June 16, 2015
So You Think You Can Compete? Part One: Body Type & Metabolism
Just picture it: your name in lights, crowds cheering, a big ol' trophy with your name on it and bragging rights at the gym for life. Haven't you ever dreamed of being the next Mr. or Ms. Olympia? Who hasn't?! There's an old saying that goes we must shoot for the stars and follow our dreams. But when it comes to dreams as grand as Olympia, it can be hard to apply that advice to our own lives. We are here to give you the inside scoop on how to prepare for a bodybuilding competition. There are many factors involved when deciding whether to put yourself out there in a competitive setting. You have to be honest with yourself about your body type and metabolism. You need to be sure that you have the discipline and emotional resilience (trust me, this process can be mentally grueling) to plow through the intense workouts that will be demanded of you. Do you have a good support network? Are you ready to buckle down on your diet? This blog will help you determine whether competing is the right move for you, and if you decide it is, we can help you prepare for a bodybuilding competition! I am not going to sugar coat this for you. Preparing to compete is an incredibly demanding (yet rewarding) process and it will begin with some pretty brutal self-evaluation. The first thing you will need to ask yourself is: do you have the body type/metabolism to realistically win?
Determining which of these body types you are rockin' (and we know you are rockin' it) is crucial to starting the process of prep. You will need to adjust your diet accordingly and accept the reality that some people may have an easier time achieving Pro status, but that doesn't mean that you are doomed! Hard work will always prevail over a mediocre level of determination, I don't care what your body type is, so be honest with yourself but don't get discouraged. After all, Arnold himself could have been deterred from his dreams of becoming a professional bodybuilder by his dad, who tormented him for being too "gangly". And look how that turned out. Just sayin'.
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