A lot of you might be aware that I used to be a power lifter.
My journey from power lifter to bodybuilder wasn’t a smooth one.
I did a few power lifting meets and I took a coach’s advice to keep cutting to the 165 lbs class.
After a few 5th and 6th place finishes, I switched gyms and told my buddy, who’s my training partner now, that I wanted to be a bodybuilder.
I want to reiterate, ever since I first stepped foot in the gym, I had people telling me that I had the genetics to be a bodybuilder.
I have a naturally slim waist, wide shoulders, and wide back.
I chose not to listen and did things my own way.
Last year, when my contract at the other gym ran out, I decided to switch to bodybuilding.
I told no one of my plans and I kept it a secret.
Here’s what I have learned so far.
You need the Right Genetics to Be a Bodybuilder
If you have a thick waist and narrow shoulders, you’ll never win a bodybuilding show.
You need to have the right genetics if you wish to be a competitive bodybuilder.
It may be tough for some of you to read but, that’s the truth.
My genetics were pretty good for power lifting, just not like bodybuilding.
For the younger kids out there 14-21, if your waist is small and you have wide shoulders, you might want to try bodybuilding.
Bodybuilding is a grueling and demanding sport that can change you as a person.
Another advantage that I have is that I’ve always been gifted at recovery.
I’m genetically predisposed to recovering faster.
In high school football I recovered from a high ankle sprain in 4 weeks.
If you can’t recover from the grueling workouts, you can still be a bodybuilder, it will just be harder.
People will Suggest Competing if You Look Good
Before I even considered competing, people would ask me all the time, when is your next show?
Remember I was still a rookie bodybuilder at the time.
When I told them that I’m not competing, I kid you not, almost everyone recommended that I compete.
My training partner even told me that the only people who didn’t tell me to compete are the ones who think they can’t beat me in a show.
That was when I woke up and realized that I have what it takes to be a bodybuilder.
If you don’t have what it takes do something else, or at least, don’t compete.
Heavy Weight Still Works
A lot of people, and bodybuilders are on the bandwagon of not lifting heavy.
I completely disagree, heavy lifting still works.
Now, I’m not telling you to do sets of 3-5 only.
I’m saying that you need to do all kinds of rep ranges.
Our training ranges from 3-25 reps.
Of course, we chase the pump after the heavy lifting is done.
Heavy lifting is what will build density in the muscles.
If you don’t ever lift heavy you’ll look deflated after losing your pump.
A negative attitude kills gains
If you’re a negative person, you won’t have as much success as a bodybuilder.
Bodybuilding will bring you aches and pains that you’ve never had before.
You’ll need to stay positive to keep yourself in the gym.
Being positive doesn’t mean to be delusional.
You need to focus on what needs to be done and do it.
I see a lot of people in the gym talk themselves out of doing a heavy set or a nasty drop set.
They do this because they’re negative and have a victim/helpless mentality.
If I ever slip up and get negative I know there are greedy, hungry, wolves waiting to take my spot.
You need to see it that way.
Maybe you don’t want to be a bodybuilder.
That’s perfectly fine, you still need to be positive and view the gym as a positive experience.
If you’re dieting you need to keep the purpose and the goal in mind.
The diet will get you the result you want.
Plenty of people have dieted before, so it can be done.
You can and you will.
That needs to be your attitude.
Before I lifted as a power lifter or bodybuilder I never took the mental game seriously.
If two people have the same physique and genetics, the guy with the better mental game will always win.
A positive mindset will do more for you than any supplement.
Take Calves Seriously
When I was a power lifter we never did calf raises.
I thought calves were unimportant and I listened to that moron Omar Isuf.
If you listen to him or other skinny runts, who promote mediocrity, you’ll end up with an average physique.
Omar doesn’t train calves.
He’ll even tell you this himself.
Omar is wrong.
You need to train calves 3-7 times per week.
If you’re calves suck, I recommend training them every time they are fresh.
If you do this, you’ll build them correctly.
Calves are also mainly genetic.
You’ll need to hit the calves from multiple angles and make sure to focus on squeezing at the top.
This is hard for a lot of people to do.
Since calves are so small and boring to train, most people ignore them and don’t train them at all.
Do the opposite and make the calves a priority.
Gym Environment Matters
When I started bodybuilding in this gym, I saw these massive guys with small waists.
I knew immediately that I was in the right place.
There was one guy that inspired me a lot.
I don’t know his name, but he was a black guy with the best physique I’ve ever seen live.
A lot of haters would say that he’s on gear.
My answer to those people would be.
“Do you look like that?”
Never take away credit from someone’s success.
If you take away credit from someone else you’re teaching yourself subconsciously to hate success.
I saw that guy and immediately I decided that I had to look like that.
I’ve been chasing that guy’s physique ever since.
Set Up a Good Plan
Mike Tyson always said that everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.
Bodybuilding will punch you in the mouth.
You still need to have a good vision, and then a plan that you can execute.
If you’re trying to bulk, forget about abs and eat 3,000-6,500 calories per day.
Bigger guys require more calories.
If you stop listening to idiots and start working out 2 hours per day instead of 45 minutes, you’ll require more calories than everyone else.
This means that you need to eat every chance you get.
Unlike most bodybuilders, I am flexible with people in how I recommend that they bulk.
Not everyone can eat every 2-3 hours, if you can its better.
If you can’t eat every 3 hours I recommend eating 3 monster meals and 1 weight gain shake.
The weight gain shake is all from real sources of food.
Here’s a list of what you need for the weight gain shake.
Snow’s Weight Gain shake:
- 1 table spoon of olive oil
- 5 egg whites
- 1 table spoon of peanut butter
- Evaporated milk
- 1 tea spoon Vanilla
- Fruit: Papaya, Bananas, Mangoes, watermelon (any fruit you want)
- 1 cup of oatmeal
Drink this weight gain shake a minimum of once per day.
Once you’re able to handle it, drink it twice per day.
The fruit choice is completely up to you.
The fruit will give the shake flavor.
You need to make sure to make it tasty.
If it doesn’t taste good you won’t look forward to it.
You need to make sure the shake tastes good.
This shake will help you put on size if you train 2 hours per day and with a high frequency.
I recommend training 6 days per week if you can.
No matter what commit to what you’re doing.
If your goal is to bulk give it a minimum of 3 months.
Over training is BS
This part is really going to piss off the fitness industry.
Get over training out of your head.
The people that whine about over training, have shit genetics and can’t recover.
That doesn’t mean everyone is like that.
If you’re a weakling who can’t recover, don’t try to claim that it’s like that for everyone because you’re doing them a disservice.
My training partner and I train for a minimum of 6 days per week.
I’ve been doing this since I was a power lifter.
You can build muscle with 4 sessions per week, but you also can with 6 days per week.
Keep your mind locked on your goal and do what it takes to achieve it.
Over training is hard to reach.
Olympic athletes who train 5-7 hours per day are over trained.
None of you guys are training that long.
You can train more.
You’re just more comfortable following the big bad fitness industries orders.
Disobey them and train as much as possible.
More sessions= more gains.
Now, for the idiots out there, you still have to eat enough calories.
If you don’t eat enough calories you’ll get what the other morons call over training.
You need to focus on the task and mission at hand and kill it.
Most people would rather complain about over training than eat more.
If you focus on eating enough calories to support muscle growth you’ll make the gains you’ve been wanting to make.
Keep your mind focused on how this will help.
I’ve noticed that when people are reminded of the goal, they do more.
Thank you for reading.
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