On October 8th, 2016, I competed in my first physique fitness show.
A physique show, for those of you who are unfamiliar, is a
bodybuilding-type event where you are judged on stage (in either board
shorts or short compression shorts) based on a series of poses you
complete to show off your body—muscularity, leanness, etc. I have been
involved in fitness for the better part of 10 years, putting my body
through rigorous challenges to test my physical limits. Yet, for years
and years I never had been interested in stepping on stage to compete in
what I deemed to be too superficial a contest for my interests. So why,
then, did I ...