From prejudging to begrudging…
I’ve attempted vlogs and posts on this before but they don’t feel right to me so I think an article is suitable. For quite some time, the past year in particular, it’s no secret that , yes, there has been a huge surge in the bodybuilding and competitive community, yes, people have gone further than their achievements and created a like page or placed bodybuilder in front of their name on Facebook and none of that gels well with me but at the end of the day, do what the fuck you want, it’s not my business. But what some may not have noticed is the other side of this increase.
In this country we have few up and coming prospects, World or Universe podium placers etc etc. Our predecessors who have reached great heights are also few in number. We can always bank on an impressive overall as sequence has shown from the year dot to present. But rare we get the guys that ”make it” or go the distance or whatever you wish to call it. What is this down to? A number of variables that we won’t get into because it’s not the reason for this article.
‘ ‘All of these young guys are too far gone” ” There’s no talking to these beginners.” ” Bunch of know it alls.” These above statements are not far off the many posts and comments from some of the guys I have looked up to since I seen my first bodybuilding show in Vicar St about 7 odd years ago. Washing their hands with the future of the very sport they love. Refusal to help out the next generation and hashing them all up as the same as the next. And you wonder why you log on each day and hate what you see?! Why not help the situation or at least have a go, instead of saying two words catching a vibe and calling it a day and leave them to self destruct.
Bear in mind this is coming from a junior who is consistently overwhelmed and delighted with the help or time of day alone I receive from such top level and knowledgeable guys such as my coach Eddie Colgan, Bryan, Larry, Loughlin, Daire. There’s a decent list of guys I can count on for their open and honest opinion 24/7, no matter what. Having that help from the guys isn’t from a lack of listening or respect for them. Maybe my generation are not all as respectful or care to listen, but every lad I’ve stood on stage beside , trained with or been around seem to be very much the same as myself. Now in fairness, there’s always going to be the few who won’t listen or feel like the knowledge they have is optimal to their needs and ”have it all”. But it doesnt take much more than telling them otherwise, without blasting them of course.
My point is this, dont give out about a problem unless your willing to try and help the situation and try stop it. Think there’s too many guys with like pages who don’t deserve them? Think there’s some guys with great potential but too up their own arse? Tell them! Advise them at least try and get a positive message across as opposed to bashing them to death online.
Too many a time I read how negative a thing social media has become, well of course it is, there’s grown men some with fake pages and some using their own calling dudes half their age retarded or down syndrome for the world to see.
I attended the Vitamin Shop Seminar in Navan last Saturday and Bryan Hickey put it perfectly (this mightn’t be direct quote but it’s the idea) ; ” It’s not Facebook it’s the bodybuilders on it. ”
So before you rant away at the lack of humility or respect or the will to listen towards the whole generation before you, realise that that is the future of this countries sport so try to make it all as positive as possible if it does bother you that much.
Hey Guys ,If you asked me anything about bodybuilding 4 years ago , I would have had absolutely no clue what you were talking about and I had absolutely no interest in competing at the time . I had just finished a fitness course back then and was about to embark on a career change from travel to fitness . I started my first job as a studio Instructor / P.T in total fitness in July 2010 .Everybody I worked with seemed to be involved in some sort of sport . I was thinking about marathon running . One day I was approached by Noel , one of the Pt’s in the gym . It turned out he was also involved with the RIBBF .He told me he thought I had the potential to do really well if I competed . That’s how my journey began and here I am today with National and overall titles under my belt , Yes I have come a long way .Ok so maybe your reading this right now and thinking I would love to compete or just have the confidence to stand up on stage in front of hundreds of people to show case your hard work . The truth is, you can do anything you put your mind to , believe me I know . Anybody who knows me will tell you I was never much of an exhibitionist and was quite shy when it came to showing of my body . Yes I was shy ha ! I was not in it to win , I guess I just wanted to prove to myself I could get up onstage and do this and I did . I shocked a lot of people including myself . I remember when standing on stage I was absolutely petrified and my legs were shaking . It was terrifying at the time knowing that everybody was looking at me practically standing in my nip. I did it and was so proud of myself . I placed joint 4th .I decided to compete again in Nationals . I did a lot of research and obviously I was knowledgeable in regards to the anatomy and training, so I set a visual and trained and worked toward it and I placed 3rd in Nationals in October 2011. I was learning so much about dieting , nutrition , training and presentation. I was building my confidence and stage experience through each competition . I became a different person . I became even more determined why ? like everybody else I wanted to win.In February 2012 I decided to get implants .They definitely helped improve the shape of my body, especially from the side. Implants are not essential when competing but yes they do help. I went back to Nationals in 2012 , I competed in Nabba Nationals in September ( Toned Figure ) and then onto RIBBF Nationals in October ( Body fitness category ). I placed first in both categories but I didn’t win the overall title so me being me , I had to go back and so I did. I competed in RIBBF Nationals 2013 and I won my class and took the overall title .I am cutting a very long story short guys . We all want to win but there can be only 1 winner . Always think like a winner but be realistic too . I set the bar for myself at my first competition and after each competition I reviewed the package I brought to stage each time and decided what I needed to do to make improvements for the next competition . Always take constructive criticism on board and always be realistic . If your confused about what category is suitable for your physique , approach somebody who knows . This is very important .Talk soon guysHugs and KissesAnn Marie