·

Natural Bodybuilding vs Unnatural: Key Differences That Impact Your Fitness Journey

Natural Bodybuilding vs Unnatural: The moment you set foot in a gym, you're bombarded with an array of choices about how to achieve your fitness goals. Among the most contentious debates in the fitness world is natural bodybuilding vs unnatural bodybuilding. Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned lifter, making an informed decision in this area can have profound implications on your health, performance, and overall well-being.

Understanding Natural Bodybuilding

First, let's define what natural bodybuilding entails. Essentially, natural bodybuilding avoids the use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) such as steroids, growth hormones, and other synthetic substances aimed at accelerating muscle growth or improving performance. Instead, natural bodybuilders rely on rigorous training, balanced diets, and sometimes natural supplements like protein powders and creatine.

Benefits of Natural Bodybuilding

  • Healthier Lifestyle: One of the main advantages of natural bodybuilding is that it supports a healthier lifestyle. Without the use of PEDs, you significantly reduce the risk of developing serious health issues such as heart disease, liver damage, and hormonal imbalances.
  • Ethical Considerations: Staying natural aligns with ethical standards in sports and fitness. Competing without artificial enhancement fosters a fair playing field and respects the integrity of competition.
  • Sustainability: Natural bodybuilding offers a more sustainable approach to fitness. The emphasis on balanced nutrition and consistent training makes it easier to maintain gains and reduces the likelihood of dramatic setbacks.
  • Long-Term Safety: The absence of PEDs lowers the likelihood of long-term health complications, ensuring that you can maintain a bodybuilding regimen over the years without adverse side effects.

Unnatural Bodybuilding: The Other Side of the Coin

Unnatural bodybuilding, on the other hand, incorporates the use of PEDs to achieve rapid muscle growth and enhanced performance. These substances can deliver quicker results but come with a wide array of risks and controversial aspects.

Benefits of Unnatural Bodybuilding

  • Faster Gains: The most obvious advantage of using PEDs is that they can significantly accelerate muscle growth and performance improvements.
  • High-Level Competition: For those aspiring to compete at the highest levels, the use of PEDs can sometimes be seen as necessary to level the playing field, given that some competitors may also be using them.

Risks of Unnatural Bodybuilding

  • Health Risks: The use of steroids and other PEDs can lead to severe health issues, including increased risk of heart disease, liver problems, kidney damage, and hormonal disorders.
  • Ethical Dilemmas: Using PEDs often violates the rules of most competitive sports and bodybuilding federations, leading to disqualifications and tarnished reputations.
  • Dependency: Relying on artificial enhancements can create a dependency, making it difficult to maintain muscle mass and performance once the substances are discontinued.
  • Legal Risks: Many PEDs are illegal or require a prescription, posing legal risks to individuals who use them without appropriate authorization.

Training and Diet: A Comparative Analysis

Both natural and unnatural bodybuilders need to follow disciplined training regimes and dietary plans, but the approach might differ based on their underlying principles.

Natural Bodybuilding

Natural bodybuilders often need to focus intensively on consuming a balanced diet that includes enough protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Supplements like whey protein, creatine, and BCAAs can also be helpful but are not mandatory.

Unnatural Bodybuilding

For those who opt for PEDs, the training can be more intense and the dietary requirements even stricter. Often, the rapid muscle gains require consuming a surplus of calories and a very high protein intake, balanced by the use of various substances to mitigate potential side effects.

Finding Your Path

The choice between natural and unnatural bodybuilding largely depends on your goals, ethics, and willingness to accept potential risks. Both paths require dedication, but one emphasizes long-term health and sustainability while the other offers accelerated results at the cost of potential health issues and ethical dilemmas.

Are you ready to invest the time and effort for a natural, sustainable approach, or are the rapid gains of the unnatural route more appealing despite the associated risks? Whatever you choose, make sure it aligns with your long-term health and fitness goals. Your choice today can affect the quality of your health and your ability to enjoy life to its fullest.


Best sellers

MAJOR LUTIE 7ft Barbells Chrome 20kg Home Gym - Basic 2 MAJOR LUTIE 7ft Barbells Chrome 20kg Home Gym - Basic 1

