here. I just want to give my opinion on the world of
bodybuilding and its practitioners. Almost 30 years ago I
discovered the sport of bodybuilding by chance, after
participating in many other sports. I was quickly hooked and
got into competition 23 years ago. My achievements: 5 league
titles in France in three different categories including 1
unified title. 2 times vice champion of Europe, 7 times
world finalist in three federations (Wabba, Nabba and WPF)
5th in World Wabba in 1997, Vice Mr. Universe WPF 2002, Mr.
Universe WPF 2009, and 3rd World Nabba in 2009 (tied for
second in points).
I have had over the years the opportunity to meet many
athletes, men and women, from all walks of life, from all
social classes: passionate and fascinating people ... if you
are reading this you should know that it is never good to
rely on preconceived ideas and you should ignore stereotypes!
One is that a bodybuilder has an outsized physique and is
intellectually handicapped without a mind of his own ... all
in the arms, nothing in his head between his ears. This is a
stereotype that is very convenient for all those who do not
have the courage, discipline and mental strength to
transform their bodies!
Take time to talk with them, to go beyond appearances: you
will often be pleasantly surprised, believe me. And don't
talk with disdain about how we bulk up: if you knew the
amount of effort, suffering, self-sacrifice, discipline and
control that this sport requires, you wouldn't say such
things! It's a lifestyle choice. So, please, at a time when
we talk about combating racism, don't be prejudiced against
bodybuilders! Thank you for having the patience to read this,
and know that it is
NEVER TOO LATE
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