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Why Bodybuilders Quit?

Nov 18, 2021 - permalink

Every bodybuilder (female bodybuilders only) begin their bodybuilding journey with the idea of being the best version of themselves. They all train to be the best amongst the best and continue on that path for a long time. But suddenly, out of nowhere they either quit the field of bodybuilding citing various reasons.

Why does this happen? Is it because they've achieved what they intended? Or because they did not enjoy the bodybuilding lifestyle anymore? Share your views, opinions on the same.

Nov 18, 2021 - permalink

I think there's another post about this most of the user's in it agreed that girls who rush into the sport (get big quick) experience burnout fast then quit others said that steroid use takes it's toll on them after a while and they're not ok with the effects.

Wish I could remember the name of this post it's a good read. ☺

Nov 18, 2021 - permalink

There's a similar thread on here about girls who quit early on. But there's plenty of reasons why. For most, it's because bodybuilding as a lifestyle is hardly sustainable, physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially.

There's been a lot of deaths in the bodybuilding community this year, and many speculate it has to do with the intense performance-enhancing drug use that comes into play. You won't last long constantly abusing them.

In terms of finances, for women there's almost no money in it. You'll see many women create an OnlyFans or herbicepscam account to scrape up enough money to support their lifestyles. Some are lucky enough to have a partner that can help, but even then, that's not always enough.

Another reason is scrutiny. Because of spaces like this, it's easy to forget that muscular women are still considered odd by normal standards. There was a write-up sometime ago about Emery Miller being judged for her muscles so badly that she cried. There was a young bodybuilder (Georgia something) who apparently gave it up after her boyfriend was mocked for dating her. Keep in mind, we're not talking about a fitness model here. This girl was BEEFY. You would have thought Schwarzenegger himself was her trainer.

Paige Sendgren was another young bodybuilder who stopped for a time because her boyfriend wasn't fond of her packing on size. She's slowly making her return, though.

A big reason that maybe gets overlooked because we don't like to talk about it much... the fans. Female bodybuilding can attract a weird bunch sometimes. Maybe it's because some people are used to this being a private fetish. Maybe it's because, like most fanbases, there's always going to be a few who take it to the extreme. But some women end up having bad experiences with admirers, and it turns them off from that world entirely. Tarna Alderman was a bodybuilder who sited that as one of the reasons why she stopped competing.

There's probably plenty more reasons I didn't mention, but those are the ones that I can think of right now that are usually the biggies.

Nov 18, 2021 - permalink

A big reason that maybe gets overlooked because we don't like to talk about it much... the fans. Female bodybuilding can attract a weird bunch sometimes. Maybe it's because some people are used to this being a private fetish. Maybe it's because, like most fanbases, there's always going to be a few who take it to the extreme. But some women end up having bad experiences with admirers, and it turns them off from that world entirely. Tarna Alderman was a bodybuilder who sited that as one of the reasons why she stopped competing.

The disrespect.. I wish this was talked about more it's too noticeable at times and makes us all look like incels.

Nov 18, 2021 - edited Nov 18, 2021 - permalink

The fanbase can be rough, and then the rest of the world can sometimes see them as considerably less than desirable (look at some of the negative comments you can see on the Instagram page of someone like Kristen Nun) .

To sustain it as a woman, I think you have to have a serious commitment to the sport as an ideal or even some kind of genderfluid/muscle fetish thing going on (for instance, Paige Dumars wants to present as more masculine, and Chelsea Dion definitely strikes me as someone who gets off on seeing her own growth).

Nov 21, 2021 - permalink

In addition to what people have said about the dangers and expenses of drug use, the social opprobrium, and the weirdo fan base ...

Maybe, at some point, especially the older they get, they just get tired of spending their lives in the gym?

Nov 21, 2021 - permalink

Physical, financial and emotional tolls. A combo of all three

Nov 21, 2021 - permalink

Another big reason is family planning. Not very compatible with getting pregnant and having kids.

Nov 21, 2021 - permalink

The biggest reason is they don't want to take roids anymore.

Most other reasons are sort of excuses to cover up this one, whether we like to admit it or not.

Nov 21, 2021 - permalink

I think it's simply a temporary phase of life. I'm talking about bodybuilding with focus on competitions. That's simply no life, the competition lifestyle is not really that healthy in the long term. But there's something in between, most women will keep staying active going to gym with a softer approach regarding diets and schedule. Some completely quit maybe cuz their experiences into BB world were not so good. Also our bodies are keep changing, even more on women, and you're gonna feel you need a different lifestyle. Pretty sure there's not a general and only one reason but many ones and they can be different for each other.

Nov 21, 2021 - permalink

Im pretty sure many FBBs get demotivated after placing low in competitions. Sooner or later they quit.

Nov 21, 2021 - edited Nov 21, 2021 - permalink

Physical, financial and emotional tolls. A combo of all three

Very true Rob on all three!

My own wife herself is an amateur bodybuilder for fun. She loves the sport after when I introduced her to it in Russia where she is from. I'm a bodybuilder as well but also personal trainer and I work as a bank investor full time. So I'm well off financially to cover the expenses to go into bodybuilding for me and my wife. We currently live in Las Vegas where we set up our own home hardcore gym just like what Gold's Gym has in Venice Beach where I used to work many years ago. Also my wife cannot have children due to a car accident she was involved in in Russian. So our expenses are basically with each other and we can enjoy it on our incredible interest. But this is not the same for a lot of fbb's out there who are, and let's face it, not financially well off. Some fbb's have to strip in strip clubs to make a comfortable living for themselves and only themselves and from what me and my wife personally saw when we were moving from Chicago to Las Vegas. We stopped by clubs here and there just to ease the tensing and stress of moving. Emotional we are very happy with our bodies because we succeeded in getting our bodies to huge level. And honestly a lot of the neighbours love our look. But bodybuilding in all is a total devotion. People should know what they are getting into when it comes to bodybuilding.

Nov 21, 2021 - permalink

Another big reason is family planning. Not very compatible with getting pregnant and having kids.

Exactly what happened to Katy "Anabolic Angel" Cook.

Nov 21, 2021 - permalink

We agree with most of the reasons here, but the most applicable reason is missing…. IT’S HARD!

The lifestyle is 24/7, 365 days a year. You have to watch what you eat all the time and train 6 days a week, day in and day out. If you have a partner to share this lifestyle with it’s a bit easier but doing it on your own is brutal. The people who stay in this sport for more than 8-10 years are either truly dedicated to the sport and love it, or are OCD.

Nov 21, 2021 - permalink

We agree with most of the reasons here, but the most applicable reason is missing…. IT’S HARD!

The lifestyle is 24/7, 365 days a year. You have to watch what you eat all the time and train 6 days a week, day in and day out. If you have a partner to share this lifestyle with it’s a bit easier but doing it on your own is brutal. The people who stay in this sport for more than 8-10 years are either truly dedicated to the sport and love it, or are OCD.

Absolutely right. Devotion and dedication is really the key to bodybuilding.

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