Genetics, College and Supplements

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Question:

I have been bodybuilding for about a year now, and really seem to be getting into it quite a while. It is amazing to find out how big the bodybuilding base is when you are actually getting to be a part of it. I had a few questions. The Mr. universe or Arnold qualifiers is it there lives to do that?

Having a job and kids and family seems too much for competitors. If you want to look like that, is it more than dedication ….you eat breath sleep bodybuilding!

I have come realize that most supplements are a scam, and eating is so hard at college, especially clean and frequently.

My genetics seem to be at a disadvantage too.

- Jake S.

Answer:

Quit worrying about genetics, supplements and how hard it will be and make small changes over the course of a year to ensure that things become a routine.

I receive all types of replies from skinny guys, women, older guys who give me a LAUNDRY list of why they can’t do something but they really want to look like such and such a fitness pro or model.

You can’t.

If you can’t train like a pro, eat like a pro and be dedicated like a pro, you can’t be a pro.  If you enjoy swimming but can only give 2 hours a week maximum and sometimes have to skip your workouts to pick up the kids, you won’t be the next Michael Phelps contender.

That doesn’t mean you can’t look awesome!

These guys don’t have to live/breath/eat bodybuilding but I’ll tell you what they do.

1) Consistency
2) Dedication
3) Determination
4) Over many years

They don’t skip meals. They don’t skip workouts. They are determined to make it work thru preparation and hardwork.  They don’t make excuses.  They overcome injuries and obstacles that would sideline the average person and keep pushing forward.  They hit a roadblock and work to get over or around it.

In the case of Usain Bolt and the Men’s 200m Semi-finals, the guy doesn’t even think about times, precise meal planning, he just does it.  He wants to win so he simply runs faster than anybody else.

They don’t worry about the supplement of the month. Most of them are either on steroids among other things or just use the basics like creatine and protein.

All these other things are for the confused guys who are looking for the answer in a bottle while the professional already know the answers.  Hard work equals great results.

Hard work over a period of time will beat out any dude who trains half-assed or inconsistently or uses some supplement of the month in hopes that he’ll look like a pro but have to put in less work.

Eating at college is hard!

In fact, I just all but skipped out on that. I just ate my 3 meals a day and worked out when I could. My goal in college was to get in and get out with a degree. Looking huge and ripped wasn’t even on my mind. I just exercised and kept active and didn’t concern myself with that.

I could have but it would have been very difficult and required a ton of planning and buying food. I didn’t have the room, the time or the will to eat 5-6 times a day when I was in school. It just wasn’t my priority.

If you want it to be, then you’ll just make it work. You’ll buy food. You’ll get a small fridge. You’ll prep meals and carry them to class because that’s what guys do in college when they need meals and are always on the go.

My tips would be to first figure out what you want and then start making small changes to make it happen.

Make things routine.

For example, take a look at your breakfast.

Is it perfect?

If not, how can you make it so. What can you do every single day to have the best darn bodybuilding breakfast on campus. If not, then you can’t possibly have a lifestyle if you can’t make a simple change to your breakfast.

Then look at your training. How can you make it consistent. 4 or 5 days a week in addition to classes? No breaks for finals. NO breaks to get hammered on Friday night. You can’t get to 10% body fat and look ripped when you get ripped right? Some guys can but most guys can’t.

Focus on what you can do and less on what you can’t.

Start small. Make your breakfast the best. If you can’t even do that for 2 weeks, then don’t bother making a significant lifestyle change as you won’t be able to keep the pace.

But you don’t have to live, breathe and eat this stuff to be a superstar. With some hardwork, consistency and dedication, you can kick butt!

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