What do you think?
Saturday, March 01, 2008
When I was in college, I sometimes envisioned myself competing in some form or body building contest. I've always been amazed at how exercise and particularly weightlifting transformed the body. I both personally knew and heard stories of individuals who took performance enhancing drugs in order to gain a more competitive edge, especially in sports; however, that was never an interest of mine and still isn't. For me, if I can't get the macro and micro nutrients I need to develop my body the way I'd like to see it through healthy eating and whole food supplements (multi-vitamins), then I don't need it. Just prefer not to take any unnecessary risks.
Well I am 38 years old now, and I find myself wanting to fulfill that long time aspiration of mine. I'm considering setting a goal for myself to compete in an all natural body building competition for men this year. I haven't searched out dates and locations yet, but I've heard that they do have a few summer competitions nearby (within 50 miles of my home). It will certainly take some serious discipline on part, but I'm confident I can do it. Even if I'm not ready by this summer, I think I can be where I need to be by/before the end of the year.
I've got a lot of work to do between now and then because if you seen some of the competitions, those guys are ripped!!! There's not softness about them and everything is well-defined. I really want to give it a shot. Hey, at a minimum I will have hopefully gained an improved physique out of it. At 5' 8" tall, I currently weigh 192 pounds, which at face value is considered overweight for my height. I think I'd like to be between 190 and 195 pounds when I compete, but much more and better developed all over than I am at present.
Have I lost my mind? Has the boat left the dock without me on it? Is this just a phase I'm going through as I near the big "40"? My fellow Spark friends, what do you think?