How was Gym Culture and Fitness like during the late 1990's and 2000's?

I was born in 1995 so I have a vague idea. I didn't start lifting until 2011 a little after Zyzz died.

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    homie that's a Retro Fitness

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I remember every Gym/Protein advertisement had pictures of Mr Olympia bodybuilders

    It had a lot of soul

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      When did Gyms stop hanging pictures of massive bodybuilders in their walls? It was kinda weird but it had some charm

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Imagine an ancient gym in Rome with gladiator frescos and stuff

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        When women and gays started showing up

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I go to an old shitty ghetto Gold's Gym and they still do this.

        When women and gays started showing up

        There aren't many women there kek, I kind of miss staring at girls in the squat rack for motivation

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Lots of shit advice and bro science
    I swear some of the stuff that was considered useful back then would be considered moronation nowadays

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      It was awesome, just older boomer dudes giving solid basics advice to younger dudes, and millennials/gen x bros making up bullshit.

      There is even more bullshit now than ever before, with roided social media gays trooning out and confusing everyone.
      Literally just lift 3x10, 3x8, 3x6, 5x5, or pyramids/burnouts while eating enough protein.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      this. it was like the wild west of broscience, nobody knew anything. everyone was doing the equivalent of asking their big brother what routine to use. granted a ton of people knew their shit but the knowledge wasn't as easy to access, you'd have to join clubs or pay for trainers instead of just finding some random guide online that gives you a path for your first year and then using a bunch of calculators to perfectly plan out your diet. and dont get me started on nutrition holy shit.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >I was born in 1995 so I have a vague idea.
    What makes you think being a toddler when an era ended gives you more insight than anyone else who simply looked it up. Do you have a vivid experience lifting weights when you were 5?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      nta but when I was a kid my father and older brothers were into fitness and had a home gym so I have some pretty old memories that are fitness related

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I am 36, started lifting in 2003, at that time everyone wanted to be huge. Then in the late 2000s (about 5-6 years after I started lifting) the "aesthetics" thing started, Zyzz didn't start it, but Zyzz started lifting around the same time the focus to aesthetics started I think it was bout 2007-2008'ish.

    When the aesthetics thing started people stopped caring about being big and started focusing on just being as ripped as possible and sacrificing all the size for it.

    Then in the 2010s it went from aesthetics focused to powerlifting/strength focused.

    I honestly don't know where we are now, we've sort of been in limbo since the powershitting phase has died down

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      FYI I am in Australia. So I can speak on the Zyzz and the aesthetics era here. Zyzz basically started as the focus went from pure Mass monsters to the "get shredded brah" focus.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      We’re in some weird influencer phase where everyone is arguing about diets while lying about being roided to the gills

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Holly shit bros
    I'm nostalgic as frick. I miss the 2000's so much.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      it was before big low carb and powerlofting craze i guess. many people still used wacky abs trainers. people usually did brosplits. many supplements were tainted with roids for real. there was less obesity. many girls were anorectics lite. better than current but now fading trend of thick baboon ass.

      late 2000s and early 2010s were comfy. early 2000s were shitshow of wiggers and war on terror. internet and videogames were better tho. real life not.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Women didn't lift because they want to get too muscly and it was way better and gyms weren't full of tripods

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I haven’t been in a traditional gym since like 2015, I just trained mma and lift at home since then, has it really gotten that bad bros?
      Last time I was in a lifting gym I didn’t see anyone making a video, but again, 2015.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    old frick here, it has never really changed most people mind their own business and just go about their workout

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I dunno about 90s but I have a peculiar fondness for aerobics

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I remember being a kid and going to a friend's house who's brother was into lifting and he'd take protein powder called super mass or mega mass 2000? 4000? I don't remember. Protein powder was seen as roiding, creatine was like injecting heroin in the eye. Now even random girls may supplement protein and creatine, back then it was extreme

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Can you imagine going back to before fitness was a huge industry knowing what you know now?

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >early 2000s
    >soviet

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I started lifting on 2002.
    >Gyms had shitloads of cardio machines, decent resistance machine selection and tiny freeweights area. You were lucky if your gym had a squat rack
    >Glutamine was a big deal for some reason
    >Preworkouts didn't exist
    >Most people did brosplits
    >Bodybuilding dotcom and tnation were the main sources of info online
    >Otherwise you had to read books or watch bodybuilder dvds
    >SS wasn't a thing yet, squatting was shilled a lot though as the most important exercise

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    HOW LIKE HOW LIKE HOW LIKE??? TANK UOU SARS YOU SON OF A b***h BASTARD

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    In my timeline the soviet union collapsed in 1991. Can't believe it happened again.

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >r/LiminalSpace
    It's literally just a picture of a gym. What the frick is wrong with zoomers?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      It's also from a decade after the dissolution of the USSR.

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I lifted in the 90s and 00s. Gyms felt like a quiet den, quite cosy. All men. Occasional woman but you didn’t really notice she was there.

    A lot more relaxing atmosphere.

    Now it’s manic, loud, busy, girls with their buttholes on display, 5 zoomers on 1 machine, dyel zoomers scrolling.

    Life sucks now. I just walked home alone 1 and 2 and reminded that society is truly rotting ever since 9/11.

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Unironically nothing changed, machines got maybe a bit better but the gym culture did not change unless demographics changed

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