HBO_Special (Female Bodybuilding) Real Sports w/ Bryant Gumbel is a candid and honest interview for competitors, or those interested in the sport. For many viewers in the mainstream this was a surprise; not a surprise about the size of the athletes, but that the sport is not lucrative for female competitors in any way.
It's also hard for some to understand the hard work endured with so little glory. The women's bodybuilding prize money at the Arnold Classic is more than $100,000 less than the grand prize for men.
The video clip shows the negative aspects of female bodybuilding and the women who love the sport.
Mainstream acceptance is not high
The muscles may stand-out when a woman has a v-taper twice the size of a mans but the lack of support in general is another aspect that is only understood by a competitor. Blatant negative comments about size and femininity run rampant throughout the mainstream. Unfortunately, there is negativity among competitors also.
Drug use is rampant
Although Anabolic Steroids are rampant in many sports, bodybuilding, especially female bodybuilding, has an extremely negative reputation. The changes in femininity are the first thing noticed when it comes to female bodybuilding. For women the additional facial hair, loss of breast tissue, voice deepening voice and clitoral enlargement are symptoms that are irreversible.
Economic gains are minimal
There is no economic gain from being a top female bodybuilder. In this industry competitors come dead last behind promoters, photographers, supplements companies and magazines when it comes to earning potentials. It is not lucrative by any means and female bodybuilders give up so much of themselves for the pursuit of their dreams.
Private sessions are common practice
Private sessions have been a common practice for women bodybuilders to maintain their lifestyles. The sessions include activities like wrestling, grappling and lift and carries. Although some athleteshave allowed the sessions to turn into prostitution that is not the case for all.
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Lisa M. White
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