I started competing as a teenager. Imo, as long as you stay natural and don’t mess up your endocrine system with drugs, it’s a great thing to do.
It teaches you so much you will profit from in many aspects. A contest prep need lots of discipline, committment and dedication. These ‘skills’ will for sure help you in school, at university or in your professional carreer.
After 20 years of competitive bodybuiling I sometimes have the feeling that ‘everything is bodybuilding’. No matter how hard or challenging a new project at work or just any other problem might look, I know I can succeed because my will is strong and no matter how much it will hurt, I will kero going.
So yes, competing as a teen is good imho. But as I said, I would always advise to go the natural way.
As for gains, I always found that doing one show a year acctually helped me gaining quality mass in the longer run. The 3 month or so after a show are so very ‘productive’ every time in terms of strength and mass gains. It’s line the body had been primed for gaining muscle during the months of diet and contest prep.[/quote]
okay sounds good. I dont have any intentions to become unnatural so should not be a problem. yeah ive read many contest logs on this site and i am very impressed with the amount of dedication that goes into the prep.
thanks for the advice, will keep it in my head if i ever decide to compete in the near future