Humans like to lie.  Sometimes the lie is grand.

Sometimes the lie is a little white lie.

At the end of the day, lies are commonplace.  Every single person on the planet is guilty of this to varying degrees.

We lie about our upbringing.  Look at some of the fraudulent figures in the music industry.

We lie about our relationship situation.  Look at the folks who claim they are happy on social media but are beyond unsatisfied and on the verge full-blown break-up.

We lie about our financial status.  Look at the folks who drive a super nice, pimped out car but are up to their eyes in a sea of credit debt.

We lie about our education.  Look at the folks who try so hard to be seen as all-knowing and prestigious.

We lie about our occupations.  Look at the folks who always make their current position bigger than it is.

We lie.

I personally do not care whether you went to Harvard or Montgomery County Community College.

I do not care if you are from the world’s greatest small town, Abington, PA or you are from the darkest hood in America.

I don’t care if you are dating Halle Berry or Phyllis Plain.

I don’t care if you make 100k or 30k.

I also don’t care if you are currently working at Wal-Mart or if you are running your own business.

I have been in good scenarios and bad ones.  You are not always hot like a Billboard number #1 single.  Sometimes life deals you a bad deck.

I have had lousy jobs.

I have been up to my eyes in credit due to bad decisions from my youth.

I have been in relationship situations that looked fantastic on the outside but were rotting on the inside like a corpse.

This is life.  However, you can overcome it and prosper with the right attitude and work ethic.

One thing I do care about though is your character.

Character is worth more than whatever money you could ever make.  When your character and reputation is tarnished you are finished.  If you are a stone cold and deliberate liar you have absolutely no honor.

Why do people lie?  Why do people just not tell the truth about their current situation?

The answer is that REALITY BITES.  The majority of folks would rather tell a lie and embellish instead of being truthful with themselves about where they are.

The truth hurts.  Sometimes it can hurt so bad that to make ourselves feel better we create a fictional situation or story to cover up the pain.

That plan, however, leads nowhere.

This phenomenon of stretching the truth is so blatantly obvious on social media that it sticks out more than a modern day stripper with an artificially augmented butt.

This is the photoshop era and many folks are addicted to editing themselves into someone who they are not.  Filtering levels are at an all-time high.

In the fitness game, you see these pictures online that can fool folks into buying lame products that do nothing for the physique.

When you see WaistTrainers, bogus supplements, and photoshopped pictures you can be assured that you are being duped to spend your hard earned money.  You do not need to do that.

There are 2 things in the fitness game that will never lie to you.  They are:

1)  The Mirror

The Mirror is the ultimate loner.  The Mirror has no friends and will tell you exactly who you are the moment you look into it.

Tired?  The mirror will show you those heavy bags under your eyes and a weathered face.

Skinny?  The mirror will show you a bird chest and the lack of shape and muscle that you have.

Flabby and Sick?  The mirror will show you exactly how bad you have been eating and how inactive you have been.

Lean and Muscular?  The mirror will show you exactly how well you have been eating and how your hard efforts have paid off.

When you look in the mirror you will find out exactly where you are.  I know when I look in the mirror in the morning and I am a bit more ripped than usual, this tells me instantly that the day before my carbs were lower.

I also know when I look in the mirror and I am a bit bloated this will tell that the previous day my carbs were a bit high.

When it comes to building your physique rely on the mirror and pictures vs. the scale to gauge your progress.

If I told you one year from now that you would weigh around the same or heavier but you would have a drastically improved physique would you even care about the scale at that point?

2)  The Iron

The Iron is incapable of lying.

The Iron is only capable of holding you accountable to how far you have progressed.

Many trainees are incapable of making progress not because they are “destined to be weak” or “I’m just gonna have to accept that I’m skinny.”  That is self-defeating talk.

Many trainees are incapable of making progress because they are not increasing the weight on the bar.

How can you expect to build those stallion legs when every single week you squat the number is 135lbs for 3 lame sets of 8?

What progress can you truly make on developing a wider back when you perform the same 2 sets of 6 bodyweight chin-ups at the end of every upper body day?

By adding weight to the bar (or belt) you are going to force your body to grow and get stronger.  By increasing the weight used in a given

By increasing the weight used in a given exercise you are giving your body a new stimulus.  Your body responds greatly to challenges.

Can you add weight to the bar forever?  No!

But if you have not added any weight to any movement since baggy jeans were hot in the 1990’s, then you need to reevaluate what in the blue sky you are really doing in the gym.

No progression equals no changes in your performance or physique.

The Mirror and the Iron will never lie to you.  Unlike filters and phony friends, the Mirror and the Iron only have your best interests at heart which is showing you exactly who you currently are.

Commit to the iron and use the mirror to gauge how well your physique looks.

The truth will always set you free.

I’ll holla at you next time.

The People’s Trainer,

Fitman