Is There Such A Thing As 'Too Buff?'
Is there such a thing as 'too buff?' Researchers says more men are becoming obsessed with building muscle and bulking up. They say nearly half of all guys have suffered from muscle dysmorphia, or "bigorexia," as it's been dubbed.
The disorder causes men to exercise to the point they do their body more harm than good, hoping to look like the models and weightlifters they see in muscle magazines.
"The guys you seen the those magazines are the guys who are genetically gifted" says northwest trainer and longtime bodybuilder Frankie Rongo. "They don't take into consideration that (those guys) are the very few individuals that can just basically pick up a weight and grow."
Dr. Ryan Petering, a sports specialist with OHSU, says tells Portland's Afternoon News that these unrealistic expectations can lead to depression, or worse. "Some people fail to acknowledge that this falls into the category of an anxiety behavior. People who truly do have anxiety or a obsessive compulsive behavior to their personality, very often it permeates to all aspects of their life" say Petering.
Many physiologists agree. "We see psychological abnormalities, including irritability, angry outbursts, which sometimes people would call 'roid rage.' We see depression sometimes, mania," Dr. Michele Kerulis, the director of sports & health psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology tells CBS 2 in New York.
Rongo says that many people see muscular physiques on magazine covers, and think they can achieve that same look in a matter of months, but 'It just doesn't work that way" he says. Instead, these images will often lead men to over-train, which can cause serious physical injuries, and quite often, 'burn out.'
"Usually what happens when a guy pushes it that hard, and for that long, they usually drop off and completely quit."
Dr. Petering says obsessive training can also lead to narcotic abuse. "People will do all sorts of things to reach those goals, be it taking an illegal substance like steroids or other performance enhancing drugs."
His advice, don't give up working out, just become more aware of your physical limitations and set more realistic goals.