Saturday, September 3, 2011

Some Thoughts

I wrote this a while back on Strengthvillain:

I was thinking how this website is badass and that it is just what a lot of folks that train need. No BS, people who will look you in the eye when they talk to you and don't have those stupid freakin egos that most people in the iron game have these days. Because it is more about just lifting weights anyway, its about so much more. Its about having a way of looking at life that sits a little outside the norm. Its about having stuff in your life that is sometimes tragic but the Villain attitude calls for you to persevere and get shit done no matter what. You train because it helps you in all aspects of life, not just in the weight room.

When my son was born and had to spend time in Intensive care,we werent allowed to see him for awhile. My dad looked at me and said, "why dont you go get a workout in?" I walked over to the gym which was only 2 blocks away and did some squats. Then I took a shower and when I was allowed back in to see my son, I was able to handle all that stuff ,the tubes and wires so much better because I had cleared my head with the training. Thats weird and somewhat crazy to some people, but who gives a shit what "most people" think anyway....when you are a lifer and deep into this lifestyle, its normal for you. Thats what I'm talking about,thats the essence of the whole damn thing...Its what separates you and gives you peace. As one gets older and all the shit in life begin to pile up on you and seems like too much to bear, training and the attitude that comes along with it helps you immeasurably, at least it did in my case...but of course I look at this whole thing as some freaking zen-like experience anyway. Because while all those other worthless "pukes"(Greaseman reference-Maryland boys)are searching for the meaning of life in some guru that has never strapped on a helmet, or had bloody shins or put a bar on their back ,some of us found their nirvana by the only way that they really feel alive: By challenging themselves with lifting heavy weights or running until their lungs are searing and their quads are on fire.By chasing down that voice in your head that says go ahead and quit on that last rep and then killing it. ..and I'm rambling because Im reminiscing and getting ready to face some harsh shit...and I know that no matter what, tomorrow I'm gonna meet Big John and Jerry and Tracy and Borr and we will train ....and for that hour, everything will be alright...and it will steel me for the stuff ,the challenges that make you ball up your fists and question the meaning of all the things that come your way that could,if you let them,bring you to your knees.. And all this stuff can be handled by you because you did that last hill or squatted while everyone was partying.And because somewhere, deep down inside,even at a young age, you knew that this training was making you stronger in body and mind...

All About Being a Lifer

What's a Lifer? Someone who isn't in to something for just a day, a month, a year...it's for life. Whether its training or your family or your job...it doesn't matter. You work at it, you build on it, you see the big picture . You don't miss workouts because it means something to you. You are like a Shakespearean actor- no matter what is going on in your life, you block it out when it's time to train. You walk into the weight room and all else disappears. Worry about it later.