Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
h a l f b a k e r y
If you need to ask, you can't afford it.

idea: add, search, annotate, link, view, overview, recent, by name, random

meta: news, help, about, links, report a problem

account: browse anonymously, or get an account and write.

user:
pass:
register,


                                                     

Asymmetrical Bodybuilding

"Battle of the bulge"
  (+24, -2)(+24, -2)(+24, -2)
(+24, -2)
  [vote for,
against]

Champion bodybuilders can look ridiculous to outsiders, so why not play up the idea a little more.

The idea here is to work out just one muscle of your body; and to make that muscle as out of proportion as possible to the rest of your body. For example, just one ab, or just one arm's biceps.

The winner of this contest will be the person who is as thin, flabby, and wimpy as possible in every part of their body except for the target muscle, which is as toned, pumped, huge, and sculpted as humanly possible.

Special exercises will need to be developed which zone in on one local muscle, with minimal development to the surrounding muscles.

And interestingly, the ideal candidate for this sport will not necessarily be a large-framed person; a thin floppy person may have more potential for contrast. Only the degree of contrast is judged; not the size of the muscle.

This sport reduces necessary gym time, too, and lets competitors have a life outside the weight room, because it takes less time to work just one muscle than the whole body.

phundug, Aug 30 2006

Wanna arm wrestle? http://sherpaguides...cb_fiddler_crab.jpg
[ldischler, Aug 30 2006]

Like this? http://www.plastics...ecomastia_39_01.jpg
[ldischler, Aug 30 2006]

also available for the face gym-face-ium
shameless link to own idea for Gym-face-ium [xenzag, Aug 30 2006]

It helps to be alien http://www.fantasti...images/n0/n3579.jpg
[normzone, Aug 31 2006]

(?) winner of the quadriceps discipline http://sixpop.com/i...images/60184894.jpg
[kinemojo, Sep 03 2006]

Lady in the water http://www.google.c...nViALD072tBw&zoom=1
At long last, an image suitable for consideration. [ye_river_xiv, Aug 16 2011]

German arm wrestler shows off his single Popeye-esque limb http://www.dailymai...eye-esque-limb.html
[tatterdemalion, Aug 17 2011]

[link]






       Should I make the first penis joke? Naw, I will stay above it.
Galbinus_Caeli, Aug 30 2006
  

       Some mountain climbers work build up their upper body while letting their legs atrophy. The legs are just dead weight to them.
ldischler, Aug 30 2006
  

       Professional badminton players may have one arm vastly contrasting in size with the other.   

       Maybe you could find a way of keeping the player in a totally supine position while still having free use of their good arm.
fridge duck, Aug 30 2006
  

       [Idischler]'s right on track. A fiddler crab would be a great emblem for the IABC (International Asymmetrical Bodybuilders' Conference)
phundug, Aug 30 2006
  

       most excellent idea +   

       ( I think mountain climbers use their legs a lot - so not sure about what you have said, but their necks are like twigs from all that craning up.)
xenzag, Aug 30 2006
  

       They meant rock climbers.
methinksnot, Aug 30 2006
  

       Eeeeel, I saw that show. At one point he had a huge hematoma (big red vein) sticking out and he didn't want to go to the hospital because they would discover he'd been using steroids. So he tried to..   

       ... y'know what? if you want to know, go watch this on TV because I don't want to scare the rest of you.
phundug, Aug 30 2006
  

       What about building all muscles down one side of the body only? Thus, the most comma-shaped contestant wins.
Texticle, Aug 30 2006
  

       In my teens, I worked in a travelling carnival, running a swing-the-hammer-ring-the-bell game. I was too puny to ring the bell, but I worked out a way to do it one handed, dramatically building up a lot of momentum. By the end of summer, my right arm was bulked, but the rest of me was still puny.   

       IIRC, bodybuilders used to not exercise their buttock muscles because they didn't want huge asses. I haven't looked to see if that's changed.   

       Yeah, bodybuilders are freaks. Let's go with it. [+]
baconbrain, Aug 31 2006
  

       Ummm, this is strongly reminding me of the film "The Lady in the Water..." and the letters WICTTISITMWIBNIIWR come to mind... Followed by... Oh, why bother.
ye_river_xiv, Aug 31 2006
  

       I promise, I've never seen that film.
phundug, Aug 31 2006
  

       well, blow me down! - I read the entire article on Greg Valentino.
I think it's sad that he didn't take that sort of drive and apply it somewhere that would have payed off.
Zimmy, Sep 02 2006
  

       Rowers also tend to develop asymetrically depending on whether they row bowside or strokeside.
wagster, Sep 03 2006
  

       When I was at school the wayward children all grew thick ears.
xenzag, Sep 03 2006
  

       Hilarious idea! Will develop into an entire fetishist industry. More markets! More joy!
django, Sep 03 2006
  

       Lady in the water: see link.
ye_river_xiv, Aug 16 2011
  

       Fencing's another sport where this happens.
mouseposture, Aug 16 2011
  

       Two articles I read in the past spring to mind, neither of which I can (read: have the desire to) cite at the moment:   

       One, written by an Olympic athlete, about living inside the Olympic Village during the games, specifically about being able to guess other athlete's events by looking at their body types; bicyclists with huge legs and scrawny arms, kayakers with massive upper bodies and stick-figure legs, etc.   

       Another, possibly apocryphal, about a journalist who was assigned to do a spread on pro arm wrestling and chose to cover the event HST-style; he worked out his right arm almost exclusively for a month, only to show up at his first event and learn that the pros are required to wrestle with both arms.
Alterother, Aug 17 2011
  

       arm wrestlers, and some type of olympic weight lifters tend to have very disproportional muscles.
metarinka, Aug 20 2011
  
      
[annotate]
  


 

back: main index

business  computer  culture  fashion  food  halfbakery  home  other  product  public  science  sport  vehicle