One of our newest athletes, Paul Del Pozo, discovers the International bond of bodybuilding.
So recently I had the opportunity to go to the 66th annual IFBB World Amateur Championships AKA the Mr. Universe held in Quayaquil, Ecuador. It was an amazing experience that opened my eyes to bodybuilding and the bodybuilding lifestyle on a international level.
As a bodybuilder here in the US I often speak with other bodybuilders about our struggles to become the best and achieve the best physiques we can. We deal with the struggles of juggling work and our personal lives with the triple gym sessions per day, as well as the mood swings from being carb-depleted and the universal struggle to afford to do what we love.
Our sport is not cheap and it almost never gives us back what we put into it. We do it because we love it and we love the lifestyle. While in Ecuador I interviewed Athletes from South America, Central America, Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia and you know they do it for the exact same reasons. They love the sport and they love the lifestyle. But that wasn’t a shock to me, they have the same personal struggles as we do but in a lot of countries they are dealing with tremendous social issues. The athletes in Egypt have been living through civil war the last 2 years and the same for the Syrian athletes. Imagine not only are you struggling with carb-depletion and financial stress but also worrying about your neighborhood being bombed while you are on the StairMaster! Its the universal drive that all bodybuilders have inside of us, its the drive to be the best we can be no matter what. When we set our minds to being the best nothing gets in our way. I can not compare my struggles to my Iron brothers in war torn countries but we share the same dreams and desires to be the best we can be.
Next time you think you have it hard, know there are other people wanting and achieving what you want but dealing with a lot worse. Never give up and always chase your dreams. The impossible only seems impossible if you don’t try.
Paul Del Pozo