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Old 06-29-18, 09:13 AM
Terrible Truths Of High Level Bodybuilding
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1 – Bodybuilding is a very selfish and mentally destructive sport.

To do well, you need to become a self-centered asshole. It's the nature of this sport and it's not a matter of “if" it will affect you, but by how much.

Some individuals are more affected than others, but the use of certain "supplements" for an extended period of time will cause profound psychological effects, including changes in personality. You'll experience increased aggression and anger. It may be over something as inconsequential as someone talking too loud or looking at you the wrong way. The most trivial incident might become goddamn HUGE AND ANNOYING.

You'll have no patience, a short temper, and will feel sluggish during most of your day. Simple things will become huge chores. Increased libido will plague you. If you have a girlfriend or spouse, you'll probably end up cheating on her.

If you have any underlying, previously dormant mental issue like OCD or an eating disorder, these "supplements" will make it rear its ugly head and increase exponentially in power.

Depression, anxiety, and shortness of breath will all become part of your daily life. And rest assured, if you're planning on becoming a pro bodybuilder, you're going to need and use a lot of these volatile drugs (there, I said it). It's just another thing that needs to be done in order to compete at the highest levels (the same as every other professional sport, for that matter).

But when you combine all this with an obsession with your body fat and how much you weigh, with looking at yourself in the mirror multiple times a day, and, in general, living a life where every action from eating, to breathing, to sleeping is about improving your outside appearance, selfishness and self-centeredness are inevitable.

It'll affect your personality, and at the end of the day when you leave the gym and the competition is over, these changes don't disappear and you'll still need to deal with life outside of bodybuilding.

2 – You will hurt the people you love and you may end up alone.

To this day, after more than twenty years in the industry, I still haven't met a bodybuilder who's prepared for a show without seriously affecting his or her marriage.

When you diet, you become cranky, tired, and moody. You hate the world. When you diet, the first person you lash out at is typically your spouse – the person who generally provides you with the most support. Ironic, isn't it?

I've seen couples break up, separate, and even get divorced after lousy show preps. The higher the level, the more drugs involved, the more severe the drama. And don't think you'll treat your friends or family any better, either.

The drugs, combined with the brutal diet, the hard training, the cardio, and the final pre-contest week with its dehydration and carb load/depletion will take any bad situation and exponentially increase it.

Anyone who thinks this won't happen to them is naive. You'll do a lot of shows, and if you're actually serious about getting to the highest level possible, you'll use quite a bit of drugs. That's the nature of the sport when competing against the best.

So, is professional bodybuilding worth risking the loss of your closest family members and friends?

3 – You may end up broke from chasing a pro card.

The amount of money you'll end up spending while chasing your dream to become a professional isn't something you truly comprehend when you're starting out. The expenses are minimal in the beginning, but as you grow, so do your bills.

Coaching, clothing, ridiculous amounts of food, posing lessons, tanning, supplements (legitimate and illicit), and traveling will put almost anyone in debt.

And then there's the marketing. If you want to make money, you'll have to sell yourself online and offline. You're just a product like any other and you need to stand out. Maybe you think you can do this on your own, but you won't have the energy when you're preparing for competition. You'll have to hire someone to do it for you.

All of these expenses can add up to the purchase price of a very nice house. That's the cost of chasing your dreams and it gets even worse if your dream is as elusive as a pro card often is. Most competitors chase their pro card for years before they get it – if they ever get it.

And then, just when you get your pro card and start to chalk up all your previous expenses as just an investment you made in your glorious future, you're met with a rude awakening: There's no sponsor waiting for you.

Competition itself doesn't generally pay much either, except to the winner. Most of the time, your winnings won't come near to covering your expenses.

Only if you happen to be very lucky and pick up a few sponsors along the way, and maybe even win a few small shows, will you break even (maybe). You won't become a millionaire from being this type of professional athlete. At best, you'll make a modest to "okay" living. More likely you'll end up broke.

4 – Bodybuilding may cause you to ruin your health and cause you to die young.

