Yes, they do, by the people in the actual "Bodybuilding Community" and I think that's the most important part. People that aren't in the community critics because they don't understand, so I think it is better off that it is tight knit and somewhat "underground" if that makes sense.
Bodybuilding competitions do not garner wider public attention because it is a niche sport, it's the same as windsurfing or competition fishing, most people are not interested. I also think the steroid use puts the public off. The big pro competitions have become a freak show.
In all fairness, I think that the sport doesn't get the attention it deserves. It is a wonderful sport with very spectacular shows, but sadly enough very few people are exposed to it. I squarely put this lack of exposure on the Bodybuilding Community since they haven't done alot to advertise and promote the sport. If it was well promoted it would definitely have caught the attention of many. Bottom-line the sport hasn't been given the attention it deserves thanks to what I call insufficient Promotion or advertisement by the relevant bodies!
iGreek wrote:Yeah, I think that the thought of steroid use puts off a lot of people. They think an averagely built guy is on steroids. It's pretty funny, but sad.
Speaking of Steroids, aren't they being used by some bodybuilders? Please shed more light on this issue if you can. This is because many of the people I do discuss with ,actually believe that most bodybuilders do are on steroids.
They get the notice they need from the athletes and the supporters of the sport. However, if you are thinking about the main support of the games then they do not because they are not as popular as the football or other sports.
Living in New York, there's plenty of competitions and I know many people who compete. I think in bigger cities Bodybuilding are more common. I even had a Bodybuilding competition in the High School I went to when I was younger, and it's been a tradition there.