Sunday, July 7, 2013

How's That Working Out For You?

I love it when people tell me that they want to be strong but have no idea what it takes to actually be really strong.

I really have a hard time respecting anyone who tells me that they really wanna be strong and thick and jacked and lean and whatever, and then they follow their proclamation with tons of excuses on how they want to get there but they had a meeting or they travelled that week or their wife needed them to go shopping or blah, blah...



And I am not talking about a 405 deadlift or a 315-405 squat. Gimme a break. I have two girls that I train that deadlift or squat 405 for reps.

Cristi pulls 315x20 and 505x1. You know what? She eats protein like crazy, drinks vodka like a bad ass Russian and when she lifts weights? Forget about it. She kills herself to never, ever miss a rep. She did 345x4 on the squat with just a belt the other day. What are you doing?

Tracy? Again, people have no idea of the intensity/dedication that it takes to be the Pennsylvania record holder in the squat and then lose 40 pounds and do a bodybuilding show AND work a full time , 80 hour a week job, AND work on a graduate degree.  Her meals are made on Sunday. Her mom is allergic to fish, just the smell of it makes her ill, so Tracy bought a grill and cooked in the garage, every Sunday, pounds of fish in the garage.

But I am biased because those are my girls, my friends. They listen to everything I say, but I know when I train them that I could give them anything, and they would rise to the occasion.

And the other people that I know or train? Lets see. Kirk Karwoski? Beyond dedicated. Not even worth talking about. So dedicated that the room would seem as though it would explode when he trained, the intensity was so great. Palpable intensity. My buddy Rohit, is an infectious disease doctor, working with heroin addicts and HIV patients and travelling to Africa to help AIDS patients. Never misses a training session. Cynthia? 3 weeks from knee surgery and she is training 7 days a week. Meegan? Drops 30 pounds because she decided to... Nina? changed her life by lifting weights and dieting correctly. Most of them started half ass dedicated, and then when they decided to really DO it, it clicked and they became what they wanted to become.

It gets old, It gets so old, the excuses, the excuses, the excuses. You ain't hurt, you are weak. You aren't  weak, you are weak minded. It's not the program, it is you.

Now.  NOW. Go to the store. Buy your meals for the week. Buy a cooler. Cook and store the meals.

Lift weights until your ears bleed, until it feels as though your eyes will pop out of your head. Until your legs quiver and you feel as though you can not take another breath.  Oh, you shall be strong then.

But if you aren't willing to do it, to make the TOTAL commitment, just move on. Sleep with your excuses and your what-could-have beens. Someone will listen to you.  Belly up to the bar and drink your Twisted Tea and talk about your 315 ass to grass squat....It will sound great to the never-been-there's of the world.

But you will always know the truth, won't you?

                                                                    Cristi 345x4

All About Being a Lifer

What's a Lifer? Someone who isn't in to something for just a day, a month, a's for life. Whether its training or your family or your 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.