This, of course, will throw a wrench in my Pennsic plans, but like I said before, you can't have it all. I may do an abridged Pennsic, or no Pennsic at all. It's early in the game and the show I want to do hasn't posted the final date yet. It's only "August 2012." We shall see.
At any rate, this does not discourage me one tiny bit. The more I prepare, the better the chances for me to place. And at the very least, I'm having a lot of fun with it. So there.
And with that, I would like to share some FAQ that people ask all the time. Mainly because I find it entertaining and I have nothing better to do at my lunch time.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Why bodybuilding/figure training?
A: Why not? It is a lot of fun, it keeps me fit, and it makes me feel good. I feel that if you're going to get into health and fitness, you should look for those activities that you enjoy. I happen to enjoy this one
Q: Is bodybuilding the only thing you do?
A: No. I consider myself a bodybuilder with a rapier and biking problem.
Q: But, won't you "bulk up" and you look like a man?
A: Have you seen me? Do I look like a guy? Contrary to popular belief, lifting leans you out, not the other way around. If you don't believe me, here's my picture. I'm the one on the right.
Q: But what about those musclebound women that look like male bodybuilders?
A: Building muscle is very hard for women. In order to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger in a bikini, you would most likely need to take anabolic steroids. That is not only frowned upon in the industry these days (besides being illegal), but many organizations make you take anti-doping tests to make sure you're not "juicing up."
Q: But if you stop exercising, all that muscle will turn into fat, won't it?
A: Nope. Muscle is muscle and fat is fat. Muscle cannot turn into what is not. However, if you stop exercising and continue eating like you were doing when you were feeding the muscle, you will certainly gain weight. It is simple math. Caloric intake vs. caloric burn. If you stop exercising, you need to reduce your caloric intake. Even better, don't stop exercising.
Q: I have been exercising a lot, but I am not seeing any more leaning out. What's up with that?
A: Have you looked at your nutrition? Nutrition and exercise go hand in hand. You can exercise all day, but if you're not paying attention to what you're eating, and you're still filling up with junk-food, you are going to plateau big time.
Q: Heh. When I was exercising, I used to lift more than you. What do you think about that?
A: Excellent! Get off your butt now and hit the weights again. You'll thank me for that.
And that's all for now. I will post more FAQ's in another entry. Or if you have any questions, drop me a note. It would be fun to have a series of "Ask the Belfebe" entries.