I want to be incredibly strong but I don’t want to sacrifice all other areas of fitness and health for the sake of strength.
I want to be really strong AND really fit. This has been my belief for years, more than likely forged from my time in the military. I lift big weights and I can pick up and run 10 miles without blinking an eye.
When it comes down to it, no matter what your goals are, strength is one of the most important aspects of your training career. However, the goal of strength should not be its own focus lest we lose sight of the forest through the trees.
Beyond that, however, hard work, balanced between strength and conditioning, is the key to discover who we are, learn what makes us tick, and find out that a lot of the world is self-imposed bullshit. Physical training is hard, it’s incredibly fun and teaches you what a strong and capable person you truly are.
Pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone is the only way to grow as a person and there’s nothing more uncomfortable than picking up something heavy or moving forward when all you want to do is stop and take a break. Hard work becomes its own reward and all of that hard work pays off incredible amounts of dividends throughout the rest of your life. On top of that, you look and feel damn amazing.
I like (love) the smell of chalk and victory of a lockout. I like being dizzy and light headed whilst laying on a sweat covered floor, wondering if I’ll ever be able to stand again. I also like laying in Shavasana, turning my brain off while letting every worry float away.
All this and more is why I train and why you should too.
Beyond that, who am I? The short spiel is I was a giant nerd in high school; I did stage crew for the school plays. Yea, power dork level 10. My AP Physics text added +5 to intelligence but -7 to charisma. Pretty early on however, I got bitten by the exercise bug. My parents had always tried to keep my brother and I active; karate on Saturdays, little league during the summers and soon I branched out on my own into football, wrestling, soccer and track(with a teeny bit of field). I also discovered the dank, moldy and smelly gym tucked away in the high school basement around this time and, of course, did everything in my power to get humongous biceps to impress all the girls with.
Turns out it’s harder than you think. Plus I could only manage vague squeaking noises when trying to talk to the ladies.
Anyways, from sports to the military to my current career, fitness has been a big part of my life, even if that part sometimes never amounted to anything more than saying “Man, you’re getting soft. You should work out.”
At about the same time in my life that I realized I had gained almost 30lbs of pure, soft flab, I also realized I hated crunching numbers behind a desk. Even more, I realized I took for granted tons of exercise knowledge that millions of people never even heard of. I mean, I read about all of this stuff for fun and enjoyment and didn’t realize that most other people didn’t have the time or inclination to read into it as much as I did. So now I can get back to my roots of being a power nerd, but I can help people too. So while my accounting degree is gathering dust somewhere in storage, I definitely came out ahead.
Plus my daily job tasks boil down to “Pick up, put down; repeat” and telling people to do the same. A monkey could do my job but at least I won’t throw my feces at you(most of the time).
So hopefully I’ve convinced you I’m not just another meathead that grunts really loud but someone that wants to get everyone out there on the right track to attaining their goals. If you want to reshape your body and look great, you have to lift heavy weights and replace your long bouts of cardio with short and intense sessions. Putting it another way, do you want to spend 2 hours in the gym or 20-45 minutes?
Thanks for reading. Feel free to email with any questions and I hope to see you Lift Big