having sex, they miss alot and cant do it with much variation.
08-28-2002, 08:32 AM
"I just want to cut" I get this alot, and by guys that are 130-140lb of pure bones..hahahaha
08-28-2002, 08:42 AM
all sillyness aside, Facts about my gym
the % of people who are criminals is def higher than than in the general population
the % of people that are likely to turn agressive is def higher
the average completed education is def lower.
its more this gym than gyms in general tho. I think it is because it is the cheapest (and the best, to all who know the difference between good material and expensive material) gym in town.
08-28-2002, 08:58 AM
My favorites are, and some of these have been mentioned already:
We're all players.
All we care about is the way we look. (vain as hell)
We have no personalities (had a girl that was shocked after talking to another gym rat that he could carry on a conversation. She didn't know anything about him other then the fact he lifted, yet expected him to be a moron)
You get huge after two days in the gym
We spend every day there, at least for an hour or two
This is not really a general misconception, but heard it from a few people lately, so I'll add it in. Bodybuilders muscles are useless. Was asking someone why he was doing high reps (like 20) and found out it was because it would make a better muscles. Big guys that aim for low reps apparently just look good, but don't have any strength behind them.
08-29-2002, 08:52 AM
people that think lean guys are weak... or toothpicks... im 6'1" 165... so that automatically makes me weak... I HATE IT!
08-29-2002, 08:57 AM
those who Just want to "tone"
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