there's a relatively new phenomenon in bodybuilding called distended gut or palumbo ism it's been blamed on numerous factors insulin HGH Immaculate Conception but however it happens it's definitely gotten so out of control that it threatens to destroy whatever's left of bodybuilding as a sport so help us bulk up by hitting that subscribe button and let's take a look at the lost examples of people with distended guts Scott Steiner look at that gimme pump now I know what you're thinking Scott Steiner isn't even a bodybuilder he's a wrestling well considering he shows up in a lot of bodybuilding videos and articles was once known as one of the most built men on the planet he seemed like a good fit for this list on top of that he actually has something more than just pure bubble gun itis going on he also has a gigantic separation in the middle of his chest that's becoming more and more apparent as he ages it's been discussed ad nauseam online and can't seem to figure out exactly what's going on with his entire torso but it's apparent that he's at least aware of it as he's gotten a gigantic tattoo to cover up the middle of his chest and often wears something to disguise his bubble gun or you can use either way if the sheer number of premature deaths don't scare you off of stuff like anabolic steroids or human growth hormone and results like Steiner definitely should with that out of the way let's talk about actual bodybuilders Phil Heath your life probably sucks doesn't it Phil Heath is the only person on this list under the age of 40 at 37 years old he's an extremely well-known bodybuilder and the most successful this century winning seven straight mr. Olympia competitions which if you haven't heard of it it's kind of like the Super Bowl of bodybuilding however as he has gotten older he's definitely developed a case of bubble guts is actually his rise along with that of his competition that's really poured gas on the fire that has been bubble guts in the sport over the last few years numerous pictures of the final contestants were labeled as horrible and even the mr. pregnant ship forcing the legend of all legends in the game that his bodybuilding Arnold Schwarzenegger is a comment on the state of bubble guts in the industry Arnold stated that the Hafsa needs to be a change to how the contests are scored in order to penalize the lack of aesthetics in the sport the sport used to be all about the v-shaped body and now it really only cares about bulk and mass well Artie admits that even he had to suck in his stomach from time to time things have definitely gotten out of control in this most recent mr. Olympia is a testament to that fact Jean Pierre Fox be brief I usually sit out that in the car look outside of the hilarious last name Pierre Fox yeah I just bet he does he's mostly known for a terrible accident that occurred during a weightlifting session and almost ended his career he was attempting to squat almost 700 pounds while at Gold's Gym in Fullerton California while initially lifting the amount during a photo shoot for flex magazine he suddenly collapsed with a full weight on his back he describes the accident as follows saying we worked up to seven plates on each side the weights not a problem for me done the same thing a week earlier for my training video I began to squat down and everything was fine then in a split second I went from complete comfort to collapse my knees just went I crashed down so quickly the spotters didn't even have time to react afterward they felt bad about it but it was so quick nobody could have caught the weight then the right leg started twisting around them dead patella snapped off luckily he was prepared for such an accident and knew that if he wanted to save the tendons in his knees he should keep his legs straight so once the weight was removed he straighten his legs and that most likely saved his tendons he spent two weeks in the hospital and was wheelchair bound for a long time which is perhaps the source of his bubble gut or maybe it was the drugs he took to catch up after his injury his injuries so well known because he urged both flex magazine and the photographer who took pictures to actually publish them in order to help people know what to do when they're injured which is super cool and makes you hope that he can now conquer his biggest test of all the bubble gut Kai Green who hits most consistent competition has been kyg reen who finished second at the 2012 2013 and 2014 mr. olympia behind he he also won the 2016 arnold classic that should at least punish someone like green for having a bottle shape as opposed to the classic v-shaped arnold and everyone with eyeballs prefers green has a tough background growing up in the foster care system and residential treatment centers because of that he acted out and luckily for him his science teacher noticed that he had behavioral problems and also a genetic gift so he helped him pursue bodybuilding to take advantage of those gifts while giving him a place to funnel all of his anger and emotion I couldn't say where I was gonna go what I was gonna do when I was gonna eat when I was gonna be told to go to bed what's so sad about this current trend is you hear these amazing stories about how bodybuilding can save a life like greens but at the same time all of that work is essentially going down the drain because it appears that bubble guts are permanent there's really nothing that these guys can do and thus their careers will be over now granted a lot of them are fairly old and green at 42 is at the tail end of his career but still you'd hate to see an entire generation of body builders wasted and because drugs were taken too far Ronnie Coleman I wouldn't blow that I don't have to blow the stomach in now that's the kind of stuff if Phil Heath is the most successful body builder of this decade then Ronnie Coleman was the most successful body builder of the night he won eight mister Olympia's in a row and also holds the record for the most IFBB professional wins at a staggering 26 he's now retired in 53 years old so you can't expect him to be in peak shape but it is sad to see someone who is as huge as Coleman fall victim to bubble Gus this guy is a complete beast and makes a lot of his competition look small by comparison Jay Cutler smoking crack in his right mind oh and that's helped offset the obvious 'no support routing stomach but really if anyone should be the poster boy for whatever causes distended gut towards its better known palumbo ism it should be Coleman you'll notice that while Arnold did gain a gut in his later years it was a natural gun made of fat and sagging tissue not one that appears to be made of pure muscle so something that these guys were either doing in the late 90s or doing recently is causing this to either