The Dark Side of Bodybuilding: When Muscle Turns to Murder

The Dark Side of Bodybuilding: When Muscle Turns to Murder

...By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.

The Dark Side of Bodybuilding: When Muscle Turns to Murder


Bodybuilding is often associated with enormous, muscular bodies, but over the years, some in the sport have gained notoriety for far more sinister reasons.

From fits of rage and rampant jealousy to savage methods of extinguishing the life of their victims, muscle-crazy killers have been prowling the globe for some time.

Examples of Bodybuilding-Related Violence

One infamous example is Raul Moat, who, at 6 foot 3 and weighing around 108kg, went on a two-day shooting spree that claimed the life of his ex-partner’s new boyfriend and injured her and a police officer.


Moat hid from the police for nearly a week around Northumbria in 2010, leading to a brutal standoff that ended with him taking his own life.

Another example is Robert Owen Greenhalgh, who referred to himself as the “hardest c***” and brutally beat a father celebrating his birthday with a night out in Bolton in 2021.


He punched the man in the head with the force of a heavyweight boxer, causing instant brain trauma before puffing out his chest and declaring, “Who else wants some?”

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The Dark History of Violence in Bodybuilding

These incidents and others like them show that the sport of bodybuilding has a dark history with violence.

While most bodybuilders are not violent, the bloated muscles and hormone imbalances that can result from steroid use can lead some down a path of destruction.

This dark side of the sport is a reminder that, as with any pursuit, there are those who take things too far and cause harm to others.

The Implications

The violence associated with bodybuilding is a troubling reminder of the darker side of human nature.

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It’s essential to recognize the signs of aggression and violence in any pursuit and take steps to prevent it from escalating.


While bodybuilding itself is not inherently violent, it’s important to understand the factors that can lead some down a dangerous path.

Ultimately, it’s up to individuals to be responsible for their actions and seek help if they feel they may be at risk of harming themselves or others.

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