13 years I’ve been doing this sport now, think about it.. Look, you put so much effort into it.. yet from an outside view you get nothing in return. For the individual though – when you see yourself in the mirror and observe your improvements related to diets and so on.. That’s one of the most rewarding things. Many poeple will disagree, though. Then again, recognizing your achievements when looking into the mirror is a huge reward and makes us forget everything else. In general, if you want to succeed with this sport, you have to get used to it and you have to love it. It’s not like you can pay some money to get results within two weeks, that’s not going to work. You have to invest at all costs – realize it. You need to fight through it, you need to have a strong character and.. you’ll grow with your tasks. That’s of importance.. When I was younger I was totally clueless, sure. With time though, you grow into it. You gain experiences. You keep learning all the time, be it body control or mental strength. Your mental attitude is very important. Just like your surroundings.. that’s probably the biggest obstacle for most people. Everyone can work out, everyone can eat correctly.. but the surrounding field, the discipline, that’s difficult for many. Humans want to please everyone and be decent at everything. For this sport though, you have to decide. You have to give 100%. Forget about partying, going out and all that stuff. If you want to succeed, you must dedicate yourself to it. Even then, nothing can be guaranteed. That’s the point. Give all you have and abandon unnecessary things around you. Partying and alcohol just doesn’t fit into it. You have to find your rhythm and arrange yourself. Every day. About my aims.. well, I want to improve myself – to fulfill a dream that arose within me 13 years ago. I want to succeed in bodybuilding and to motivate people around me. Also.. I want my mother, who sadly isn’t among us anymore, to be proud of me. That’s what motivates and fuels me from within, yes.. Positive comments on what I do encourages me as well. When I began working out 13 years ago, I’d never have expected myself to be where I am today – inspring people around me. That’s fulfilling myself. There’s always much room to improve, of course. Still, it’s something to be proud of. My name is Tobias Rothe, 26 years old and I’m a personal trainer from Berlin.