Newcomers to the gym don’t understand the difference between the goals of lifting weight vs. getting stronger. Successful men not only understand the difference but also how to apply this as a powerful metaphor for life in general.
Let’s say that a guy walks into the gym for the first time and decides to start with his biceps. He sees someone else doing standing bicep curls with dumbbells. He watches and thinks to himself, “Looks easy enough, just stand there and lift the dumbbells up.” He grabs the weights and starts to lift. As it gets difficult, he quickly realizes something. If he uses his entire body to flail the weight up, he can lift much more than if he only uses his biceps. There are two things he doesn’t realize, however. The first is that he is risking hurting his lower back. The second is that he isn’t properly working out his biceps because that muscle group has become secondary to all the other muscles in his body he is using to flail the weight up.
The root of this problem is in his thinking. He is more concerned about getting the weight up (people seeing him lift the weight) than he is about getting stronger. A very strange thing happens when I ask people like this what muscle group they’re working out. In the case of this guy, he will tell me it’s his biceps. I will ask why then is he using every other muscle group to lift the weight, and he will get a confused look on his face. I’ll then explain that working out with the goal of getting stronger is about isolation and concentration. If you want your biceps to get stronger, you focus on using only your biceps. You work them out until they fail and then you’re done. He’ll thank me for the advice, but the next time I see him in the gym, he’s back to doing it the wrong way again. He’s more concerned with lifting the weight than he is with getting stronger. You see, when you lift to get stronger, you can’t lift as much weight, and most men’s egos can’t take that. Somehow there’s a disconnection in their brain with the logical fact that if they don’t train to get stronger, they won’t get stronger.
Here’s where this gets interesting. Move past Neanderthals throwing around heavy things in the gym and look at this metaphorically. In life, are you more focused on showing off or bettering yourself?
Would you rather buy an expensive sports car with a monthly payment you can barely afford or drive a lesser car that’s paid for in full?
Would you rather move your business into a flashy expensive high-rise, or spend the money increasing your advertizing budget?
Would you rather have your friends see you get the phone numbers of 10 women, or get rejected by 9 but actually meet up with one who likes you a few weeks later?
Would you rather find a magic pill that would let you walk into the gym, bench press 315 lbs. one time with everyone watching, or find a magic pill that would help you walk into the gym five days a week, working out until you’re nauseous from exhaustion, and actually get stronger and stronger over time?
Life isn’t about showing off. Those people never improve themselves. Set your ego aside and focus on becoming stronger. Become OK with others seeing your weakness as you train because tomorrow, you’ll be stronger than they are.
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