What Kind of Bodybuilder are You, A Real One or a Wannabee?

Nearly every bodybuilder... 

I've ever met considers himself "hard core" or the most dedicated, knowledgeable, or athlete toughest workout in the gym. In all of my 20 years I spent in the sport I have many times what does it really take to be successful in the sport prompted? My answer might surprise you, but let me tell you that it's a question that everyone must ask. What more is the answer that you give yourself, or you are a real bodybuilder or just another Wannabee!

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Most journals, scientists and competitors are quick to point to genetics as the deciding factor. On the surface it seems that there is some truth when someone deeper into the sport see this is not necessarily the case. In fact in every race I have ever competed in or watched, I've rarely seen that the person with the best win genetics of the show.

I asked my friend, the legendary bodybuilding coach Scott Abel same question about what he believes makes a real bodybuilder successful, and Scott's response was pretty quick. He summed it up in one word ... "Heart".

Now Scott has trained more than 200 with the title winners at all levels, from amateurs right "Olympia contenders including myself to a national title and a birth in the Mr. Universe contest. He also had the opportunity to work with the widest range of personalities, genetics, and mental skills, so his opinion carries a lot of weight.

I tend to agree with Scott. From my own experience coaching thousands of bodybuilders all over the world that I feel the real successes are always the guys / gals who understand that bodybuilding is more about what is going on in the mind than anything else.

Winning comes in many forms

Winning and success come in many shapes and so many people like a trophy or a title successfully. Considering how many of the top professional and amateur bodybuilders in the world have serious health problems and rather chaotic personal life, it is difficult to success equal to their professional status or their drug-swollen bodies. That being said, there are a handful of professionals who embody the ideals of true bodybuilding, but they are certainly few and far between.

Of course, you have all kinds of boys / girls in the gym coming up with a host of reasons why they do not sit with their diet, followed by their training, and not just the profits they made desire. Although both cases represent opposite ends of the extreme; everyone fits somewhere between and many are still asking the question ... What makes a "True Bodybuilder?

While everyone should determine the answer for themselves, my own definition of True Bodybuilding is significantly different than "The Hardcore" Version portrayed in the top magazines. Although at one time I aspired to be like the "giant" persons of the magazines pages grace, I had a change of heart when I reached once the National Championship level. Here's why.

Drug loaded Bodybuilding - The Fast Track to Self Destruction

You see I realized almost had almost nothing to do the whole competitive bodybuilding scene with "Real Bodybuilding." In fact it was more like body destruction. Many of these athletes I competed with and against become had been consumed by the desire to build strong muscles and resorting to use enormous quantity of medicinal products that are damaged their health. While their physique and muscles are certainly impressive, they had built at the cost of their health and personal lives.

I personally consider this a psychological state of the disease similar to anorexia or obsessive-compulsive disorder and indeed a number of psychologists the condition "muscle dysmorphia" are labeled. Many "hardcore" bodybuilders are so obsessed with games, muscle mass, body fat, diets, etc. that every other aspect of their lives less than their testicles shrank to become a 10-year cycle.

I know how this dysfunctional psychology can limit a person's life, because for 10 years I went down that path. Fortunately, I turned the corner and saw "the light" so to speak, and acknowledged that there is much more to life than a 20-inch arm. I understand how the pressure of athletic excellence lead some athletes to turn to drug use. I'm not condoning the act but I just recognize how athletes rationalize drug use and get caught up in the "machinery" of high performance sports.

Although it seems things are getting worse in the athletic world in order to better contrast with the increase in the volume of the high profile athletes test positive for drug use; I think the increased awareness of what is going on in the sport will eventually change the course of athletics, including what I call the return to True Bodybuilding.

Do not play Russian roulette with your health

Now to make it even crazier than taking drugs for athletic performance, is the large number of people who use bodybuilding drugs thinking it's a shortcut to an impressive body. Countless scores of young men and women in the bodybuilding resorting to some drugs to change their appearance.

These misguided individuals who often buy these drugs on the underground market of "dubious sources" playing Russian roulette with their health. Often these drugs are fake, veterinarian, or "home made" drug is not intended for human consumption.

Many of these men / women delusively believe that they will stop using drugs if they have extra inches to add to their arms or lose that next fat. Once they stop taking the drugs, the muscles are gone, the fat comes back and they start looking for the next "fix". This becomes a vicious circle of addiction to drugs such as individual unconsciously associated drugs better body and built a call on them to improve the cosmetic appearance of their body.

What's worse is that once cycle of drugs is harmful to the delicate balance in the biochemistry of the body, making it more difficult to improve and introduce yourself to problems in the future. One need only to look at the speed of the top professional and amateur bodybuilders who die prematurely or contracting serious illness to illustrate the true cost of short-sighted thinking.

True bodybuilding is about self-improvement. Building muscle, losing body fat, forming or defining the physique, more about expressing one's essence than an absolute godsend.

ideal physique Everyone is a little different and the only judge that matters is the person looking back at you in the mirror. Interestingly, what one sees in the mirror has more to do with the program in the head than the actual image reflected in the mirror.

In Sports Becomes Art

I feel that every time a human endeavor are highest form achieved the art. Art transcends boundaries, both personal and cultural, and can not be defined by the traditional linear models of thinking popularized by mainstream culture. Titles, measurements, accolades, or even social approval not to give one's inner journey of personal experience and expression.

