Christian Thibaudeau wrote:
I’m pretty sure a lot of guys begin playing football before they are ready for the NFL.
I’ve seen a lot of guys who had no place on a stage physique-wise, and basically short-side their development just to compete. Not good.
HOWEVER I have also seen (more than those from that first category actually) a lot of guys go onstage with great physiques, look diminished an not impressive at all simply because they were not good at showing off their body, posing properly, holding their pauses, having good stage presence.
To me, the second type of guys are even worse than the first ones. If they decided to gain some experience first, it would not have happened. Heck, didn’t Dexter Jackson start competing when he was a bantam weight of around 150lbs on his 5’6’’ frame?
Nice analogy, but I think for most people it would be wiser to wait, actually do the “bodybuilding” part until they have the physique that makes jaws drop and then compete. While doing that, attend the local shows, eye-up the competition, and when ready to compete, get a competent coach to work on the presentation. Yes, the presentation part is extremely important, but that can be learned a hell of a lot faster than it takes to build a winning physique. And with time as a precious commodity, I believe getting huge has the edge over gaining experience.[/quote]
Also, style and grace are somewhat innate. It doesn’t matter how much someone practices posing if they have zero coordination. I would blame that for why some of those guys never did well long before I blamed the fact that they waited to compete.
It makes no sense for the guy who isn’t big yet to compete. Why? Because no one even knows if he will EVER have what it takes to actually get big. You can’t judge the genetics of a flat out beginner and someone who is that ready to compete before they ever put the time in will be least likely to do so afterwards. It takes YEAS to build that kind of muscle. It takes weeks to months to learn how to do some poses in a full routine.