Of course it's a sport. They train like mad to achieve amazing physical condition. Only difference is, they don't strive to be faster or be the most agile, but they rather strive for volume and definition.
And I don't think anyone hates bodybuilding? Maybe sometimes they make fun of it, but nowhere near other sports like synchronized swimming :P
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Absolutely hate it. I have a smaller frame so lifting heavy things I despise. I'd much rather go for a jog or do intermodal training with light to moderate weights and get those fast twitch muscles working. Plus working up a big stinky sweat is always nice.