Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Peek Into the Day in the Life of a Bodybuilder

When you watch a movie, a tv show, or a bodybuilding show, do you ever wonder about the personal lives of the people on screen or on stage? Do you ever wonder what their day looks like? People are nosy and curious by nature, which is why gossip magazines rake in so much money every year. I want to know what Jennifer Aniston's kitchen looks like. I want to know which fitness classes Jessica Biel takes. I want to know what Nicole Wilkins' diet looks like.

There's a new video out by the talented videographer, Mike Pulcinella. He's the force behind the famous Raising the Bar series, which featured his brother, Dave Pulcinella. (If you haven't seen these videos, I suggest you do so immediately!) This new video focuses on the day in the life of IFBB Pro Kai Greene.

Personally, I'm not a fan of Kai's physique. But there's no denying his work ethic, his intelligence, and his drive. Here's Part 1 of the video. I posted some of my favorite quotes from the video below.


This is the work, though, that will produce the desired end result. It's being able to climb into the trenches now when it's not convenient. When it's not comfortable. 
It's very, very important to get these meals and have them with you. Once you cook these meals and pack them up, now when you leave the house, you have now eliminated the possibility of being stuck without your meal and having to go 2, 3, 4, 6 hours before eating again. 
There's a certain amount of work that we really do have to take on ourselves and not expect for someone to do for you. 

The best coaches, the best supplement company, the best product you can ever have available to you will be of little resource to you if you're not able to do what work is required of you when it's time to do it
You have to be inventive. You have to be a problem-solver. You have to be able to troubleshoot because at the end of the day, it's your responsibility to stay on target with your goal. Your goals, your dreams are important to you. Your dream is YOUR dream, so it's up to you to cultivate that, to protect it, to nurture it. So it's your responsibility to come up with ways, to find out how you can eat every 2.5-3 hours without incident. You gotta develop your tools.
Development of character, which speaks to your ability to follow through and start streaming together days of efficient action at the most basic level. If you are still working without the strength of character, without the ability to follow through, then all the complex conversation about the sciences will mean very little, will mean nothing to you if you're still not able to get up, cook your meals, pack them, and follow through with eating them every 2.5-3 hours. 
You gotta be willing to bust your ass and get it done. You do the things that you can do to the best of your ability. 

The idea of developing yourself in gaining mastery of these skills, your discipline, time management, those things are critical. without those in place, even the great supplement companies with the great powerful supplements will be of little support to you without some basic fundamentals that are required of you to already have possession of. 
No one should have to stand over you all day every day. 'Did you eat? What time's your next meal? Hey man, are you on top of your schedule? Are you staying true to your path?' Cuz at the end of the day, it's just not that important to everybody else. And if it's more important to other people than it is you, then there's a large part of your better potential that will not be tapped.

Basically, what Kai is saying is that there are NO excuses. Do the work, even when it's not convenient, even when no one is looking. When you're prepared, you've prepared yourself to succeed. No one else cares as much about your goal as you do; it's YOUR responsibility to do the things necessary to achieve your goal.

What do you think of this video? Do you agree or disagree with what Kai says?


  1. I really respect Kai Greene. It was through him that I discovered the powerful words of James Allen. You have to respect the man's character, honesty, and dedication!


  2. Love this post. Yup, do the work and don't complain. If you want to be successful you have to prepare when it isn't easy or convenient.