If BB were easy...

Following some excerpts from an article ("Give credit where credit is due") by V. Alexander in Musclemag International:


...If bodybuilding were easy, everyone would look good. But of course it isn't. It takes years of consistency, clean eating and hard training. All trainers work at their own level with their own intensity, which varies as greatly from person to person as the gains they get. Some people have been training for years with no change in their physique. The reason could be lack of intensity, but more likely it is a poor diet, lack of nutritional knowledge, and laziness with eating...

I heard every explanation imaginable - as I have heard every put-down and negative comment - about people who are in shape and why they look the way they do. Folks with little common sense or knowledge will look at a big guy with great muscle and incredible strength, or at a sexy woman with a toned, lean body, and immediately come to their own conclusions why they look this way. Those who are negatively judgemental will almost surely assume they have taken sport-enhancing drugs (i. e. steroids) and think that is the only road to success...

Remember, when you point the finger, three fingers are always pointing back.

Seek to understand before you judge. If others are in better shape than you, use that comparison as inspiration....When you are stuffing another loaf of white bread into your face, he or she is eating egg whites and broccoli. When you pile up your plate with ice cream at night, the bodybuilder is having a protein shake before going to bed. While you sleep in each morning, attempting to justify why you need and deserve those extra hours of rest, the bodybuilder is in the gym doing cardio before breakfast. There is a reason why in-shape people look the way they do. Making excuses is not part of their daily life...

No matter how large or small your achievements in the gym or in your own personal life, be proud of yourself first and foremost when you have earned those results. At the end of the day let common sense prevail, and you will grow not only as a person but also as a bodybuilder. Strength is not only about lifting weights but also being mentally strong enough to block out negative comments...Take every put-down as a compliment. Never hang your head. Always hold it high and look the world straight in the face.

To  sum up, I end with this quote from Italian painter, sculptor, architect and poet Michelangelo (1475-1564): "If people knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all."

Musclemag International No. 291