by Christian Duque
Physical sports and the amazing champions they pull have something very special. We have seen people doing different sports in high school and college. There were pro wrestlers, mixed martial artists, and Hollywood celebrities – from radio / television personalities, television stars, and even some movie stars. You can’t forget Mark Wahlberg or Sly Stallone to name a few. These guys are bodybuilders at heart. Countless people have seen old school photos of Arnold, the biggest name in our sport, others may have seen footage of Lou Ferrigno as The Incredible Hulk, or more recent footage of The Big Nasty, the Goat of All Time, 8x Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman .
Some people discover bodybuilding through social media or have always had a desire to pump iron, pose on stage, and fight for top honors and titles. While bodybuilding may be a niche sport when it comes to mainstream draws, there are many mainstream athletes who have always been aware of and want to participate in body-based sports.
A look at the former NFL wide receiver Greg Jennings and you know that this guy wanted it, maybe as bad as in the National Football League. You can’t go into a preparatory phase, exercise while your calories are being manipulated, and then go on stage and pose against others unless you really want to. It’s just not what most people do, especially not someone like Jennnings who played for teams like the Packers, Vikings and Dolphins. He is also a FOX Sports analyst. If you have someone who practically lives in public, just talking about a bodybuilding show has automatically sparked skepticism. Most people would probably just ask why? What is there to prove? But everything for an athlete !!
Many people who choose to compete after retiring from their original sport do so because they miss the rush that comes with hard training to achieve goals. It is one thing to train for a body transformation. You can hold up a newspaper for your before and after photos, you can take selfies in the gym, and when everything is said and done there are surely boastful rights, but it’s a lonely persecution. When training for a body-based show, of course you’re trying to get the best possible result, but you know that there are a variety of factors that will ultimately evaluate the quality of your attempt. How good will you look alongside the competition? How impressed will the judges be with you? How will you be backstage, will you doubt yourself, will you lose your nerve? Wouldn’t it be easier to do something for fun? How can you silence the doubt, overcome mental hurdles and create the consistency and discipline you need? A person really has to want that. Greg Jennings didn’t do it for money, he didn’t do it for fame; If I had to bet I would say it was very personal. On his Instagram I can also see a remarkable progress in the preparation. It was serious business.
When you’re preparing for a competition, the people around you can’t help but notice it. Your social life will change, your mood may change, but as you prepare, many people in one person’s camp will notice for the most part that a certain type of tunnel vision is developing. It’s a great kind of focus because it inspires others. They see the discipline and although they may not understand it at first, they are becoming more and more appreciated.
Bodybuilders and other physically focused competitors inspire everyone around them. This is number 1 on which the sport has grown as much as it has. The athlete in question not only inspires others, but is also the focus of attention – whether he is extroverted or completely reserved – it is exactly what he is. I don’t care how tall and jacked up a guy in the gym could be. If competitors prepare in this facility, these people will look more and discuss more. People in gyms see the commitment, especially when it is consistent and they watch the body progress. While this can be very humble for most athletes, it also brings some stress. Nobody, especially someone who has shared their trip on social media, wants to take the stage in anything other than their best. Everything else is not just a personal disappointment, but a disappointment for your camp and for everyone who has inspired you on your way. That is definitely in the subconscious.
Another aspect that Jennings must have strained is the assessment of bodybuilding. If you score a touchdown in football, you get points. In basketball, one shot corresponds to the points. Most sports are judged and assessed objectively, but not bodybuilding. Sports that are based on the body are subjectively judged, and while the judges have very keen eyes and clear poses that clearly state what is required, this is still largely based on what that particular jury is looking for.
Bob Cicherillo, the voice of bodybuilding, has often best broken off bodybuilding. He often says: “Bodybuilding is all about apples and oranges.” You could have two athletes, one could be a mass monster and the other could be 50 pounds lighter, tattered and posing like an artist. They’re both 100%, they’re both the best they can be, but it all depends on what the judges are looking for. One panel in Alabama may prefer aesthetics, while another panel in neighboring Mississippi may prefer mass. It all depends on where you compete, what you bring, and if the stars line up, you may get the win. You could also finish second. In football, touchdowns are touchdowns no matter where you are, but that’s the difference between objective and subjective sports.
Bodybuilding is tough. This is not a sport that Greg or anyone else did just for fun. Although I have never had the pleasure of speaking to him, I hope this article reaches him and I hope to interview him at some point. I can almost assure you that he had to work hard, that the whole preparation process was challenging and that he gave everything.
That being said, I have a feeling that he will compete more and may be vying for a professional ticket. People like Greg Jennings are natural born superstars, they’re naturally competitive, and they want to reach for the stars. That sums up the vast majority of men and women I have interviewed and known in physical exercise over the past ten years. It is a very special, very close community. It’s a family, it’s what it is.
Do you follow Greg on social media? If not, you really should! Here are some links for the Super Bowl Champ !!
I hope you enjoyed reading my article here in Iron Magazine. Do you think Greg will do more shows? What do you think about his trip? I look forward to reading your feedback in the comments.