During my 2014 contest prep my goal was to try and win a Pro card. This is a very common goal for aspiring amateur bodybuilders. Getting a Pro card is validation that your physique is good enough to enter that next higher level of competition. That did not happen for me in 2014, in fact I never even won my class.
My first competition I came in 4th out of 5 which was pretty devastating because I felt I had a better physique than 4th place. The experience taught me a very valuable lesson, don’t let others judgement of you determine your happiness or worth. This can be especially difficult when you compete in bodybuilding where others judge you. While I would still love to get my Pro Card, I learned that only focusing on the outcome can set you up for major disappointment.
My goal this time around is to beat how I looked when I competed in 2014. As such I have put up two images from my competition on my website to reflect that goal. Seeing these pictures every time I come to the site is a reminder. When I say beat I don’t mean scrutinizing over pictures to see minor differences. I want my physique to be noticeably better all around, like before and after pictures. If I can do that then I will be truly happy with my efforts, regardless of how I place, because I will have achieved my goal.
My motivation is to beat, no destroy, the old me. I have no control of who shows up on show day or how the judges ultimately place me. I do however have 100% control over how I look compared to the old me. Another motivation for me is to show that just because you are older does not mean you can’t be competitive in natural bodybuilding. I consider myself to be a bit of an odd ball when it comes to bodybuilding. Not many 46 year old’s decide to start bodybuilding, let alone get on stage in posing trunks. To be able to so and look the part has been a blessing and a dream come true. This inspires and motivates me to see just how far I can push myself to get even better.