This is a question that most people never ask themselves while motioning through their scheduled workouts. But it is certainly worth taking a minute to reflect on. Is it a sport? Hard to say since it is just a presentation of a physique on stage without any athletic elements. Is it an art form? Closer, with the piece of art being you.

For me, it’s a way of life. Once you have been sucked into the vortex of training, eating, and recovering, you realize that it is indeed a life style. Here is one of my favorite lines from Fort Minor’s “Remember the Name”:

“This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill,
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will,
Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain,
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name.”

I believe this sums it up rather well. Please note the fifty percent pain part; bodybuilding is certainly not an easy endeavor. But it is truly rewarding in the end, or as my training partner used to say, “I bodybuilding because you cannot do it!”

Stick with it,
Maik Wiedenbach