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Set The Video – Baby Faced Bodybuilders, BBC3, Monday, 9pm

By mofgimmers on March 29th, 2007 2 comments

Let’s not beat around the bush here. We all know why BBC3 have decided to show a documentary about children who partake in the odd flex of bodybuilding. With Baby Faced Bodybuilders (Monday, BBC3, 9pm) we will all get the chance to yell and vomit in the general direction of our idiot box. "URGH! THEY LOOK HORRIBLE! WHY GOD?! WHHHHY?!" Of course, this is great fun and precisely the reason why we tune in for such shows.

Of course, it’s not the first time I’ve sat down with a load of people who pump iron. Not long ago, I was at the other end of the scale with Bodybuilding Pensioners. I can’t remember what I thought of it all, but chances are, I thought it was all a bit on the wrong side. It’s going to be even worse watching toddlers charging around covered in fake tan, wearing thongs and performing strange grinning grimaces as they quickly flick their hands out in some horrendous pose.

Of course, this documentary isn’t about toddlers. There is one, who has been claimed by the Incredible Hulk. Naturally, I don’t mean the giant green thing, but rather, the bloke who played him in the seventies. This doc is focusing on teenagers whose obsession with bodybuilding is so
extreme that it is becoming a clinical problem. Let’s face it, we were all a bit delicate when our bodies were developing, so hammering your muscles whilst your bones are growing isn’t a great idea.

For us outsiders, we’ll never begin to understand what bit of your brain tells you that pumping up your body until you look like a penny peep show is a good idea. I imagine that bodybuilding is a lonely activity, only ever truly conversing with fellow competitors… but surely you have to keep some distance as they’re the competition. When you’re a teen, you feel like the world is against you anyway… so hopefully, in amongst all the gawking, we’ll get the chance to see some of the psychological damage caused by this truly bizarre past-time. [Mof Gimmers]

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  • heather stephenson

    i think that body building is up to the intervidual i would not body build but most my family do and i am fine with it i thing it looks really good even on women.
    it takes a lot of will power and any body builder should be credited for months of hard training and dieting.

  • bernie cooper

    i am a body builder i am 61 years old and still in great shape it has taken me years to get the body i want and are pleased with.i love body building and own my own gym with my wife linda.

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