Bodybuilding and the lifestyle that goes with it can become all too consuming. By virtue of the amount of time and effort it takes to build a world-class physique, one can clearly see how this would take over the majority of your life. If you possess a one-track mind and have permanently fixed your blinders on, then this ultra-focused approach is probably right up your alley and exactly what is going to take you to the top. If what you have to do to become the best has you second-guessing your efforts, then you may have already considered the following realities in your own pursuit of achieving all of your bodybuilding ambitions.
Do you have the Genetics?
Any professional bodybuilder that you see on stage or in the magazines or on any of the websites you like to browse has been blessed with superior genetics with regards to muscularity. Their ability to withstand the rigors of intense training is better, their ability to recover at a much faster rate is better, the origins and insertions of their muscles are better therefor making the overall look of the muscle better and most importantly, they can eat a ton of food and never really get fat; they just get more muscular. If all of that or any of that doesn’t sound fair to you, then chances are you don’t have the genetics to be a world class bodybuilder. Now, I’m the last person who will ever try to sway you from pursuing what you want to do and I have supported even the most genetically disadvantaged people you can imagine in their bodybuilding goals, but there comes a time when you have to evaluate the effort to reward ratio. If you aren’t getting back what you’re putting out, you may want to re-think your goals.
Can you Afford it?
Bodybuilding and all that it encompasses is not cheap; not by any means. To build a quality physique, you have to prioritize quality in all that you do and that comes with a hefty price tag. Just your food alone is going to cost you a small fortune. Sure, you can get by eating cans of tuna and oatmeal, but I’m telling you right now, that’s only going to last for so long until you have successfully created an aversion to all things canned and fish related. A proper bodybuilding diet that offers high quality nutritional value coupled with an appropriate level of variety is going to empty out your wallet at an alarming rate. Second to your food, would be the supplements that you’re going to want to use to help build and repair muscle and those are going to cost you a small fortune as well. The mentality for most is if one scoop is good, then two or three must be even better and before you know it, you’re looking at the bottom of an empty tub and on your way back to the nearest supplement store for more. Then you have your gym membership, and most likely, you’ll want to train at different gyms for different body parts, so that will add up monthly. You’ve got the expense of the training gear you need, the extra clothing you’ll go through daily while doing cardio twice a day along with a separate weight training session and of course the Heyday Footwear you always have on your feet. Luckily, you can always find a great steal on a fresh pair of kicks each week at HeydayFootwear.com.
Is it Worth it?
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, is it all really worth it to you? Are you prepared to live life knowing that you are probably going to miss out on many special occasions with your family and friends because you can’t miss a meal or a training session? Are you prepared to look at the pictures posted on social media of your friends out having fun while you’re at home in bed because you have to get in your 8-10 hours of sleep? Are you ok sitting with your kids (if you have them) while they eat ice cream on a hot summer day as you eat chicken and green beans from a Tupperware dish? Will you be able to live with yourself knowing that the one relationship you had that you could see a future with was ruined due to your selfish ways? Unless you know how to find balance in your life and have mastered the art of being both a bodybuilder and everything else that you’re supposed to be to whomever, encapsulating yourself within the bodybuilding bubble may not be a wise choice for you. My hope is that you can find that balance and enjoy all that both worlds can offer, so that you can be extremely happy on all fronts of your life.
The pursuit of being a bodybuilder has given me plenty in my life. I’m not a professional bodybuilder nor am I even a competitive bodybuilder anymore, but the lessons and discipline I learned from living this lifestyle has given me a lot. If you are prepared to forgo the many opportunities that life will present to you on your way to the top of Mount Olympus, then I applaud you and support you. If you have finally realized that your journey may never have a final destination and there’s a whole other life waiting for you in the wings, then I totally get that too. At the end of the day, you have to do what makes you and the people you care about happy so that you can feel fulfilled and in my opinion, that’s what matters most!
Author: Dana Bushell
AST Sports Science sponsored athlete/writer, sponsored by Schiek Sports Inc