Victor Martinez reveals his biggest bodybuilding regret looking back at his career

The Generation Iron Podcast, hosted by Victor Martinez, Ehsan Farahi, Edwin Mejia Jr., and Vlad Yudin, recently delved into the crucial role of discipline and mindset in achieving success in the bodybuilding industry. Where does mental fortitude rank among other key elements to succeed in bodybuilding? Victor Martinez also takes a look back and details the single biggest regret he has about his bodybuilding career.

Cristiano Renaldo, Joseph Baena, and Arnold Schwarzenegger all take the center stage of topics for this week’s podcast. Victor Martinez discusses the latest physique updates shared by Cristiano Renaldo – which begged the question as to whether or not he would have the makings of a talented bodybuilder.

Victor also reacts to the criticism online to Joseph Baena’s announcement of an online training program. Is Baena starting to get called out for being a nepo baby?

Speaking Baena’s father, Arnold Schwarzenegger recently shared a new batch of tips on how to extend your lifespan and the number one suggestion may be a surprise – as it seemingly has nothing to do with training or dieting whatsoever.

Let’s dive into these topics and more from the latest Generation Iron Podcast:


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Victor Martinez’s Biggest Regrets In Bodybuilding

Victor Martinez took a reflective turn this week when he opened up about his regrets in his bodybuilding career and lifestyle choices. Without naming names, Martinez states that he spent far too long at the gym with the wrong people. This includes coaches who provided bad advice or friends who hindered his progress with unhealthy temptations.

Victor stresses that the people you surround yourself with sets the limits and expectations you put on yourself. He realized too late in life that much of the effort he was putting into his time with training partners or gym-mates where not reciprocated when he needed it. More importantly, he realized that he was taking bodybuilding advice from the wrong people. He wishes that he was more aware of the right people to follow, the right people to work with, and where he put his energy as a bodybuilder.

Victor Martinez emphasized the importance of being discerning about the people one surrounds oneself with, cutting out those who hold you back from greatness.

“I wasted a lot of my time with a lot of useless people and bodybuilders that did not deserve a friggin’ fraction or even the friggin’ spit that builds up in the side of your mouth when you’re talking. They don’t deserve anything and you have to be keen in noticing those people. You have to be keen on who they are. The bad coaches… the bad friends… and worst of all any person, family, friend, or anybody that makes you feel bad about anything you choose to do that doesn’t include them.”

– Victor Martinez

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Unconventional Health Tips

Speaking of relationships, the podcast also covered Arnold Schwarzenegger’s tips for living a healthier and longer life, which surprisingly included the importance of meaningful friendships and relationships. Schwarzenegger claims that loneliness is a major factor towards declining health – and one of the smartest things you can do is to foster powerful relationships with friends, lovers, and family to extend your life.

The hosts, including Victor Martinez, agreed with this perspective, emphasizing the crucial role of emotional support, especially in a sport like bodybuilding that often demands isolation and routine. Martinez remembers his prime years of competitive bodybuilding and the isolation it can bring upon a competitor.

Bodybuilding is a lifestyle, and one that many people may not understand when taken to a professional level. Having the right friends, partner, and family who can support you during the hardest moments of bodybuilding can go a long way towards mental wellbeing.

Beyond bodybuilding, Victor Martinez also stresses the importance of a healthy social life considering how much mental health has become an issue in this country and around the world. There’s no doubt about it. Relationships in life provide the mental wellness that directly affects your immune system and habits towards a healthier lifestyle.

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Mental Toughness: The Driving Force in Bodybuilding

Victor Martinez also emphasized the paramount importance of mental toughness in the pursuit of success as a professional bodybuilder. According to Martinez, it’s not just about the training and diet – the real differentiator between a novice and a champion lies in dedication, unwavering mental fortitude, and consistent long-term commitment.

Martinez shared his perspective on the question of the day, asserting that individuals with a military background often possess the right mental fortitude to succeed in bodybuilding. The essence of bodybuilding, as Martinez explained, is pushing past limits, maintaining consistency, and doing so over an extended period – years of relentless dedication.


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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Physique: A Controversial Critique

The hosts also touched upon the recent backlash faced by soccer sensation Cristiano Ronaldo after he shared a photo showcasing his shredded legs. Generation Iron reported on the post and noticed that there was heavy criticism from followers on social media.

Victor Martinez defended Ronaldo’s physique, describing it as fantastic and highlighting the athlete’s exceptional talent. Unfortunately, the loudest voices online are often the ones of criticism or hatred. Regardless of whether or not the statements ring true.

This sparked Vlad Yudin to ask Victor Martinez – could Cristiano Renaldo be a successful bodybuilder if he competed? Martinez and Ehsan both believe he wouldn’t be able to compete in the top competitors of today. However, Ehsan does believe that he could have been a successful bodybuilder when Renaldo was ten years younger.

That being said, Cristiano Renaldo would still be likely able to stand out in more local bodybuilding shows. He’s certainly not someone with a physique that would be laughed off stage.


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Joseph Baena’s Training Program: A Celebrity’s Privilege?

Turning to another hot topic, the hosts discussed Joseph Baena, son of Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the criticism he faced for launching his personal training program. Martinez pointed out the unfair critique, suggesting that Baena’s access to one of the greatest bodybuilders in history, his father, is an advantage.

Despite having a famous father, Baena demonstrated a noteworthy physique transformation, leading Martinez to question why he shouldn’t share his knowledge through a training program.

While it may be popular to call out “Nepo Babies” for the advantage and privilage they receive from their parents… In the case of Joseph Baena, that privalge does provide him direct insight into one of the greatest bodybuilders in the history of the sport. Victor Martinez wonders why it would be wrong with Baena using that knowledge and then teachings others to pass along the Schwarzenegger legacy?

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Wrap Up

The Generation Iron Podcast, through the insights of Victor Martinez and the rest of the hosts, provides a deep dive into the intricate world of professional bodybuilding. From mental toughness and physique critiques to the influence of celebrity privilege and unconventional health tips, this episode encapsulates the multifaceted nature of the sport and the lessons it imparts beyond the gym. Aspiring bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts can glean valuable insights from the experiences and perspectives shared by the seasoned hosts of the podcast.

You can watch the full episode above. And don’t forget to check back every week for new episodes only on the Generation Iron Fitness Network or wherever podcasts are downloaded.

Derek Dufour
Derek Dufour has been managing all digital operations on the Generation Iron Network for over six years. He currently manages a team of editors, writers, and designers to provide up-to-date content across the GI Network.