This is a cold hard fact, but the majority of us will never get close to having the physique of a bodybuilder. We’ve all been dealt a certain hand when we came to this world, in terms of genetics, and we have to work with what we’ve got. Some people like Jay Cutler were simply born with extraordinary genetics and wide skeleton frames even before they even touched a barbell.
The majority aren’t so lucky. If you’re a skinny guy weighing barely 140 pounds with your clothes on, you need to get realistic about how much muscle you can put onto your frame. Forget about jumping on stage and looking like Ronnie Coleman or Kai Greene, you simply don’t have their amazing genetics. But that doesn’t mean giving up. You can still build an awesome muscular body which will be aesthetically pleasing. It’s just that your body doesn’t have the capacity to carry additional 100 pounds of solid muscle.
5. Anabolic s******s
A lot of people in the fitness community avoid this subjects, but it’s like the big elephant in the room that no one talks about. It’s a fact that s******s are a large part of this sport. They are used and very frequently abused by both professionals and amateurs. And quite frankly, it seems that the amateurs are the prime suspects of abuse since they aren’t patient enough and want to pack on as much muscle as possible to win some shows which can get them the IFBB pro card. Is this the action of a reasonable person? No. Might they do an irreversible damage to their bodies? Yes.
The list of drugs used by bodybuilders nowadays is really big, and there’s no need to go into detail about that. There are lots of other articles on the net which explain their properties and how to use them. But you should be notified beforehand that if turning pro is your goal, there are certain things that you’ll need to do to be at least on the same level with all the competitors on stage. Nobody says this is the right thing, neither that it’s wrong. It’s just the way it is. This is the reality in this sport and you need to take it into consideration when you decide how far you want to go with your bodybuilding career. Don’t believe a word of a professional bodybuilder who says he’s “natural”. He isn’t.
6. The costs
When you look at all the things listed above, what do you think they have in common? They come with a price. We’re talking about gym memberships, plenty of food, s******s, supplements, personal trainers, nutrition advisors etc. It can be pretty overwhelming for some people. Lots of amateur bodybuilders have 9-5 jobs so that they can pay for their expensive hobby. There are some who want to turn into pros, others are in it for the fun. Regardless, there are lots of expenses involved with bodybuilding competitions, traveling to various shows, self-tanning products, and many other things.
As mentioned previously, if you want to be a pro bodybuilder, you need to sacrifice a lot of things. And that’s something that not everyone can or is willing to do. And the toughest pill to swallow is that if you’re not winning competitions or get into the top 5, you won’t be making money. And that’s not all, even if you do place in the top 5, most of the time that’s not enough to pay for all the expenses you made to get there.
Pro bodybuilders are something else entirely, and even though they can do the above and it works for their lifestyle, for the majority it’s simply not feasible, especially if you’re a man with a family to support. If that’s your dream and life goal, then you shouldn’t give up on it. But always be realistic with how far you can go without sacrificing too much and having enough finance. If bodybuilding were easy, everyone would do it. The same goes for being rich.