When you begin bodybuilding as a young kid you feel invincible. You don't think about what may happen at 40, 50, and 60 years of age, but there will be a physical price to pay when you commit to the goal of becoming a pro.

Bodybuilding is an extreme sport and the demands and standards for what's considered a winning physique have become harsher and more dangerous in the last few years. The amount of muscle mass, crazy condition, and dryness (getting rid of interstitial water) that's required to win a big show can make it impossible to avoid extreme dieting and drugs. This will impact your health negatively. There's just no way around it.

We beat our bodies up for years. We do insane dieting where we routinely whittle away our body fat to single digits, only to balloon up again in as short a time as a month or two. We use insanely dangerous diuretics to hone our on-stage esthetics. It's all damn unhealthy.

When I weighed 244 pounds at 5'4", walking up stairs left me breathless. I couldn't tie my shoes. Even sex became a challenge. My pursuit of perfection will likely shorten my life.

There Is a Good Side, However

As negative and discouraging as all this may be, it was important for me to acknowledge the downsides. But there are also many positive experiences and lessons to be gained through this kind of journey.

You'll meet great people. You'll gain inner strength. You'll learn a tremendous amount about your body and mind, along with creating a lot of tools that will make you a more determined, passionate, intense, human being.

By knowing the good and the bad, the next motivated kid who has a dream of becoming a pro might use this knowledge to decide whether this sport and lifestyle are worth the downside.

Maybe he'll decide instead to keep bodybuilding as a hobby that's in balance with the rest of his life, and there's certainly a lot to be said for that.
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Old 06-29-18, 11:25 PM
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Where is that from? Interesting he says he was 5'4. Narrows it down a bit.
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Old 06-30-18, 08:51 AM
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Narrows it down a bit.
it actually doesn't. there are now 10,000 midgets called "pro's" because of the 212lb class. you are assuming it's the open bodybuilding class.

now if he said he was like 6'3 or something, that would definitely narrow it down because there are only about 5. lol
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Old 07-02-18, 06:15 AM
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Professional bodybuilding is a serious thing to do. u gotta spend all ur time on it. and yeah it will harm u cuz its a lil too much for ur body.
but if u do it normally not like an animal u ll see good results anyway without killing urself. just don't be too much into it. if u don't want to work out like crazy help urself with peptides and sarms to build fast.
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Old 07-02-18, 10:40 AM
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if u don't want to work out like crazy help urself with peptides and sarms to build fast.
i was with you until this sentence. come on bro.

enhancements can help but you gotta put in effort.
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i was with you until this sentence. come on bro.

enhancements can help but you gotta put in effort.
^^^^^ agreed.
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Old 07-04-18, 11:20 AM
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This is a great read and boy I can agree with all this, did my first show last year at 46 and I’m 11 weeks out now and it’s costing me a lot of cash and time in the gym and cardio but it is very addicting. I’m just doing it for personal goals not to be pro but can definitely relate to this article
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What is the average life-expectancy of a professional bodybuilder?
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What is the average life-expectancy of a professional bodybuilder?
17 years old studies show...

How can that be answered? Lol

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Great post. I've slowed down on competing after com8ng up .5 point short placing 3rd of course needing 2nd. I still train personally and contest prep clients but I keep my prices low but profitable.

Its a tough sport for all. For me especially with wife, 2 boys, full time job, personal trainer, AAU basketball coach, pop Warner football coach. I just decided to not do this show in August. Plus in men's physique the conditioning is so important. People don't realize the diet and cardio it takes.
Part of why I'm strongly considering classic.


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Great post. I've slowed down on competing after com8ng up .5 point short placing 3rd of course needing 2nd. I still train personally and contest prep clients but I keep my prices low but profitable.

Its a tough sport for all. For me especially with wife, 2 boys, full time job, personal trainer, AAU basketball coach, pop Warner football coach. I just decided to not do this show in August. Plus in men's physique the conditioning is so important. People don't realize the diet and cardio it takes.
Part of why I'm strongly considering classic.


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I commend you for this. Just saying the word full time job makes me want to squeal

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