A 40-year-old Guinness Record-holder bodybuilder who has been on the scene for 20 years has taken a closer look at his profession and the toll it takes on his body and mental health.
Greg Doucette shared his experiences tracking down bodybuilders and workout junkies in a Vice short called Swole.
Doucette is 40 and has been competing since he was 22 years old.
In the clip, Doucette talks about his work, performance and how hard it was getting back into the game after a three-year absence.
Known as the world’s strongest bodybuilder, he holds a sumo deadlift Guinness World Record for most weights lifted in one minute.
“Move up the ranks and you’re a provincial champion, you’re a national champion and it’s like, ‘Oh, you know, he’s really good,'” he said.
“But when you get to the top of the sport as a professional, are you really good? Not just for your ego, but for…I guess, your self-esteem in terms of being a bodybuilder.
“Am I really made for this? Because you don’t really know, you assume.
“Why is he forty years old and still in shape?” he asked.
The short shows Doucette training and preparing for his first show in years, the IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Super Show, in Toronto.
“If I don’t make the top 10, I’ll probably retire from bodybuilding because there’s just no point in continuing,” he said.
Accompanied by his girlfriend, Doucette introduces the camera crew to his sponsor and trainers, who help him look his best for his three-minute performance on stage.
“I just ate rice cakes, salted rice cakes and four bananas,” he said of his diet.
“That was today.
“But tonight I like to eat fries, burgers, ketchup. Like everything.”
As he prepares for the show, Doucette gets a spray tan, talks about his strict diet, and even meets his girlfriend’s parents.
“It’s really hard to diet for three months without a big goal or a chip on your shoulder.
“People tell you that you’re 40, that you’re too old, that you can’t get any taller.”
After two stressful days of preparation and competition, Doucette learned that he had made the top 10 and will continue to perform.
“One of the most exciting moments of my life so far.
“I’ve worked so hard for this, I can’t wait to get out there and enjoy those three minutes,” he said.
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