BUILDING TAKES TIME
By Tammy Patnode
I have been in the gym since I was 15. I picked up my first Muscle & Fitness magazine at age 20 and knew I wanted to look like the athletes they featured. Mind you, there was not many women in the sport then. Cory Everson and Lenda Murray were 2 women I aspired to look like.
It takes years to acquire a pro level physique. At this stage of the game, I still push to improve every year because I have so much that needs to get better. I have genetic flaws I can’t help, but you can bet I will do all I can to combat that. So many up and comers are wanting it all in only a few months. It takes YEARS. It is a marathon not a sprint. So be patient.
FAST FORWARD 20 YEARS
In looking back, I have accomplished more than I ever thought possible. I have not only met some of my mentors, but competed on the same stage along side of them. I have seen and heard some crazy sh** in this industry and have seen many people rise and fall. Keeping it real and having a clear head is the secret to survival in this sport. It’s a hobby, a life style and a passion. It’s nothing if it costs you your family, job and friends. So enjoy the process. Make memories and friends along the way. A trophy is great but it’s so much more than that. It’s pride in hard work, a feeling of accomplishment. This sport is hard. It’s not for the weak and undisciplined.
Tammy Patnode is an IFBB pro physique competitor and NPC judge. She is a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist. She offers contest prep, general training and weight loss programs for men and women that are customized for each client.
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