Being a bodybuilder is not only going to a gym, eating properly and using right supplements. A lot of mental strength is needed in order to achieve the best possible results.
It does take a lot of determination for someone who practices bodybuilding to reach the final goals. It also requires going to a gym on a regular basis, getting enough rest between the sessions, eating properly, spending money on supplements and gear, all those things repeated day after day in a sometimes even monotonous tempo, not allowing straying away from the correct path, even for a short while.
Main motivation for a bodybuilder to keep going on is the increased and well developed muscle mass. And if a schedule and rules are followed, that will happen. But sometimes, it is happening slowly and that can be very irritating and disappointing. Those are the moments in which the bodybuilders question themselves about the usefulness of what they are doing, and sadly, if the time of pause continues, some bodybuilders simply quit. In these moments, the patience and some inner peace are required in order for a person to realize that good results will come again and that the pause will end eventually.
It is obvious that increasing muscle mass will increase self-confidence, too, but why is that? Well, it probably comes from the unconscious part of the mind that says that more muscles create advantage over those who do not have the same muscle mass. True, this is something that cannot find any place in modern thinking, but remember, this is the part of the unconscious mind and most of us are not even aware of it. Also, some bodybuilders say that they have been able to avoid physical conflict simply by staying calm, but with an unsaid threat of using their big muscles in the air. People just think that entering in any kind of conflict with strong people is not smart and they might be right.
Healthy state of mind
For reaching that perfectly shaped body with strong muscles, bodybuilders have to follow a certain lifestyle, the one that must include healthy meals and avoiding bad habits like the use of alcohol, nicotine, etc. It is not something that can be easily done, especially when we know that only handful of bodybuilders can reach the competition level. There are some who practice bodybuilding not for the competitions, but for having a strong and beautiful body, and perhaps this is where we should look for the true purpose of bodybuilding.