Fitness, how we know it at present, appears to be a rather modern innovation, something that indistinctly began in the 70s. However, physical exercise evidently dates much further back, to a period where individuals didn’t think of it as exercise or workout, but instead a lifestyle practice.
Bodybuilding as a Form of Art
Today, fitness is seen as art. For instance, bodybuilding at its utmost degree isn’t merely a sport, but an exhibition of fine art. To a certain level, bodybuilding and art are very much similar.
An artist begins with three items, an empty canvas, a concept and the medium needed to create something spectacular. Similarly, a bodybuilder needs a blank canvas (their body), a vision and the tools needed to achieve this vision.
Any person could go to a fitness center and any person could hold a paintbrush, a pen or any other medium of art, however, to transform the physique into something remarkable as well as to create an amazing and one-of-a-kind art piece, that needs something out of the ordinary.
Very similar to sculptures of Greece in ancient times, bodybuilders, through rigorous yet careful weight training, need to sculpt their physiques into the form so as to have that ripped body build of the peak human condition. The work and effort exerted by every athlete to brave the task of sculpting their physique into bodybuilder perfection is far from simple, such as how sculptors mold clay into precision.
Ancient Greek sculptures created three-dimensional arts that probed the human form in its well-defined and well-muscled shape.
They sought to encapsulate the picture of exceptional greatness, bodily forms that any man was almost impossible to achieve.
That was the situation in early times at least. At present, there are numerous bodybuilders who have attained and even surpassed what was pictured in Greek sculptures.
Many bodybuilders aren’t new to the outlook of bodybuilding being regarded as a form of art. For instance, Kai Greene is a picture-perfect exemplar of how professional bodybuilding isn’t purely a sporting affair, but rather a form of art too. The professional bodybuilder is well recognized for his rather unusual but artful routine of posing. Greene’s approach toward bodybuilding is much similar to those sculptures by the ancient Greeks, wherein a dialogue to the spectators is created, a channel of communication expressing that the human physique at its supreme is the most amazing and impressive form of art to perceive.