by Craig Titus
I’d like to discuss a condition, disorder according to some psychologists called “Muscle Dysmorphia.” Are you friggin serious? Really? Some psychologists came up with a name for bodybuilding. No, not just a name, it’s a condition, a disease; it’s compared to eating disorders. Muscle Dysmorphia is an excessive preoccupation with muscular development by becoming preoccupied with weight training, dieting and using PEDs (steroids) and supplements…Bodybuilding!! One could also include power lifting, with more emphasis placed on power and less on the morph, but similar in it’s description. I guess some psychologists would label that as perhaps “Power Dysmorphia.” Hell, while were at it, one could include the Figure Division or even Physique Division with a greater emphasis on a slight muscular development. I can see it now…some psychologist calling the two divisions “Slight Muscle Dysmorphia” with “Nice Ass Syndrome” along with “Bodacious Boob Complex”!!
The idea that Bodybuilding is some how a condition called “Muscle Dysmorphia” is absolutely Ridiculous! A professional bodybuilder is no more obsessive or preoccupied with muscular development then Michael Phelps is to being the greatest swimmer in the world…being the fastest swimmer in the world. Bodybuilding is no more a condition or disorder then being a track athlete, wanting to set world records at the Olympic Games. “Muscle Dismorphia”…are you kidding me? Sounds to me like some psychologists, who by the way have ZERO physical prowess, decided to create yet another condition, a disorder which can only be cured by extensive treatments from a psychologist. I mean, lest for a moment truly analyze this disease called “Muscle Dysmorphia”… Shall we. That’s like saying, Michael Phelps desire or obsession to be the greatest swimmer in the Olympia suffers from disorder. In reality his training was much more demanding then a bodybuilders in both aspects of diet and working out. So according to some psychologists, he must have “Aqua Dysmorphia” or possibly “Dolphin Dysmorphia” or my favorite “Fast Fast Ass, Swimming machine Dysmorphia”! I mean it only makes perfect sense right? How could a pro bodybuilder simply desire to be the greatest bodybuilder in the world. That dire, that dream, well it means one of his/her goals is to develop large amounts of muscle mass. When a bodybuilder begins as an amateur typically their muscles are too small and undeveloped. As the time passes the focus is on accumulating lean muscle mass, that’s precisely what it takes to turn professional. The transformation that occurs is certainly not “Muscle Dysmorphia” it’s not a friggin disorder comparable to bulimia or anorexia. It’s called Bodybuilding. Stop it already with you “doctors” out there attemping to liable bodybuilding as a friggin Disorder. Next they’re going to be diagnosing athlete obsessed with being the best, with friggin mental disorder! I’m certainly aware that the sport or art of bodybuilding isn’t as widely accepted as baseball or football or even cricket, and most people may even think it’s a little strange, but that doesn’t male it a disorder. To me, and this is just my humble opinion, golf is more of a disorder then bodybuilding. Any sport that can be played despite age and physical condition…a sport where you can smoke while playing, a sport where the most strenuous activity is walking from green to green is certainly NOT a sport. OK, well it’s not a disorder either, it actually should be labeled as a therapeutic activity prescribed by psychologists. Don’t even get me started on Sex addiction! That was a condition made up by the medical field to rake in billions of dollars for the psychiatrists. LOL!
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Craig Michael Titus was born in Wyandotte, Michigan on Jan 14, 1967. The eldest of Michael and Sandra Titus’ three children. In high school, Craig wrestled for his school team at 132lbs. After graduation, decided to put on some muscle via weight training. When Craig graduated from high school he was 5’6″ and 140lbs. By the age of 21, he was 5’9″ and 185lbs. Once he started weight training and seeing results, he was hooked. Craig’s first bodybuilding show was the 1988 Houston Bodybuilding Championships in which he won the Men’s Open middleweight class and the overall title.
2002 Mr. Olympia – 11th
2002 Night of Champions XIV – 5th
2002 Southwest Pro – 7th
2001 British Grand Prix – 9th
2001 Mr. Olympia – 12th
2001 Arnold Classic – 6th
2001 SAN FRANCISCO GRAND PRIX – 2nd
2001 IRONMAN PRO INVITATIONAL – 5th
2000 Toronto Pro – 1st
2000 Arnold Classic – 10th
2000 Night of Champions – 11th
2000 Ironman Pro Invitational – 8th
1996 NPC USA Championships — 1st Heavyweight and Overall
1995 NPC USA Championships — 2nd Heavyweight
1994 NPC National Championships — 2nd Heavyweight
1994 NPC USA Championships — 2nd Heavyweight
1993 NPC USA Championships — 4th Heavyweight
1991 NPC Ironman/Ironmaiden — Overall
1990 NPC Tournament of Champions — 3rd Heavyweight
1990 NPC Western Cup — Overall
1989 NPC Houston Bodybuilding Championships — Overall