What is the most important piece of advice you can give to beginning bodybuilders just starting out?
The most important quality you need to cultivate is patience. Nobody makes progress as quickly as they would like to, not even the top pro’s. When you’re just getting started, you really need to forget all about going from a regular body to a great physique in 60 days, 90 days, or even a year. It takes time to build a good physique, and even more time to bring up any lagging bodyparts so that you’re complete and balanced. A lot of guys get discouraged if their back or their legs aren’t growing at the same rate, and they focus more on the areas that respond faster. That will lead to huge imbalances in the long term if you keep it up. At one point I had to recognize that my legs were overpowering my upper body, so I had to back off on them a little before the situation got any worse. I would also urge beginning bodybuilders to be very consistent with your diet and training routine. The growth process is slow, but it will be steady as long as you keep eating right and training hard, one day at a time. Finally, I would say to try and keep balance in your life and don’t make bodybuilding your whole world. There’s this idea that being totally obsessed and shutting out everything else in life will make you a better bodybuilder, but I think the opposite is true. Have friends and relationships, have other interests outside of the gym, and you’ll be a much more well adjusted person.