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Fitness Perfectionism
By Tom Venuto

QUESTION: How do you draw the line between striving to attain perfect fitness and excellent health without being a compulsive or perfectionist in the process? Can this be done? We all know that perfectionism is not a desirable human trait because to be perfect is to not be human...or "To err is human." How do you walk this line? George, Phoenix, AZ

ANSWER: Great question.

If you're a serious competitive athlete or bodybuilder, I think you have to have a little bit of "compulsiveness" or "perfectionism" in how you approach your training. That's just a part of the nature and personality of successful competitive athletes.

No one gets to the Olympics or into pro sports by living a so-called "normal, balanced lifestyle". You don't become a bodybuilding or fitness champion by being "normal" either.

Athletes, especially physique athletes, are a unique breed and many of them lead lives that aren't totally balanced. Their diet and training dominate their lives at times.

Frankly, if you're going to set your sights for high levels of athletic achievement in any sport then you're going to have to be willing to pay the price, re-arrange priorities and make some sacrifices.

Although no one will ever be "perfect", I find that many athletes choose to strive for perfection. Vince Lombardi didn't believe that his players or team could be perfect, but he pushed for the relentless pursuit of perfection because he believed that this pursuit would lead to excellence.

For most people however, and perhaps even for competitive athletes, I believe there is an attitude which helps you walk the fine line between attaining excellent health and fitness and going too far by being overly compulsive or perfectionistic, and that attitude is...

The pursuit of progress in the direction of a clearly defined goal and vision.

I believe it's self-defeating to try to be "perfect." None of us will ever be perfect. But we not only should, we MUST set a course and and begin moving in a positive direction.

In fact, I believe that if we're not moving forward, we're slipping backwards. There's no such thing as standing still. "Grow or die" is a universal law and everything in the universe is either growing or dying, increasing or decreasing, moving foward or moving backward.

We must continually grow and strive to actualize our potential - this is a part of our purpose as human beings. The Japanese have a word for this - they call it "KAIZEN," which roughly translated, means "constant improvement."

In my bodybuilding career, my aim changed from a perfectionistic, Lombardi-inspired "winning is everything" attitude in my early days to a "competing against myself" attitude in my later days.

My goal was no longer first place. I didn't care who I beat or who beat me. I didn't even care if I get a trophy.

My mission was to be become better than I used to be and that is still my mission today even when I'm only bodybuilding recreationally.

I used to be so dreadfully serious about my training that it started to become a chore. As a result of my new outlook on things, I started having more fun bodybuilding than I ever did before.

It came from being not so attached to the outcome. I was just enjoying the journey and gaining the same satisfaction from progress that I used to only get from winning or reaching a specific goal.

The great part is, focusing on progress and self improvement so often DOES lead to winning!

John Wooden, the winningest coach ever in college basketball, put it better than anyone:

"To me, success isn't outscoring someone, it's the peace of mind that comes from self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best. That's something each individual must determine for himself.

You can fool others, but you can't fool yourself. Many people are surprised to learn that in 27 years at UCLA, I never once talked about winning. Instead I would tell my players before games, 'When it's over, I want your head up. And there's only one way your head can be up, that's for you to know, not me, that you gave the best effort of which you're capable.

If you do that, then the score doesn't really matter, although I have a feeling that if you do that, the score will be to your liking.' I honestly, deeply believe that in not stressing winning as such, we won more than we would have if I'd stressed outscoring opponents."

I think that regardless of your goals - dropping a few pounds, losing a hundred pounds, becoming a fitness model, winning a title, just being healthy, or whatever, that the mindsets of improving yourself, doing your best and striving to make continuous progress are the most constructive attitudes that will serve you the best over a lifetime.

Until next time, train hard, expect success,

Your friend and coach,

Tom Venuto

About Tom Venuto

Tom Venuto is a lifetime natural (steroid-free) bodybuilder, freelance writer and author of Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle (e-book) and the national bestseller, The Body Fat Solution (Avery/Penguin, hardcover). Tom’s articles have been published on hundreds of websites and he has been featured in IRONMAN, Natural Bodybuilding, Muscular Development, Muscle and Fitness, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Exercise as well as on dozens of radio shows including Martha Stewart healthy living (Sirius), ESPN-1250 and WCBS. Tom is also the founder and CEO of the Internet’s premier fat loss support community, the Burn The Fat Inner Circle.

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About Tom Venuto

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