Knowing how much to push yourself in this sport is important.
If you want to be in this for the long haul, you cannot do things repeatedly that you or your body are just not ready for.
I have always been a big believer of working “hard” and pushing beyond limits.
But, there’s a fine line between having resiliency and being irresponsible.
If your mental health is on the line, your physical body is breaking down on you, and you can’t even find a fire to fuel, you’re not doing yourself any favors by “pushing through it”…you’re likely damaging your chances of success and increasing risks that already come with the territory of the sport.
Obviously there will be times when conditioning may be painful, food choices may be scarce, and energy is so depleted that you have to time everything around your most rested and most fed times.
THERE IS NO DENYING THAT YOU’LL HAVE TO PUSH YOURSELF IN THE SPORT OF BODYBUILDING TO BE SUCCESSFUL (in every season btw).
But there’s times when other aspects of your well-being need to be prioritized so you don’t “break”.
When you break or if you feel like you have, you have to mend that first and find a new way to approach the outcome you want that won’t lead to history repeating itself and you breaking again.
This is why I believe it’s better to be methodical and considerate of ALL your needs. In this sport and prioritizing your relationship with food, your body, and your goals using psychology and personal development to #BUILDMORETHANJUSTABODY .
If you can’t sustain the majority of your efforts long term (not to be confused with sustaining the more extreme parts of this sport/lifestyle), then it’s likely time for a different approach, adjusted timeline, or extra TLC for your mind
I’m curious to hear your thoughts on this :)