[quote]Professor X wrote:
Until someone has put some time into this and actually built themselves up, they have no clue whether they even have the genetics or drive to reach a level of development most would consider “elite”.
For the record, I bet you 50 cents that the OP looks about as much like a “bodybuilder” right now as the fat Star Jones.
Unless you actually plan on doing well, why compete in bodybuilding?
No one in the audience exactly came to see someone who barely has any muscle on them…and further, what could a newbie learn from a comp when they don’t have the basics down?
Getting into comp shape is like taking two steps backwards unless you have truly reached the upper levels of development. No newbie around is going to reach their full potential if they are forcing themselves to diet down to that degree every year before the base is even built.
It used to be generally held that it takes about 3-4 years of heavy lifting before you can see just how much potential you might have on stage in the long run.
It seems most today want the praise before they ever put the time in.[/quote]
Very valid points indeed.
Still, I personally think it’s unreasonable to expect to win going into a show, any show. You have no control who shows up on that day, in what condition, etc.
I expected to win my first show, and was still convinced that I should have won after placing last. The problem was, I knew very little about bodybuilding as a sport, about looking good on stage through excellent posing, exceptional symmetry and conditioning, etc. Only after doing a show was I able to open my eyes and learn, learn, learn… Learn to be better, learn to break through mental barriers and live with sacrifices.
I don’t think I could have learned that without actually stepping on stage, regardless of the number of books/articles read. Hence, the reason for recommending jumping in with both feet in the Novice class, enjoying the experience and learning from it. After all, this is just a hobby, right? So have fun with it!
Those are strictly my opinions, so OP take them for whatever they are worth.