What A Few Good Heros Taught Me About Bodybuilding
What the HECK are you thinking? Why are we always
looking for the short cut to the biggest gains
while still being able to watch T.V.? I guess
the word "hard work" isn't something you really
need to do if you know some handy-dandy SECRETS
to building muscle.Clarence Darrow, a famous trial
lawyer, once said:"As long as the world shall
last there will be wrongs, and if no man (or woman)
objected and no man (or woman) rebelled, those
wrongs would last forever."Listen closely! The
term 'lifestyle' means ON-GOING and NEVER ending.
A shortcut has no place in bodybuilding and
certainly no place in getting into the best shape
of your life.So what?I can already hear the voices
now like waves crashing against a rocky wall "why
should I care?" Or the other one "what's in it
for me?"A Blueprint for your Success:* The more
you know, the more educated you become from a
cast of reliable sources and PASS that information
on to your friends...* The better off this industry
will become...* The FASTER you can AVOID mistakes...*
The FASTER you can make better LONG TERM progress!FACT:
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse
for Teens(NIDA):"As part of a 2002 NIDA-funded
study, teens were asked if they ever tried steroids-even
once. Only 2.5% of 8th graders ever tried steroids;
only 3.5% of 10th graders; and 4% of 12th graders."Add
to this an article I read in the May 2004 issue
of Flex magazine by Tom Prince.
He profiled his career in a very thought provoking
article called "When the Posing Stops."Tom Prince
went on to explain his steroid use, his mad as
a hatter like rush to the top, and eventually
the pain he endures and his eventual kidney failure
to reach a peak. The descriptions of his crumbling
shoulder socket and the pain he must be in made
me as sick as a dog.
At the time of the article,
Tom Prince was 34 years old! He said:"I will probably
die younger than normal, 65 or something like
that, but 65 is better than 35."STOP and ask yourself
this key question:Are the youth of today any different
then me 16 years ago when I was looking at bodybuilding
magazines and wanting to be ripped and muscular?
In my mind, I was willing to take all kinds of
supplements and do whatever training program I
could to look like those guys in the magazine
They were my HEROS and inspiration.Thankfully
I didn't go down that path.Just last week, my
friend (Yes I really have spoken on the phone
with him several times) Tom Venuto sent out a
issue asking people to take a look at the natural
bodybuilders all over the Internet for inspiration.Tom
Venuto wrote:"There ARE heroes and role models
to look up to today, and you will find them in
the drug-free bodybuilding movement."He's RIGHT.
In fact I know an older gentleman, Scott Hults,
who's a big fan of natural bodybuilding and has
done wonders in this sport to educate himself
and others around him that taking shortcuts isn't
the way to go and that hard work can pay-off at
any age. If I can be in as good of shape as Scott
when I'm older, I'd be lucky.Think about it.Toss
this idea around, if you want to get better at
something, you should do everything in your power
to make the exercises HARDER, not easier.
Clearly you can see by now shortcuts simply don't
come without a price. If you are one of those
people who wants to make working out and building
muscle or losing fat easy as cutting thru a banana
cream pie, you'll never reach the goals you've
set.Richie Smith, a personal trainer with more
horsepower in the gym then a Bugatti Veron, said
"When you are child, your parents tell you to
keep your hands off the stove-they tell you not
to put your hand into the flame, because if you
do, you'll get burned. If you're serious about
bodybuilding, you have to un-learn what you were
taught as a child. When I train people, basically
I'm telling them to put their hand right into
the fire and keep it there.
I have them train into and beyond the pain zone.
That's what makes you grow."Are you beginning
to see how building muscle and changing your body
is work but it's fun? Building your body isn't
like FedEx ... it simply, positively DOESN'T happen
overnight. But one could also say ... it's human
nature to avoid hard work.Tom Venuto wrote in
his natural bodybuilding blog, "Most people are
on a constant search for the path of least resistance.
A drug, a supplement, a 'breakthrough technique'
a new machine, a shortcut in exercise form-anything
and everything they think will help them reach
their goals with less effort and in less time.
This is typical human nature.
Unfortunately, this is also faulty thinking and
you will NEVER become a champion with this type