I love bodybuilding. I love the competitions. It is inspiring to see the results of months and years of hard work. I love seeing what the human body can achieve when pushed to its limits. To me, it’s no different than going to a basketball game to see Kobe or Lebron play. To see athletes perform at their highest level, regardless of sport, is always fun and inspiring.
I must say this was one of the best run events I had been to. It was organized and operated smoothly. For media, it was great. We had a great point-of-contact person, Ted, who was always accessible. We were allowed early entry to set up and had great seats for photographs. I look forward to working with this group again. I met some great folks also doing media, including the guy doing the social media for the official Ferrigno Legacy. He was awesome, we laughed, made jokes, helped each other out if one of us missed an announcement. I cant say enough good things about this weekend.
Now, on to the meat and potatoes of the weekend, the competition. With competitors from 18 years old to over sixty, from over 13 different countries, it was one of the most diverse groups of people to be on one stage. All have one thing in common, a love of fitness and bodybuilding. The Ferrigno Legacy had some of the most amazing bodies in all shapes and sizes. If you would like to see photos from the event, and each categories top finishers, check out our photo gallery, here and results scorecards here: NPC, IFBB.
As a this was my second in-person bodybuilding event, my eye is not as finely-tuned to the minor differences between the first and second place finishers. I can tell what looks good and what doesn’t, if two competitors are next to each other I can tell who is more defined, if my novice eye is given enough time. Now I know the winners will be spoken of often, so I am going to take a different angle with the rest of this post.
At the Legacy, a few competitors caught my eye. Mainly because they did not like a majority of the other competitors. Here are there photos (click to enlarge):
I had a brief conversation with another audience member. Her position was that these competitors should not have competed. They were not “show-ready.” I definitely hold the opposite position. I thought they were perfectly show ready. Number 1 reason was that they had the courage to stand up on a stage half naked, and BE JUDGED. How many of us take more time than necessary to get ready because we are afraid that someone will judge us? And here are individuals that went out of their way to be judged!
My response to her (the audience member) was that these competitors placed higher than everyone in the audience and placed higher than everyone sitting on couches at home. When I run a Tough Mudder, I hear a few runners say, “oh I’m so slow.” And my response is usually the same, “You’re going faster than everyone at home on the couch.” I was in awe of their bravery and courage. It’s always brave to do something when you are not within one standard deviation of the norm.
I’d love to talk with these people. Where are they in their training? Where do they want to be? Where did they start? What was their motivation in deciding to compete now and not next week, next month, or next year? Are they going to continue competing in the future? They, too, are a testament to what the human body and mind can achieve.
When thinking about my own journey, I compare myself to the 18-year-old teen competitors. They are currently developing healthy lifestyle choices and habits. I didn’t start living a healthy life until I was 25 or 26 (and on some days, I still don’t). Some people, it’s until they are 50 or 60. It is incredibly difficult to break 25 or 50 years of bad habits. If any competitor didn’t always have a “fit-minded” attitude, I’m sure his or her transformation was extremely difficult.
This is not to discount any competitor’s journey. To get to this level requires grit, resolve, dedication, and heart. Moreso than anyone who is still on the couch not doing it.
All the different age ranges (teen to 60+), weight classes (light to superheavy), and just variation from competitor to competitor shows that anyone can do this. You just have to put in the time and work. Start now.
“It’s not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.” –Paul Bryant
Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy the photos. If any competitor, coach, trainer, etc wants to talk about their experience on the DB&D podcast send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time, I’m gonna go binge watch Marvel’s Jessica Jones. #WorkOutNerdOut