[quote]Professor X wrote:
Just because you are achieving your goals does not mean you are dedicated. I’ve achieved goals without really being dedicated to them. I put effort in, but that’s different.
In terms of bodybuilding, dedication is living your life in such a way that you maximise your gains. Pushing yourself to the limit each workout, breaking through the pain barrier and basically just revolving your lifestyle around lifting. Eating, Sleeping, managing time without sacrificing training/studies/relationships. Not putting off leg days or doing half ass workouts.
No, dedication doesn’t come from 2 days a week.
well i suppose if you are setting goals which are not easy and require dedication then you are dedicated. there also has to be an element of consistency. like you cant just cant just do one hard set at the gym and say that you are dedicated but if you train hard for years straight then you are dedicated.
it doesnt have to be bodybuilding either it can be anything you have to spend a lot of time and energy on. so i guess to simplify; dedication is applied effort.
Dedication is applied effort in spite every other goal you have in life.
I don’t consider the guy who has no job and who ONLY works out to be as dedicated as the guy who holds down a full time job AND ALSO makes it to the gym 5-6 days a week.
Dedication is working hard at being the most you can be in spite of everything life throws at you.
Most of the guys here are NOT doing that. They are doing this twice a week bullshit so they can avoid having to disrupt their personal life at all.
That is all fine and well if that is how you want to live your life, but don’t act like that equals the dedication of those who rearrange their entire lives to make this work on an elite level.
I am proud of the fact that I put more into this than most. Twice a fucking week doesn’t even come close.[/quote]
i agree with most of this. its one thing to lift twice a week and one thing to workout when you dont have any other priorities. its definately a challenge to apply the effort needed to be able to live a bodybuilding lifestyle and still fit in a typical lifestyle. bodybuilding doesnt end when you leave the gym, you need to have the self control to avoid certain things like drinking too much or making the wrong food choices but you have to find that balance so you arent locked away from society in terms of all you do is eat and lift. its a very tricky thing to do which is why im a little more thankful of my age as to where i can get away with drinking a little easier than some poeple but at the same time its very hard doing this at the ripe age of 21 where theres a lot more social pressure to pound shots til 4 am.