My Bodybuilding Philosophy
This website is for those who want to look great and feel great. Anyone can be healthier, have more energy, sleep better, and feel better about themselves through bodybuilding. Bodybuilding doesn’t have to be expensive or take a lot of time. My focus here is on workouts the natural bodybuilder can do at home with inexpensive equipment. Don’t be fooled, home workouts do not mean easy workouts and they can be just as effective as the gym. This site is FREE and there are no “members-only” sections or newsletters to buy, its my way of giving back to the sport that has given me so much. I don’t encourage the use of any supplements or the purchase of any new equipment, you can build a fantastic physique with just a cheap used set of dumbbells.
- Enjoy the journey: Bodybuilding is not just about the end result, its about how great the process makes you feel. Don’t be so focused on the end result that you cant enjoy the process. Bodybuilding is not the end, it is the means: use it to make life more enjoyable. Don’t limit your fitness activities to a fluorescent lit gym, get outside and put those muscles to use!
- Don’t spend money: All you really need to get in fantastic shape is a cheap used set of weights, a home-made pullup bar, and a good pair of running shoes – don’t waste your money on supplements, trendy machines, and expensive newsletters.
- Health: Bodybuilding is about health. The bulging massive pecs, big arms, and washboard abs are a happy side effect, but not the main goal. Focus on being healthy and passionate about sports and the physique will follow.
- Motivation: In my opinion, long-term success in bodybuilding requires the proper motivation. Internal motivation is the best: if your motivation is to feel better and have more energy, you will get amazing results on your very first day at the gym, and the positive reinforcement will keep you coming back day after day.
- Be a skeptical thinker: Gather as much information as you can, but be a skeptic. Read books, check the forums and, most of all, ask questions! Believe nothing you hear, 5% of what you read, and only 50% of what you see. Most of learning will involve trying things for yourself and see what works for you so don’t trust anything you hear or read unless there is published, peer-reviewed, university research which backs up the claims. Remember that not too long ago proper nutrition was “three square meals a day” with lots of red meat, cheese, and dairy. Especially be skeptical of any claims in muscle magazines because many exist just to sell supplements.
- Be a role model: The best way to get others interested in health and fitness is by being a role model. Be passionate about your sports, your lifting, and your nutrition but dont preach – thats a big turn off. People will see how its made positive changes in your life, you dont have to tell them.
- Pass it on: When you become a seasoned bodybuilder, please pass on your knowledge. Do your best to counteract the constant onslaught of high-budget ads that has an entire generation convinced that a great physique is something that comes in an expensive bottle. Take someone under you wing and guide them. Many people are traumatized by bad experiences in PE classes and have very low self-esteem when all they need is a little coaching to find the joy of sports.