Competitive bodybuilding and bodybuilding contest

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    Feb 24, 2009 11:26 PM GMT
    I will be going to a local body building contest this weekend. Just out of curiosity, aside from our Muscle God, Chuckystud, it there anyone else among us who participate in BB contest. When my ex house mate bf was living with me he use to participant in a contest . He places fifth in a state championship. It amazing the work he have to go thru to prepare himself. He basically have to stave himself, withold from drinking water. He mood will swing to a point of "depression" due to hunger and he hardly talk to anyone.
    One time he even lose his job when they caught him , lifting weight when he suppose to be at work. He also need to buy all kind of expensive supplement (he just general clerk). All this sacrifies for a few minute of glory on a stages and a some cheap looking throphy.

    Now I dont mean to belittle those guys who is into competitve bodybuilder. I am sure some guy win advertisemet contract, movie deal and of course admiration and great sex from muscle admirer. But it is really worth it.

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    Feb 24, 2009 11:50 PM GMT
    I guess that's something that's totally up to you. If it's your passion, then you don't even have to think about it. I'm guessing you're asking yourself this question because you're concerned about your long-term health. I think it's a question for you to answer.
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    Feb 25, 2009 12:20 AM GMT
    I'd advise against doing what your ex was doing to prepare for a contest... you don't have to starve yourself or force dehydration to the point of depression and mood swings.

    I've been doing bodybuilding for about 18 months to keep my diabetes in line, with a great deal of help from chuckystud for the last 16 months. I'm not sure if I'll ever compete, but if I do it probably won't be until at least the 2010 or 2011 season. Works great for me because I have to diet and exercise as it is, just never thought I'd have a bit of a knack for it because I was TINY before I started.

    My HBA1c readings were hovering around 7.5-8% before I started the bodybuilding. Now they're down to 6-7%. I haven't had any diabetic seizures since I started and I've been off all my mood and ADHD medications since early last summer without any problems. Only bad things happening are the ridiculously huge stretch marks all over my shoulders, arms, and legs!

    Even if you don't compete, it's still worth it because of the health benefits and the look, but it is a complete lifestyle and requires a great deal of time and monetary investment to keep it up..
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    Feb 25, 2009 2:37 AM GMT
    Beats being fat.
    Beats being sick.
    Beats taking a handful of pills every day.
    Beats feeling like crap.
    It looks better naked.

    Being competitive allows me to set a goal / plan; do the plan; execute it; achieve success.

    At 48, I have an outstanding CMP that's almost certainly related to my lifestyle.

    I've enjoyed a long range of benefits directly related to my lifestyle, and I'm convinced I've added years to my life. I think it's totally unnatural to be old, fat, lethargic, and out of shape.

    Clearly, one does not have to grow old in a negative way. Masters bodybuilding proves that.

    I think it's funny he was sneaking off to lift. That's almost like a smoker running off to smoke, or a fat person sneaking of to a diner, etc. All just to be fat and stinky (SIC).
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    Feb 25, 2009 4:18 AM GMT
    To each his own. You don't have to beat yourself up to be a competitive bodybuilder. Like all other sports, it's all about knowing your mental and physical limits, and how far you want to push those limits.

    Sounds like your ex-housemate didn't know what his limits were and burned out.
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    Feb 25, 2009 6:42 AM GMT
    I have to say I agree with ChuckyStud, for me bodybuilding gives me goals to achieve (not that I already have some).

    But I'm still early on in my training (21 months I think this month) and I still have a long way to go.

    It can be easy to get addicted to the training - thus the term gym junky - whereby you do go beyond what is required to get results faster.

    For me though it's being realistic. I originally approached a trainer - also a friend - and asked him what he thought, do I have what it takes to train to be competitive or not? I wasn't going to do it if I didn't have the right attitude, shape, or structure.

    Starving yourself isn't the answer
    Training every second of the day won't help you

    Keep a balance and enjoy the journey!

    And you know what? I'm not after fame, or a role in a movie, just satisfactory results for my effort.
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    Feb 25, 2009 12:20 PM GMT
    Well, that nice for you guys to have some balance between competition and personal life. But not all those hardcore competitor have the same atitude. Some live and breath body building and have not much else going on in their life except for lifting weight. Negative attitude like bad loser, back stabbing and jealousy is the order of the day during competition. This guy I was mentioning ealier was very piss when he only manage a fifth position. He was saying the winner are steroid user, the judges are being unfair and all kind of accusation.

    You know , those things I was saying about starving, dehydrant and constant training is a real big deal if you are thinking about winning competition. A body fill with water will erase muscle defination and you need to real control youself from eating if you want the judges to see your stomach muscle.

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    Feb 25, 2009 12:44 PM GMT
    Even though I dont get to live the life like I would like to....I absolutely love the life of bodybuilding....seeing how far you can push your body, watching it evolve and change.

    The nutrition is amazing to, I love studying that.I think with the discipline, hard work and dedication it takes for these goes to go through what they do, it is the hardest sport in the world today.....and I love it because you compete with yourself, what better competition is that???!!!

    I love it.