Tuesday, July 31, 2012
He explains below about his experience and what is at the heart of competing in and being a part of Musclemania.
"It has been a month since I walked off stage at the Musclemania Universe, the norm is that you would here some rant of politics or I was off or some BS or excuse for not placing where I wanted. On the contrary, I left the stage that evening having a sense of accomplishment. First, I wanted to improve on my physique from November and I did. Second, I wanted to put on a good show, i.e., my routine and I did."
"Placing at this point is secondary. I have been competing for a long time. I was 19 when I did my first show and I'm 37 now (you do the math). I have done a minimum of a show a year during this period and have had my share of success. At the Musclemania Pro level, these guys are the absolute best in the world, bar none!!!! You have to nail everything just to get a sniff at a Top 5. See for me it’s about the journey, not just the finish. It’s about finishing my bodybuilding career on my terms. It’s about building friendships and inspiring others. For those of us that love to compete, winning is the ultimate goal, but not the only goal. I absolutely love where I am in this current landscape of bodybuilding. I have to work my ass off just to place. Now that’s what I'm talking about. Isn't that why we're the best in the world?"
"And, I commend Lou and the entire Musclemania staff for the excellence in show production, and just the way all the competitors are treated."
"In conclusion, Miami was an awesome experience and I am committed to competing in November in Las Vegas, bring my best package, and continue to strive for my own personal best!"