Chiropractor Dorian Haywood opted to do more strength training

Bodybuilding is a physical sport for obvious reasons, but competing athletes will tell you that there’s a big mental component to excelling at this sport. If your confidence is down or you’re surrounded by negativity and doubt, that energy can translate into the effort you put into your preparation, which then affects your placement when you’re on stage.

Dorian Haywood understands this very well. Haywood operated a chiropractor practice in Colorado, and he found that dealing with clients who were not of the same mindset affected him professionally and personally. He explained this view to Dennis James in a recent episode of The Menace Podcast.

“Especially when I’m preparing, my patience in dealing with someone at this level becomes very limited.” said the 2016 NPC National Super Heavyweight Champion. This is why he is spending more time working as a trainer, training other athletes and investing more time and energy in his other passion, bodybuilding .

“When you’re talking about coaching a group of three guys or three girls at the same time, we’re all there for the same reason, to grow and improve,” he told James. You would think that after spending time going to school for your job as a chiropractor, it would make sense to keep doing that instead of competing. The 39-year-old bodybuilder explained that there actually wasn’t much more money in his former career than there is with his coaching and coaching job now.

“So I love what I do. I see no reason to break the mold here.

Haywood and James talk more about the value of working with a chiropractor, his experience as a competitor, his future competition plans (including an upcoming meeting with head judge Steve Weinberger), why he flew under the radar early in his professional career, and many more. Watch The Menace podcast every Sunday at 3 p.m. EST on the Muscle & Fitness YouTube channel. Also be sure to follow @themenacepodcast and @bigdjames on Instagram.

Teresa E. Burton