What A Few Good Heros Taught Me About Bodybuilding
Copyright 2006 Marc DavidPosted on a Bodybuilding
Message Board:Hi everyone I'm 15 and was wondering
what I can take for my muscle to grow? I have
heard of muscle boosters or something like that
so I was just wondering if there was anything
like that that I could take in order for my muscle
to get huge.I might be thinking of steroids. Answer:Stop!
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
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.
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
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.