What Bodybuilding has taught me this past year

Hello people! Happy Monday :)

Take a moment today to remember the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as you go about your daily activities please.

OK….so as I was pounding away on the Arc cardio trainer today, I began to think about how life has changed for me this past year. Yeah, I know we are well into 2015, but my calendar of life doesn’t really heed to the regular years, so play along.

I have to be SUPER honest with you as I continue. I have been seriously bodybuilding for only about a year now…..though I’ve loved it forever and thought I was doing it for a while. As it turned out, that was just a thought LOL. In light of my brand new livin it lifestyle, I wanted to share what Bodybuilding has taught me over the past year and hopefully clear up some confusion in the process. Oh, and share some awesome pictures taken by Paul Bucetta at Strong Camp.

Strong Camp 78 Photo by Paul Buceta

1. EVERYBODY benefits from strength training, but bodybuilding is NOT for everybody.

Bodybuilding is a lifelong sport. It is like football, tennis, soccer, or triathalons….You train for life. Everybody should be doing strength training (which is what I was doing prior to opening my eyes) as we benefit greatly from it, BUT bodybuilding takes a physical and mental stamina that many are not willing to give. It doesn’t make you any less of an athlete, but bodybuilding is a chosen sport.

Strong Camp 24 Photo by Paul Buceta

2. Mom and Dad were right….I do use math every day.

Bodybuilding is also a science (go team science!) and therefore, it requires math. There is a science to reps, sets, weights and all of your dietary intake. This part is not for the passers-by or the faint of heart. You have to hold a commitment and tenacity to figure this stuff out :) And guess what? I love my math now because proper math gives me results.

Strong Camp 40 Photo by Paul Buceta

3. It really is a lifestyle…..not a 12 week program.

I started the way a lot of people do: with a short-term goal wanting long-term results! True bodybuilding requires a commitment to a consistent lifestyle that offers a front row seat to amazing things beyond all imagination…but I may be a bit biased.

Strong Camp 62 Photo by Paul Buceta

4. My faith increases as my humility increases.

Contrary to popular belief, bodybuilding is full of some of the most humble people I have ever met. You see, your body can knock you down at any time. Bodybuilders understand the science behind the fact that we are never 100% the same each time we walk into the gym. This is true if you really challenge yourself. You can have awesome strength gains one week and have to drop the weight the next. It doesn’t mean it’s not working, it simply means you’re human. Bodybuilding hasn’t made me to feel better than others, but rather reminded me that we are all created equal and each given the opportunity to thrive and live to the absolute fullest.

Strong Camp 96 Photo by Paul Buceta

5. I am not definable by numbers.

Putting muscle ON the body (i.e. bodybuilding) requires numbers. It requires calories, reps, sets, pounds, rest, more calories, etc. The number on the scale, the number on my jeans (well, right now it’s tights), and even the number on the weight rack does not determine what I have to contribute to the world. Numbers are fleeting and ever-changing. That’s the great thing about science…we know that happens as fact. Bodybuilding has taught me the patience to get through the changing tide and the perseverance to keep going.

Strong Camp 66 Photo by Paul Buceta

So, maybe you feel like you want to be a bodybuilder…..it works for some. It takes heart, dedication, discipline, and a willingness to NOT listen to those around you who say you’re too crazy, committed, insane, busy, or over-dedicated. One thing I can tell you is that you will never meet a more humble group of people who have your back no matter what.

Strong Camp 119 Photo by Paul Buceta

P.S. There’s a lot more than 5, but I figured we would start there :)

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