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How to Become a Professional Body Builder

Apr 11, 2008
There is no one route to becoming a professional body builder and contrary to what you might think it is not just about having great big muscles. Thousands of people around the world have fantastic bodies but not many of them have the right stuff to compete professionally.

First of all it is very competitive, like the modeling world. It takes more than ambition. You must really be outstanding in terms of your form, discipline and posture. You must also be really passionate and ambitious with regards to accomplishing your goals and develop "a thick skin." This is because like any business that deals with judging people on their appearance, bodybuilding is full of rejection and criticism.

Of course in order to make it as a body builder you also need to be able to bulk right up and without much effort. This of course takes a lot of hard work and organization. Many body building careers are sabotaged simply because the person simply could not find the time to exercise. Furthermore you have to love exercising and not find it tedious or else you will just be spending hours and hours in misery. You have to love exercising or you will probably not find the motivation to keep at it in the gym.

It also helps if you are realistic about what the limitations of your body actually are. For one thing most people are born with a certain set of genes that dictate what they can and cannot do. The types of things that are included with your genetics are your capacity to build muscle, become lean and your ability for your heart to take a pounding as you lift very heavy weights. Your body should also have great symmetry. For instance flatfooted people or people with scoliosis (a curved spine) do not make great weight lifters as their musculature systems are distorted in the first place.

You also need to do your homework in terms of knowing what competitions you are eligible to participate for your class and weight. There is lots of information about this type of competition online. It also helps to join as many organizations and leagues to do with the professional bodybuilding and attend as many competitions as you can so you can make professional contracts. This is because before your career can go very far you will probably need both a trainer and a professional manager. The best place to meet trainers, professionals and sponsors is where they hang out which is at annual conventions, shows of equipment and at the actual competitions. The more people you meet in the business the more contacts you will make and the more you will be on your way to pumping your muscles before a crowd.

Yet another qualification is the ability to be personally resilient and give the endeavor your best effort day in day out, as this is a career in which you will face a lot of ups and downs (and not just with dumbbells!)
About the Author
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