Da Bullpen
Muscular Development|August 2021
To become an elite bodybuilder takes time and patience.
By George “Da Bull" Peterson III

Consistency Key to Becoming Elite Bodybuilder

Aside from genetics, what is the most important factor in becoming an elite bodybuilder?

I can sum it up in one word: consistency. You must remain consistent in your training and nutrition day today, and fully understand that this sport is a marathon, not a sprint. You need to be patient and take your time. You must invest time in learning how your body works. If you have someone like a coach guiding you, you have to allow time for them to learn how your body works, because we don’t all respond the same way to training and nutrition variables. You will keep progressing if you train hard and also train smart. Injuries can and will put a stop to your progress. I know when we go to the gym and we’re feeling strong, we want to go balls to the wall and lift the whole gym! But like the great eight-time Mr. Olympia Lee Haney said, we want to stimulate the muscles, not annihilate them. That’s even more critical to keep in mind during the final stages of contest prep. We are looking our best, but we are at our weakest, eating very little and doing a lot of cardio on top of the weights. It’s not the time to be striving for new PRs or even using your top off-season weights. Just work the muscle hard enough to maintain what you have while getting rid of the last bit of fat and water. Being smart like that will give you longevity in the sport. To become an elite bodybuilder takes time and patience.

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