I know for me that once I started seeing great results, the sport of bodybuilding became appealing.
Has anyone had a desire to compete? If so, have you or is it in your future plans?
I unquestionably love weight training and would consider entering a fitness competition. I have the training "bug" and love the way it makes me feel. By nature, I am driven by competition and would certaintly welcome a new challenge.The idea of devoting time, energy and extreme focus is intriguing.
I would have to say no. A woman who I graduated with from high school was a bodybuilding competitor, and while I admire her greatly, I can't see myself having the time and dedication to do so. I am also a very private person and would not be able to put myself on display in that way.
These are my own personal reasons and do not reflect in any way on the desires and dedication of anyone else. Those of you who are interested . . . go for it! I'll be rooting for you.
Want it. Plan it. Do it.
See and I am totally not intrigued. I am so turned off by so many things I have seen in the competing world...eating disorders, extreme measures for the perfect body (dehydration etc). I feel sometimes calling it a "fitness" competition or what have you, is misleading and false. That is not health and fitness. I think it can become very dangerous and obsessive.
But that is just my experience and opinion. Each to their own.
well I do believe there are extremes in every thing. Some have died and been hospitalized from dehydration and drugs to get their body to look "perfect." Nothing wrong with competing though. Several BFL Champs have competed before and really enjoyed it.
As someone who once was 335 lbs and obese, to get on stage whether I place or not would be a lifetime accomplishment and something I would be proud of.
I even know of a couple champs who dedicated their competition to Mike Harris, so I guess it just depends on what your motive is in doing such.
I myself find it intriguing and awesome for the amount of knowledge and pure dedication that it requires to be stage ready. I definitely would like to walk on stage. Would be a big accomplishment.
Once I began weight training and really starting training hard I developed an appreciation for the sport. Bodybuilders and fitness competitors are highly dedicated athletes who I admire. It is a well-known fact that professional athletes of all kinds use weight training (bodybuilding) to improve their strength and performance at their sport. Not all bodybuilders are good athletes, but most good athletes are bodybuilders to a smaller or larger degree. I believe that if you were to examine those elite athletes who possess “staying power” in their sport year after year, the one consistent factor in their preparations would be bodybuilding. Of cource there are extreme cases that taint their reputation but all in all, they are highly dedicated professionals.
Many previous B.F.L. champions have entered competitions and won. Take a look at Margi Faze for example. Im my opinion, walking on stage would be an honor and I would be very proud to represent the sport.
I hear everyone, and I know not everyone is not the same, I still hold my opinion though.
I love weight training the discipline and the results, even the challenge to myself, but not a fan of the whole getting on stage and competition part. I feel people in those cases will go to extremes to win. I would love someone to try it and journal their prep and then come back with their experiences. I imagine people have different experiences. I am just sharing the experiences I have heard from many people men and women alike who have competed in various competitions.
As well, it is not only the prep, it is the after effect, the binging, the guilt, the "off season" weight gain (which we know to hold at such a low body fat is not a way to live...especially women if they would like to have children) that has effects here.
Again, I am just playing the devil's advocate here. Showing the "other" side.
I hear ya my friend, ayummymommy and you have some great points. The creator of B.F.L. Bill Phillips was a bodybuilder himself and he launched B.F.L. with the intension of debunking the sterotypes and making bodybuilding a respectable sport. Its' hard to believe that B.F.L was launched only a decade ago (approximately) and it has shaped the bodybuilding world immensely, and make it a household name.
Good luck Charlie I hope you enter a competition!
Deb, I hear ya loud and clear. I think a lot of binging is led by people underestimating how long they actually need to get stage ready, therefor they restrict for too long, thus creating a binge after the show.
I really respect Tom Venuto and adhere to a lot of his advice. He talks about the post weight gain and by taking some extra time to get ready you can avoid it.
Anyways, thats neither here nor there, we all have our opinions and that's cool. I can understand why someone would not want to and why some would want to.
Crazy how one program can really inspire people.
I agree. And not only may they be restricting for too long...but possibly too much.
If you do compete, please make a separate thread so we can follow along. I would love to see how the preps and getting on stage (should you decide to) goes. ;)
oh I can tell you from a nutrition point of view that tilapia & asparagus and chicken&chicken will be your best friends
Hey I'm a little behind in reading some posts... but I wanted to jump in as someone who has done a couple of amateur competitions.
I agree with ayummymommy.
It's been 15 years or so since I did compete so the whole process I went thru is a little fuzzy. My first competition was in an all natural and another in an amateur competition with people competing to move on to national competitions and earn their IFBB pro-cards.
I was in the middle of preparing for my 3rd competition when I realized it was not something I wanted to do. For me, it did mess with my psyche - the weight loss/gain. In the off-season bulk up made me feel so uncomfortable with myself carrying around the extra weight. (There were other things about it that messed with my head but that was the biggie.)
The whole process did feed my competitiveness but would I do it again, NO, I have no desire. I have no desire to spend that amount of time in a gym. Don’t get me wrong I love exercising and the way it makes me feel and of course the clean eating too, I would just rather spend my time involved in music. Having trained for the competition 15 years ago versus recently spending the last 3 or so months, and currently, following BFL I feel the BFL way is much more efficient. I do still approach my workout routines the same, pushing myself & putting in 110%.
Maybe because I’ve “been there, done that” and the fact that my passion lies elsewhere, I don’t have the desire to go back and do it again even with seeing the current continued changes in body.
I have a great respect for those who chose to do it, knowing what goes in to it. If you chose to do it Charlie, best of luck to you.
(Hope you don't mind the late response)
I am a figure competitor and have won several titles. I would highly recommend entering competition but would suggest that your weight should not fluctuate to much between on-and-off season. I am only 8 pounds different between competition time and off season. I think competitors run into problems when they quickly try to lose weight and then binge after the competion. They are essentially yo-yo dieting. Something that 90% of the population does. The majority of competitors who hold a pro card and follows a health lifestyle and does not do that.
Most people have a healthy approach to the competive world and do not go to extremes. If someone has a tendacy toward an eating disorder or have had any psychology issues with weight I would not suggest that they enter the arena.
It's job just like any other profession and if you possess the skills, desire and are a good fit then go for it.
Lori is already ready. Go for it!
Thank you Kahoona. I will let you all know how it goes.. I'm will be entering a competition sometime this year! I'm very excited and feel blessed.
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