Musclemania® Junior Champion Brandon Flihan aserts, “Train your mind before your body. I remember, I was 18 years old, away from home, living in Los Angeles alone. I was scared shitless. No job, no income, nothing. I had a great support system, my family. That was it. I was freaked out. All I wanted to do was bodybuild. I reached out to a well known Pro bodybuilding competitor at the time who I actually became good friends with. I showed up to the gym and we met multiple times, he looked me dead in the face one day and said “I’m not training you” I shockingly said, “What! Why?!” He replies, “Look at you. I can tell you’re stressed! Work on your life outside the gym before entering these doors. You’ll get much more out of your training.” That was probably the best advice any trainer has ever given to me. Nothing to do with diet, nothing to do with training. And for that I’m grateful for. This isn’t only a physical game but even more a mental one.”