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 Trinidad & Tobago Body Builders Federation National Junior Championhips 22nd August 2015
From Left: Ronald Brooks, Fidel Sankar, Lee Beatrice, Kelton Thomas, Joel Baldeosingh, Cletious Julien, Jamaul Sanderson, Adrian Amsterdam
 So... You’ve been
thinking of becoming
a Physique Athlete...
by Tamara Ribeiro-Bailey IFBB PRO
As a professional physique athlete, I am asked many times, “What made you get into this sport?” The people that ask usually fall into two general categories – some people are genuinely curious about what the sport involves; they admire what you’re doing and maybe they’re considering jumping into the fray themselves – one day. Many of these people quickly abandon the idea when they realize that curry and alcohol are not exactly muscle fuel.
And then there are those who look at you with a mixture of pity, disbelief, and maybe even a little bit of fear or even disgust, especially since women with muscles are “gross”. What they really want to ask is, “Why would you want to do this to yourself?”
I’d be lying if I said that I have never asked myself that same question. What I can say without hesitation is that this sport is not for the faint-hearted! I’m not even talking about the dieting and the intense workouts, the pre-contest carb, water and salt depletion, stepping on a stage in front of hundreds of people in a swimsuit while they make judgements about your body. These things are fairly superficial in the entire scheme of things. I have found this sport rewarding in so many ways, but before you make the decision to enter the world of competitive bodybuilding (and its different incarnations), I can offer a brief insight into some of the things you need to consider.

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