Bodybuilding and Picking Your Battles

A wise man once said “Pick your battles” but what does that mean and how does it relate to bodybuilding? I found the following definition which captures the essence of the phrase.

To choose not to participate in minor, unimportant, or overly difficult arguments, contests, or confrontations, saving one’s strength instead for those that will be of greater importance or where one has a greater chance of success.

If you want to maximize your bodybuilding gains then one should focus on maximizing hypertrophy. Many natural bodybuilders also like to compete in powerlifting in their off season. While many of the lifts are similar the programing and focus for powerlifting is different than hypertrophy.

Some people also want to do crossfit, obstacle course racing, etc. I think if you are younger you can get away with being a duel or maybe even a tri athlete and do well in multiple sports.  However if you truly want to get to the elite level of any of these sports then I think one needs to pick one and focus exclusively on that style of training.

The last couple of years during the summer I have participated in many physical activities.  Things like Dragon Boat racing, 5k Obstacle Course racing, as well as Calgary Corporate Challenge. While I enjoy these kind of activities they are just for fun. What I really want to focus on and excel at this year is bodybuilding. Given that I only have 6 more months to gain as much muscle as I can I have decided I will not be participating in any of these types of activities this year.

At 53 years of age my ability to recover from training is not what it use to be. I want to put as much effort as possible into my bodybuilding training. In order to do that I can’t participate in other activities that could negatively impact my recovery from that training. Hence why I need to pick my battles and focus on the ones I want to succeed at most. For me that is bodybuilding.

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