OK, so here is something that many others have talked about in many different circles….FB, Youtube and on numerous forums. It seems that today too many athletes do an NPC show and immediately start talking PRO CARD (…sometimes even when they haven’t done well at the lowest level??) There also seems to be a problem with athletes doing one real prep season, getting a show or two under their belt and then somehow being qualified to be a prep coach and talking about their clients!!! Look…anyone who has experienced what it takes to prep for a show or to achieve incredible conditioning or build quality mass certainly can help guide someone who never has done it before, but I think it is totally arrogant, as well as irresponsible, to claim to truly have the knowledge to charge money for something they are still very green at themselves. Don’t you truly have to have something before you can really give it away (charging for it or not)? Also, to have a goal of achieving a pro card is a great ambition, but let’s slow down a little here. It is a progression, not something that happens overnight. Even some of the very best bodybuilders in the world, like Jay Cutler and Cedric McMillian, had to move through the ranks; although very quickly, they still had to win a local show, go to a national level show and then win that national level show to achieve there pro status. It is, in my opinion, disrespectful to all of those who busted there asses and won that status when a low level competitor claims he/she is PRO Card ready right out of the gate.
I know that nothing in this life comes easy, and to achieve any level of greatness, personally or otherwise, usually requires a great deal of hard work and time. Many forget this! And, in my experience, there is no substitute for time. Maybe this is just the way of the world now with so much information readily available, but it is still a baffling idea that you’ll be renowned without earning it. For myself, I competed 5-6 times and had some very knowledgeable people helping me with my diet and training before I even considered helping someone else. You know what I learned very quickly? I learned that the diet was NEVER the same twice and that the first time was by far the easiest; your body just responds so well to something you have never done before. Every year you grow older, every pound of muscle you acquire will change your body’s needs. There is not a single way that works for everyone. Of course there is always a starting point and some constants in a well devised plan. It may be very similar to what your friend is doing, but everyone is a little different; everyone responds differently to the same things. People: even if it is not DECON, please find someone who actually has experience, a good track record AND here’s the big one…doesn’t rely heavily on supplementation; that’s a whole other topic for another day... Going back to the idea about hard work and time, we all must develop a good base through sound nutrition and training to eventually be the absolute best we can be. If you are always looking for the short cuts, then I can all but guarantee in the long run you will fall SHORT. There are a few rare exceptions to this rule, but don’t make the mistake of thinking you are one of the very few.
We want to help every client be the absolute best they can be. There is no magic. There is no real secret your buddies are keeping from you as far as an exercise, supplementation or super foods. You can achieve great things and accomplish your goals only if you are willing to work hard and make some sacrifices. Remember: a little humility and perseverance will go a long way. I am not saying you should set yourself up to be 4th, but I am saying be confident, follow direction and work your ass off. Always train to win, leave no stone unturned. There is no feeling like setting a goal, following through with it and achieving the look and conditioning you want!!! And, of course, always be sure to have good people in your corner! There are many great coaches out there, but again, there are also too many students who think they are professors. BE AWARE.
COMMITMENT, DISCIPLINE, DEDICATION
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