According to the Centers for Disease Control in the U.S. only 21.7% of adults aged 18 and over met the Physical Activity Guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity. Now out of this group how many lift weights to maximize their muscle gains versus just staying in shape? Out of those that bodybuild, how many actually compete in either amateur or profession natural bodybuilding?
As you can see there is not a lot of people who bodybuild so there is a possibility you will never be real life friends with another bodybuilder. I am coming up on 7 years this May and I have only had one real life friend who I trained with at the same gym and Danika and I shared our passion for bodybuilding and encouraged each other a on weekly basis. For my two contest preps in 2012 and 2014 I ran a contest prep log on the bodybuilding.com forums and it allowed me to be a part of a small community of fellow natural bodybuilders who were also sharing their experience of going through contest prep and getting on stage.
Now however I don’t train at Gold’s gym anymore so I rarely get to see my friend Danika and the bodybuilding.com contest prep forums are pretty much dead. As a 3DMJ coached athlete I am a member of their private Facebook group. To be honest I have never been a big fan or user of Facebook and never really posted there, however it too has gotten very quiet. I have tried to get some discussions going over there the last few days and its been pretty much crickets. So feeling kind of isolated and alone atm.
I think a traditional forum is a much better way of getting to know and follow fellow bodybuilders and build a community of like minded individuals. I have tried to create a small community on my forums here but that too has had very little traction. I follow my usual people on Instagram and YouTube which helps me stay connected on the latest info but I am really missing that regular interaction with my peers in the sport. In any event I will still keep doing my thing and sharing my journey and hopefully make some new connections in 2018.