What’s it Like to be a Bodybuilder?

What’s it Like to be a Bodybuilder?


Working out, playing sports, or just being
active in general is something that benefits everyone. There’s long and short term health effects
like losing weight, keeping your blood pressure in check, and strengthening your bones. It’s good for your mental health too and
can elevate your mood and help you sleep. But for a lot of people, the main reason why
they work out is for the look. And some people even make it their job. But what’s it like when you turn an activity
into your entire life? Today we’re going to look at what it’s
like to be a professional bodybuilder. The first step to becoming a professional
at anything is putting in the time, and becoming a professional bodybuilder is no different! While the average person who regularly works
out might go to the gym three or four times a week and stay around an hour, a bodybuilder
is probably spending two to three hours in the gym every single day! And that doesn’t even include the time you
need to spend on planning your workout routines or doing research on the most effective exercises. All of these hours quickly add up. Before you know it, what started as a part
time hobby is taking more hours than a full time job! Now it might not sound like work, but a big
part of the job of being a bodybuilder is eating. Your muscles need calories to grow, lots and
lots of calories. While the average adult male needs to eat
between two thousand and twenty five hundred calories per day to maintain their weight,
a bodybuilder who is trying to continue gaining weight might need to eat ten thousand calories
per day or more! It’s almost impossible to consume that much
is just three meals per day, so most bodybuilders spread their intake across the day, eating
six, eight, or even ten meals per day. That’s a lot of lunch breaks! And while just lots of calories in bulk will
help you gain weight, to get a competition ready physique you’ll need to make sure
you’re eating the right foods, what many refer to as eating “clean” which requires
even more time for research and meal prep. And then of course there’s also all of the
vitamins, supplements, and protein powders that many bodybuilders swear by. You can see that this would all quickly add
up to hundreds of dollars per month just in food and supplements! But no matter how much time you put in at
the gym or how many calories you consume, there’s a limit to how quickly you can pack
on the muscle mass. The average man can expect to put on about
a half pound per week, or about two pounds per month at best. With most of the bigger bodybuilders weighing
between two and three hundred pounds, it can take years just to put on the weight needed
to compete. But what can you get out of being a bodybuilder
other than the big muscles? First there’s the prize money. You’ll have to start with a local competition
for amateurs, but if you perform well there you can qualify for a professional competition. The biggest of the year is the Mister Olympia
contest, which pays out a whopping four hundred thousand dollars to the winner. And more than just competing, there’s also
the chance at fame. Mr. Olympia helped launch the career of someone
we bet you’ve heard of – Arnold Schwarzenegger. Not only did he turn a use his bodybuilding
fame to become one of the highest paid actors on the planet, he even became governor of
California! But of course only a small number of amateur
bodybuilders even get the chance to go pro, and an even smaller amount become household
names. So what do you think? Would you want to become a bodybuilder? Do you think it’s a good look? And Is the potential for fame and fortune
worth all the time and hard work you have to put in? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget
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