Bodybuilding is absolutely not a sport. Competition, yes; sport, no. Miss America contestants go through a lot of the same preparations before their competition, the dieting and the workouts. Both are different types of beauty competitions, but the fact is that bodybuilding is just a beauty competition. (I do not mean any disrespect to any bodybuilders because their have worked their asses off to acheive the results that they have, I have nothing but respect for them)
The process of bodybuilding (lifting weights in the gym) is close to being labeled as a sport, but not quite. Powerlifting is a sport. Competeing to see who can lift the most weight requires greater physical performance than others. Crossfit is also a sport when individuals compete to finish a course in the faster time. A true sport typically has a clear winner, the winner of a sport should never be decided because one person “looks better”
Typically any sport that needs to be “judged” is not a sport. (Figureskating, gymnastics, etc.)
For some reason most people fear bodybuilders in the gym. They dont want to end up like beasts.
However, they dont seem to realize the dedication it takes to change the body’s composition like that.
When it comes to nutrition, weight loss and muscle gain, bodybuilders cant be scorned because that is what they are competing in.
Under the definition that Karin posted, I will have to agree that it is a sport. But, you have to keep in mind that it is not a clean sport because of all the drugs and chemicals that are been used (or abused) by the competitors. Not a great example to follow. I have more respect for those bodybuilders who are in this naturally and stay away from drug use, than those who devote themselves in perfecting the way of drug use in order to achieve their goals. Then again, pool table competitions, NASCAR driving, archery, pistol shooting, bowling and other activities that really don’t focused primarily on the improvement of the body (but more on the skill), are also considered sports under the definition.
Bodybuilding can be a sport. Bodybuilders are judged on their appearance but…they train.
The training may be different than basketball, hockey or lacrosse training but the need to physically train (in order to compete) would qualify bodybuilding as a sport.
The irony is that all the training is for a competition that involves very little movement!