Definitions or beliefs have no intrinsic meaning other than what is attributed to them by different social groups. Interestingly, every social group will ascribe a different value on a given topic, and each group tends to believe that the advice is correct.

Art transcends all standard descriptions and exudes a feeling or an emotion that is difficult to contextualize words. It is this essence that makes art interesting. Often, a certain skill in the subject is of vital importance in order to appreciate the experience. In other words, the more one becomes familiar with the subject, in this case bodybuilding, the more you recognize genius, greatness, or artistic.

Looking to blow out to Tom Platz 20 plus reps with 500 pounds goes beyond the physical performance. The process is art. Another example is a football receiver diving through the air, to talk only with one hand, between two defenders, while both feet before flying to drag out of bounds. These moments or events go far beyond the physical performance or quantitative description.

This "defining moments" are what millions of viewers daily in the sport. The event is really a stage that exceed a chance for the athletes to the normal definitions of their chosen sport presents. The thing is, allowing an athlete to the "sporting promised land" to get, or at least the highlight reel, years of practice, failures, unseen moments, victories and defeats are all part of the "defining moment".

What is it that drives someone to "all they can be," What is the "X factor" which drives people to break the previous boundaries of the past? Although it is difficult to capture the essence of what makes a person a true bodybuilder contextualize, one looking just to get the Special Olympics to a deeper understanding of the difference between the real athletes versus "wannabee" hypocrites.

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The Special Olympians: the ultimate example of Athletic Spirit

The athletes participating in the Special Olympics do with a spirit that shows the highest ideals of sportsmanship in many ways. Although these physically and mentally challenged individuals can not break world records, or appear on the front page of the sports section of the newspaper, they illustrate the power of the human spirit. These remarkable individuals compete with purity, devotion and determination that inspire anyone and everyone. It is this elusive spirit that comes from within each person that drives the power and the secret of personal achievement.

"Wannabee's" to carry out activities for the honor, prestige, or narcissistic pride. Sometimes these actions are manifested in low self-esteem. I can not tell you how many 250 pound bodybuilders who I have met who "thought they were small," or how many stunningly beautiful fitness girls complain that they are "too fat." For me, these athletes represent the worst in sports, and cast a negative image of the real athletes (bodybuilders) to work that day in and day out, to simply improve the physical expression of their self.

Wannabee's strut around the gyms, like peacocks, they put down the performance of others, making excuses for their own failures and exaggerate their own achievements. In other words, they say: "I am a" bodybuilder "or" I am Hardcore "etc, but their thoughts self-image is completely determined by what they see in the mirror or what reads the scale is often the Wannabee's self-image is. very distorted and borders on deception.

If you leave something you determine whether your job now, your sport, or a relationship, you can bet that you are a "wannabee" or distorted belief system that will invariably lead to problems at some point in the future. Often it takes a crash at the bottom of society with a somewhat painful consequences for these people to experience a "Reality Check".

Self improvement is the essence of Real Bodybuilding

The real bodybuilder recognizes Bodybuilding is something that they do, not something that they are. There is a large difference between these two images themselves, because the first definition is limited or what one may be, whereas the second opens the possibility of a higher self-or extended the definition of its self.

The essence of Real Bodybuilding simply the pursuit of self-improvement through physical activity that enhances the development and function of the body. This endeavor can lead to a deeper awareness of internal or subtle workings of one's own existence. I think Bill Pearl has summed up better than anyone else in the title of his best-selling bodybuilding book "Keys to the Inner Universe".

To further illustrate my point with a more extreme perspective, I will use this example. Some bodybuilders come to me and say: I train my legs as hard as possible, but I'm not puking sets. Can you show me how to train so hard that I puke?

While this sounds ridiculous, does maintain this kind of mentality in bodybuilding. Puke out a set is often seen as a badge of honor or welcome achievement in the "Bodybuilding Brotherhood". This kind of mentality is what kept the awesome power of bodybuilding away from the general public and transformed a positive form of self-expression in a narcissistic, self-centered, anti-social, cult-like behavior relegated to the "lunatic fringe."

Numerous businesses create ads around this entire behavior of the glorification of pain, suffering, and illustrating imagery from a 250 pound man standing over a bucket or a puddle of vomit on the floor. While most people would be shocked in society or disgusted by such a picture, embracing many in the bodybuilding world, identifying greatness or performance of the process of vomiting.

How bizarre it may sound, the above scenario illustrates the way the law is often mixed with the intention of the individual. This is a very thin line of consciousness, but very important to understand one's bodybuilding pursuits to be successful.

Heart is where someone pushes the limits of their physical being. Every person; that test themselves regularly with weight training to improve their body, is a real bodybuilder. Real Bodybuilding takes heart and it has nothing to do with how great a person, how they bank, or how many titles they have won.

Real bodybuilding is about the journey of self-discovery.

It is a way to express themselves, while improving your health, your consciousness and your self-esteem. Real bodybuilding helps to synchronize the Mind, Body and Soul Connection and improves every aspect of one's life. It is a phenomenal tool for self-improvement and self-discovery. After the abolition of life, you can still learn something new about yourself and you can still improve.

That's really Bodybuilding!

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