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The Sport of Bodybuilding and the Use of Legal Steroids

Updated on May 5, 2020
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Nathan McNatty is a Bodybuilding Blogger and Sports Performance Enhancement Specialist for Muscle Labs USA.

Bodybuilding - In The Beginning

Bodybuilding became popular somewhere in the 1950's and it has taken many forms over the last several decades. As early as 1880, weightlifting was initially only for the purpose of developing strength. Muscle mass and fat loss was simply a side effect of strength development. However, in the 1960's the idea of building a well rounded physique filled a cosmetic purpose. After all, what was not to love about having a body that was respected by men and adored by women?

How Did Bodybuilding Become a Sport

Weighlifting delivered the benefits of increased confidence, better health, more stamina, more strength, and a body that was more attractive. As time went on and more gyms opened up, men became competitive with their physiques, and so it began.

The First Bodybuilding Competition

Technically speaking Eugene Sandow organized the first bodybuilding contest on September 14 1901. It was called the "Great Competition". However, this competition was more about physical feats of strength than it was the development of muscles.

On December 28, 1903 the first large-scale bodybuilding competition in United States took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The competition was promoted by Bernarr Macfadden, the publisher of original bodybuilding magazines such as Health & Strength. The winner was Al Treloar, who was titled as "The Most Perfectly Developed Man in the World".

Why Did Bodybuilders Start Using Steroids

As the years went on, the bodybuilding grew in popularity. Cash prizes and sponsorships became a part of the sport and this took the competition to a new level. Anabolic steroids were previously used in the Olympics to maximize performance and bodybuilder's were aware of the enhancement benefits.



This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Nathan McNatty

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