The body I crave, or a legacy I want.

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    Dec 09, 2010 3:41 AM GMT
    There's nothing like the feeling of a rip entry after a difficult dive and popping your head up into a sea of applause from the crowd.

    Here's a little bit of background. I have a knack for excelling in new sports very quickly. I started swimming in 8th grade. Ever since then, I have been winning races, going to the State meet, and then eventually headed to the national meet in college. I always wanted to try my hand in diving since I learned gymnastic from my sisters when I was little, but we never had any money to put me in a training program. With their help I still got to be pretty decent.

    So naturally I wanted to try diving when I got to high school. But being as good of a swimmer as I was (ok, I'm no Michael Phelps... but I was decent back then) my coach refused to let me dive because it was too "dangerous."

    I then entered college where I swam for a year and a half. During the middle of my sophomore year, our team hired a diving coach since we hadn't had one for the past couple of years. She was very energetic, enthusiastic, and loved the sport. I went up to her one day and asked if she could teach me some stuff about diving when she had some extra time. Right then and there she told me to get on the board. I started diving every day right after swim practice. Within a month, I had a pretty decent list.

    Long story short, after a year and a half of more training for diving, I won both boards my senior year at the conference meet, and I was a 2 time All-American at the national meet.

    I had started to try to gain muscle after diving was over. I want to have a nice body like most of the studs I see on this site. I was always skinny and had a slender defined body, but I wanted to fill out more, so I set a goal of 190lbs from 165 where I was. I'm 6'0".

    The question is... do I want to have a nice body, or continue diving and possibly go to the Olympics in 6 years? I pose this decision as an "either or" debate because building muscle gets in the way of technique and ultimately weighs you down in diving.

    But the only thing is... I don't have a coach. I graduated college, and now I'm the coach for my old college. There are no other credible coaches around to help me train. I need a coach, not only for training purposes, but for motivational purposes too. So, should I give up lifting to get bigger while pursuing my dream, even when there is no one around to help me train? I have no money to move to a place with a good coach, nor can I afford to leave this job.

    I feel like this is the decision that will change my life...
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    Dec 09, 2010 3:54 AM GMT
    Before thinking about a coach, you need to decide what you want right now, the diving route or getting the body you ultimately want. You can get lots of advice on techniques for weight lifting, nutrition, motivation, etc. based on which path you want to take, but you first need to make that decision.

    There is another RJ member who was a competitive figure skater. He is 6'3" and weighed around 180 lbs, so definitely lean, but right for figure skating. After retiring from competition, he changed his goal to building muscle and putting on weight. According to his profile, he is now 28, 205 lbs, ripped, and looks awesome. If you follow his example, you can defer getting your ideal body, knowing that is for the future, and focus on diving, and the weightlifting and strength conditioning most appropriate for that.

    Although his sport is different, if you want to contact him and get his thoughts, send me a message.
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    Dec 09, 2010 4:46 AM GMT
    I'd say if you have the talent, desire, and drive to get to the olympic trials I say go for that. A body's just a body...muscles are nice, but they're not what life is about. In anything, where there's a will there's a way. Absolutely nothing wrong with being self coached until a door opens up.
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    Dec 09, 2010 4:56 AM GMT
    Umm...lean, muscular bodies are not in any way inferior to a body builder. Both are just different types of beauty. Don't worry, you'll get laid looking either way.

    SWIM!icon_biggrin.gif It would be a no brainer for me if I had the ability.
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    Dec 09, 2010 4:57 AM GMT
    Dive.
    You can always build your muscles up later in life when/if you get tired of diving, but you can't reduce your muscle size to dive once you build them up.
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    Dec 09, 2010 6:47 AM GMT
    I have no desire to be a body builder, nor do I want to be anywhere close to one. I just want to have a fuller, healthier body with a little more mass.

    I have the passion, I have the drive, and I think I might have the skill.
    Tonight I actually contacted my old coach. I sent her an email saying "this is what I want to do with my life... How do I make this happen...?"

    The destination is set, I just dont know how to start the journey. With no money and no coach, it's going to be tough, but I'm determined.
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    Dec 09, 2010 7:00 AM GMT
    DIVE dude DIVE!! Watching somebody do a dive is so much cooler thn just looking at a stationary body, no matter how pretty
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    Dec 09, 2010 7:11 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidDive.
    You can always build your muscles up later in life when/if you get tired of diving, but you can't reduce your muscle size to dive once you build them up.


    Right on spot.

    The opportunity for diving is now, it won't come back.
    Not to say the diving training in itself will improve your body.
    But body building intensely is incompatible with he kind of muscular power you need for diving.
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    Dec 09, 2010 7:19 AM GMT
    Follow your passion; continue diving.
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    Dec 09, 2010 7:36 AM GMT
    Is there any other guys out there that dive/dove that would love to fill me in on what to do next??
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    Dec 09, 2010 7:50 AM GMT
    Well, you gotta think about your future and how present actions could shape it. And also, you have to think that in the future, you'll look back to your past.

    When you'll be 80 and you look back on your life, what are you gonna be the most proud of ? Huge biceps or gold medal ? A nice body that corresponds to gay-standards, or a successful career in something that really passionates you ?

    Man, what you are and what you were always change through time. But what you've done and accomplished will always be there. Think about that...






    ...On a less serious note, Alexandre Despatie is a Quebec diver that was the World champion at the 1 and 3 m springboards from 2005 to 2007 and is the first, and so far only, diver to have been World champion in the three categories (1, 3 and 10 m platform).

    ... And I don't think he could look any better ! icon_wink.gif

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