Being part of the bodybuilding industry like almost all my life, I've NEVER thought of competitive bodybuilders as "athletes" the way the industry sees them. I see them as competitors, but not athletes because they don't physically compete with each other, there's no display of athletism in contests and these guys are usually at their WORST physical ability on stage because of all the dehydration and lack of food.
Others that I don't consider athletes- race car drivers, golfers, and competitive food eaters.
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Been in fitness for 30 years and have studied kinesiology and nutrition