The Man In The Mirror

Today’s generation; The Selfie era.

Yes, we are at the end of 2017 and fitness is the latest trend right now. Is that really a bad thing? The short answer is no. We all want to look and feel at our best right?

Fitness in the recent years has seen a rapid growth and has become a significant part of people’s day to day lives. Guys are working tirelessly to gain ultimate muscle definition, whilst the ladies are toning and squatting to perfect their slender shape. Although there is nothing wrong with an interest in fitness, GymCredible believes that we should stay true to ourselves.

2014, the year of ‘The selfie’. With a variety of social media platforms at our fingertips and manufacturers introducing smartphones focusing on taking great selfies, society has elevated the ‘selfie’ trend into a full on obsession. An extreme level of cyber connectivity and socialisation that is making us more anti-social and self-conscious, leading some people into a state of depression.

The trend has also become a massive hit in the fitness industry with thousands of ‘gym selfies’ making it onto the likes of Insta, Facebook and Twitter – How many of us admire someone else’s body and think, ‘I wish I could look like him or her?’

The truth is that we are so focused on how other people look by means of a social media obsession, that we no longer see ourselves in a good way, resulting in depressive frames of mind which can be linked to mild forms of a body image disorder.

BDD – Body Dysmorphic Disorder

BDD is a body-image disorder characterized by persistent and intrusive preoccupations with an imagined or slight defect in one’s appearance.

People with BDD can dislike any part of their body and in reality, a perceived defect may be only a slight imperfection or even non-existent. But for someone with BDD, the flaw is significant, often causing severe emotional distress and difficulties in daily functioning.

The causes of BDD are unclear, but certain biological and environmental factors may contribute to its development, including genetic predisposition, neurobiological factors such as malfunctioning of serotonin in the brain, personality traits, and life experiences.

Performance Enhancing

The ultimate ‘elephant in the room’ when it comes to the fitness industry and following on from the social media aspect comes another image problem that we all face.

Performance enhancing drugs are more common in the sports & fitness industry than most would like to admit, yet we all seem shocked when another sports personality finally gets busted for taking enhancing supplements. With the professionals now looking like a different species, some even un-human like, it leaves no doubt that drugs play a vital role in the fitness industry of today.

Whilst it seems to be a case of ‘each to their own’ performance enhancing drugs, in conjunction with social media are creating an unnatural image perception of how we should look. It is at this point here where we are going wrong as we are under a false illusion that the ‘image of perfection’ has been gained through natural workout and not with the help of enhancement drugs.

The most common enhancement drugs within the gym sector are anabolic steroids and surprisingly it’s no longer just a stigma attached to body building. Anabolic steroids are primarily used for muscle growth and stimulation during workout. But, they are also being used by those whom are wanting to get leaner as the testosterone levels plummet when the body enters a calorie deficit.

What’s more is that it isn’t just guys using enhancements, more and more ladies are turning to enhancements in pursuit of ‘the perfect body’ which they consider to be the definition of happiness.

Whilst we are under no illusion that drugs such as anabolic steroids should only be prescribed by registered pharmacists and are forbidden in most gyms, the main issue that people have is with the users that claim to be ‘natural’ rather than being honest. Look around the industry….

  • Gym users
  • Body Building
  • Professional sport
  • Olympics

Anabolic Steroids

PRO’s

  • Train harder and longer.
  • Helps build muscle mass.
  • Enhance endurance during sports.
  • Help with faster recovery time following strenuous regimes.

CON’s

  • Unwanted changes in appearance.
  • Some users experience paranoia.
  • Can induce unwanted mood swings.
  • Can cause aggression and violence.
  • Young users can suffer from abnormal growth.
  • Risk of high blood pressure, liver failure, stroke or heart attack.

LAW

  • Anabolic steroids are Class C drugs, to be sold only by pharmacists with a doctor’s prescription.
  • Possession or importing with intent to supply (which includes giving them to friends) is illegal and could lead to 14 years in prison and an unlimited fine.
  • It’s legal to possess or import steroids as long as they’re for personal use, only in person. Importation or exportation of steroids for personal use using postal, courier or freight services is now illegal.

Perception

GymCredible does not condone any use of prohibited drugs, especially those not prescribed by a registered pharmacist.

In this article, we are calling for a change in the way people present themselves to create a more open, honest environment by opening the eyes of people who have a clouded vision, chasing perfection that isn’t available to them naturally.

We believe that there should be a clear split between those who are natural and those taking enhancements;

  • Natural (No performance enhancements).
  • Assisted (Use of enhancements).

Once we begin to understand and accept that everyone is individual and not everyone has naturally gained their physique, we can focus on true happiness in our own bodies by not comparing ourselves with others, but by comparing ourselves to the man in the mirror….

His name? – Mr Reality.

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