There are so many intricacies involved in becoming the best bodybuilder possible that at times it can leave you wondering why even bother? Bodybuilding is unlike any other sport in that the smallest of error in your calculations for how much food you need, or a miscalculated judgment in how often you need to train and even your inability to get a proper night’s rest, can throw things off altogether for you and ruin your chances of being great. Each and every move you make throughout your day needs to align with the goals you have set for yourself and any variance from that will keep you that much further from what you’re trying to achieve. Having said all of this, you can become the best version of yourself and it is possible to do it all. All you need to do is map things out for yourself and take heed to some or all of the advice being offered to you in this article.
Maintain Balance in Life
Bodybuilding can become all too consuming, especially when you’re trying to reach the pinnacle or upper echelons of the sport. It’s one thing to put the blinders on and go ham in the gym day after day. It’s another thing when you keep those blinders on after your session has been complete. There are others things in life that are as enjoyable, if not more so, than seeing your physique grow into something you can be proud of. Make sure you take the time to acknowledge those things so that you can maintain a sense of balance in your life.
Ask for Help
Bodybuilding has always been looked upon as a solo sport wherein the only person you have to rely upon to do all of the things necessary to be successful is yourself. I don’t buy into this way of thinking and truly believe the best bodybuilders out there have the best support systems in place. If you have people in your life that are willing to help see things through to the end with you, ask them for help or just simply let them help you. You don’t have to be a loner in an individual sport; if they’re willing to lighten your load some then allow it to happen.
Be Open Minded
Don’t ever allow yourself to think you know it all and can’t benefit in some way by speaking with others around you. There will always be an opportunity to learn in some way shape or form as long as you are open to that concept. If you see someone doing something out of the ordinary, perhaps they know something you don’t. Maybe you don’t understand a certain approach being taken by a fellow bodybuilder. Rather than dismissing it altogether, try to understand why they’re doing what they’re doing and within that, you might learn something new. Once you stop being a student of the sport, you stop being a real bodybuilder.
Be Innovative in Your Approach
As we grow and age, our body changes and what once worked may not work so well anymore. Often times it’s an injury that changes things up on us and forces us to look for alternatives and other times it’s just out of boredom that we find things to do that we’ve never done before. I’m a huge proponent of innovative thought, both inside and outside of the gym as it pertains to supporting new growth, and I also believe innovation keeps things fresh and exciting. New twists on old exercises are always great, using a machine for something other than what it was designed for is always cool and finding new set and rep schemes/combinations is always fun. Innovation breeds success and you don’t have to look any further than Heyday Footwear and their full line up of Super Freaks and Super Shifts for proof of that!
Consistency is Key
Stick with it. Keep grinding with each day that passes knowing that what you are doing and what you aren’t doing, is all going to be worth it in the end. Never miss a meal, never miss a training session, be consistent with your sleeping habits and always keep working towards your end goal. You can’t jump in and jump out of this lifestyle whenever you want and still expect to be great at it. Things just don’t work that way and you won’t be able to pick up from where left off. Stay the course and you’ll achieve what you’re after.
There are of course many other pieces of advice that I can offer you with regards to the bodybuilding lifestyle but the ones mentioned above are what I believe to be five of the best. You will of course figure things out for yourself as you make your way through this journey and you too will have your own advice to share with others when the time comes. The key in all of this is to simply find what works for you and then stick with it!
Author: Dana Bushell
AST Sports Science sponsored athlete/writer, sponsored by Schiek Sports Inc.