MAJOR FITNESS 7ft Barbell 20kg Home Gym - Basic

MAJOR 7ft Olympic Barbell bar built from solid alloy steel, ensure strength and durability. Silvery is finished with chrome.Black is  finished with electrophoresis. Diamond knurling for a secure grip; Rotating sleeves to reduce pressure on wrists and forearms. Get a full body workout or target specific muscle groups, great for short people to do squat, hip thrust, dead lift. Perfect fit for home gym. Measures 86.6 inches in overall length; between the sleeves length is 52 inches; 16 inches loadable sleeve length; 2-inch sleeve diameter to accommodate Olympic plate(2-inch); weights approximately 45lb and can support a weight capacity of up to 750lbs. The superior design of our Olympic Weight Bar allows for a wide variety of workouts, all designed to help you gain lean body mass, lose fat, lower your overall weight and improve your general fitness level and health condition.
Regular price
$259.99
Sale price
$259.99
Regular price
Unit price
 per 
MAJOR FITNESS Low Bounce Bumper Plates Olympic Weight Plates 10LB-55LB Set MAJOR FITNESS Low Bounce Bumper Plates Olympic Weight Plates 10LB-55LB Set

MAJOR FITNESS Low Bounce Bumper Plates Olympic Weight Plates 10LB-55LB Set

MAJOR Olympic Weight Plates Set fits all Olympic barbells with 2-inch sleeves.  A good bumper plate set is the centerpiece for modern HIT training. Perform Olympic lifts, squats, and deadlifts safely and confidently with our tough. 100% High-Density natural rubber durable with a low-bounce, withstand repeated drops. Protect any type of floor and your bars. Expertly designed stainless steel "hooked" insert that remains firmly seated, keeps balance. Color-coded for easy identification from a distance, Perfect for large training facilities, garage gyms, and school weight rooms. Please Note: Our 55LB plates, available in pairs or sets, feature the Supgym logo. This is our former sub-brand. Rest assured, these plates maintain the same exceptional standard as our Major Fitness range, making them perfectly suited for your ideal home gym setup.
Regular price
From $99.99
Sale price
From $99.99
Regular price
Unit price
 per 
Major Fitness adjustable workout bench Major Fitness adjustable weight bench

MAJOR FITNESS Adjustable Bench | 1300Lbs Capacity Weight Bench PLT01

【Commercial Weight Bench】MAJOR Adjustable Bench PLT01 was tested by most fitness experts to design a weight bench that meets most training requirements. It's called PLT01. This is your best choice if you need to equip your home gym. Its durability is beyond your imagination. 【About PLT01】17.7" comfortable height by commercial standards. Adopts a unique triangular structure design and commercial-grade square steel. After thousands of tests, the maximum load is up to 1300 pounds to ensure safety for workouts every time. 8 backrest positions and 4 seat positions allow you to adjust to the position you want at any time. 【Powerful Support from Commercial Quality】No need to adjust the position with any knobs or pin, None of these provide effective protection during training. As for the PLT01, you just lift it to adjust it to your desired position. Additionally, Our backrest support bar features a dual-track design that provides extreme stability and safety for your training. 【Commercial Quality Soft Padding】The material is the same as the gym equipment; the cushion design of PLT01 will be larger, 31.5" long, 8.3" wide, and 2.5" thick cushion meet most people's needs. The PLT01 is fully ergonomically designed. 【Easy Assemble & Move】Weight bench is almost completely assembled. You only need to spend a few minutes screwing on the screws to get a commercial-quality weight bench. The bench had an extra handle and two wheels for you quickly move it in the home gym.
Regular price
From $259.99
Sale price
From $259.99
Regular price
$399.99
Unit price
 per 
smith machine home gym spirit b52 Major Fitness smith machine home gym spirit b52

MAJOR FITNESS All-In-One Home Gym Smith Machine Spirit B52

5-in-1 Strength Training System in a Single Machine Supports Free Weight and Smith Machine Workouts Upgraded Adjustable Foot Plate and 6 Band Pegs Premium Cable Pulley System for functional Training Independent Dual Pulley System for multiple user workouts Heavy-Duty build for safe and steady usage  
Regular price
From $1,499.99
Sale price
From $1,499.99
Regular price
$1,499.99
Unit price
 per 
home gym power rack raptor f22 black home gym power rack raptor f22 black front view

MAJOR FITNESS All-In-One Home Gym Power Rack F22

Ultimate Fusion of Power and Aesthetics Perfect for Intermediate to Advanced Users Enhanced Versatility with 6 Band Pegs Ultra-stable Structure Dual Independent Pulley System 17 Height Adjustable Holes 800 lbs Reinforced Safety Arms Capacity Max Capacity on Pulley System 300 lbs on Each Side
Regular price
From $929.99
Sale price
From $929.99
Regular price
$929.99
Unit price
 per 
Major Fitness home gym power rack lightning f35 black Major Fitness home gym power rack lightning f35 black front view

MAJOR FITNESS All-In-One Home Gym Folding Power Rack Lightning F35

Unique Foldable Design 4 Functional Systems Integration 7 Adjustable Folding Angles 15 Adjustable Height Options Double Pulley System Various Practical Attachments Included
Regular price
From $949.99
Sale price
From $949.99
Regular price
$0.00
Unit price
 per 
Major Fitness leg press hack squat machine Cobra AH1 Major Fitness hack squat leg press machine Cobra AH1

