1. Bodybuilding, more than a sport, is a lifestyle
Professional sports, demanding as they may be, combine long periods of training with moments of relaxation in private life. This is not the case in bodybuilding, since you are practically training twenty-four hours: not only the time you spend in the gym lifting weights, which must be quite a lot but the hours that you must necessarily dedicate to the gym, to meals, to the aerobic activities. A bodybuilder cannot afford oversights or excesses, at the risk of losing in a few days what was hard-won in weeks. We do not mean by this that you must develop an obsession, but, contrary to most sports, you must take care of your body and take care of it at all times.
2. Get used to sacrifices
According to the previous section, the professional bodybuilder must dedicate a large part of his day to training (if possible, train with the split table method), give up tasty foods with high caloric or fat content, eat according to a strict diet, sleep no less than eight hours a day, supplement adequately, ingest a minimum amount of calories per day distributed in about six intakes, give up partying and bingeing, and a long etcetera. Of course, all these results in general well-being, improvements in health, and physical appearance, but the sacrifices that it entails are considerable.
3. There are two paths in bodybuilding: natural and chemical
We will put it simply: in competitive bodybuilding, many athletes choose the shortest route and turn to illegal supplements in many countries, such as steroids. These chemical compounds can not only bring you headaches from a legal point of view, but their use is associated with a wide variety of inconveniences: alopecia (hair loss), skin problems, sexuality and libido disorders, increased levels of aggressiveness (what is known as roid rage), etc. Natural bodybuilding, which discards the use of steroids, is a slower but healthier and safer path to the same goal: muscle growth. Critics of natural bodybuilding claim that the same spectacular results cannot be achieved without the help of chemicals and that if you are going to compete, you have no choice but to use them. We oppose two answers: the first one is that there are a large number of bodybuilding tournaments and that in many of them, anti-doping controls are carried out to discourage the use of prohibited substances, you choose in which tournaments to compete and in which not.
4. Do your monetary calculations
Bodybuilding is not an extremely popular sport, so the hard cash prizes are not spectacular; however, the expenses that come with the bodybuilding lifestyle are onerous, be it in supplementation, healthy food, gym membership, personal trainers, etc. Do the math and see if you are willing to invest a lot to maybe get in terms of money only, not too much.
5. Think long term
A professional bodybuilder will experience slight and constant changes for a long time; you won’t build a body to be proud of overnight. No less than three to five years are necessary to reach a competition phase, depending on your genetic potential and your dedication. It is a considerable time, but it is worth a try. Don’t forget that the longest path begins with one step.
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