Should you compete after watching Mr Olympia 2014?

Since ive started competing, a lot of people who train tell me how they want to compete. There is a big difference between simply working out, compared to competing within bodybuilding.

I cover much of this in the video above but here are just a few additional points.

If you enjoy working out, but don’t really care about what you eat, then this is going to be your biggest challenge in bodybuilding. In my opinion bodybuilding is more of a test of mental state of mind, self control and will power, that it is athletic ability.

Working out for 45 minutes a day, 6 days a week isn’t that hard. Don’t get me wrong, training with a high level of intensity is not easy. If your workouts are easy, then you’re not training hard enough.

However to push yourself to the limit for just 45 minutes a day, isn’t the difficult part of bodybuilding. Its just the start. The majority of people who are serious about their training are able train hard and push themselves.

The hard part about competing, and getting ready for a bodybuilding show is what you do for the other 23 hours of the day.

This involves your diet, lifestyle, and habits.

The quantities of food is crucial to your success. The food choices and food groups will help with body composition, however the amount of food we consume is far more important. If you don’t even know how much you should be eating, you’re going to struggle.

Worst yet, if you don’t track your food, getting into contest shape is going to be damn impossible. In my workout log i talk about my macros, my food intake and how i track it.

If you don’t track your macro intake then you’re not going to compete in bodybuilding. End of. Its more than just taking cheap supplements using a myprotein discount code.

If you are serious about training, and are looking to compete, then just be prepared to make some sacrifices. If you’re able to cope with this, then do it.

Id recommend competing at least once if you’re curious about it. You might love it, or you might hate it. But the experience will help shape you.

Hope it gives you something to think about guys.



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Adam Foster is an aspiring bodybuilder, and has been training since a teenager. As the founder of the website & youtube channel 'Shreddybrek' he shares his experiences and knowledge via informative videos and articles. Get in touch if you have any questions!

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