Ask The Big Question: Why Do You Want To Be Fit?

The new year is here, and with it comes your chance. Find your internal authority. Respond to your why.

Bodybuilding.com is based on the ultimate answer to the essential question: Why?

Our "why" is simple: We want to change lives. We do this through information, motivation, and supplementation. We tell stories, provide trainers and trackers, and give you a voice.

But what is your why?

We want to know why you are here, why you choose to change into your gym clothes, why you summon the energy to press and pull iron, why you run every day. Why do you want to be fit?

Is it all about aesthetics? Do you just want to look good, feel good, or get laid? Do you want to send a better holiday photo to your in-laws or upstage your ex at cocktail hour? Do you think aesthetics are tied to confidence and sex appeal?

Is it about activity? Do you want to play with your kids or join a rec league without risking injury? Are you an athlete looking to take your performance to a higher level?

Are you worried about rehabilitation? Do your body and mind need repair, sending you to the weight room in search of musculature and confidence?

Are you looking for change? Bodybuilding.com is driven by a burning desire to inspire change.

We will do everything in our power to help you change your life, your body. We have unfailing hope in you. Our core values exist because you need our help in minute and gigantic ways. We don't take that lightly. We never will.

As you pursue your goals in and out of fitness, ask yourself: Why? Keep questioning it, because every time you ask, you will discover new answers. You will pursue your why because it makes you feel, look, and sleep better. You will do it because it helps you live a longer, healthier, and more active life. You will do it because you saw your parents die young and don't want your children to experience the same torment. You will do it because you've seen the horrors of diabetes and refuse amputation or organ removal.

You will do it for the same reason we do, because you want to change lives, starting with your own. We will be here if you need us, investigating solutions to the biggest questions with honest answers.

You are our why.

Tell us yours in the comments below.


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jwethall

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jwethall

Because I have unrealistic expectations of what people should look like.

Dec 31, 2012 5:57pm | report
 
sdjjubjub

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sdjjubjub

^This right here sums up everything XD

Dec 31, 2012 9:46pm | report
bkaufman91

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bkaufman91

You and me both man, its because of hollywood!

Dec 31, 2012 10:34pm | report
mattmoo123

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mattmoo123

Me too. I was a gymnastics coach and got into body building so Im acustomed to see-ing above normal phisiques.

Jan 2, 2013 3:19am | report
mm1995

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mm1995

I want to continue to transform for 3 reasons. I would love to compete as a teenager. I love competition and I love working out so why not put the 2 together?
Motivate others. Its a 2 way street, by becoming a more fit person, others become motivated and seek advice from you. When those people seek advice from you, it's reassurance that what you're doing is noticed.
Also, to prove everyone wrong. All the childhood friends who saw me as an obese child, I want them to see me at re-unions and believe that I took all measures necessary to change my life.
THAT'S why I lift.

Dec 31, 2012 6:15pm | report
 
BradyRuns

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BradyRuns

It all started for me about two years ago. I was fat and out of shape.. I couldn't even walk half a mile! At the time, I was only 12. I decided not to let it go on any longer, so I started running. That only helped a little. Then, At the age of 14, I found bodybuilding.com. Through plenty of research on the newest studies, workouts, fad diets, and supplements, I learned lots! I transformed my body in a matter or 10 weeks, I lost 30 pounds! But I didn't plan on stopping there, so I didn't. I simply changed my diet, and gained 20 pounds! Then I decided to cut again, going from a fat and out of shape 190(when I started) to a lean 150 lbs (all at the age of 14.) I simply do this to become the best me I can be.

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bkaufman91

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bkaufman91

Congrats on your transformation bro!! I was once a fatty as well. Love living this lifestyle now!

Dec 31, 2012 10:35pm | report
EngMarine

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EngMarine

to live healthy and beautiful

Dec 31, 2012 7:34pm | report
 
GymTitan

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GymTitan

I'm working towards escaping a body that invites self-consciousness and scares confidence. Training to become a more elite and capable athlete.

