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The Life and Struggles of Becoming a Bodybuilder

If becoming a bodybuilder, or at least looking like one, were easy, everybody would do it. But it’s the distinct lack of bodybuilders walking among us that should clue you into something: It’s very, very difficult to get the look of a bodybuilder, and even harder to start competing. It takes a complete and total revamp of your lifestyle, and maintaining a strict diet, workout schedule, and sleep schedule is something that most people can’t handle.

If you want to get started down the bodybuilding road, you should start with one simple question: Do you even have the discipline required to make it?

Life as a bodybuilder

Bodybuilder Radek Malek of the Czech Republic prepares himself for the Body Building competition

Bodybuilder Radek Malek of the Czech Republic prepares himself for the Body Building competition Bodybuilder Radek Malek of the Czech Republic prepares himself for a competition. | Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Again, most of us don’t. It’s incredibly hard, and there isn’t much room for mistakes or missteps along the way. If you falter one day and eat too much dessert — or any dessert at all, as it were — you can set yourself back by weeks. That’s how difficult the path is. But many people manage to do it. It’s just that most of us would find life as a bodybuilder too difficult, if not unbearable.

Here’s what it takes to live like a bodybuilder.

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