manifested years later when they're around 45 to 50 or their older bodies just can't handle it Markus rühl there's only one word that can best describe our next bodybuilder that word is free at five foot ten and around 310 pounds even around other bodybuilders Markus rühl is considered to be a huge guy with gigantic arms and legs that many of his peers just don't have a lot of what bodybuilding at least used to be is symmetry and what's aesthetically pleasing so while that's obviously subjective and can change from era to era a lot of guys don't go for massive bulk is there also scores for how lean someone is how vascular they look and so on so while that means he may not win every competition because of his pure bull rule is actually whether the bubble debt era pretty well despite having won himself his massive arms and legs help cover up the fact that he does have a distended stomach a distended stomach which really makes him look more like a ninja turtle action figure than something like a he-man action figure which one can assume is not what he was going for when he started bodybuilders can you say Cowabunga Cowabunga King komali King Kamali is a 45 year old bodybuilder he was born in Iran Iran but now lives in New York City sadly 45 is around the life expectancy of most bodybuilders thanks the abuse that they do to their bodies which is extremely ironic considering bodybuilding as a health related sport nicknamed the Persian pearl for some reason and the Terminator which is a pretty bad nickname when you compete in the same sport is like the real terminator this guy's a couple cans short of a six-pack you Clues give them to me Kamali actually has a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise physiology from George Mason University meaning he should know better than anyone why he's suffering from bubble gut and what to do to fix it however it does seem like a lot of the examples of bubble guts in the sport end up happening to older men as opposed to younger ones so perhaps it has more to do with age than anything else either way he's clearly past his prime and shouldn't be competing anymore there's really no point but what do I know I don't have a Bachelor of Science in exercise physiology Greg Kovacs is just mentioned 45 seems to be the age that most bodybuilders end up dying a fact driven home by learning about Greg Kovacs life and career Kovacs was a Canadian bodybuilder who passed away in 2013 at the age of 45 due to heart failure now before discussing his career a bit we should really look at the fact that these men are killing themselves over something that shouldn't be deadly no one would argue that bodybuilders in the early 70s or before didn't look a lot better than the ones do today and perhaps that's why the natty movement has really gained a lot of steam lately but when your sport needs a natural division because the rampant drug use and oil injection maybe it's time for your sport to stop being a sport especially when most of your icons die of quote natural causes before their 50th birthdays either way Kovacs was a beast among beasts he was actually the largest pro bodybuilder there was in the latter half of the 90s at 6 foot 4 and an offseason weight of 330 pounds his arms measured 25 inches his chest 70 inches and his legs a colossal 35 inches that didn't help hide the bubble gut towards the end of his career though big Lennie some people actually believed Palumbo ISM should have been called Lenny ISM because the bodybuilder known as big Lenny definitely rocks the biggest bubble gut of any man woman or child in the known world in fact he's more stomach than man at this point and while these muscular is compared to a regular person he doesn't really seem to be in that great shape he also appears to give 0 apps about it at least in most of his pictures untouchable like many others on this list he's definitely past his prime but considering how he looks now I'm not sure he ever technically had a prime called big Lenny because of his astonishing height there's a video of Lenny on YouTube where he discusses his case of bubble guts all on the 21 minute video he blames too much cardio for the fact that his legs are smaller than his stomach on that subject he says that his belly isn't going anywhere as its large and hard and blames it on the fact that he used to weigh 450 pounds Phil he what see what do you weigh Phil this is that essentially he'll build the rest of his muscles around his stomach to compensate and while he does say that he doesn't take any of the stuff people blame bubble guts on there's no way that a human being gets of this large without having taken some sort of performance-enhancing drug if he was telling the truth that'd be great as he calls drug users half a SERS and corner cutters but it wouldn't be a surprise to find out he's lying about where that guts coming from Dave Palumbo yeah how are you doing you said it doesn't matter what they say about you as long as they spell your name right thanks to a youtube channel titled Nick strength and power Dave Palumbo will forever be remembered as the man who changed the term distended gut from bubble gut to Pullum bow ISM and the new name has infiltrated the bodybuilding world for sure like the other members of this list Palumbo is getting up there in age at 49 and is definitely past his prime perhaps better than most people on this list he represents the 90s era of bodybuilding as the gigantic unnatural and hyper vascular type of builder he's retired now but still works in the industry serving as the editor of muscular development magazine and the CEO of RX muscle I can't imagine that being the namesake for a term as embarrassing as Palumbo ism is great for his brand the sales of his supplements or is self-image a lot of bodybuilders are known to suffer from a form of body dysmorphia called bigger Exia in which they're never happy with their appearance and can never quite get big enough maybe that's why a lot of these guys just destroy their bodies with all sorts of injections and pills while many have died over the years because of the fact that death hasn't stopped them just shows how important being big is to them maybe the silver lining and all these bubble guts is the fact looks terrible so it may finally be the impetus for change in an industry that's so drugged written that it has separate competitions for people who don't take drugs imagine if major league baseball had a steroids free division oh wait they used to it was called the AL central in the 90s either way Palumbo truly is an icon in the sport and he's used that to great advantage of many points Palumbo was in fact jailed for 10 months for selling steroids what do you think was this list big enough sound off in the 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