Are you having problems gaining the serious muscle you want to? Are you working out a lot with little changes to your body? Want to get that ripped look men and women will envy and desire with a goal of becoming a pro bodybuilder? This article will reveal seven things you have to know if you are thinking about becoming a professional bodybuilder whilst on your way to building your ultimate physique.
1. Earning Your Pro Card
In order to become a professional bodybuilder, you must first earn your Pro Card. A bodybuilder looking to do this must first win a regional contest weight class.
When a bodybuilder wins or places highly they earn an invite to compete at their country’s National Championships contest for that year. The winners of each weight class at the National Championships will then go head to head in a separate contest to see who is the overall champion for the year.
Depending on the federation, the overall Champion will be offered a pro card. Some federations offer pro cards to winners of individual weight class champions. This can mean that each year more than one bodybuilder may earn a Pro Card.
Qualification as a professional may require membership of a professional bodybuilding organization such as the IFBB (The International Federation of Bodybuilders). Many Natural Bodybuilding organizations such as the INBF (International Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation), NPA (Natural Physique Association) and NANBF (North American Natural Bodybuilding Federation) also have professional ranks.
It is possible, though difficult except at the highest level, to earn a reasonable income purely from competition winnings. It is more likely that a particular athlete will be sponsored by local companies and supplement manufacturers. Many bodybuilders use their new found fame and knowledge to pursue business ventures such as higher level personal training, or opening their own fitness centers. Guest posing and appearances also support income.
4. Work Harder Than Anyone You Know
If you do, everything else that is meant to be will follow. If you focus is only on becoming a pro bodybuilder, then you are not approaching the sport properly. The core of bodybuilding is not about achievement in a public forum, such as on a bodybuilding stage. It is about the private sense of accomplishment you get in achieving your goals, whether you’re in the gym or on a stage.
5. Learn To Be Smart
At the gym, learn to be smart about your training. Go there to work, not for recreational purposes. Determine ahead of time what your workout will be for that day and stick to it, making modifications only for logical reasons. Apply the same standards to your nutrition. Decide ahead of time what you will eat throughout the day and adhere to that plan.
Don t skip meals. Don’t indulge in gluttonous behaviour that will negatively impact your physique.
6. Do You Have The Necessary Genetics?
If you have the desire to compete, prepare for a competition as if you are a professional bodybuilder. Through perseverance and feedback from the judges, you will be able to determine if you are lucky enough to have the necessary genetics.
7. The Odds Of Attaining Professional Status
Above all, put as much effort into your education as you put into your training and nutrition. Too many young guys pursue a pro career without having a backup plan. The odds of attaining professional status, let alone making a comfortable living at it, are remote at best. But if you want to be a professional bodybuilder, you have to approach bodybuilding with a professional attitude.
Although passion is important, you must also have the self-awareness and logic to accurately assess your own chances of success. If you do, you will be a professional.
Your ultimate body is within reach providing you follow the proven principles in this article. Muscle building is not a pipe dream or only for those with the perfect genetic makeup. Use these strategies and very soon you will experience the private sense of accomplishment whether you’re in the gym or on a stage.