How many times have you heard someone say that they’re hitting the gym because they have a vacation coming up or because they want to fit into a wedding dress or look good at a reunion? Oftentimes these goals are explained in fairly general terms. The sentence normally starts with “I want to…” or “I just need to…” and ends with one of the following:
Ever since I was a young kid I have always had instilled in me that what we do today in the present moment is what truly matters and I couldn’t be more thankful for learning this practice from early on, it truly has made all the difference in my life.
As strange as it may sound, there are a lot of similarities between fitness and religion. Think I’m joking? Here are 12 signs to determine if fitness is YOUR religion:
1. Annual pilgrimage – Have you ever made an annual trip to either the Arnold in Columbus or the Olympia in Las Vegas? If not, I’m sure that it’s on your bucket list.
Hitting the treadmill in the morning for an hour of cardio is great. Any activity that supplements your daily routine is never going to hurt. However, being in the fitness industry, and being able to boast an IFBB Pro Card takes much more than what the average “gym rat” may be willing to give when it comes to commitment, time, and overall focus.
The ordinary guy who may go to the gym five times a week is doing his body a favor. He is bound to live a longer and happier life. When he returns home from the gym, he may indulge in a sweet or savory meal. This is where the major differences come in between the average gym goer and someone who is entering competition season.
Attending an IFBB competition you'll only see the final results of the years of dedication, determination, hard work, and conquering of all challenges it took to progress and sculpt these phenomenal physiques and earn their IFBB Pro status. It's not as easy as throwing on some boardshorts, posing trunks, or a bikini and stepping onstage with a big smile and some swagger. There's a chain of events that has to take place in order to earn your IFBB Pro card.
Having been a part of the Fitness Industry Professionally for over 15 years now I have seen a lot of people and trends come and go and in fact it is very uncommon that someone stays a part of the Fitness Industry for even more than 5 years, but it doesn’t have to be that way!
First off, let’s take a look at one of the number one reasons people get out of the Fitness Industry…
You've been to a couple shows and know a few competitors from the gym and you tell yourself, "I could do that! Plus, I look way better than those guys! How did they even win? I would kill it in one of these shows!"
You start telling everyone you're going to compete. You start criticizing everyone’s physique. You're positing selfies all over social media claiming you're a future IFBB Pro and fitness model. You strut around the gym with your shmedium shirt showing off your self-proclaimed AMAZING physique. The throwing of the dumbbells along with excessive grunting increases to attract attention to yourself. You hire a coach to prep for the show...
The enticing waters of the competition world can truly rule a competitor’s life, especially when a national qualification is won at local and regional shows and the national stage beckons. In fact, most of you probably already have your national contest strategy in place and are prepared to hit contest after contest to maximize your chances of getting a Pro Card...