Wealth vs. Health

Some of us bodybuilders come from backgrounds where money doesn`t allow us to accomplish our fitness goals as fast as we`d like. Without money you can`t afford good gym equipment, the right foods, and even supplements. When you`re living in poverty you have to do everything possible to accomplish your goals without worrying about your financial problems.

I came from a family where our income was always good. During my late teen years my parents ran into some medical problems and our family income wasn`t very good. I had severe depression at the time and couldn`t maintain a solid job. I felt that the world was coming down on me and that I wouldn`t be able to accomplish anything in this sport. I could only train with bodyweight exercises and two 20 pound dumbells. The only healthy food I had access to were peas, oats, eggs, and orange juice for post workout. I didn`t have much but I had due with what I had.

You have to have a little bit of money to accomplish anything in bodybuilding. When your almost living in poverty it will become much easier once you learn to accept it and do your best to overcome your financial problems. You can start by writing down ways to bring in an income no matter what type of education or background you`ve came from. You need to set small obtainable goals just like you would in bodybuilding. The more time you spend looking for money, the less time you have to worry about your body. The key word here is balance. You need to develop ways to find a balance between wealth and health.

When I first started bodybuilding I was overweight and had no self-esteem to even get up and find a job. My confidence levels sky rocketed once I started seeing results and it also gave me the mindset that anything is possible. Your financial status will vary depending on how big your goals are. If your goal is to become the next Olympia you won`t be able to afford much but if you just bodybuilding to be healthy, then you can become successful in almost anything you do just using the methods you`ve used to accomplish great results with your body.

Wealth and health go together but at the same time they are the exact opposite. Goals, family commitments, social support, are all different factors when it comes to dealing with how much you can spend on bodybuilding. You almost have to spend a little bit of money on making yourself better but the investment is worth it. Just remember that I came from nothing and if I can go on to become somewhat successful, you can to.

Zach Bashore
September 19, 2005

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