The pussification of americans, training and why competition and motivation is important.
We have all seen the massive epidemic sweeping our nation. Whether we choose to admit it or not we are turning our nation into a bunch of whining pacifists who think everyone is a winner. This malicious infection is now invading our gyms, well there aren’t many gyms left, most are “fitness centers”.
It is my believe that this virus was born from the same breed of character that forbids kids from keeping score at youth baseball games so no one gets upset when they lose.
When I was growing up my parents would through me out of the house and we went and played ball until it was too dark to see anymore. We came home bloodied bruised tired, and sometimes pissed because we lost. That’s right we competed in street football or baseball or whatever it was with the intentions of winning, of beating our friends. Oh and in gym class when we played dodge ball and we intentionally nailed the opposing team in the balls with a hard rubber ball, no one got in trouble, you got up and walked it off. If you think that Im kidding, Im not, I have a friend with only one testicle to prove it.
My point in telling you this, is that competition is a natural part of life and in fact its very healthy. From the very bottom of the animal kingdom to the top there is competition every day to survive. The top of the food chain in the our species wants to use you abuse you and eat you up just as much as any lion out there and you better start believing it. There is a whole lot of BS going around talking about how you shouldn’t compare yourself to others and that your only competition is the mirror. Well I call bullshit, I call it loud and clear from the tops of every building. BULLSHIT
The importance of competition should not be ignored in attaining your desired physique. When I first began training my goals were on my walls of my bedroom, in the form of huge posters of Arnold and Flex Wheeler. I saw these guys and I said, damn that’s what I want to look like. When I went to the gym and I saw the guys around me lifting more weight or looking bigger than me I was envious. I did not stop, turn around look in the mirror and say “well I look better then I did last week”. I was not satisfied with what I saw because I felt as if I could be just as good as anyone else or even better.
Now we have “GYMS” handing out tootsie rolls bagels and pizza and telling people not to judge?? Wait what… so you’re saying its not ok to want to exceed your expectations?
The greatest athletes in the world are born in the fires of competition and adversity. If you notice when you bring a group of elite athletes together they all get better. This is directly proportional to the level of competition. They can be best of friends but you better believe when its time to train they compete with one and the other. This competition is what drives them to become better and this is what makes each generation grow and achieve what others before have not. Don’t fear your inner competitive nature, embrace it and foster it to become better at what you do. Stop being so satisfied go out and eat something bigger then you.