Why are bodybuilders and powerlifters outcasted in the fitness community?
I am disapointed that the majority of fitness professionals and health professionals havd no respect for bodybuilders, powerlifters, strongman, olympic weightlifters and ect. It seems they are regarded ass brainless supplement and steroid abusers and i find it sad. That the people that push human limits in physique and strength are conisdered non educated in what they do and that anyone with a medical phd is regarded as more knowledgeable in training for that. It makes no sense in my opinion. That these book smart people get a degree and all of a sudden become body tramsforming experts.
I looked at your profile and saw that you describe your specialty as body building and power-lifting. I also saw that you have a personal trainer certification through ACE.
I cannot speak for the 'majority of health and fitness professionals'; I can only speak for myself. I respect anybody who strives to be the best they can be in their chosen sport. Ultimately, I don't even care what they put into their bodies. However, if they choose to compete at certain levels, I expect them to comply with the rules set forth for their sport. I was deeply saddened when the news about Lance Armstrong's steroid use was confirmed after years of denial.
The sports you have listed are all often associated with the use of substances that gives advantages over their competition. Why else would there be 'natural bodybuilding' as opposed to unnatural (?) 'bodybuilding'? And the guys in the first category look different from the ones in the latter. All of this would still not bother me if the substances in question were not dangerous to the users themselves. That does not make them brainless but it makes me question their judgment.
There are enough athletes that enjoy their sports and are not using any of that. They train very specifically for their goals and certainly transform their bodies in remarkable ways. It takes a fair amount of knowledge and dedication to achieve that.
Not having a medical degree but a decent knowledge of the body's functioning, I like to consider myself an expert at helping people be healthier and fitter through exercise. It would not cross my mind to train a person for power lifting, and I cannot imagine that an aspiring power lifter would come to me for training. However, I have exchanged some tips and ideas with a competitor in the strongman contest on how to develop intrinsic stabilization and hopefully avert injury.
Whether people are treated with respect depends on the way they carry themselves. I suspect that you yourself have been subjected to the stereotypical prejudices that are directed towards all of those disciplines. It will be up to you to earn the respect through your example.
I do think you need to consider what many strength athletes think of "functional" trainers, pilates, yoga, etc. In many cases, it isn't so one-sided. I find that people are often intimidated by what they don't know. So, if what you don't know is men and women throwing around heavy weights, I can see how it can be easy for people to be confused and dismiss these sports.
Like I said before, I like to keep everything in the middle as much as possible. I may still me slightly biased towards strength training and strength sports, but I think most methods of training have something to offer to my clients.
Everyone has their own way of doing things
Acting in a professional manner is important in all jobs, not just this one.
I think that powerlifters may seem like they are outcasts in this industry however I think they have just formed their own groups and prefer to workout with those similar to themselves.
This could be said across the board.
I have the utmost respect for anyone who can stick with a program long enough to achieve their goals, let alone, great status in their field.
It makes me wonder if the people you speak about are truly "health professionals"?
My respect goes to those who truly do things naturally. It saddens me, but, the "cheaters" are the only ones I tend to lose respect for, who do not follow rules or care about health.
We can only hope that one day the world will be more accepting of differing viewpoints.
I don't think the problem is with the sports you have mentioned, because I personally believe that bodybuilding, powerlifting and the strongman competitions have influenced our industry tremendously. I have used many protocols and principles from those sports into my own training and the training of my clients. The issue in these sports is with those athletes and/or participants who use drugs to accomplish their goals and be the best they can be. Even though drugs exist in every sport (it's a different story if not everyone who uses gets caught), bodybuilding, strongman and powerlifting have a large number of competitors who are steroid users and this type of activity makes them less credible among the rest of us. The same goes for every athlete who uses steroids to climb the ladder.