Going Pro

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    Sep 12, 2012 2:35 AM GMT
    Ok, so I've been getting more and more serious about taking the sport of bodybuilding professionally and getting ready to compete withing the next year or two. I was wandering who I need to set myself up with out there as far as: Nutristionists, Coaches, etc. Help would be much appreciated, especially those of you who have or do compete.
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    Sep 12, 2012 4:27 AM GMT
    I'm also getting ready to start competing next year, probably in Men's Physique. I have been working out with a trainer 2-3 times per week for 6 months and it has completely changed the way I approach my workouts. I highly recommend it. It's expensive, but if you're going to go down this road, you have to make the investment. Equally as important, and perhaps even more, is diet. I was very lucky to have had a nutritionist do my diet for the first month, and I got to see how he calculated and adjusted calorie intake and macronutrient breakdown. From there, I did a ton of self-study and I do my own diet. If you are willing to spend some time on self-education, you can do your diet yourself for the most part. I do plan to hire someone to do my pre-contest diet, however, as there are lots of methods for reducing water bloat and getting insanely cut that I don't really know about yet.

    So yes, spend some money on a trainer, one who is a bodybuilder him/herself or who has trained bodybuilders. And yes, get someone to do your initial diet. And read everything you can about nutrition.

    The only other thing I would say is to set and track your goals, both short and long term. I sat down with my trainer and took measurements and body fat a couple weeks ago because my new goals are to bulk to 200, add an inch to my arms, see noticeable calf development and get my forearms proportionate to my upper arms by the end of the year. It's a huge help having someone to help track things and motivate me.

    Good luck!!
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    Sep 12, 2012 4:46 AM GMT
    First, you need to realize that you just can't "go pro". No matter what division you're in you need to earn your professional status. And that takes a shit load of work. Tons of discipline. Lots of disappointing placements. There are still tons of guys that I follow in Men's Physique who look phenomenal, train 24/7, are nutritionally sound, compete fairly regularly, yet they still are struggling to earn their pro card. Just a small, and hopefully, tactful, reality check.
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    Sep 12, 2012 4:53 AM GMT
    Okay, obviously I didn't get technical enough...I didn't mean pro as in Mr. Olympia, but to at least start as an amateur. I'm lucky enough to have a friend that competes and is hooking me up with her trainer and the owner of his own gym. And I completely agree with you SF79. It is an investment and a HUGE dedication that I've been waiting to commit to (and partially have already) for way too long. Good luck to you as well and thanks! I believed bodybuilding is truly an art of science.
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    Sep 12, 2012 5:59 AM GMT
    Hey Steve,
    Good luck to you (well, both of you guys). Getting up on stage -- never mind the pro part -- is a big deal. I haven't done it, since I took up bodybuilding too late in life. But I have been to many bodybuilding shows, including helping out backstage, expediting etc. It's a tough sport.... but a rewarding one!
    Good luck!