Embracing your body on and off prep is going to make a big difference not only in how you feel but in the ways you love the sport and the way you last in it.
If you want to succeed, grow, and last in the sport of bodybuilding; read this...
If you cannot embrace the times on prep where you are sprinting your ass off, going from one exercise to the next, and counting the food down to the gram, you shouldn't be competing.
This doesn't mean you should NEVER compete, but it means you absolutely MUST get your mind in the right place (your mind has to prep more than your body), you need to start taking smaller steps to get comfortable with this, and you need to be realistic with what that means for your goals.
It could mean that your goal of becoming a pro by the end of the year when you haven't even seen a national stage, or even an amateur stage, might not be the best goal to set when you can't even enjoy the 'struggle' that will make that so much sweeter...
If you cannot embrace the times on off-season where you are feeling fluffier, making gains, getting heavier, and losing the veins and lines, you shouldn't even be thinking about your next show.
This doesn't mean that one bad rebound or off-season or reverse will ruin you, it just means you have to be willing to invest the time and energy to get back to it.
It also doesn't mean a health challenge or freak accident will ruin your dreams of goin big before you go home, it just means you have to face them head on, honor them (and yourself), before getting back on the grind.
It is so easy to fall in love with this sport when you are a person who loves to rise to the occasion.
But, in this competing, there are so many different occasions to rise to, and it will test and challenge you so much, if you are not able to set aside the time and energy to work through those challenges then you won't be able to experience the full amazingness this sport has to offer you.
I think that many competitors get overwhelmed by the struggles, on or off prep, that they completely run away from it or sabotage themselves.
What if you could have a 100 percent mindset in all phases of your body, what if you could love the way you looked when you are lean and when you got some extra fluff for your journey to buff, and what if you could just plain love yourself more? Imagine how that would impact your success as an athlete...
I made a free personal development coaching series for anyone who is or has struggled with the post-show blues (you can get it in the link in my bio). But I am working on something for competitors on prep too. What would help you the most? What would you LOVE to have? What would make you more competitive? Let me know! Slide in the DMs or comment below!