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The Incredible Hulk

Can We Really Trust Professional Bodybuilders?

by Dejan Antic | Follow Dejan on Twitter

Professional bodybuilders.

Real-life Hulks.

One can only wonder … how the hell did they manage to get so big and shredded?

They say it’s hard work, good nutrition and dedication.

I beg to differ.

I believe they’re hiding something from us.

A well-kept secret that plays a key role in building the physique of a champion.

And now it’s time for you to find out what that secret is.

How to Become a Bodybuilder

Here’s the deal.

Professional bodybuilders use steroids.

That’s a fact.

From synthetic testosterone to human growth hormone, IGF-1, insulin, etc. You name it, they got it in their bodies.

But I kind of don’t blame the pros for using gear.

You see, when your livelihood depends on you being jacked, it’s normal that you’re going to opt for gear.

I mean, how will you ever become the best athlete in your sport, if all the other guys are on gear and you’re not?

It just won’t work.

But here’s what pisses me off about the pros who use gear.

They give people false hope.

90%+ of them go around saying in interviews and magazines that the way they got big and shredded was by training hard and eating like a bird. In the mags they’re saying one thing, but in real life, they’re doing something completely different.

If you’re on gear, at least admit that you’re using it.

That’s why I admire guys like Rich Piana.Rich Piana

The guy is a freaking muscle mutant. He has hulk-sized arms and shoulders big, like the state of Texas.

And Rich  just tells it like it is.

He’s been using steroids and other gear to help him build his physique and he’s upfront about it.

I mean, why wouldn’t he be?

In my book this just makes him a much more respectable dude.

Rich says that the way pros got big, was by eating a ton of calorie dense foods, training like mofos every day and by using steroids.

They shred down by introducing a new cocktail of drugs—Ephedrine, T3 and Clenbuterol.

And that’s how a pro bodybuilder forges his physique. No pro got huge just by eating chicken breasts and broccoli alone. Ever.

So much lying in this industry, jeesh.

But with all steroids and lying aside, I think we can learn a ton from professional bodybuilders.

3 Important Things We Can Learn From Professional Bodybuilders

It’d be a stupid thing for me to say that the pros got big and shredded only thanks to steroids.

I ain’t stupid.

If it’d be so easy to get big and shredded by using steroids alone, there’d be hell of a lot more guys walking around like muscle mutants. Even the average Joe who’s on roids doesn’t come even close to looking like a pro.

There’s just something more to the pros.

And I believe there are 3 important things that separate the pros from your average Joe, who’s abusing steroids.

Complete dedication to the sport and lifestyle

Pros are pros because they’re willing to go the distance.

They’ve designed their life around bodybuilding:

  • their social circle
  • their family
  • their job
  • their hobbies
  • and everything else

So, if you want to build an elite physique, you better have the same dedication that the pros have.

Manage your expectations

I believe that getting big also requires you to know how to manage your expectations.

Don’t get discouraged, if you won’t look like Arnold in 3 months of training. Getting the body of a champion takes time, work, dedication and a sprinkle of gear.

If you want to look like a pro, you’ll have to play their game.

Building the mind-muscle connection

Arnold said it best.

The weight is just a means to an end. At the end of the day it’s your muscle that does the work.

I believe professional bodybuilders have mastered the control over their muscles—the mind-muscle connection. That’s why they can get away with lifting “lighter” weights and still be able to gain muscle mass.

Me and my friend Oskar discuss how to build the mind-muscle connection in this muscle cast, check it out.

Over to You…

There you go.

Now you know how to become a bodybuilder.

If you want to build that perfect physique that you’ve always dreamed of, then it’s time for you to put your money where your mouth is.

It’s time to pay your dues in the gym.

Go to the gym, eat a diet to gain muscle mass and dedicate yourself to the sport like a professional bodybuilder.

Reap the rewards.

Till next time, stay strong!

Image credit: The Hulk, Rich Piana.

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Gabe Johansson

Great points here, Dejan!

I’m definitely no bodybuilder, but the same lessons apply to strength training. The dedication and patience is absolutely necessary to reach your goals. Also, the strongest guys in the gym are almost always on gear, even if they aren’t as big as elite bodybuilders like you said.

I watched a guy rep 305 on bench for 10 without losing a breath or struggling at all. Sure it’s not a ton of weight compared to even some natural guys, but he said he could bench more at 19. Hard to believe he didn’t take anything (he did).

The false expectations is the biggest problem here, like you mentioned. There’s no program in the world that could get people gear level results in a short timeframe, but the point is to keep going no matter what.

Great article and looking forward to more!
-Gabe Johansson

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Dejan

Hey Gabe, thanks for the comment friend! :)

Steroids can make a machine out of a man … no doubt about it!

And I agree with you completely on the false expectations. I think that’s one of the main reasons why so many people never stick to a routine long enough to see any kind of gains. They think that after working out for 2 weeks, they’re going to look like Ronnie Coleman or Jay Cutler or something like that.

Persist and you shall be rewarded :)

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