In the world of fitness, people tend to think Bodybuilders are a lone wolf type of group. They are self centered, only thinking about their aesthetics, and they think their fitness is the best fitness. But this isn’t all true, and a prime example is Mr. Olympia. If you’re in the fitness community and you think that Mr. O isn’t for you, think again. Here are 3 things you’ll take away from the show, even if you have no plans of watching the stage.
Your Motivation Level Will Be Through the Roof
“There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.” — Indira Gandhi
Mr. O is in Las Vegas, which is perfect given that every athlete from so many sports is welcome. The Mr. Olympia is a bodybuilding competition first yes, but the entire weekend is filled with competitions of varying sports. Kickboxing, Karate, CrossFit, Powerlifting, Arm Wrestling, and Kung Fu. What this expo will do for you is make you feel included, period. There is sometimes no greater motivator than being surrounded by people who care about their craft.
You’ll Be Reminded to Never Judge Another
How many times have you seen an athlete who is thinner or smaller and you doubt their abilities, until you see them perform in their specialty. You remember that each person is physically geared towards their sport of choice. Strongmen are bigger, Jiu Jitsu Grapplers thick but smaller. The expo demands you to respect each athlete in their forte and know that “athletes” don’t look however you want them to.
You’ll Receive a Realistic Understanding of Your Current State
People who consistently train, and especially those that are working towards something, have to walk a tight rope between having a realistic image of themselves, being tough on themselves for motivation, and being proud of their work. Let’s be straight, you should never not be proud of your work, but many people tend to say, “Yes I see what I’ve done, but I have a long way to go”. That is, until they are in a situation where they can properly gauge themselves. You put someone who is pretty fit around those who aren’t and the pretty fit will feel like they are in the top percentile. Put a pretty fit person around top notch fitness and they will feel like they are very behind. The O will have people who are more fit than you and less fit than you, more athletic or more skilled and then less of both so this is the perfect place to have a completely realistic idea of where you are as both an aesthetic specimen and an athletic individual. That will go a long way when you get back to your home gym.