University & Bodybuilding – Part I: How Not to Be Normal

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When I was asked to write an article for The Iron Lifestyle magazine, I was ecstatic to be given an opportunity to share my knowledge of fitness and nutrition with everyone on a global scale. I thought about what I was going to write. A workout program, recipes, an inspirational story, but it seems like everything has been done before. I thought to myself that I’m probably one of the youngest athletes to be a part of The Iron Lifestyle team, and I’m still in university so why not write about the lifestyle of a university student athlete? No, wait, scratch that: the lifestyle of a university student bodybuilder.

Now this doesn’t just apply to bodybuilders. It applies to men’s physique competitors, women’s fitness competitors, women’s bikini, fit chicks, goons, power lifters, Olympic lifters, power bodybuilders, Cross trainers, fighters, boxers, martial arts experts and what the hell, you cross fitters. It applies to anyone and everyone. Even if you’re in high school, it should apply to you as well. You’ll be ahead of the game by the time you reach university.

Now, it’s hard when you are a full-time student, have a full-time job, and you have just enough money to get you by month-to-month. Mind you, it’s even harder when you’re a bodybuilder, and you have school and work on top of it. The time we have to make for ourselves to prep our meals, go to the gym, go to work and do our homework is a full day within itself. There’s no slouching around or taking a quick power nap. Although, if you can get a quick power nap in, take advantage of it!

We are the elite of the elite. We do something that people dream of doing, but they don’t have the motivation and instead use excuses like “Oh, I have too many classes” or “Oh, I have long work hours” or here’s my favorite: “I don’t have time.” The reason why they don’t have time is because they choose not to make time. WE DO! We make time. Even if that means sacrificing hanging with your friends, going out on a date, showing your school spirit at a football game or even going to a frat party.

Look, we’re already not “normal” to the rest of the world, but who cares about what other people think? I get you because i’m just like you. I’m not normal either compared to the rest of the world, so by devoting my articles to university students like us, I hope to give you an edge over other athletes your age. I will give tips and tricks on the basics like saving money on supplements, how to eat clean on a budget, and time management, but also on things that go on around the campus: relationships, emotional swings, proper gym etiquette and a story every now and then.

Now, with all of that being said, I never really introduced myself. My name is Aleksander Trent Forian. I am a Fine Arts student at the University of Concordia in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I am a men’s physique competitor, but a bodybuilder at heart. I’m also the founder/owner of “Old-School Bodybuilding Apparel.” I wake up, go to the gym, then go to school every morning and do the same thing every week just like you. I don’t make excuses, I eat my meals in class, I daydream about my next competition, and I wear tight T-shirts in the dead of winter. Why? Because I can! I don’t do this for attention. I don’t do this to be popular with the ladies. I just love lifting weights and making gains.

We all strive toward perfection in some way, but yet we are all imperfect human beings. I’m not perfect either, but I know a thing or two so I’m here to weigh in and give my two cents to help all of us out there. Don’t be afraid of being judged, ridiculed or being told, “you’re too intimidating.” And ladies, are you tired of being told, “you look too much like a man.” or “don’t get too big like a man?” Between you and me, screw them! Be comfortable with yourself.

Okay, so we’re not normal. We’re better then that. We are the few people in this world that can wake up each and every morning, look at ourselves in the mirror, and if we see flaws, we don’t moan and groan about it and move on with our day. We do something about it. We take control of our lives. We don’t make excuses. We take our fears and conquer them to achieve our goals. If being normal means I can’t do any of that stuff, I’d rather be considered not normal just to achieve my dreams.

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Aleksander Forian
A former rugby player from Montreal, Canada, Aleksander holds a D.C.E. in Social Science (Sports & Leisure) from Vanier College and is currently studying Fine Arts and Nutrition at Concordia University. Combining his artistic talent with his passion for fitness, he founded and runs Old-School Bodybuilding Apparel in 2014, a company that produces apparel screened with original renditions of the great legends of bodybuilding. Aleksander is a certified lifeguard at West-Island YMCA and spends his free time building his company, working as a freelance artist, and training as a bodybuilder. He also works with others in the fitness industry to choreograph posing routines. He placed 5th in the 2013 IDFA Montreal Classic in the Novice, Lightweight division; 4th in the 2014 IDFA Montreal Classic in Novice, Lightweight division; and 3rd in the 2014 IDFA Mississauga International Championship in the Novice, Lightweight division. He trains at Monster Gym in West-Island. INSTAGRAM: AleksanderForian

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