The Real Battle We Have to Win to Get Into Shape


Before you can build the body of your dreams, you need to learn how to defeat the only force that can really stop you.


“I’m going to really stick to this training program and diet and completely change my body!” thinks the wannabe athlete. “Oh man, I need to tweet about this before I forget.”

Twitter is loaded, 140 characters are carefully crafted, and the announcement is sent.

“I probably should write a quick blog post about it, too,” he or she thinks.

A few hours later, a few thousand words are posted, and a few minutes are spent basking.

“I can’t wait! I’m going to get so shredded. Wow. I should probably start looking how I’m going to revamp my wardrobe–”

“ENOUGH!” a voice booms.

The man snaps to attention.


The reply is only three words.






What is the Work, and What Isn’t

People share their health and fitness goals with me all the time. They have pretty spreadsheets, fancy workout plans, carefully cultivated motivation boards on Pinterest, and dreamy visions of turning heads at the beach and posing in underwear ads.

My reply is always the same.

“That sounds good. It looks like it’s time to do the work.”

This is usually followed by an awkward silence.

“Well…yeah…I’ve been reading a bit more to make sure I haven’t missed anything and I’ve picked up some really good tips. I also am meeting with a couple trainers to see if I want to get some professional help and I’m tweaking my one-year plan, which is looking really good. Here, let me show you–”

“No, I think you misunderstood me. It sounds like it’s time to do the real work. The hard work. The work that you don’t want to do.”

Another awkward silence.

They don’t get it. Or they don’t want to get it.

They aren’t doing the work, and they won’t succeed regardless of how busy they keep themselves with not doing it.

What’s going on? It’s simple. They’re getting whipped in the war against Resistance.

Resistance Hates the Work

Resistance is invisible, insidious, and impersonal.

It can’t be seen, but it’s in you right now, and it can be felt.

It will tell you anything to keep you from doing the work. It will lie, argue, bluster, seduce, and bully you to get its way.

It will say anything to strike a deal and then stab you in the back.

It doesn’t care who you are or what you want to do. It has no conscience.

What kinds of things does Resistance hate most?

Any creative artistic action. Any type of entrepreneurial venture. Any new diet or fitness regimen. Any method of spiritual advancement. Any type of education. Anything courageous.

In short, anything that requires us to forego immediate gratification in search of long-term growth or fulfillment.

Resistance hates doing the work, and it wants you to be just like him.

The Achilles Heel of Resistance

In his brilliant book, The War of Art, Stephen Pressfield reveals that Resistance’s Achilles’ heel lies in the fact that it will only fight that which is truly important in your life. It wants to kill your deepest purposes and desires, your true calling and gifts. Yes, kill them. In this way, however, it shows you what work you must do—your very personal path to profound fulfillment, happiness, and success. Resistance dares you to meet it in pitched battle.

When you do anything but the work, it sneers at you. It’s playing you like a marionette. You’re feeding it, making it stronger.

When you do the work, it shrieks in horror. “Anything but the work!” it cries.

It invades your mind and flashes shiny distractions. Television! Movies! Friends! ANYTHING BUT THE WORK!

Make no mistake. The fight against Resistance is a war to the death.

It will tell you you’re too weak to kill it. Too stupid. Too lazy.

But you’re not. Ironically, it depends on your obedience for its strength.

Defiantly do the work instead and it withers. Every bit of work done strikes at it.

Do enough work and its armor crumbles, its power fades, and all that’s left is a whispering ghost.

Do more work and it even stops whispering.

Creating Anything Meaningful is War

If you’re trying to create a healthy, strong, vital body, a business, a career, a relationship, or anything else in your life, you’re a warrior.

Your primary enemy is Resistance.

Fight the battle anew every day by doing the work, and who knows what you might achieve and how you might evolve.

What helps you get into the gym every day and do the work? How are you beating Resistance? Let me know in the comments below!


If you want a "paint-by-numbers," step-by-step blueprint for building a muscular, lean, strong body...faster than you ever thought possible...then you want to check out my bestselling books.

Here's a little sneak peek of what you'll learn inside...

  • The 7 biggest muscle building myths & mistakes that keep guys small, weak, and frustrated. (These BS lies are pushed by all the big magazines and even by many trainers.)
  • How to build meal plans that allow you to build muscle, lose fat, and get healthy with ease…eating foods you love (yes, including those deemed “unclean” by certain “gurus”)…and never feeling starved, deprived, or like you’re “on a diet.”
  • The 5 biggest fat loss myths & mistakes that keep women overweight, disappointed, and confused. (These BS lies are pushed by all the big magazines and even by many trainers.)
  • An all-in-one training system that delivers MAXIMUM results for your efforts…spending no more than 3 to 6 hours in the gym every week…doing workouts that energize you, not wipe you out.
  • A no-BS guide to supplements that will save you hundreds if not THOUSANDS of dollars each year that you would’ve wasted on products that are nothing more than bunk science and marketing hype.
  • And a whole lot more!

The bottom line is you CAN achieve that “Hollywood body" without having your life revolve around it. No long hours in the gym, no starving yourself, and no grueling cardio that turns your stomach.

My book will show you how. Get it today and let’s build a body you can be proud of.

Bigger Leaner Stronger

Bigger Leaner Stronger

Thinner Leaner Stronger

Thinner Leaner Stronger

Want more awesome stuff like this? Enter your email address to get the weekly newsletter.
LIKE MUSCLE FOR LIFE? Let Google know!
Leave a Comment!
Sign in to Muscle For Life
or use your MFL Account