When she earned her pro card at the 2013 Masters Nationals after nearly a decade removed from the stage, Dre Dillard came face-to-face with resistance, stared it in the eye, and did what anyone who's ever dared to challenge greatness has done – embrace it.
The sport of bodybuilding is quite possibly one of the most demanding sports known to man. Unlike sports based on numbers or knockouts, a bodybuilder has to achieve a look that's impressive to a panel of judges, meanwhile respected by the audience. In addition to a contest prep that can take anywhere from 12 weeks to 16 weeks, some of today's best athletes are also preparing others for competition; this adds to an already overwhelming workload. But the champions always make time to get it all done; there's no room for procrastination- and even less for whining! Everything gets done, everything as planned.
Two-time British Champion James Hollingshead Talks Goals for 2015!
Tell us about how you first became interested in bodybuilding?
Bodybuilding was never something I thought about… well, not the competition side of things at least. Don't get me wrong I wanted to obtain the best body but my inspiration was drawn from a cartoon rather than reality. You may have heard of Dragon Ball Z. If not, well, you better had check that out! When you watch an episode of this, you won't even need to ask why it inspired me.
Bodybuilding is, above all else, about the relentless pursuit of muscle. It’s about waking up every day, staring at the man in the mirror, and daring him to be great. Bodybuilding is about pushing beyond boundaries, climbing over plateaus, and unleashing an all-out assault on limitations as we ascend into uncharted territory both mentally and physically. It’s about defying the odds, and defining our legacy.
Bodybuilding isn’t about the trophies, the money, the fanfare, the magazine, the ads, or the accolades. It’s about waking up day in and day out, staring at the man in the mirror, and daring him to be uncomfortable with being good. It’s about reaching for greatness and then having the audacity to be even greater.
When he turned pro at the 2009 National Championships, many bodybuilding fans thought newly-minted IFBB Pro Jeff Long was going to be great. It wasn’t a matter of if, but a matter of when. Fast forward five years into a pro career that has had its up and downs, and gone through its fair share of trials and tribulations, and it appears that Jeff is finally on the verge of turning the corner towards becoming a dominant force. A force in bodybuilding that we all knew he had the potential to become.
Recently, I had a chance to catch up with one of bodybuilding’s true enigmas and you can read it all right here in this Rx Muscle exclusive interview.
For some of us being introduced to bodybuilding is like throwing gasoline on a fire – it ignites a powerful explosion that changes things in ways we could’ve never anticipated. However, for others bodybuilding is like a small ember that slowly but surely begins to build, grow, and burn hotter as we immerse ourselves deeper and deeper with each passing moment into the lifestyle.
Bodybuilding is a sport of evolution. It’s a sport about evolving our physiques and ideas in order for us to survive and prosper. At the 2014 NPC Junior Nationals, from the moment he set foot onstage, Light Heavyweight Champion Charles Griffith gave bodybuilding fans a glimpse about what the 212 division might eventually evolve into.
Griffith displayed an amazing combination of round muscle bellies, impressive symmetry, and a stunningly small waist on his way to capturing the crown in his class. I recently had a chance to catch up with the champ to discuss a little bit of life, bodybuilding, and what his future plans are – and you can read all the details right here, in this Rx Muscle exclusive interview.