Friday, August 9, 2019

The Answer

Remember when you found the answer? Those teenage years when you first begin training with weights and that weird feeling that you had, that connection that you had right away to weight rooms and weights and barbells and dumbbells. That exhausted but glorious feeling of a hitting some maxes that you once thought were only pipe dreams? You looked in the mirror and saw some new muscle and you smiled and prayed that you would keep getting bigger and stronger. How about the first time that you played a sport after lifting for a while and you felt your new strength? You felt the magic power of getting stronger and you swore that weight training gave you the answer to life itself. The answer. Strength is the answer to anything physical. Seriously. If you are stronger , everything physical comes easier for you than for the spindly guy next to you. 

You can get strong in many ways, but the most efficient is with weights. I had a high school coach tell me that the best way to get strong is to do gymnastics but it takes too long. Puzzling, and wrong. Gymnastics will get you strong to a point, but where is the progressive resistance? Eventually, you have to add weight. That coach was a prick, anyway. What the hell did he know? And just like the lumberjack- he gets stronger at first swinging the axe and gains some size, but then he maintains. Unless he's swinging a heavier and heavier axe, he won't continue to gain. And there is the efficiency point about weights again.  

So get stronger. Ignore all that you hear and see of fancy gizmos that look promising but have no way of providing progressive resistance. Run from that shit. And it is really stupid to not want to get stronger. What is the alternative? Weaker. And when is physical weakness a good thing? In no circumstance that I know of is it a positive. I mean, "I got weaker today!" or "I got stronger today!" I think that stronger sounds better.  

And ladies at the gym that I see rushing to the cardio and ignoring the weights? Stop it. Walk down to the weights and get stronger and put on muscle.  You guys still don't believe that crap about women looking like men if they lift weights, right? Who sold you that bill of goods?  Bunch of crap. And replacing weights with cardio? No way. And I believe in cardio, but not instead of weights, never ever, not ever, in place of weights. 

So the magic is right there waiting on you. It's those barbells and dumbells that look menacing but, no, they are your friend. Give them a shot. They will change your life. 

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.