The demolition man story is in point number 2 if that's what you're looking for
THIS IS ACTUALLY ABOUT WHY STRENGTH TRAINING WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER...
Firstly, let’s just get one thing clear, getting strong does not mean getting huge and bulky. Some of the strongest people in the world weigh less than 70kg… So, when you use the excuse that you ‘don’t want to get bulky’ as a reason not to do strength training, what this usually means is ‘I eat like shit’. Getting ‘bulky’ is done through food consumption. Types of foods, amounts of foods, the timing of foods. The way you train can have an effect on body composition, but your nutrition has a much larger effect on it.
5 reasons everyone should strength train:
- Reduce risk of chronic health disease
- You will be a bad ass that can move heavy stuff in the real world
- Be a positive example to your friends and family
- You will look and feel better
- It challenges you to learn, grow and develop as a person
If you’re still reading, thank you. Let’s dive into the 5 reasons a little more.
1. Reduce risk of chronic health disease
Lifting weights helps you lose weight, have better bone density, increase heart health, reduce the likelihood of lifestyle factor diseases (the number one cause of death in Australia/the world), make better decisions around health in your everyday life, the list goes on and on.
2. You will be a bad ass that can move heavy stuff in the real world
Let’s face it, no one wants to have to call out for help to move the couch. As a human, you should have the ability to do most things. When we become reliant on others you are no longer in control of your life. When I was 20 I lived in the UK for 4 months. While I was there I worked gutting houses at an old retirement home. Throughout the houses, they hung pull cords spaced out every square metre. The cords were for the residents when they fell over to pull, so someone could come and help them get back up. When things get to this stage your days are numbered. The goal should be to not have this happen to you for as long as possible. Physical independence is how to achieve this.
3. Be a positive example to your friends and family
Strength has been celebrated for centuries. Looked at with marvel and praised by the entire world. It is still like this today. Yes, the physical feats themselves are impressive. But, more so the knowledge of the hard work and dedication required to attain this strength attributes are where the marvel lies. No one is born with the ability to deadlift 300k or, run 100m in under 10 seconds. It is all learnt, trained and developed through hard work and grit. More failures than success than most people care to admit along the path to these feats. These aspects of hard work and grit are personal attributes that all humans should strive to attain and in turn be examples to others for.
4. You will look and feel better
Smart, well programmed and executed strength training will make you lose weight, gain muscle and look better.
Every person has some level of insecurity in them. Whether they care to admit it or not. We all want to look better, have more, be better in some way shape or form. Strength training is a great way to push yourself to new physical capabilities and create moments of realisation of just how awesome you are as a human being. If you struggle with positive self-worth, set out to achieve something you have never done before and watch your view of yourself change. The only limits you have are the ones you put on yourself. Plus, who doesn’t want to look better naked?
5. It challenges you to learn, grow and develop as a person
Being in a gym, for a lot of people, is a scary thought. Sweaty people, with big muscles, loud music, doing exercises that you have no idea what they are. Any environment that we are not used to, can be scary. As humans, that is what keeps us alive. We are programmed to be very cautious of unknown things. It’s what might have kept us alive 1000 years ago. I’m here to tell you that walking into a gym, will not kill you. It might just save your life.
ATHLETE X IS A PLACE OF COMMUNITY. A PLACE THAT YOU WALK INTO AND SAY HELLO TO EVERYONE IN THE ROOM. YOU DON’T WALK IN WITH HEADPHONES IN, DO YOUR WORK FOR AN HOUR AND LEAVE NOT SPEAKING TO ANYONE.