Bodybuilding is a rather ridiculous sport, all in all.
You train like a mad woman, weigh every ounce of food you consume, live your life in an ‘obsessed‘ manner, and then you stand on a stage in a bedazzled bikini to be judged on your appearance.
- Dieting is not fun.
- Becoming a muscular skeleton is not easy.
- Pushing your body to failure every day hurts.
- Cake DOES taste good.
- Explaining how you can’t have ‘just one bite‘ gets real old, real fast.
- Winning results in ‘pro‘ status which means nothing in the real world, other than MORE dieting and ridiculousness that no one understands.
Yet I love it; but probably not for any of the reasons you think.
Bodybuilding is all about who I am becoming, not what.
I am hardwired to compete, and not just a little bit. If the stakes aren’t high enough, the challenge not difficult enough, and the opportunity to fail not present; I’m out.
If winning is guaranteed, I will opt to sit on the sidelines and watch others compete.
Bodybuilding is a crazy sport that has brought out the best in me and helped me to dream past the impossible and jump into the incredible in all areas of my life.
The amount of work, focus, self discipline, inner peace, and loving every single part of who I am is required to do well in this sport. I spend more time training my brain than my body. How I think, what I believe, and what I say about myself, my relationships, the world, and my business creates outcomes.
I strive daily for amazing outcomes.
Why don’t you just train hard and not compete?
There is more to learn for me in this season. Motion creates emotions. I want to feel successful, fulfilled, love myself, and have an inner calm that is a direct result of focus and discipline. There is work to be done, much more work to be done, in all these areas of my life. I will continue to compete against myself.
I am blessed to be in community with competitors that are a unique breed of people who live audacious, fulfilled, and purposeful lives. They are far ahead of me in so many areas of life. As I train next to them I learn and am pushed to grow past my self imposed limitations.
- Every single thing matters and adds up over time to create what is today and what will be tomorrow.
- Pushing past resistance can create more strength than you thought possible.
- You must rest. Killing yourself doesn’t create success, rather balance does.
- Intensity is the outcome of passion and when focussed it can shift worlds and overcome obstacles that once seemed impossible.
- How you train shows up on the stage and in life.
- Outcomes cannot be controlled, the only thing you can control is yourself.
- People matter more than anything else in the world; creating an amazing team is paramount for success.
It turns out bodybuilding is an inside job.