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How Long Did It Take You to Compete?


#1

How long from just starting bodybuilding fresh to actually getting up on stage did it take? Would I be right in thinking it would take at least a good couple of years just to compete in amateur shows from an untrained body?


#2

Depends on your efforts, discipline and genetics... you can't say for sure until you actually get the ball rolling for a good few years.

For most people, it would take more than just a couple years if you not only want to compete, but do WELL.


#3

I see a lot of people competing for motivation purposes only. Nobody wants to make a fool of themselves in posing trunks. i see guys training for a year and then entering a contest and busting out some abs along with small defined arms and legs. They are happy with that.

I did some practice dieting and it sucked losing muscle and feeling like a sissy...So I decided I won't be competing until I am sure I can win the whole show. I don't even know if winning a show is worth all the muscle loss that goes along with dieting.

If I were a personal trainer I think i would reach for show success because I know it would bring me more clients.

  • Adam

#4

Go to a show and watch the novice group.


#5

it's not about time, it's about the level of muscular quality that you get/want to get to be in par with the guys you wanna compete with.


#6

Here's your answer. Getting onstage when you're not ready can be a pretty disheartening experience. Seriously, go to a amateur show and honestly assess where you're at. When I started to originally ponder competition, I went through the most recent Natty mag and stuck post-its on every photo with the person's height and weight. It gave me a sort of guideline what I would need to bring to the table in order to be seriously competitive on game day.

S