Who doesn’t want to be able to do only the thing they love and not worry about anything else? That ideal situation is usually rather far from the reality at the moment and we all have to make certain sacrifices to be able to feed ourselves, pay the bills and invest in our true passions. So unless you’re a pro athlete and get paid a lot of money, you’re going to need another full time job besides your bodybuilding to support your lifestyle and needs.


The life of a serious bodybuilder with a full time job means following a hectic schedule: working, eating 5-7 meals per day, going to the gym and trying to get enough sleep – it can be hard as hell to keep your day running smooth and your bodybuilding goals might suffer. Making it all work will require some good organisational and time management skills, like planning your meals beforehand, finding a way to fit them in your working hours and making sure you hit the gym regularly.


The type of job you choose could have a very important influence on your bodybuilding progress and every option has it’s positive and negative sides.


So, which jobs are most suitable for a bodybuilder? Everybody has a different unique set of skills and capacities, but we thought long and hard about this and made a list of three jobs that can work well with a bodybuilding lifestyle.


1. A 9-5 job
The 9-5 desk job can be a great hindrance to the bodybuilding lifestyle, but it brings some advantages as well. The rigid and specific schedule makes it easy to plan other activities around it, but it can also make it hard to get to the gym at an optimal time, especially if your gym is very popular or located far from your workplace.


You might end up struggling to follow your workout through during the most crowded hours. Besides that, office jobs usually come with eight hours of physical inactivity, which is too much for a bodybuilder, and you’ll need to find a way to fit your many meals in the working hours. Different companies have different policies, so this can be either very easy or very hard to do.


Either way, you can make it work by preparing bottles with shakes and bulk batches of food for quick meals in a small convenient cooler and taking it to work. And if your gym is located close enough, you could work out in the mornings before going to work or even during the lunch breaks. There is usually a solution to every problem – look around and find it!


2. A physically-demanding job
Many manual labor jobs can be a great addition to bodybuilding – they keep you active and could actually boost your muscle mass gains. Physical labor develops strength and could even be a solid form of conditioning. The work hours are usually strict so you won’t have a lot of trouble to adjust the other activities around them.


The downside? Intense and constant physical labor combined with regular workouts at the gym can be too hard on the body and it means that you’ll need to incorporate a lot of extra calories in your current diet – and you already require a big amount of calorie intake. And a possible lack of rest can be detrimental to the recovery of muscle tissue, making it harder to make gains. But if you’re able to adjust your meals and get enough rest, you can make it work and even speed up your progress.


3. Self-employment
The best way to avoid all problems that come up with the other types of employment is to have your own business. When you’re the boss, you get to create your own schedule and work around it, which means you can easily manage to fit in all of the workouts and meals in the working day.


The downside of it is that starting a new business from scratch can consume a lot of your time and energy – for a long period of time, so it could leave you drained up and unable to truly focus on your bodybuilding goals. But if you succeed at overcoming these difficulties, the flexibility you’ll earn will most certainly pay off.


But if that’s too much for you at the moment, you could try working at home for a company – the risks are fewer, the job could be less demanding and it will give you almost the same freedom and flexibility to work out and eat at optimal times as being self-employed.


4. Personal trainer
We’ve saved the best for last. Many bodybuilders consider this job to be the perfect one. Personal trainers stay active by helping others to achieve their fitness goals, which in turn supports their own motivation to keep on chiseling out their ideal body. The working hours are flexible, the income is usually pretty good, and you don’t have to ever leave the gym!


Talk about doing the thing you love for work. But keep in mind that once you’ve decided to pursue this kind of a career, you’ll have to invest a certain amount of time and money in order to achieve your goal. And no matter how fit you are, certifications don’t come easily. The preparation process for becoming a certified personal trainer can take a while and it will include expanding your knowledge by studying anatomy and kinesiology and taking a lot of exams.


Becoming a respected personal trainer who’s able to both inspire and teach others requires hard work and dedication. But if you get there, consider yourself being on the top!


Finding a job that optimally suits your needs and talents can be an exhausting process – you might have to work some shitty jobs along the way. There are going to be some hard days for sure, but with a solid amount of motivation and self-discipline, you will get where you want to be. If you’re truly passionate about bodybuilding in the long-term, keep working hard and don’t let anything get in the way of your goals!


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