Great article and advice from Dani Shugart from T Nation even if you never plan on competing.
Here’s what you need to know…
• Competitors make progressive changes to lose fat. They don’t try to do too much at once in order to get lean.
• Bodybuilders and figure athletes are deliberate about their “cheat” food. They either avoid it or they plan for it and factor it in.
• Competitors don’t let the scale detract from their progress. They pride themselves on behavioral changes and improvements they see in the mirror, not arbitrary numbers.
• Physique competitors screw up and then use their mistakes as a tool to do better the next time around.
Maybe you never plan to step on the stage as a bodybuilder or figure competitor. Maybe you even think the whole idea of getting spray tanned and then flexing half-naked in front of a panel of judges is a little, well, strange. That’s okay. Because there are still seven lessons about aesthetics that you can learn from physique competitors. No posing suit required.