Muscular Development|December 2019
This is very common question I get. A lot of guys are rushing into competition too quickly now. I get messages where they tell me they just joined a gym and have worked out twice, and they plan on turning pro next year. Can I help them? I say get that whole turning pro in a year fantasy out of your head right now, and then proceed to learn more about them and their situation. When do you know if you’re ready to enter your first competition? I have broken down my best answer into three categories of readiness: physical, mental and financial.
This is the most obvious area to look at first when determining if you are ready to start competing. Do you have enough muscle mass? I’m not saying you need to be my size; that’s ridiculous. But you should carry substantially more size than the average untrained person. Bodybuilding is firstly about having a solid base of mass, which should be balanced and evenly developed among all the major muscle groups. But make no mistake, being perfectly balanced and symmetrical yet skinny does not mean you’re ready for the stage. Take the time and build that base if you haven’t done so. Attend a local contest and see how the novice (or in the U.K., first timers) men are built. If you’re nowhere near the size of most of them, you still have work to do.
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