Should Offseason Actually Mean Offseason?

Offseason guest posing is a great way for pros to promote themselves, but is it in the best interests of the sport?

May 8, 2013

By Frank Hoffmann

For most top pros the offseason seems to be getting longer and longer every year and the trend of “saving myself for the Olympia” is becoming commonplace for the IFBB elite. Out of the spotlight and out of the win column for three quarters of the year, most pros hit the guest posing circuit in order to stay relevant with the fans and to promote the sport. There’s no doubt that having the likes of Jay Cutler, Dexter Jackson, Kai Greene, Flex Lewis, Phil Heath and Branch Warren popping up on stage twenty weeks out from the Olympia at an amateur bodybuilding show draws a bigger crowd. But is it really the best way to promote the sport?

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that a 265 pound Kai Greene looks a hell of a lot better, and healthier, than a 300 pound Kai Greene. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing but respect for these athletes and commend them for being great ambassadors for the sport, but, in my opinion, stripping down to their posing trunks in less than pristine condition is not really a good idea. As a fan, I would much rather see my favorite bodybuilder in plain street clothes (which is still an impressive sight to say the least) conduct a 20 to 30 minute seminar about nutrition and training with a Q&A session to follow. Just as I don’t want to see CC Sabathia tossing the ball around in February or watch Wes Welker run phantom routes in March, the bodybuilding offseason should really be an offseason!

Bodybuilding is a 24/7/365 sport and the blood, sweat and tears that go into getting in competition shape is unfathomable by most. I like it when pros post progress pics on their Facebook fan pages as it’s inspirational to see their transformation. However, jumping off stage in a speedo to hit a most muscular in front of a fan in the eighth row while 30 pounds over weight is unnecessary. As is the case with mainstream professional athletes, bodybuilders should keep their clothes on during guest appearances and only reveal the goods on game day!

Frank Hoffmann is a former NCAA and Professional CFL football player from Toronto, whose passion for health and fitness stems from his years as a personal trainer. Frank works as a freelance fitness and lifestyle writer while holding down a nine to five job and believes having a full-time job is no excuse to not be fit. Check out his fitness blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Nine2Fit.