by Matt Weik
If you clicked on this article to learn how we can all be grateful that everyone with the Arnold Classic 2020 is safe through all precautions and that the coronavirus has been kept away, this is not this article. In fact, I'm over the whole fear of coronavirus, which I think is disproportionate.
The Arnold Classic 2020 was shaken by the bad news about the cancellation of the fair and most events without spectators. But for me, I've seen some absolutely amazing things from the Arnold Classic 2020 that we all have to pay close attention to because that's what makes bodybuilding so special.
All forms of athletics travel through bodybuilding
The Arnold Classic 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Paul Michael Levesque, aka Triple H (WWE Vice President, Actor and Hall of Fame Wrestler). During his speech, he talked about what it was like bodybuilding and people like Arnold and many other bodybuilders who inspired him to change his physique.
He mentioned that without bodybuilding he would never have wrestled and achieved what he had done for his own sport. It really made me sit back and think about things. A few months ago, John Meadows released a YouTube video in which he and Philadelphia Eagles player Lane Johnson visited the IronSport Gym in Glenolden, PA to exercise. Lane mentioned that he had to build size (muscles) to do better against his opponents. What type of program did you use to achieve this? A bodybuilding program to promote hypertrophy.
You can also watch a sport where not many people are recognized for their hard work in the gym – basketball. Look at the NBA. Lebron James came into the league as a stick figure. Young, under-sized and yet extremely talented. Over the years, he has done the work in the weight room, increased in size considerably, and is now driving down the lane, being hit from all angles, and still making it to the tire to score.
Bodybuilding is the basis for many athletes, whether they realize it or not. While bodybuilders may never be great athletes, all athletes have to run in a bodybuilder's shoes from time to time to be the best in their sport. Size and strength play a role in most sports. Bodybuilding can ultimately help both.
The love of sport goes deeper than the financial gain
Think of other professional sports. There are athletes out there who make more than a million dollars every time they step onto the field or the field. It is absolutely crazy. Then you have bodybuilders who can step on the stage after a year of training to step on the stage for a night and show their bodies without leaving a dime. Even if a bodybuilder participates in competitions all year round, it will be difficult for him to ever see a million dollars a year from the competition.
The love of bodybuilding is different from any other sport out there. Bodybuilders love what they do. They have the passion to go to the gym every day to exercise. They put their bodies through hell and back just to be able to go on stage in their suitcases and demonstrate their hard work. Ask Lebron to go out on the court and play a few briefs and see what he says – it won't happen.
Bodybuilding money is nowhere near what other athletes get to do other sports. So it is clear that money is not the driving force for IFBB professionals. It is a true love and passion for what they do. People love to eat, but bodybuilders eat all the time. To the point where they don't want to watch another meal and the thought of eating is enough to make them sick. They essentially force-feed themselves to build a lean mass.
Bodybuilders are ready to put their bodies to the test to achieve the success they achieve on a professional stage. You get the crowd going. A bodybuilder's passion is almost as much for fans as for himself.
Check out the Arnold Classic 2020. Do you really think that bikini competitors in the top five do it for the money? Crap no. Top places only get a few thousand dollars. How about Dexter Jackson? Do you think he's been in the game as long as he has because of the money? Do you think he needed a Arnold Classic 2020 paycheck? No, the man just loves the sport of bodybuilding.
It is a true brotherhood
When you think of bodybuilding, it is impossible not to consider it a real brotherhood. They are brothers made of iron. Take a look around the gym. People you never knew before you became friends. They train next to them and push each other. You show up every day because someone else is holding you accountable. It's like being a family.
I feel like Big Ramy hit it on the head when he delivered his speech after receiving the Most Muscular award at the Arnold Classic 2020. He mentioned that last year was extremely difficult for him because he wasn't on stage. He missed not only the competition and the stage, but also his friends (the other competitors). Ramy talked about the fact that everyone he was on the line with was his friends, and he missed the feeling of being there shoulder to shoulder with them. It really showed bodybuilding on a deeper level and what sport means to so many people.
You can fight at a bodybuilding show with the person on either side of you, but at the end of the day everyone respects each other. While they may have wished they had placed themselves better, at the end of the show it is nothing but love. You can see that, especially with people like Cedric who have not placed exactly where he wants, but are always the first to shake someone's hand, give him a punch, ceremoniously hug him or grab someone and put him in the ear whispers a few words of wisdom and encouragement.
Heck, I think if more people acted like the bodybuilders at the Arnold Classic 2020, the world would be a much better place.