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

Author: Maik Wiedenbach

Maik Wiedenbach came to the US on a basis of a swimming scholarship to Fordham University where he became athlete of the year 2000 as we ll as a Hall of famer in 2012. https://fordhamsports.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=1402 Being a professional athlete for 10 years and the highest level gave him a great starting foundation to teach others about health, fitness and nutrition.... Read More

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