There has been much discussion as of late in the bodybuilding world with regards to where people belong or what people should be working towards as far as physique goals go. Some say be patient and allow the growth that's needed for a bodybuilding physique to accrue over time while some say if you can be competitive now in whatever class you currently fit into, why not? There's no right or wrong answer to this scenario as it will always come down to a personal choice for the individual making the decision and that in itself should be respected by all. However, if you are currently teetering on making the decision to stay the course of a bodybuilder or make the jump to another class, here is what you have to do to truly unlock your bodybuilding potential to see if you have what it takes to hang with the big boys.
Be Patient and Consistent
Bodybuilding, to the hardcore fans and athletes alike, is all about shredded muscle mass and gnarly freakishly built physiques that come out stomping the stage with quad shot after most muscular and just blowing the minds away of the people sitting there watching in disbelief that a human can actually look like that. To build this type of physique, you need years of patience and consistency in all things bodybuilding related so that your body can grow to its genetic limitation. You won't get huge overnight, you won't get hard, dense and grainy looking muscle tissue overnight and you certainly won't be as big as you can possibly get overnight either. This sort of thing takes years and years of perfecting and working on your craft so that you do see it through to your genetics' potential. If you're looking for a quick muscle building fix or a way to fast track your gains, you've picked the wrong sport because bodybuilding offers no immediate gratification if getting huge and ripped is what you're looking for.
Be and Live the Lifestyle
The thing about bodybuilding, if you really want to see how good you can be, is that you can't ever step away from it. You have to be in and live the lifestyle every single day for years on end. This means that your entire day, everything you do, is geared towards improving upon your muscular gains. As a bodybuilder, the most important part of your day is going to be the time you spend in the gym. After that, the rest of your time is going to be spent preparing for the gym and then recovering from the gym. It is literally a 24/7, 365 days a year endeavour to unlock your bodybuilding potential. If for whatever reason you get derailed from your goal and have to spend some time away from the lifestyle, when you come back, you can't just pick right up from where you left off and again, it's going to take some time to get back to where you were and then even more time to get some gains rolling in. If you have the right Mindset, and you do because you are also wearing them, you can live happily and successfully within this lifestyle with a lot of effort and persistence. In the end, if being a bodybuilder is what you want to be, then this is how you go about doing so.
Be Dedicated and Determined
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, if you are determined to make bodybuilding happen for you then you have to be 100% dedicated to your cause and never deviate from your goals and your plan. Once you see the fruits of your labour, this will come quite easily as your motivation and passion for what you're doing increases. When you decide that regardless of what happens in your life, or what road blocks get put in front of you or how hard times get, that you're going to forge ahead with your disciplined approach to what you're trying to achieve and no matter what negativity tries to break you down that you're going to swat it away like a fly and carry on, then you become even closer to unlocking your bodybuilding potential.
The beauty of bodybuilding is that you can literally create the person that you become. You have the power to mould yourself into whatever vision of yourself you have in your head. This is what makes bodybuilding so unique and amazing yet so difficult to do at the same time. My advice to you is if you want to be a bodybuilder then stay strong in your convictions that you will make this happen, follow your own path and always stand firm in your Heyday Mindset.
Author: Dana Bushell
AST Sports Science sponsored athlete/writer, sponsored by Schiek Sports Inc.