“Oh no. Not another meat-head…”
Because bodybuilders are stupid, right?
When I was growing up, this was a legitimate argument a family member used to deter me from lifting weights.
“You don’t want to end up like Arnold Schwarzenegger, do you? He sounds like a dumb robot. And Rocky? I can’t even understand what that muscle-head is saying when he talks!”
Thankfully, I didn’t listen.
Bodybuilders have been labelled with this “dumb muscle-head” mentality for decades and something tells me it’s not going to change any time soon.
Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s true.
Bodybuilders Are Stupid
If someone is in shape, it seems like it’s “okay” to brand them dumb.
I don’t understand this.
If anything, it’s hard fucking work learning how to keep your body in great shape all year round and usually the individuals making the accusations are simply jealous and bitter about themselves.
Arnold Schwarzenegger may sound robotic and dumb to some people, but to me he’s a guy who not only built a fantastic – understatement of the year – physique, he is a self-made millionaire – before 30 – who has established hugely successful careers in both acting and bodybuilding, and done more charity work than the vast majority of his naysayers.
Sylvester Stallone may sound unintelligible at times on screen, however he speaks this way due to an accident with forceps during his birth, not because he’s “a dumb meat-head”.
He’s also responsible for the creation of some of the most iconic movie characters and one of the best physiques to have ever graced he big screen.
Interestingly, Sly has an IQ of 160.
But much like his Rocky IV co-star – the equally intelligent Dolph Lundgren, who holds degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering – he’s often unfairly stereotyped for his love of the gym.
Nowadays, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is often dismissed as a musclebound wrestler who was in the right place at the right time.
Yet, after a string of smart career moves, he’ single-handedly cemented his position as Hollywood’s leading move star and one of social media’s most prolific celebrity profiles, and will go down in the books as one of the hardest working actors on the planet.
Enough Of This Nonsense
For years, gym lovers have been unfairly labelled “dumb muscle-heads” by those who simply cannot understand their dedication.
In fact, if you fall victim to this nonsensical stereotype in your own life, it’s worth remembering that the type of people who sweepingly dismiss you as “dumb” just because you have a muscular physique are usually the first to cry “discrimination” if you were to call them tubby.
But instead of stooping to their level, you should instead point them in the direction of some interesting research conducted at the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
During this study, a team of researchers from the University of Texas looked at the relationship between exam performance and strength training. (1)
Interestingly, they found that subjects who participated in regular strength training achieved a significantly higher grade point average than those who did not.
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1. Keating, X. D., et al. “Association Of Weekly Strength Exercise Frequency And Academic Performance Among Students At A Large University In The United States.” J Strength Cond Res. 2013 Jul;27(7):1988-93.