By Peter Pham, MachineMuscle
If you flipped on to any of the dozens or so ESPN channels you will probably see some sport you can recognize. Baseball, football, soccer, cricket, hockey, spelling bees, the list goes on and on and on. For the most part, there are plenty of sports that can capture the attention of the public. However, that is not the case for bodybuilding in all its forms.
From the Olympia to the local NPC Physique, you will see varying degrees of people in their progressions. You can guess a few things about everyone. Everyone has had to hit the gym hard, watch their nutrition like a hawk and prepare their music and routine for their time on stage. Months and months of preparation finally gives fruit to this time where you stand before judges and either win or lose. But there has always been something that I think people do not understand about what it is we do as Fitness, Physique and Bodybuilding Competitors. Many people try to relate to what we do as a sport. That really isn’t the case when you consider how the competitions actually go on.
Most sports require some skill and aptitude to perform in an event. Whether it involves speed, agility, strength, coordination, or team work, there is something that can qualitatively translate into how each ones wins or loses. Some sports, such as football or hockey require athleticism to score and defend points that are earned in competition with another team. You lose if someone can out perform you better. Others sports, such as diving or gymnastics, require precision and strength to show case skills to their utmost perfection. You lose if your technique is not up to par with what is established as the best. But for bodybuilding, none of that applies to when you are on stage. You maybe really strong, flexible, quick, whatever the case, but that is not the point. If you step on to the stage, you are doing one thing and that is showing off just how much of a scientist you can be.
The ultimate goal is to sculpt and build the best body you can and then showcase it for others. You place the months of monitoring your diet, fixing your workout routine, adapting the different supplements, and calculating the amount of rest you need all for others to see and then be judged on it. It doesn’t matter that the guy next to you may only squat half of what you can. It doesn’t matter that the girl next to you didn’t drink as much water as you did. It comes down to who built the better body in the time we all are given and how much we can impress the judges. There is no set “best biceps” status or “lowest body fat” that you can strive to achieve. Show off what you got and see if there is enough sway to win over your peers.
If you step on stage with the idea that this is a sports competition, you are going to be in for a painful wake up call. We are artist of the human body. Our canvas is our flesh, the tools are in a gym, and the supplies are what we put in to our stomachs. This is a passion. There is very little in incentives when you potentially spend MUCH more than what you may win if you won any competition. Remember what you are REALLY working for.
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