1. It makes you disciplined
Lifting weights every day do wonders for your discipline. You learn to persevere through the drudgery of being lazy and unproductive.
Discipline is becoming a lost art. Too many parents on their phones, busy with their Facebook status instead of teaching their child the right way to live.
So you have to teach yourself. Don’t complain about what you didn’t get handed to you; strive to get it on your own.
Weightlifting is a great discipline excercise.
2. It keeps you strong
When I challenged a customer who told me was able to do 300 pushups earlier in his life to do 10 pushups, he could only do 7.
A friend of mine who used to benchpress 70 kilos was only able to do 20kg after 2 years of not excercising.
I can also use myself as an example. After 1 year of barely working out, I was only able to do 10 pushups in a row, and with difficulty.
You lose strength fast. The only way to keep up with yourself is to keep lifting.
3. It gets you toned
Would you rather have a flimsy bicep or one that’s muscular and has girth?
I have a t-shirt by the electronic duo Bicep. It said “FEEL MY BICEP”.
It was my favorite shirt for house and techno parties.
Whenever I wore it to a party, there was always someone on pills who wanted to feel my bicep.
But my bicep was small because I didn’t lift. I was always secretly ashamed and didn’t like it when someone touched my arm.
Now I wear that shirt with pride, knowing I’m gonna make it.
4. Weightlifting gives you energy
There’s nothing like the blood rushing through your veins faster after you’ve lifted weights.
Weightlifting makes you feel like you can handle the world. It supplies you with the primal energy of a man getting stronger physically.
A sedentary lifestlye certainly doesnt give the same energy as a good workout pump. No matter how good the Netflix serie is.
5. It attracts women
A girl in my highschool once explained to me what attracted her as a woman.
The explanation was twofold: a) She wanted a man who could protect her, and b) She liked a man who was covered in blood, sweat and mud, which primordially links back to a).
How can you protect your woman if you’re not strong?
And how can you get strong if you don’t lift weights?
You can do all the cardio in the world but it wouldn’t make you strong. It would just get you better at doing a lot of repetitions of a not very demanding activity.
As for the blood, sweat and mud part, you’ll have to figure that out for yourself.
6. Other men will respect you more
Whenever I get a grown male customer who looks like he’s not in shape, I don’t really respect him at first sight.
It’s subconscious but I’m very aware of it.
I have more respect for buff guys with tribal tattoos on their arm than for guys who look like they couldn’t pick up a carton of milk.
It’s a feeling that runs deep. I see a leader as a strong man, and a strong physique is a marker of that.
Of course it’s not only physical, and I’m not into gambling, but I’d rather put my money on a guy who improves himself continually than on someone who spends his evenings on the couch.
7. You will learn to set boundaries
Weightlifting comes with some rules.
You have to eat right, you have to pick up the weights on a constant basis.
Learning to live healthily is a big part of weightlifting successfully.
If you get into it enough, you’ll learn to say “No” to the activities that stand in your way of achieving a good body.
Drinking beer, eating junkfood; you’ll learn to cut it out. It’s a good side effect.
A good man is a man who knows what to not accept in his life. He will strive to deal with as little bullshit as possible. Lifting heavily helps him with that.
8. It’s fun
It’s fun to improve and see yourself get stronger.
It’s fun to get into a mindset of achieving and ‘can do’.
Weightlifiting can be a solitary activity or it can be a social activity. There’s nothing wrong with buying weights and using them at home, but I prefer to go to a gym where I can make smalltalk with other people who improve themselves and learn from them.
You radiate the fun you have. You see it at clubs, for example. The people having the most fun are most likely standing at the front, dancing their asses off. Those people have a certain shine in their eyes that says ‘I don’t give a fuck if you think I’m dancing stupidly, at least I’m dancing while you’re standing on the wall with your skinny bitch’.
Some weightlifters have a comparable look in their eyes. It says ‘I don’t give a fuck what you think of me; I’m strong and healthy I enjoy the life that I’ve been given’.
Until the next time.