Sometimes a dream can turn into a burden!
To be a professional bodybuilder is a brave decision… many pursue the grueling lifestyle while few ever make it to the top. The demands and mental strength required to change your body into a muscle-bound monster is more grueling than the weight training itself.
The effects bodybuilding can have on one’s personal life is among the very reasons it may not be worth it to some bodybuilders to pursue a high status within the sport.
Well for Jason Huh, it wasn’t at all worth it for him to trade his family and social life for the selfish sport of bodybuilding. Now, being selfish is not a bad thing for the bodybuilders who actually enjoy the lifestyle but for some, it’s just not worth the sacrifice.
Many have probably wondered why Huh would give up this once in a lifetime opportunity, which many would give up everything for, but no one could be mad at him for making a very selfless decision.
Huh posted the following on Instagram:
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It’s 2012 doing 3 training sessions a day (5-6hours) which was normal for me prepping for a competition I was able to sleep standing up by the end of the day. Sitting around 280lbs 5’9” covered in dick skin head to toe with veins running through my quads the size of fingers. Many people would say I was and still am crazy when it comes to dedication, discipline and work ethic. Very few on this earth will ever be able to work harder and smarter than me when i want something. Im no better then anyone else, I’m just programmed a little different than most and a bit of a mental case i guess lol. I get questioned a lot as to why and what keeps you motivated? Im going to die one day and who knows when, so why not live multiple lives within my life doing what most would never dream or be able to do before I have to go. Those wondering my thighs at my biggest measured 34s” circumference each lol. TO THOSE ASKING WHY NOT COMPETE AGAIN?? The year after I turned Pro I had babies lol and realized a much more important calling. Being not only a father but a dad. I don’t care what anyone says, you can’t successfully compete on the Olympia stage without sacrificing time with family. Why continue to destroy my body and take away from my children? For a trophy and maybe some sponsors and surely a damaged body?.. Pro bodybuilding isn’t all that it is cracked up to be and definitely isn’t what it once was back in the day when it was on ESPN. To me at this point in my life it’s no longer worth it. Granted it absolutely served a purpose and I learned so much about myself in terms of my mental and physical abilities. I regret absolutely nothing and I know I wouldn’t have exactly what i have in my life today including my kids if it wasn’t for the paths i have chosen along with ever grain of rice and ever rep I went through.. My family and babies are more important so I set aside my competitive dreams to dive into them rather than into myself. Bodybuilding is a very very selfish sport. I look at my kids as though they actually saved me from myself. My own little guardian angels if you will along with some others I was close with that have passed in the sport..
Huh made it very clear he was no longer interested in putting himself through the grueling routine, required of a pro bodybuilder.
“TO THOSE ASKING WHY NOT COMPETE AGAIN?? The year after I turned pro I had babies lol and realized a much more important calling.
Being not only a father but a dad. I don’t care what anyone says, you can’t successfully compete on the Olympia Stage without sacrificing time with family. Why continue to destroy my body and take away from my children.”
Jason Huh turned pro in 2010 but it seems as if he’s had enough of the lifestyle, and now wants his kids to be his main focus. He explains that a trophy and a sponsor is not worth the damage to his body.
However, Huh doesn’t regret a thing because it was, after all, a once in a lifetime of opportunity where he was able to learn about his mental and physical capabilities.
Much respect for Jason Huh, he’s making the decision to do what’s best for his health and his family.