Is Bodybuilding a Real Sport?

Is bodybuilding a sport? Every so often I see an argument on a forum or a comment on a blog where some critic claims that bodybuilding is not a real sport. Not only that, more often than not, there is usually some derogatory comment along the lines of, “Oily men in Speedos a sport? Come on!” In a recent interview on the Fitcast show, I was asked this question and I gave a (mostly) serious answer.

QUESTION: Tom, there have actually been some debates on the forums about whether body building is even a sport at all. What’s your response to the people who say it’s really not a sport?

ANSWER: I guess it depends on your definition of a sport. I know some people who say poker is a sport. I would call Poker a game, but hey, if you want to call it a sport if you’re a poker fan, more power to you. It’s just a label.

Depending on your definition, bodybuilding may or may not be a sport. So call it a competition if you prefer, because I don’t think anybody can argue with that. In fact a lot of us in bodybuilding use that phrase, “bodybuilding competition” a lot more often than we say the sport of bodybuilding.

I call it a sport, because to me it’s my sport and I think best sarms online sale that if something has a physical component and there’s competition involved, then it’s a sport. Bodybuilding has that.

Some people say, “That’s not a broad enough definition, there has to be skill, there has to be athleticism.” But who gets to decide the definition of skill or athleticism? The Olympic committee? High schools and universities? Some all-wise, all-knowing authority? Who gets to decide? Why don’t we just decide for ourselves and call it whatever we want to call it.

I think that some people would argue against bodybuilding being a sport because they say the judging is too subjective. For sure there is a degree of subjectivity but in bodybuilding the criteria for scoring are very clear. It’s n