Average is lame, average is boring. But if there’s one simple way to be above average, it would be lifting weights.
Because not everyone does it, but those who do respect the iron know that there’s more to lifting than moving heavy shit around.
Here are the 7 Reasons Why You Should Lift Weights:
1) It Builds pride
Whenever I lift a heavy weight I get a sense of pride. Because I know I worked up to that strength.
It takes some work and dedication to rack up heavy weight.
No one just starts bench pressing 225lbs out of nowhere. Nobody can immediately start deadlifting three plates.
That isn’t anyone’s first workout, it’s impossible. So, you take pride in what you’ve built.
2) You Earn Your Own Self-Respect
When you see results, you’ll gain self-respect.
You will like yourself more, you will have more confidence.
When you build strength, you gain pride in your ability to work up to something.
But when you see your arms grow bigger and more vascular, there’s a lot of confidence that goes with that.
You know that you’re further distinguishing yourself from the rest of the crowd.
And not in a weird or bad way. It’s in a good way that builds respect for yourself.
Hell! I don’t know how you can’t have self-respect if you lift.
Because if you’re puny and scrawny, then you’re basically a chihuahua.
And although these types of people can be very nice, I believe they feel like they have to be nice.
Behind a screen door a Chihuahua can bark and hide behind false confidence.
But when you get up close to it, it’s a little meek fella. It shakes and quivers at loud noises and cold weather.
That’s how I think about scrawny guys. The world just seems much bigger than them.
And there’s a difference between being a scrawny, tall guy and a scrawny, small guy.
At least if you’re tall, over six feet, then you always have that pride of being taller than most of the general population.
But if you’re like 5’6” and you’re scrawny, you need to put on some muscle. Do it to respect yourself. Because you will.
Shorter guys are kind of lucky too. Because when they build muscle, it looks thicker.
The muscle doesn’t have to stretch out like it does for a taller person who has longer limbs.
The muscle is packed into a smaller space and you can look huge at a lower weight.
Take advantage of that.
3) It attracts women
I honestly don’t feel like this is a reason to lift.
I get it, women like it. It’s flattering that a woman wants to come up to you and touch you a bit.
That’s cool, but that’s more of a byproduct that comes after the fact.
I think that if you want more attention from women, then go talk to them.
More than half the shit you say is to get a person’s attention anyway. So just go talk to women if that’s what you really want.
Lifting helps regardless, and women love a muscular man because they like to feel womanly.
To max out her womanliness, she’s going to find a man with the same level of manliness.
And as it turns out, muscles are manly.
4) You Live Longer and Live Better
If you have more muscle mass you will live longer.
Diseases aren’t going to bring you down as much. And your body and immune system are simply better than someone who doesn’t lift.
You’re gonna be in better condition than everyone else.
So you won’t die from obesity or anything like that.
5) You don’t want to be average
Aspire for more. Being average sucks.
For one day, I stopped being conscious of getting enough protein, calories, etc.
It’s so easy. Not caring, it’s so fucking easy.
Hell, it’s kind of a letdown. I realized how little normal people work.
It made me realize that keeping those things in mind is also actual work. But I’ve been doing it for so long that I’m used to it.
But average people really take the easiest road. That’s why they get nowhere.
They’re not anyone to look up to.
You don’t want to be average. Aspire for greatness.
6) It’s good healthy competition
Among men, you might find some weightlifting buddies and compete a bit.
It’s fun to know how much you can rack on, lift, push, pull, etc.
There are plenty of communities in the fitness world.
A great free app to track your progress, workouts, and interact with a community is Fitocracy.
You will be able to come across someone who really knows their shit and you can shoot them a question. They might shoot you back a valuable, no-bullshit answer.
7) Here’s why I started lifting weights:
When I was a kid I had this idea that I’m gonna start a family and I’m gonna be the man that my children will look up to.
And one of the biggest qualities about this man is that he has to be strong.
My son or daughter would look at me and say that’s my dad right there.
That’s why I started lifting weights.
So, you can say I did it for admiration and to be a role model.
Now I just do it out of habit.
You must have a reason to stick to a goal. Have a reason.
Then when you ask yourself “Do I really want to lift today?” or if you’re contemplating skipping a day – You can remind yourself why you do it.
I do it because I like to lift.
Because a man must be strong.
I do it because I’m meant to be more than average.
Because I want my loved ones to look to me for strength and guidance.
Whatever your reason is – what matters most is that you walk up to that bar and