What it was like being a fitness model

Jul 13, 2015

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If you’re here, it’s probably because you saw the picture on Instagram or part of my weekly newsletter.  A few things about that picture:

1 - I’m SO glad I don’t do that anymore.  I did it from around 2006 - 2008.  I competed in 5 or 6 “competitions.”  I put that in quotes because there were no guidelines to “competing.”  There was nothing to strive for.  There was no system, no sense in the judging.  And this isn’t coming from a bitter competitor who didn’t do well.  I won my first competition and placed second in a big, national contest in Hollywood, losing out only to a guy who went on to star in a Shake Weight commercial (Damn, I could have been a star!)  But who knows why he was first and I was second.  He had better abs than me, maybe?  He looked better in his Speedo?  How do you judge that?  Who knows?  

2 - Those two years that I competed, I fell into a state of narcissism and egotism that was frankly disgusting.  Everything revolved around my abs and shirtless pictures of myself showing off my abs.  I’m sure that there were competitors that didn’t fall into this state, but the majority of them, from my point of view, did.  I’m happy I stopped after a relatively short period of time.

But, there were a lot of positives from that time, too.  First, I did meet some great people.  Like I said, not everyone was a narcissistic punk.  Second, I’ve always been a very reserved, at times painfully shy, person.  It wasn’t easy to get on stage in a Speedo that first time.  I’m glad I did - that was an accomplishment in and of itself.  Third, getting ready for those competitions showed me how important nutrition was in shaping your body, and it inspired me to get some ACTUAL education on the subject.

I was 32 in that picture, I think.  I’m 39 now with many more obstacles to staying in shape, and I feel like I’m in better shape now that I was then.  I’m proud of that.  The only thing holding you back from being in the best shape of your life is knowledge, or lack thereof.  I can give you that knowledge.        

Live in your best body,
Steve

 

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