Don’t be a pussy…

When me and my mates train, our mantra is ‘Don’t be a pussy!’ said with our best Arnie voice… WHY?

It’s not only for motivation, but it also serves as a reminder, that weight lifting is brutal, primal & aggressive. Weight training is not meant to be easy, nice or peaceful. It’s a calling back to our primitive days where physical activity was the norm. We had to lift things, push things, pull things, run, squat, jump, hide, hunt, simply to survive. Our ancestors didn’t sit in a chair all day while starting at a glowing box. They fought, they got injured, they survived.

When you lift a heavy weight your body doesn’t know that you’re trying to build bigger muscles.  All your body knows is that if you don’t lift that weight back up you will get crushed under hundreds of pounds of steel. When you train you should be sweating like you’re in a sauna, you should be breathing so hard you can’t talk, you should be on the verge of passing out after each set. That intensity is what builds real strength and a mental grit that not many people in today’s gym possess.

A workout isn’t meant to be easy, hence it being called a ‘work-out’.  Don’t be like 90% of the population that simply go through the motions in the gym barely out of breathe or working up a sweat, they may as well be watching TV at home. Be like that 10% that push themselves beyond their limits, find out exactly what it means to put it all on the line.  Striving and grinding through their workout, almost on the verge but always improving.

When you enter the gym, enter with the intensity that your life depends on being there (partly because IT DOES!).  Don’t read a magazine, watch TV, or sit there relaxing… Without training with intensity, you’ll never progress. Do you really want to be doing the exact same thing year after year? Or do you want to look back and see yourself improving, getting stronger, faster, better…

So next time you think of quitting or giving 50%, just say to yourself…

Don’t be a pussy!

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