"Train hard, eat clean and your body will take care of the rest".

Dec 31, 2012 7:53pm | report
 
bkaufman91

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bkaufman91

I love this^ "escaping a body that self-consciousness and scares confidence." Awesome quote man

Dec 31, 2012 10:35pm | report
lmromeo

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lmromeo

I want to continue to lift it is the one thing that I look forward too in a day. I have a passion and if i miss a workout or cant go to the gym i do what i can at home to make up for it. It isn't just something to do its my life I give my heart and soul in the gym and am open to learning new exercises to shock my muscles so that i can gain the maximum amount of muscle. No supplement can get you the results but when used properly they can help you on your way. I want to be the best that I can be and see how far I can push my body.

Dec 31, 2012 8:32pm | report
 
MirzaAbeer

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MirzaAbeer

To look better and gain confidence. Also partly because now ive fallen in love with working out. Nothing beats the feel of the iron as you move it and your muscles burn but you curse them to summon the strength to squeeze another **** rep.

Dec 31, 2012 9:46pm | report
 
jlaustill

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jlaustill

Simple, more years in my life, and more life in my years!!!

Dec 31, 2012 10:26pm | report
 
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KettleBellFreak

Metal *** words, keep pumping brother.

Jan 3, 2013 7:30am | report
bkaufman91

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bkaufman91

Did anybody else think of VinceDelMonte while reading this, he is all about the question, why? My why, is so I will never have to be ashamed of myself again.. Never go through depression and loneliness. Fitness is now my lifestyle as of last year. Hope to make another remarkable jouney this New Year for 2013. Maybe try some crossfit training :) Happy New Year everyone

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StarBreaker35

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StarBreaker35

because of the power it gives you. when you step up to the iron it's just you and it, nobody to give you a shoulder to cry on if you didn't work hard enough. it was such a drastic change from feeling like I had no control, like I had no way of becoming healthier.

Jan 1, 2013 1:32am | report
 
Anatolian

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Anatolian

Most of the people desire to transform their bodies to become a somebody else; somebody fit and sexy, aka, they desire to be desired. My problem is, though, with the person I see in the mirror and it's definitely not me!

Plus you always see a number of people/your friends saying "if I had a chance, I would have been an nba player" or "if I had done this or that I would have make lots of money" to catch some credit to market themselves. But in Turkish, there is a saying, if my uncle was a women then he would be my aunt. Those "if I had sentences" are as just **** as the sentence above..

My journey is to find myself; know my limitations, how far I could dream of, simply what I am.

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sxyfitmomwife

Because I wasn't happy being 180 lbs or sick

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Rilof

To be the best possible version of myself, to prove for myself that I can do it!

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tkeene83

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tkeene83

While aesthetics always plays a part in it, I want to live the longest, pain-free life I possibly can. In the past 5 years since I got back into exercise I haven't been sick for more than a few hours at a time, and even that only happened a couple times. I always have energy and am happy and stress-free. I attribute this to my life style and can't imaginne my future being any different.

In addition, I look forward to going to the gym every single day. The hardest day of the week for me is an off-day!

Jan 1, 2013 6:02am | report
 
divajane1

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divajane1

B/c I want to live longer & keep getting the shocked look when I tell my age lol

Jan 1, 2013 6:13am | report
 
ari5000

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ari5000

If you can dedicate each day to getting stronger/fitter through watching your diet every day and working out 3 - 5x a week with religious dedication, then you will likely have the confidence and willpower to accomplish just about anything else you want to achieve. Improving strength and health will only spill over positively to all aspects of one's life.

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Gwacie

Its a lifestyle change for me. I love having more energy. Feeling younger!!

Jan 1, 2013 7:38am | report
 
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michalisfr

because this body is given to us for 80-90 yrs, and we ought to maintain it healthy and strong, thus enchancing our lives in general.
also , the BBing principles ( patience, dedication, proggression, etc) manifest as basic principles in every aspect of my life, making me more succesful.

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To rise to the occassion, everyday, all day.

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