Gunter Schlierkamp shares his personal feelings about female bodybuilding.
For a short while, female bodybuilding seemed dead. He was no longer included in the Olympia weekend and only appeared in a very small handful of shows. That all changed in 2020, with Ms. Olympia returning and seemingly on track to stay in the future. Compared to other female divisions, female bodybuilding has often been controversial due to the massive size of the contestants. The battle for “femininity” in sport has plagued the division since its inception. In our latest GI Exclusive interview, Gunter Schlierkamp tries to strike a balance between the impressive achievements of female bodybuilding and his personal taste for female physique.
Gunter Schlierkamp has made his views on female bodybuilding clear in the past. He admitted that he didn’t find the physique of the mass monsters on Women’s Bodybuilders attractive. That’s why in our recent interview, we wanted to follow up with Schlierkamp about these comments. Has he still been feeling this since returning from the division? And could he explain in more detail what he meant exactly?
Gunter Schlierkamp doubles his initial statement. For him, the Female Bodybuilding division is just too big and doesn’t have enough femininity. In fact, he thinks the division has the same problem as the Men’s Open right now. Namely, athletes gain too much size and muscle for their bodies.
For female bodybuilding, this increase in the cultivation of mass monsters combines with Gunter Schlierkamp’s personal taste for female physique. He just thinks they shouldn’t be as muscular as the men. It’s not something that appeals to him.
It is at this point that Vlad Yudin intervenes to stress that an athletic sport is a question of success and not of personal taste. A women’s division in a sport should aim to accomplish the same athletic feats as the counterpart in the men’s division. Gunter Schlierkamp agrees and rephrases his initial comments.
Shclierkamp admits he finds female bodybuilding extremely impressive. He believes that what female athletes accomplish in terms of muscle and conditioning is as impressive as male athletes. He doesn’t want to take anything away from what they are doing. That being said, as a fan of the sport and from a spectator’s perspective, he just doesn’t find female bodybuilding pleasurable to watch. He doesn’t find it appealing to his personal taste.
“If a woman does it to compete and just to place and win shows. How impressive is the work she puts into it? Hell yeah, ”says Gunter Schlierkamp in our interview. He keeps on:
“I mean, it’s ridiculous, it’s crazy, it’s dedication, it’s great for that. But do I like that I personally watch? I have to say no. This is not what I like. So how about I say it like that.
Do you agree or disagree with Gunter Schlierkamp’s separation between personal taste and success in athletic sport? Check out her full comments in our exclusive GI interview segment above and decide for yourself!