“Yeah he might have beat me this year but just wait until next year brah….” Very popular statement in the bodybuilding community isn’t it?! Nothing wrong with a bit of ambition and after all, it’s what keeps us moving forward. BUT, a little perspective goes a long way here. The guy or girl who beat you….there was clearly a reason for it, perhaps multiple reasons… Unless of course you got “screeeewed” which seems to happen to every competitor who finishes anywhere except 1st….. But i digress. The reasons they beat you, no matter how strong or plentiful, are all going to be irrelevant in 12 months time aren’t they?! Youre going to out train everyone and, more importantly, you’re going to assume that they’ll make no further improvements whatsoever. And that even if they did, nothing they could ever do will be enough to stop you surging ahead the next time you do battle….
Now if that doesn’t sound like some of the dumbest shit you’ve ever read, then you seriously need to rethink your position. I’ve been ball(s) to the wall the last 13 years and only just became a half decent bodybuilder in the past 2. I’m still poor at higher end amateur level and will be permanently shite at anything above that. Thats not pessimism, its fucking reality! My reality is that in June, I could place top 3 and step ahead 1-2 guys who have beaten me before as it’s within my capability to do that. However, the same reality is that there are a group that ill never beat. It doesn’t demotivate me in the slightest I assure you. It simply means that no matter what I do or how much I train eat sleep etc, these guys will grow and progress exponentially faster and that is that. They’ll move on past that level and voila, eventually there’ll be room for my arse to creep in and steal that title. Maybe. Now, back to my not so pedigree chums here. For all of ye so adamant that you’ll simply out work those ahead of you, you damn well might. You might do everything flawlessly and it could well do the trick. But it might also do sweet fuck all and your “target/s” will pull away from you more at every meet. Thats life. I’m not without sympathy because I love this sport (at least the competing aspect) on a very deep level. I’ve wanted nothing else ever since I picked up a weight and it sucks knowing that pro status is a crazy dream at best.
But what really rots my fucking brain is guys with wholly unimpressive physiques talking like the Olympia stage wont be able to contain them in a few years. Heres the thing, few if any, remember who won each senior title from year to year. Most would be under pressure to list the overall winners over the last 5. Where am i going with this?
I respect ANYONE who diets down and gets up on stage ready but that respect dies pretty fast when they think they become something special for winning a national title. Big fish in small pond?…. Nah small fish in a puddle of piss. We all need to remember that we’re extremely lucky to live in Ireland. The amount of us that have competed at international level comps should be thanking our lucky stars because if this was pretty much any other country, the same would be lucky to be cracking top 6 at national level, let alone ever get invites and set foot on grander stages. I’m proud to say that we have produced international winners and, although he hasn’t competed since 06, an overall Worlds winner who, for my money, was the only Irish bodybuilder we’ve ever had that was truly impressive on any level! These are few and far between as we all know though. The bottom line is that while we should all savour the moment and pat ourselves on the back whenever we do well in a contest, we need to remember that it doesn’t make us relevant or a big deal in the grand scheme of things. Not even close. It might do amongst your friends and that’s cool but don’t go bombarding everyone’s news feeds with your own athlete page request because you placed 6th in the first timers and your Mam thought you should have won it. Slow the fuck down and pay your dues.
I’ve said it before and ill say it again; if you’re good enough, your body will do all the talking you need. The less impressive a physique is, the more bullshit you’re going to hear spewed forth from that individual.
I’m not saying everyone should hide away and say nothing from one comp to the next. I personally like seeing a post from someone hitting a pb or a significant progress pic. God knows we get little enough time on stage in comparison to what we must put in before. Just draw a line in the sand though. If you require more immediate attention at that, pick another discipline. Plenty that require a fraction of the effort and much faster “return”.
To wrap up I want to make something very clear. Despite whatever way the above comes across, im always available for advice or to help any way I can. At base level, all I want is to see the competitors and sport of bodybuilding grow. And despite the recent back and forth on facebook, I guarantee that’s all everybody else wants as well. Were all on the same team….its just some of us need to be fucked into the penalty box for a while……
Ps Dont try give yourself your own nickname. It’s beyond pathetic. Many moons ago, there was a wannabe tough guy in our school who went around insisting everybody call him “knife”. Long story short, he became known as “spoon” for many years after.
Pps Having a gifted body part doesn’t make you a guru in training it. Did you ever see my lower back workout? Deadlifts…..oh and 69° supinated hyperextensions. With a lateral tilt on the frontal ubulus for extra foliage on the tree.