When bodybuilding competition first took its place under the spotlight, nobody expected that it would last this long. What is even more surprising is how it has become part of life for many. For most, it all just started with a simple trip to the gym.
However, wanting to join a bodybuilding competition is one thing, but preparing for it is a whole other matter. When it comes to bodybuilding, it takes a lot of dedication and hard work not only in the gym but hard work in the kitchen as well. There a lot things to consider before joining a bodybuilding competition. Let us look at a few questions that one should ask themselves before entering a contest.
What Are Your Objectives And Goals?
The most important question to ask yourself is “WHY?”. Your reason why will be your motivation throughout the entire preparation process. So many people start off well but lose sight of it all somewhere along the way. Whatever your reason for joining a competition, try and not join for others. Enter a contest for you, and because you want to do it.
Are You Ready To Commit?
Getting ready for bodybuilding, as I previously mentioned, requires a lot of dedication and commitment. Bodybuilding preparation is not something you touch on once a week, or whenever you feel like working out. You will have to be ready to put in your time and energy. Making excuses will not earn you the trophy you desire, hard work and sacrifice will.
Will You Be Able To Afford It?
Bodybuilding competitions are not cheap. From hiring the right coach and investing in the right equipment to buying the right items of clothing, it is very expensive. Not to mention the make- up you will have to invest in, travel cost and so forth. Ensure that you are financially ready to enter a competition and that at the end of it all, you won’t leave your bank account dented.
How Emotionally And Mentally Ready, Are You?
Do you struggle with self-esteem and self-image? Well, it is likely that they will get magnified when you involve yourself in bodybuilding. Throwing yourself in the limelight and letting the people judge you is not an easy matter. Judges will compare your physical attractiveness to others, and for others, this experience can be traumatizing. Ensure that you are emotionally ready and mentally stable before letting the world judge you.
What If You Don’t Place In The Top 3?
Do not walk into a competition thinking that you are going to win. The chances are that you might get severely disappointed. Be prepared that you might be competing with someone more attractive than you, and more shredded than you. This way, you will be able to accept whatever results you get at the end of the day.
What Type Of People Do You Have In Your Life?
You might have the right motivation for being in a bodybuilding competition, but it can still be hard. More often than not, you find yourself contemplating surrender due to pressure and discouragement. However, with the right kind of people in your life, you can get out of this rut in no time. Surround yourself with positive people to push you past your darkest times.
In conclusion, ensure that you enter a competition for the right reasons. Moreover, after you have joined, do not lose sight of your goals and objectives. Stick to them and push yourself past the limits. Even if you do not win, there’s always next time.