Bodybuilding Can Be Lonely – Clarified

So I thought after my last post I should clarify a bit better what I was getting at with regards to bodybuilding can be lonely. Was I feeling a bit lonely when I wrote it? Yeah, a bit and it probably came across in my post more then I wanted it to so I apologize.

First let me say sorry to anyone who bodybuilds but does not get on stage. Just because you do not compete does not mean you’re not every bit a bodybuilder than those that do. Bodybuilding is all about creating the best version of you and only you can define what that is. One of the things that appeals to me about bodybuilding is that it’s an individual sport which means it’s all on you to achieve or not achieve the results you are after.

There are many individual sports out there but many you can still train with others for like Crossfit, Powerlifting, Olympic Weightlifting, Obstacle Course Racing, etc. These all have a pretty good community of like minded people to connect and be apart of. Many of these have become very popular probably because of that very reason.

Bodybuilding for the most part is restricted to training with a partner and if you can find someone to train with it can be very rewarding. I really enjoyed having Danika as a training partner for a time and even when we were not training partners we still saw each other everyday at the gym and had a chance to catch up and talk about how things were going. I also got a chance to know other people who trained at the gym at the same time every day so if you are looking to connect with other lifters then training at a commercial gym is your best option. I also trained last year with Daniel at the corporate gym located in the office building where we work until I got my home gym up and running, which was also very enjoyable.

Training at home can really isolates you and it’s something I have never really done before, so its hard to know what its like until you get to this point. Some people are not looking for that social aspect so training at home is perfect for them and not lonely at all. I honestly didn’t think I was into the social aspect either until I was not around it. For me its been an adjustment but I will be fine. 🙂

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Graham.
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Graham.

Hi Dean, It’s me again! I think I understand where your coming from. I’ve sometimes seen on TV someone working from home looking out over a beautiful country side view and thinking to myself how great that must be. But then I think to myself, wait a minute, your still at home. It’s that thought that your still at home and not seeing work colleagues or the general public. Training at a home gym may be a bit the same. It’s done at home rather than going out to a different atmosphere where there is usually always someone else present… Read more »

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Hi Deano, I think you’ve hit the ‘nail on the head’ with the comment about making an adjustment by training at home. Imagine if you couldn’t use your favourite exercise or piece of equipment ever again. Would that mean that you would have to stop training? No! It would just mean that you like I or anyone else would just have to make an adjustment to your training. Whilst that adjustment might or might not be easy, it wouldn’t be the end of your training. Because your goals and the training are bigger than one small glitch or set back.… Read more »