Major Fitness Leg Press Hack Squat Machine AH1

Regular price
From $1,399.99
Sale price
From $1,399.99
Regular price
$1,399.99
Unit price
 per 
MAJOR FITNESS All-In-One Home Gym Smith Machine Spirit B2 MAJOR FITNESS All-In-One Home Gym Smith Machine Spirit B2

MAJOR FITNESS All-In-One Home Gym Smith Machine Spirit B2

Advanced Safety-Ultimate Protection The Smith machine prioritizes user safety with adjustable safety stops, a secure locking system, and guided range of motion for controlled exercises. Safety arms provide additional protection, while the user-friendly design ensures a comfortable and secure grip. Variety of Functions The Smith Machine combines a Cable System, Smith Barbell, Squat Rack, and landmine attachment to offer diverse exercises for multiple fitness goals. Users can conveniently switch between exercises without the need for different equipment. It's a comprehensive solution for strength training, muscle sculpting, improving physical fitness, and functional training. Attachment Ecosystem Package come with Cable Bar, Pin/Pipe Safety Set, J-Hooks, Landmine, Dip Bars, T bar, LAT Bar attachment and an extra standard barbell holder, providing with a variety of exercises such as Wide & Narrow LAT Pull-down, Landmine Movements, Seated cable row, Bench press, Squat, Deadlifts, Bicep Curl, Triceps Extensions, Pull-ups, Chin-ups, Dips and more. Dual Pulley System Two adjustable pulley systems allow independent operation of both sides, ensuring they can work individually without interference. Maximize the effectiveness of chest, back, and arm exercises. The ratio of weight to pull is very close to 2:1, Major Lutie Pulley System features durable steel-shaft nylon-coated pulleys, and high-strength steel-wrapped cables consisting of 7 strands, each composed of 19 fine iron wires. This ensures smooth and uninterrupted operation, providing a durable and resilient fitness experience.
Regular price
From $1,599.99
Sale price
From $1,599.99
Regular price
$1,599.99
Unit price
 per 
MAJOR FITNESS All-In-One Home Gym Power Rack PLM03 MAJOR FITNESS All-In-One Home Gym Power Rack PLM03

MAJOR FITNESS All-In-One Home Gym Power Rack PLM03

EXCELLENT QUALITY: Made of 50 X 70mm commercial steel square frame with a thickness of 2mm. The product weighs 255lbs with 16 reinforcing tabs which increase its stability during training. Cage size - 66.9”L×63”W×84.3”H | Max user weight - 220lbs. | Max capacity on safety bar - 700lbs. | Max capacity on cable 300lbs. | Max capacity on dip bar - 350lbs. | Max capacity on pull-ups bar - 400lbs. ATTACHMENT INCLUDE: The package comes with cable bar, pin/pipe safety set, j-hooks, landmine, dip bars, t bar, lat bar attachment, band pegs and an extra standard barbell holder, providing a variety of exercises for example wide & narrow lat pull-down, landmine movements, seated cable row, bench press, squat, dead-lifts, bicep curl, triceps extensions, pull-ups, chin-ups, dips and more. CABLE CROSSOVER MACHINE: With nylon-coated great quality cables, the ratio of weight to pull is very close to 2:1. 15 height-adjustable holes provide more specific training. Band Pegs on both sides can provide effective resistance training when you squat or bench press. In addition, the weight plate bracket of the cable crossover machine fits the 2" Olympic or 1" standard weight plate. OUR MISSION: The original aspiration of MAJOR Fitness brand is simple——to create multi-functional and cost-effective cages for fitness enthusiasts and provide an integrated multi-function system for people who love home fitness. If you have any questions, you can contact us through email, and we will provide you with a satisfactory solution.
Regular price
From $929.99
Sale price
From $929.99
Regular price
$929.99
Unit price
 per 

Recommended

Dad Bod Destroyer: Workouts for Busy Dads to Get Fit This Summer
Jhon Kenneth Delos Reyes·
Dad Bod Destroyer: Workouts for Busy Dads to Get Fit This Summer

Building Strength for All Athletes: Why Strength Training Matters
Jhon Kenneth Delos Reyes·
Building Strength for All Athletes: Why Strength Training Matters

Unleashing Your Inner Gymnast: Bodyweight Workouts for Strength & Flexibility
Jhon Kenneth Delos Reyes·
Unleashing Your Inner Gymnast: Bodyweight Workouts for Strength & Flexibility


Leave a comment

All comments are moderated before being published.
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.