Bodybuilding as a sport isn’t looked upon in a particularly favourable light from the media, to say the least, which I think is unfair! For sure there are bodybuilders abusing the boundaries of science and supplementation, and quite frankly they look horrible! However, what people forget is that 99% of sports in general today, do or should, incorporate certain aspects of bodybuilding in order to take their game to the next level. I wanted to very briefly discuss why you should never forget the roots of sport conditioning, and that even if you don’t agree with ‘bodybuilding’ you should learn from it! Believe me when I tell you, eating, training and using the same level of focus and motivation as a bodybuilder will take you a long way as an athlete towards your final destination!!!
Personally, I know professional sports men from various backgrounds, whether they are rugby players, footballers or fighters and the one thing that strikes me is their lack of nutrition! Don’t get me wrong, they don’t live on junk, but they don’t eat good healthy clean food, and I often wonder how much better they would be if they did! So I would just like to point out that by incorporating the very same mindset as a bodybuilder in regards to your nutrition, you will compound your progress as an athlete! If you eat OK, but you started eating GREAT instead, imagine the difference in your energy levels, endurance levels, recovery levels. Think about it, and learn off the pro bodybuilders if that’s what it takes! Remember you don’t have to be a bodybuilder in order to learn off them and utilise some of their methods!
Whilst I know a lot of sports men who train to the death, especially MMA fighters and powerlifters, I also know a lot of rugby players who will hit the gym and not do much! Again, by going into the gym with the same focus, motivation and drive as a bodybuilder, your progress is going to accelerate at a rate of knots!
I’m going to be completely open and blunt here, many people don’t necessarily believe supplements work that well, and that pro bodybuilders use ‘other supplements’ to really make gains. Whilst it is true certain athletes will use enhanced supplementation, it is in fact their rigid eating plan, including their Protein, Creatine, L-Glutamine, BCAAs and whatever else which really take them to another level! Above all else, these guys have god given genetics which account for a huge percentage of their gains! So I would say don’t ever think supplements aren’t what they are made out to be, because these guys get much bigger than you, yet you are using the same supplements! Genetics play a huge part, but supplements do certainly account for 15-20% of their overall progress! I can honestly say hand on heart; I have witnessed this so many times, where everyday people have incorporated a good supplementation plan like a pro bodybuilder does, and seen some great gains.
From this I want you to learn to listen and copy pro bodybuilders, to an extent, whatever your sport. I think their passion, motivation, dedication and relentless drive outweighs that of a lot of other professional sports men! You cant be a bodybuilder 5 days of the week, it’s a 24/7 thing, and by taking the same attitude with your eating, training and supplementation plan, whatever it is you do, one thing is for sure and that is you will improve your game!!!