Muscular Development|June 2020
When Your Personal Life Affects Bodybuilding
I loved that you talked about emotions in bodybuilding last month. Just curious, how is your training and prep affected when things in your personal life aren’t going well? Does it hurt your bodybuilding, or are you able to shut your emotions off and just focus on what needs to be done?
Going cold like that is an extreme example of compartmentalization of your emotions, which works well for some people. My good friend and training partner James Hollingshead said that when he won the British in 2014, he was in a good relationship, but overall, it was just average. He couldn’t put much emotion into that relationship because his desire to win that contest outweighed his desire to have that perfect, passionate relationship with stars in our eyes and all that. He found he only had so much time and energy to direct into each thing, and that being too invested in the relationship would have distracted him from what he was trying to achieve in bodybuilding. For him, that balance of emotional commitment in his life worked at that time. For me, if things in my home or personal life are going badly, it has a completely negative effect on my bodybuilding. If you look at my 2019 contest record, I looked and placed the best when my home life was good and stable.
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