Installing Muscles

It is no exaggeration to say that general interest in bodybuilding and fitness has exploded in recent years, encouraged by cheap gym membership, greater awareness of healthy diets and lifestyles, the decline of binge-drinking culture, and countless medical studies advising on the benefits of strength training. Coupled with social media platforms and the power of smartphones, those who have built truly world-class physiques in hometown gyms can post provocative progress pics, blog about gains and training techniques, instantly reaching a global audience. These endless images of super-perfect bodies are greedily consumed by hungry, muscle loving followers.

But what about those websites that have been there since the dawn of the internet, when stripping off and posing your muscular physique was strictly for competitors, the preserve of the hardcore, genetic elite, often ridiculed by those who didn’t know any better? We checked out some of the oldest and yet still most popular websites that were championing the iron life when millennials were still pumping nothing more than a feeding bottle.

Getbig.com started as a fan page for everyone who enjoyed bodybuilding and all things relevant to the bodybuilding industry. It has since grown into a site with older historical magazines and info, and a large forum with millions of threads and posts about current and historical events, whether bodybuilding, contest results, upcoming contests, expo, gossip and opinions, politics and general. Frequency about 3 posts per week. Since Dec 2007. Facebook fans 1,293. Twitter followers 1,287.


steroidslive.com features the most up to date information on anabolic steroids in the news and sports. Frequency about 4 posts per month. Online Since Dec 1997. Twitter followers 459.


www.femalemuscle.com. Back when muscles on a woman were still seen as a novelty, and female bodybuilders too often the target of ridicule, this site was an oasis in the desert for women who trained and their legion of (not always wholesome) admirers. Combining racy photos with serious training and nutrition articles, a ‘Homegrown’ gallery of amateur women lifters the world over, a packed chatroom, and a telephone talk service featuring real female bodybuilders, this site was the original and still the best flagship for musclewomen everywhere.

Not unlike femalemuscle.com, https://deekay.delimit.net was showcasing stunning muscular female physiques in the days when it was seen as distinctly unfeminine and unfashionable. It means that deekay was a prophet and herald of the new obsession with the hard’n sexy female form saturating the modern media environment. It is still an impressive and continually updated site with plenty of sexy images, particularly of figure class athletes, and a wide variety of links to other like-minded sites.


https://exrx.net/ is quite possibly the biggest bodybuilding reference on the internet. Featuring a huge library of training movements, each illustrated with animated gifs, a highly detailed anatomy map, training plans and diet info, this site has been a goto for thousands of amateur and pro bodybuilders since it started in the earliest noughties.

T-Nation has been reporting from the bodybuilding front-line for years. With constantly updated blogs and a frequently controversial point-of-view, T-Nation is never less than honest in its reportage. As far as I am aware, it was one of the only sites to talk about some of the more..ahem..over/underlooked aspects of the backstage shenanigans of the pro-bodybuilder lifestyle. Definitely worth a visit to this bodybuilding institution.


http://scoobysworkshop.com/ This website is for those who want to look great and feel great. Anyone can be healthier, have more energy, sleep better, and feel better about themselves through bodybuilding. Bodybuilding doesn’t have to be expensive or take a lot of time. My focus here is on workouts the natural bodybuilder can do at home with inexpensive equipment. Don’t be fooled, home workouts do not mean easy workouts and they can be just as effective as the gym. Scooby doesn’t encourage the use of any supplements or the purchase of any new equipment, you can build a fantastic physique with just a cheap used set of dumbbells.

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