22 May Don’t Be Weak – An Offensive Rant
Don’t Be Weak – An Offensive Rant
If the title didn’t give it away, this post may be offensive to some. Before you’re imagination runs away, I won’t be talking about anything inappropriate, but it I may still get some guys a little uppity — specifically anyone who says he doesn’t care about getting stronger but instead just wants to build muscle and look good.
You know the guy, his name is probably Ronnie, or Johnny, or Biff, or something. He does his triceps extensions drop sets starting with 100 pounds going all the way down to 5 pounds to get that extra burn (because of course who cares what weight you use as long as you get to squeeze out those extra reps to really make you grow). His paltry muscles get all pumped with blood after these cool looking sets in between his secondary routine of talking about himself to other gym members for 45 minutes. After that he thinks he’s adequately given the illusion of hard work and so leaves.
Next time, he’ll do the same thing with no makers to indicate if he’s actually making progress, barring the feeling of his t-shirt being a little tighter around his arms for an hour or so after his workout.
One wonders how he feels a sense of accomplishment at all or why he thinks he’s satisfying an instinct that has been there for thousands of years.
There’s nothing wrong with lifting weights to look good and build muscle. That’s a great part of the process. But, when I hear someone tell me he doesn’t care about what weight he’s lifting as long as he gets a good pump, whatever he means by that; or that he’s not concerned with getting any stronger, at all, I begin to get annoyed.
Let’s remember why we felt the need to step in a weight room in the first place. We did it because we have the desire to train ourselves to prepare for a battle. We have an innate desire to conquer and to protect.
While mankind has developed and there is far more to human nature than base instincts, we still have something within us that makes us want to beat our chest and lift a bigger rock than the other guy and it’s evident by our desire to make ourselves more formidable through weight training.
That’s why it irks me when someone tells me strength isn’t important to him as long as he looks strong.
First off, you don’t look that strong. Second, why are you so scared of dedicating yourself to improving? It’s easy to build a little muscle and get really lean so you look bigger and stronger than we all know you really are.
It’s work to develop yourself athletically, aesthetically and make yourself a strong, formidable freaking Viking.
Before I lose you, don’t assume that weight on a barbell is my only measure of strength. Performing difficult bodyweight exercises or making yourself a freak athlete is definitely dedicating yourself to strength and improvement. I commend anyone with this dedication.
Stop Spreading the Virus
Weakness, and acceptance of weakness, is a virus and spreads as such. It’s a virus that will keep spreading unless someone speaks up. I’m not even speaking metaphorically, although I could write a novel on that with all my angry opinions. I’m just talking about physically weakness.
Dedicate yourself to physical improvement and dominance and not just pumping up to fill out your extra small t-shirt.
The below video is me at a powerlifting competition over a year ago setting a WABDL junior world record. Are there guys out there much stronger than me? Yes. Do I look incredibly fat in the video? Yes again. But I didn’t care on both accounts. I was on a path to be as strong as I could possibly be and didn’t care about anything else.
I’ve since dedicated myself to be leaner and more athletic, but I’ll never stop trying to be as strong as I possibly can, whatever my circumstances.
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