Sure I know what you might be thinking what can a Gym Rat teach me besides lifting weights? Well first of all if you’re one of those people who judge other’s based on stereotypes and appearances then get the Hell out of this blog. Don’t need your type around here.
Let me just start by saying Gym Rats shall one day rule the earth and there is nothing you can do to stop it, so you better just start working on assimilating as fast as you can.. It’s your only chance. Alright so perhaps you actually don’t want to be a Gym Rat, I guess I can understand stand why, but honestly you should want to be one, and not for the reason’s you’re probably thinking.
Take a look at yourself in the mirror, wouldn’t it be pretty cool to have chest that stretch’s out your shirt’s seams and biceps that get the girls all goo goo eyed. Now picture yourself walking into a store and having people turn their heads to stare at you in awe as you walk past them.
“Hey, did you see that dude? He’s Huge!!”
But…You could be thinking, I don’t want to be a Gym Rat, they are all Conceited…Vain…Musclebound most likely insecure and trying to compensate for something. Or how about, All those weightlifters are just shallow egotistical narcissists. They are probably soulless just like Gingers (kidding)…All body, No brain!
Maybe after reading that you’re thinking what the Hell could I possibly learn from them.
Well, Frankly…A lot more than you might think.
I will tell you this, there are many things about weightlifting that many people just don’t understand. They just don’t grasp it, all you can do as a non-lifter is judge, unfairly I might add and use those stereotypical descriptions of something that is actually hard and something that requires dedication and commitment.
And when I say Hard…I mean really freaking Hard!
If you know anything about some of the top athletes in the sport, the Olympians…Powerlifter’s…Strongmen…you will understand that they have accomplished something few people are capable of. They actually built themselves.
Nearly everyone has tried to lose weight at some point, which in theory is pretty easy because fat loss is a natural byproduct of correct eating. But for someone to grow muscle. That is a different animal entirely. Your body doesn’t like the idea much of growing muscle and it will resist the best it can.
So keep that in mind, while I try to give you insight to the qualities that truly make a successful weightlifter. All successful “Gym Rats” typically share these traits.
And YES you can learn something from them…
Know The Inner You
It doesn’t matter what you’re doing in life, you will never achieve your goals if you’re not willing to look deep inside yourself and face your demons.
And nothing will make you face those demons as quick than that last rep on the bench. The one you didn’t think you could push up, that hard fought last rep.
You learn so much about yourself when you are willing to push yourself to your limits…Not the limits people place on you, Not even the limits you set for yourself, I’m talking about the point of complete Mental and Physical failure limits where you think your body cannot go any damn further…This is true failure…physical collapse.
Gym Rats face this daily…Many times over.
Pursue Your Passion
You’re not going to add 20-30 pounds of muscle to your frame by chance and you can’t squat double or triple your bodyweight through God-given talent alone…It’s take a pure Dedication to the craft…Pure Determination.
You need Persistence, the type of Persistence that can only come when someone has found their Passion.
The elite weightlifters are some of the most passionate people you will meet. A person doing this craft needs to be, putting yourself through the intense rigors of lifting day in and day out, is a grueling process. You will never last if you’re not truly passionate about it.
Gym Rats have this Passion…And they pursue it with all the brutal intensity that it deserves.
To reach the goals you set for yourself it will require Sacrifice. Something most people would choose to ignore.
But a weightlifter knows that strength can only be built through pain. There is no other way, they have to accept that simple fact and they don’t bitch about it, they don’t complain about how unfair it is…that other lifters have bigger bi’s or that “Dan” is over there out-deadlifting him by 100 pounds.
The lifter knows that Dan worked his ass off for those extra 100 pounds. And he knows that he will have to do the same if he wants to achieve that level of success.
Gym Rats are willing to make the Sacrifices that are necessary…They will Sacrifice their comfort…They will Sacrifice their time…They will Sacrifice the Friday nights out at the bars, sleeping late in the mornings and buffet lunches at Jade Garden.
Perhaps even after a set of 20 heavy squats they will sacrifice that lunch all over the mat.
Iron Builds Iron
Weightlifting is a beautiful thing in my opinion, it’s all about growth, and I’m not just talking about muscle growth. Because what is the pursuit of strength if not an attempt at personal growth…To better yourself.
I think it is impossible to build strength of body without building strength of mind. The effort that is required to truly change your body is resistance on a whole different level. And this resistance must be overcome…Resistance that makes you stronger.
So the more that you give to the Iron…The more the struggle, blood and pain…The more it gives you in return…The more of its own qualities you embody.
You will become the Iron…Iron body…Iron mind.
There are so many people out there who are looking for a sure-fire way to build their own willpower. To build their character. They will search the internet looking for tips and tricks to help strengthen their mind and empower themselves.
Rarely do they ever consider the simple and proven methods before their eyes. Yes, all it takes is a trip to the local gym.
Gym Rats understand the fortitude that weight lifting builds…they have it because they have earned it.
So next time you see some big Gym Rat, don’t be so quick to judge
How many times have you seen a well-muscled guy and thought “He must spend all day in the gym… Dude needs a life.”
Guess what, he has a life…And there is a good chance it’s probably a lot better than yours. Maybe we all tried living a bit more like the “Gym Rats” we might have more to show for our own efforts.