Training in and of itself can be somewhat athletic but the end result is not. Posing on the dais is far from athletic. It is a pageant, not an athletic event. It is subjective not objective. Of course having seen the photo of Coleman backstage with an oxygen mask on, replenishing his taxed reserves from battling it out with others I suppose should make me pause. Nah.
I am more physical culturist than what passes for what a bodybuilder is today. Next year marks my 40th of training. I've competed a few times too but that was likely long before you were born. I am old.
For me, training is about health, strength, fitness. Not AAS, Slin and HGH. I like bodybuilding. I hate what some have turned it into. Posing trunks should be not resemble a pouch with dental floss (like something from one of those 50s homosexual rags like "Young Adonis" or the like).
That's why I am here.
I hate the term bodybuilding, I prefer to see it more in terms of Strength training. If you go to the gym, lift weights and slowy aim to get stronger, never take a steroid and eat well, you are not bodybuilding, you are strength training. Bodybuilding is GAY.