The Real Purpose Of Bodybuilding – Becoming The Best Version Of YOU

I’ve got a question for you…

Why Do You Go To The Gym and Workout?

What’s The REAL Reason Behind It?

Most likely you want to build muscle and/or lose fat, get in better shape, get stronger, look better, and all that stuff.

But ultimately I think the real reason for bodybuilding is to become the best version of YOU.

Click PLAY to Hear My Opinion On The Purpose Of Bodybuilding…

Note: if you are using an iPad or can’t see the embedded video clip above,
then you can watch it right on my YouTube Channel by Clicking Here

My goal with this video is to get you to take a step back and realize that there is A LOT more going on when you go to the gym than simply building muscle. You’re building your character as well.

Developing Self Confidence…

Bodybuilding is a great way to improve your self confidence. When I was a teenager I was small and shy. That’s what attracted me to bodybuilding in the first place. I used it to help me come out of my shell, gain self confidence, and feel better about myself physically. As my body got bigger and stronger, I started to feel better about myself as a person.

Another personal development tool that I’ve been a huge advocate of in recent years is Toastmasters. If you’ve never heard of it before, Toastmasters is a non-profit educational organization that helps people improve their public speaking and leadership. Through Toastmasters you can attend a structured meeting every week and work on developing your public speaking skills in a small and supportive group.

This has been a HUGE help to me. Before Toastmasters I was very shy and never felt comfortable speaking up and publicly expressing my opinions. And that was after 15+ years of bodybuilding training. In fact, all of the YouTube videos that I’ve have came about from me developing my voice and gaining speaking confidence through Toastmasters.

Strong Body + Strong Mind = Success

So if I were to offer my best advice to anyone who wants to develop themselves personally, maximize their chances for success, and ultimately become the best version of YOU. It would be to practice bodybuilding to develop yourself physically AND to join a Toastmasters club to develop your speaking voice and gain self confidence.

The combination of developing a STRONG BODY and STRONG CHARACTER will give you the best of both worlds and provide you with the tools you need to succeed in life.

Share Your Thoughts…

I’d like to hear your feedback and opinions on this topic, so please let me know:
“Why Do You Workout & Build Your Body?”

And if you have a personal success story of how you turned your life around through bodybuilding, then please feel free to post it in the comments below.

all the best,

If you would like more information about Toastmasters, just watch this video clip that I put together explaining what it’s all about at:

To find a Toastmasters Club in your area, just visit

About The Author


Lee Hayward is a former competitive bodybuilder and muscle building coach who has been online coaching people since 1997. His work has been featured in several international magazines such as: FLEX, Muscle Insider, Muscle Mag International, Testosterone, Ironmag, and Forbes. Lee's main focus right now is with helping men over 40 - who don't want to be fat anymore - lose the gut, build muscle, and get back in shape. If you're ready to "Start Again" for the last time and finally build a lean healthy body that you can be proud of, just e-mail Lee to discuss a realistic action plan that's right for you...


  • jp carter

    as a recovering alcoholic , I decided to workout to feel better, to many aches and pains , I saw a personal trainer for a year . Three times a week! today twice a month to keep me accountable . I really like to work out , and have taken up boxing because of the great cardio . I think Lee hayward is one of the best on youtube and is the only one to watch . Thank you

  • michael iantorno

    LEE you did again ————GREAT BLOG!

  • Bruce

    I’ve been retired for 21/2 years and started lifting seriously during that time. I can say it has become one of my passions. I have dropped bodyfat and added considerable muscle. I am more confident and secure in who I am.

  • Kevin Huff

    As an ex smoker and major shoulder surgery I used the gym to rehab and to get back in shape. After quitting smoking I went from 170 to about 235 in 4 months time and I wasn’t to happy about that. After 3 years I’m at 185 and feel great , at 48 years old I’m not expecting miracles but it does give me a lot of confidence in myself. You’re right it’s not all about the body but it does give you some self gratification and I feel good about myself and whom I am. Thanks for your videos and teachings it keeps me going with no plans on quitting.

  • sanjay sharma

    Hey lee Thanks for such a Wondefull Blog, I am into Workout Since last 10 years and it has been Complete Transformation for my Body and Mind . I was 30 when i started and my fitnesss level was just Average. Now i am 40 but in best shape ever and improving . As Sr. Business Manager in a Teleco, We have to undergo through huge Mental Pressure of Deadlines and Targets . Workingout in the Gym Rejuvinate both my body and Mind. Its like Meditation . Thanks Lee Sir for all the tips and Suggetions .

  • rakesh

    just to feel good about myself and gain confidence. if u have great body, along with knowledge, u will get respect. that’s my purpose.

  • rakesh

    thank u very much for guiding me. m big fan of urs 🙂

  • Deepak

    hi Lee, let me just tell u that the way you present, it’s awesome, every single thing is so detailed, that it looks and becomes so easy to understand.
    keep up

  • John

    I like blog posts like this man. No advertising and is straight great info to go by.

  • Franky goes to Hollywood

    before i started working out i just attracted older broads ,but now all the youngens are after me now! thanks a lot lee!

  • Stevo

    I’m a mechanic, and I’ve always been skinny. Being a skinny mechanic is really hard because you lack the strength needed for the job. So body building has really helped me to be better at my job. I also work as part time supervisor in my workshop and no longer being really skinny has had a huge change in the level of respect that I get from my work mates and customers while I’m in charge. I feel like my intelligence has increased since I’ve been lifting… giving up alcohol might have helped with that too

  • michael dokun

    That was a nice video with the hand written letter from prison. Do you have any quick tips on how to avoid getting tongue tied while talking?

  • derek

    The goal for body building is to build muscle body but apart its also just to feel good and for self confidence,with this trainer should be the part of it. Here great body along with knowledge is necessary.Good post.

  • Thanks for the comments, I’m glad you liked the blog post and video. I was a bit unsure about how this would go over with my followers, especially on YouTube. But it has went over well and most people really enjoyed it 🙂

  • michael dokun:
    That was a nice video with the hand written letter from prison. Do you have any quick tips on how to avoid getting tongue tied while talking?


    Practice speaking up and speaking in public is the only way to improve. Toastmasters is a great place to practice this. Just like how you go to the gym to strengthen your muscles, you can go to Toastmasters to strengthen your speaking skills. I’ve posted up a video that explains what it’s all about at:

  • Flora

    Hey great post.. everyone wants a good body from age 10 children to youth a perfect body shape. best muscles on the body that help you in creating a great personality it gives you confidence.

  • It’s so true…
    I remember back in the old days when physical education was made mandatory for all students in school. Granted it was usually only 2 days per week, but we had to do it. Now it’s an optional thing. I think daily exercise should be just as important to a child’s education as reading, writing, math, science, etc.

  • Spot on! Cheers Lee.

  • Lee

    What the hell is on your head? Is that a turtle shell?

  • Great post, Bodybuilding not only helps you to stay fit, but also to stay confident.