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If You Can Change Your Body, You Can Change Your Life

If You Can Change Your Body, You Can Change Your Life

Most people don’t get why we do it.

Why do we pour so much time, energy, and effort into training? Why is it so important to us?

Is it narcissism, they wonder? Have we fallen in love with our reflections?

Or maybe it’s insecurity? Are we feeding a superiority complex?

Is it something darker, like self loathing? Are we unable to accept ourselves the way that we are?

They’re all missing the point.

We don’t train to feel vainglorious, paper over shortcomings, or punish ourselves.

We train because it gives us more than a better body. It gives us a better life.

It builds more than muscle. It builds character.

It teaches us how to stop bullshitting ourselves and confront reality.

It teaches us how to have the courage to commit to big goals.

It teaches us how to create purpose and meaning.

It teaches us how to take action instead of making excuses and finding reasons to fail.

It teaches us how to take responsibility and refuse to be a victim.

It teaches us how to work hard instead of chasing magic bullets and quick fixes.

It teaches us how to get gritty and push through pain and adversity.

It teaches us how to value long-term satisfaction over immediate gratification.

At bottom, it teaches us a very powerful lesson:

If you have the power to change your body, you have the power to change your life.

That’s why we train.

Let’s not forget it.

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  • B-Moc

    Nicely put, I’ll also add that I train to give my offspring a genetic advantage. My parents were both jockeys who starved themselves to be better at their sport. Well, what a shitty way to begin life. How many generations will that take to fix?

    • Thanks brother, and that’s a great point as well. Epigenetics FTW.

  • Well said! This is exactly the reason I go to the gym. Changing your body is no easy task and it teaches you pretty much all the ingredients you need to be successful in any other area of life.

  • Not to mention it helps us sleep better, gives us more energy and we can help people who need a strong hand 🙂

  • Bugbear

    I train to stay sane. Many of us in normal jobs and lives have no outlet for frustration or stress or aggression. So they turn to drinking, comfort foods, etc

    I go to the gym and wage my own private war with the weights. It’s my time with my music and my focus and effort.

    Couldn’t imagine not going.

  • Francisco Villavicencio

    Mike, I know this is not the place, but currently in a course that is confusing me. I need to know what is best for a 43 y/o. 9 working heavy sets per muscle group regardless of muscle or 15 possibly more till failure of 8-12 rep range? thanks brother

  • JR

    If it were easy, everyone would do it! That’s what makes it so much better, we rise above mediocrity and enjoy the residual benefits as they spread to all aspects of our lives! Thanks Mike!

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  • Susan M

    We train because we know that the person we are when we leave the gym is closer to who we ultimately want to be than the person we were when we came in.

  • Definitely, Mike! These are all reasons I train. Here’s another one:

    I train to prove myself wrong. When I push past my limitations, I prove myself wrong every time I push past a certain number of reps or amount of weight I can’t do.

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