Episode 33 – Stephen Pine – Unleashed Podcast

People go into bodybuilding for different reasons but they all need to cultivate similar characteristics in order to be successful in this sport. Discipline, hunger for improvement, and consistency are only some of the essential traits to work on when you have a bodybuilding goal.

In this episode of Unleashed Podcast, Stephen Pine talks about his experience with preparing for the stage and competing.

Stephen has always been passionate about fitness and physical activity. While he has experience with different sports, including football and golf, growing up in the Arnold Schwarzenegger era made him really excited about the physique aspect of sports.

Even when he was a little kid, he was obsessed with posing and flexing in front of a mirror, so this is how passionate he was about bodybuilding!

The funny thing is that before his first show in 2006, Stephen pulled a hamstring and ended up not competing. After that experience, he got more interested in CrossFit and Olympic weightlifting.

Fast forward to a few years ago, he met Greg at Hidden Gym and he asked him whether he wanted to compete in an upcoming bodybuilding show. Without a doubt about it, Stephen agreed and they hit the ground running.

He had 16 weeks to prepare but three weeks out of the show, Stephen developed gout, which is a form of inflammatory arthritis that is very painful. He was swollen and in pain and couldn’t move much. He guessed that it could be diet related, so he cut out the red meat.

The thing about red meat and meat that comes from organs is that it’s high in purines, which increase acid urine levels and this can cause gout attacks. Furthermore, Stephen was at 5% body fat while he was eating red meat every evening, so he might have gotten to a point where his body was just not able to absorb it.

After cutting out the red meat, not only that he was able to walk again within 24 hours but he actually managed to compete too!

Stephen shares that even though the prep and the competition were tough, he still enjoyed every second of it and is looking forward to stepping on the stage again.

Even though he didn’t win that show, Stephen was still very happy with the outcome. Bodybuilding is one of those sports where you can see your accomplishments throughout the entire process. You can see your physique and strength change, whether you’re in an off-season stage, pre-contest, or in prep mode. Being able to notice these changes is rewarding.

Stephen’s next show is in December and he knows that he’ll enjoy it even more because he has the experience now and knows what to expect.

Furthermore, he’s now aware of his weaknesses. If you want to get better at something, you need to know what exactly you should work on. 

For example, Stephen should get better at posing and should focus on his back, because his background in sports so far required him to have really strong shoulders, which resulted in not so strong back. He’s working with two coaches for these purposes – Greg who helps him prep, and Jeff Dwelley, who teaches him how to pose.

Whether Stephen wins or loses this competition, it won’t be because of a lack of effort and it won’t be because he didn’t have fun with it.

At the end of the day, putting in effort and having fun in the meantime is what matters the most!

Do you want to listen to the whole episode with Stephen and learn more about competing? You can do it on Apple, Spotify, and Youtube!

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