Train like a warrior and defeat all excuses in fitness.
I have spent 10 years of my life trying to improve my body. I live for energy. I eat to live, not live to eat. Learning food and how it affects your body has led me to losing 70 pounds, then gaining 30 pounds of healthy muscle. Now I can maintain my healthy lifestyle with all these great foods I have studied and come across.
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Ten years ago I had this client named Dr. John who was probably 65 years old. It’s amazing to me how I can’t remember his age because I was so stupid in the fitness industry that it didn’t amaze me that a 65 year old doctor would be trying to get healthier. To me, fitness was about the gun show and trying to get laid. Seriously. I’d flick myself in the nose right now if my mother already hadn’t done it to me every time I lied when I was a child.
I can remember putting him on a chest press machine and telling him to do 15 reps. What’s nuts is that I more than likely told a 30 year old female that I had the next hour to do the same thing. I was a fucking lunatic. I had no concept of how to train or what being healthy really meant. I’m going to blame my age for that.
I absolutely adored Dr. John though. He was a solid man. We would talk about football and how much he couldn’t stand his wife. Of course, he was just joking about that situation, but that’s what got us to talk about life in general. It’s not until 10 years later where what he told me changed the course of my life. We would go from sitting on a machine checking out girl’s asses, to almost sobbing in each other’s arms about his war stories and heart attacks (yes, he had two of them).
In life, fitness isn’t about how much weight you can do an exercise for one rep. It isn’t about how many meals you should eat in the day. It’s about having a life that you can apply all the things you do in the gym. It’s about staying in shape so that when you’re 80 you can keep moving. It’s about loving what you do and not worrying about if people see you fall flat on your face.
You can actually learn a lot from one rep max sets. They are great in nature. They are meant for competition purpose which I love in fitness. However, applied strength has nothing to do with doing something once. Odds are if you aren’t going to do it a second time, you’re afraid. Strength comes from bullying obstacles over and over again and going undefeated. It’s about doing an exercise 20 times in a row, but wanting to stop at 16. Strength isn’t about doing things once and being satisfied with it. I’m not saying don’t show up to a gym on a Sunday morning and try and press 300 pounds over your head. I’m saying don’t let it be the motive for the rest of your life, which is what we are all living for.
Fitness can teach you more than just how much weight you can lift. It teaches you how to conquer fears. How to go beyond the limit that your body and everyone else tells you. It’s about understanding the reason you wake up in the morning. Hopefully it’s not for a world record. Hopefully it’s for those around you.