Welcome to the second episode of the MuscleCast video podcast. In this episode I discuss the reasons that people might want to enter physique competitions. The first thing we need to clarify is what I am talking about. Many people hear “bodybuilding competition” and immediately shy away (especially women) because they are afraid to “get too big.” When I say “physique competition” I am referring to women's divisions such as bodybuilding, figure, physique and bikini, and men's divisions such as bodybuilding and physique. Why would anyone want to compete?
When I entered my first competition it was to give myself a great reason to lose a lot of weight. I told everyone I knew that I was going up on stage fat or in shape. It was a motivator to get into shape and there was a hard cut off date for that happening. Maybe this would help you?
Others just like to get into and stay in shape. Competitions will do that for you. In addition you meet some very amazing people. Some of the nicest people I know are part of this industry.
Be warned that this is not for whiners and complainers. Bodybuilding preparation requires some major focus. There is a tiny bit of suffering. You will cut your carbs low for at least 12 weeks. You will train with massive intensity. You will do whatever it takes to get the fat off your body. It will mess with your energy, make you extremely tired and fog up your brain. These are all reasons why a whiner need not do this type of thing.
I found it a very rewarding and eye opening experience. I will warn you that you will be faced with a choice to take drugs or not. In my opinion, that's your personal decision. I would not look down on you for deciding to take the drugs. It gives you an edge you just might need.