I don't really think this is accurate. I used to work out at synergy gym when Juan Diesel, Akim Williams and Armando Pena and some other bodybuilding/physique competitors all worked out there. Despite the fact that it was in the heart of Chelsea, it was probably the least gay gym in the city. No steam room, no cruising, I don't even think there were any openly gay guys working out there regularly at the time. What did you see? A few extremely in-shape guys and a gymful of guys who worked out every night for 2 hours who NEVER ended up looking any different. Losing weight is easy with commitment. Getting "fit" is easy. But actually looking like a bodybuilder, or even a physique guy- is not easy for most people. Even for those who are dedicated.
Man have been getting the bodybuilder/physique guy look for decades and 99.99% of them did it without attending a muscle camp. So, there is nothing mysterious about it. In that sense it is "easy." It is "hard" if you do not have the discipline to train, eat right, and supplement, but if you do not have those things no seminar/camp is going to give them to you... at any price.
It's the reigning bikini olympia champ in a selfie of her in a sports bra. Like 90% of the commenters are women. Do you think they are all closet lesbians? If not, is there something fundamentally different about their interest in bikini competitions than a guy who is interested in male bodybuilding?
I have never made an association of bikini competitors with lesbianism so I am not sure why you are grasping at that straw. As for the fundamental difference...
Where to start?
Go to a show, (overwhelming) majority of the audience is male.
The men flex for the crowd of men.
They pump up, for the crowd of men.
They oil up, for a crowd of men.
They wear the tiniest trunks available.
They hike up these tiny trunks, to show off their asses.
You have men going ape shit, when the above happens.
For some reason, the bigger the man, the bigger the cheer.
You ALWAYS have men there who DO NOT EVEN WORK OUT! (wtf do you think they are there for?)
You have guys humping the stage floor, as part of their routines.
You have men doing the splits.
There's pictures of men in tiny daisy dukes, as they lift heavy weights (clearly to satisfy someone's fetish).
Schmoes run the industry (Blekman, Weeda's).
Dude, I could be here all night typing this shit up. Then there's the stuff that BayGM mentions.......
I was once like you. Somethings just seemed odd, but I didn't really think about it. Slowly but surely, my eyes were opened.....
Don't get me wrong, I love bbing (training, lifestyle, discipline). But the comp. side of it, the pageantry (might as well call it what it is) is what it is.
Clearly geared towards gay men.
And no, I have NOTHING against gays (live and let live is my motto), but reality is what it is.
The "lifestyle" videos, the private posing sessions, I could go on and on... And now we have the proliferation of "muscle camps" aimed at whom exactly? I find it hard to believe that you are too clueless to connect these dots.