Bodybuilding is about lifting. It isn't about eating. It's about a lifestyle, a way of seeing the world and learning. Here's what we think.
- If I become a bodybuilder, do I have to give up a normal life?
- Is bodybuilding a lifestyle?
- What makes bodybuilding easier?
- What is bodybuilding?
If I become a bodybuilder, do I have to give up a normal life?
It does take a certain amount of sacrifice and dedication to obtain a great physique, however, you don’t have to give up your social life. You should have balance in your life and be well rounded. Don’t alienate family, friends and girlfriends in the pursuit of a great physique. You can have both. You will have to make some choices however. If you plan on partying hard, you have to understand that you will be holding yourself back from making great gains in the gym. Moderation is key with your social life, you can go out and have a good time without getting hammered every night. Read the articles and entries by some of the Universal Athletes. Most are young and juggling many things from jobs to college. You will get out of bodybuilding what you put into it.
Is bodybuilding a lifestyle?
Absolutely. To be successful, you need to incorporate bodybuilding into your life. Depending on what you want to achieve, you would need to make more sacrifices. Regardless, bodybuilding is a sport and a way of living. Bodybuilding can shape how and what we eat and how we choose to live our lives. It can provide us with deep meaning and structure. Everyone can benefit from lifting as part of a healthy approach to life, both for the body and the mind.
What makes bodybuilding easier?
Probably the most important factor in determining your future success and happiness is whether or not you have a strong support network. While bodybuilding is an individual sport, no great champion has ever stood atop the stage without a strong network of friends, family and loved one. If they don't understand what you do and why you do, things will be more difficult. That said, the responsibility falls on your shoulders to show those who are not familiar with this great sport why it is great. There are many misconceptions about bodybuilding and bodybuilders. Our job is to educate them.
What is bodybuilding?
For us, bodybuilding is not about being the biggest or strongest guy around. For us, bodybuilding is a process. Life is ultimately an education and as we live life, we learn things about ourselves and the world around us. Bodybuilding is like this, a process of learning and growing. We use tools like diet and training to sculpt a physique. By using and refining those tools, we learn discipline and dedication. The truth is, we all have different goals. No one goal is better than the next. What gives meaning to our goals is the work we put into striving to reach them and what we've learned after achieving them.