[quote]Professor X wrote:
I agree with you guys. Why go through hell all the time with dieting down and risks injuries for shows that aren’t “worth” the time. I know money is always a major incentive, but as competitive people (as we are by nature) why not strive to rack more wins? I guess just winning that ONE important show is more competitive than winning multiple smaller shows.
It seems more common with today’s pros to only do the “important” shows, rather than running the circuit like the pros from back in the day did.
You can largely thank the internet for that. In the early 90’s, no one was even going to see these guys outside of a bodybuilding magazine. Those mags were also not going to feature people who weren’t winning RIGHT NOW. Therefore, to get the exposure they needed to even get their names out there, they had to compete constantly.
That is no longer the case. Phil Heath hasn’t stepped on stage in well over a year I believe yet people are still pulling his pics up and discussing him every single week. The mags are no longer in control of the entire industry. Some could say sites like this and others have taken that spot light.[/quote]
That makes sense.
How about this though? Lets say a bodybuilder like Victor Martinez (who happens to be my favorite so I admit I may be biased) never ends up winning the Olympia. He has a very legit shot at winning it, but never does. He eventually retires after a few years to go on to different business ventures.
He has only 3 pro wins under his belt, being the Night of Champions, The GNC Show of Strength and the Arnold. Not a bad record by any means, especially with that Arnold Classic win in there. He also has an Olympia runner up (which should have been a 1st place, but thats another story) that adds to his credit.
However, I feel that Vic is one of the largest, most muscular, aesthetic and symmetrical bodybuilders of late. I feel that he is ONE of the better overall bodybuilders of recent time and “deserves” to be mentioned with the greats of the sport when all is said and done (at least physique wise). I just don’t feel that 3 pro wins really expresses that.
He won’t really be leaving a legacy behind like pros of the past did. Also, how will they decide to enter new pros into the hall of fame with only a few wins under their belts?
I’m ranting. Let me sum it up.
I feel that as competitors, we should strive to win as much as we can. Rack up wins and leave behind a legacy. Leave your mark somehow, someway. When ever someone commits to something, they strive to be the best at it. However, I can also see how this would translate into just wanting to win the O.
Also, I see how much sense it makes to just aim to do the shows that give the largest pay outs, exposure and fame. Why tire yourself out with many shows, when one BIG win can outweigh them? I get that.
I can’t help but think though, that I would be doing more of the smaller shows if I knew that I was one of the best in the world. Would everyone else here just wait for the O?