The “why” behind why I compete is a complex one with many different angles. Most of my reasons, however, have to do with achieving goals and continually improving my physique. I want to share with you 3 important reasons why I compete and maybe inspire you to do the same someday.
It Helps to Have a Goal
I am the type of person who will not stop until I achieve a goal. I pull out all the stops and push harder when a goal is on the line. My original reason for competing was to achieve a weight loss goal. Now that the goal is achieved I could sit back and enjoy or I could push forward and continue to compete. I have chosen to continue competing because of how focused it makes me. Eating is easier when I know I am going to have to compete. Training is more focused when I know I am going to have to compete. I just look at life differently.
Honing My Physique is Easier
After competing for the first time I realized that I want to improve much of my body. I want bigger pecs, bigger arms and chiseled abdominals. While I'm sure I could achieve these things without competing, just knowing that I need to step on stage makes me more focused on these goals. I train harder to improve my physique because I want my family to be proud of me when they see me up on stage.
Training is More Intense
Since I focused on competing, I increased the intensity of my training. The weights have become even more important in my life. I love my time in the gym. I look forward to getting in there and getting the job done. It is like my own little sanctuary away from the world. I can escape and focus on my training and how it makes my body feel.
Perhaps Competing is For You?
If you find it hard to focus in the gym and have a hard time sticking to an eating plan, perhaps entering a competition will help you get focused and stick to the plan? The accountability a competition brings to you is a very strong motivator. If you are serious about achieving your goals, give a competition a try. Just be careful. Like me, you may become addicted to competitions.