When I was in my early teens, I was naturally muscular from just doing kid stuff. After watching Apollo Creed in Rocky 1, I caught the BB bug and read Arnolds book "The Education of a Bodybuilder". I was really impressed with Arnold's dedication and being some what of a type A person, I started training. I was always told that I had good genetics for BB but I have never been pleased with my physique. I have narrow clavicles and a looong torso compared to my legs.I think I won several shows with arms, abs, and decent calves. Even today, I am still looking for a better "V" shape.
While competing, I trained 6 days a week,chest & triceps,back & biceps, and legs & shoulders. I followed the low fat, high carb, mod protein diet back then without putting much effort into eating huge amts. I never did cardio while getting ready for a show because I was always fairly lean year round. If I had to do it all over again, I would NOT have done it that way.
I still like to train everything twice a week and I feel better day to day following a higher protein, mod fats, and adjust carbs by how I FEEL. If I feel tired,flat, and no energy, I adjust my carbs.
I started training at a lean 135lbs at 5'7 and got up to my all time off season weight of 180 lbs over 5 years. I think I was 145 lbs when I won the lightweight Collegiate America and my heaviest contest weight was in my last show was 169lbs , still just 5'7. I can't remember all the shows I did but I competed for 8 yrs and did at least 2 shows a year.
For all of you out there, BB will not pay the bills. I trained for ME back then and still do. Do not make the mistake of giving up everything (eduction, family, relationships, and your responsibilities) for a plastic trophy. I don't think there is anything wrong with competing in BB, just maintain some balance and common sense while doing it.I never really liked to compete, it was the gym time, the training I loved and still do. I have known several guys that gave up things that cannot be replaced just to lose in a BB show. There is nothing wrong with never competing. Losing in a BB show has just destroyed a lot of people, they even just quit training all together. I think BB has given me a body that dosen't embarrase my son at the beach as well not having to take any meds other than Aleve on occassion.
I guess I am ranting in "Dad" mode. Sorry.