Most bodybuilders’ overriding reason for continuing to train like animals is that they want to be as far from normal as possible.
A normal guy would never consider voluntarily subjecting himself to the agonizing pain and lactic acid buildup of a heavy leg workout. He doesn’t want to lift anything heavier than a slice of pizza or the TV remote control, and he certainly wouldn’t think of 400-pound squats as fun. Normal men have soft, flabby bodies and bellies that hang over their belts. Bodybuilders strive for a rock-hard six-pack. Average guys blend in with the crowd.
Bodybuilders want to stand out. They want everyone to know instantly that they’ve put in a lot of very hard work at the gym. If you want to blend into the faceless herd, that’s fine. But if you’re a serious bodybuilder, being called ‘normal’ would be a terrible insult. IM