Lifting iron has been a part of my life since the age of 14.
From ages 14-23 I lifted off and on, and I honestly did not really know what I was doing. My form was questionable, my physique was questionable, and my overall athletic ability was not maximized.
I struggled as a sprinter in college, and I struggled to add new muscle to my frame after college. It was not until I started to read about how to actually build muscle and strength, instead of doing what I was being fed by popular, but misinformed magazines that I began to see the changes that I wanted to.
I cannot stress enough the importance of strength training for every human on the planet. Nothing else that you do will make you look and feel better. If you want to be physically stronger, mentally tougher, and look like a superhero then the iron is your new best friend.
Here are the top 10 benefits of lifting weights:
1) You Will Build Mental Toughness
Many athletes today are soft. They play their sport, they get hit in the mouth once, and they quit.
I have seen many athletes who folded at the first sign of adversity when they played their sport. I’ve also seen many people in life who crumble at the first sign that things are not going to go well.
When you consistently lift weights you are forced to build mental toughness. When you get through brutal workouts, whether it be high-volume bodybuilding, high-intensity powerlifting, or being out on the track sprinting in the summer, you will build moxie.
Some days you cannot complete all of your sets and reps. It takes the right mindset to get back up off the mat when you are knocked down. The mental toughness you build in the gym will carry over to other areas of your life.
2) You Will Develop Confidence
As a youth, my confidence was at ZERO.
I would not dare take off my shirt at a pool. When I wore a tank top to high school one day I was ridiculed for 8 straight hours. At the of the age of 15, that can break you like Bane broke Batman. I was absolutely broken.
When I arrived at East Stroudsburg University as a walk-on sprinter, I would not even wear the speedsuit for track and field because a size small was baggy on me. Nothing looks good on you when you are a young man coming to the weigh-in at 5’11 and 130lbs with no muscle mass.
When I began to lift weights and eat like an athlete my body began to change. Along with my physique, my confidence also began to grow.
Tank tops and pools no longer scared me. Talking to women became way easier because no longer was I thinking about looking like a scarecrow when I approached them.
When you begin to pump the iron, your confidence will soar like the Eagles did in the Super Bowl. There is nothing better in this world than walking around with 100 percent confidence in who you are.
3) You Will Earn Physical Strength
The hallmark of a superhero has always been physical strength.
When you think of Luke Cage, Superman, and The Hulk the first thing that comes to your mind is “That son of a gun is strong!”
Lifting weights in a progressive fashion will allow you to increase your strength to levels that you never dreamed off.
In high school and even in college, I could barely bench press my bodyweight. Pull-ups were a wash and my deadlift was laughable.
Fast forward to my prime lifting years and I was able to attain a 260lb bench press, a 100lb weighted pull-up, and a 465lb deadlift. These are not the strongest numbers in the whole world but they represent an incredible progression from where I started.
My bodyweight also went from 130lbs to a high of 182lbs during my time as a natural bodybuilder. I typically walk around about 162-170lbs.
If you want to get physically strong, stronger than 99 percent of all people, you should begin to lift weights.
4) You Can Forge A Spectacular Physique
Many folks say they do not care about how they look but I will tell you that many people are not telling the truth.
If no one cared about how they look, why would these same people invest so much time in searching for clothing that hides their fat? Why would these people waste time buying products like waist trainers? Why would people spend hours dolling up to get ready to go out on Friday night to a lame club?
Because they care about how they look! Everybody does and it is not a bad thing at all.
Caring for your health and your appearance is not vain as it shows that you respect your body. Some people take it overboard, but there are bad apples in every area of life. Not caring about your health or appearance is disrespectful to yourself and your quality of life.
The ultimate way to improve how you look is to begin to lift weights. The iron is your chisel and you are the sculptor.
Are you the guy who wants to build a bigger chest? Spend time performing dips, barbell/dumbbell presses, and push-ups.
Are you a woman who wants to build a bigger booty? Spend time performing barbell hip thrusts, barbell hip extensions, and split squats or lunges.
Genetics will dictate how you look untrained, but you can stretch those genetics to the max by consistently engaging in pumping iron. There was no way on earth I was going to walk around almost 6ft tall and 130lbs.
If you do not like how you look, then the iron will become your new ally in conquering that thought.
5) You Will Feel Great
Your health is your wealth. We only have one body but so many folks abuse their body and then wonder why they have so many ailments and so much pain.
While an occasional cheat meal or night out is a necessary part of life, crushing your body consistently with drugs, alcohol, a lack of sleep, poor nutrition, and inactivity are so disrespectful to your body.
When you begin to lift weights and live the fit life you will know the difference between when your body is healthy and performing optimally to when you know it will fail an inspection.
As a person who respects their body, the best way show it the ultimate respect is to lift weights to make it healthier, stronger, leaner, and substantially more resistant to the pain that folks that consistently live in the fast lane feel on a daily basis.
There is no better feeling in the world than waking up and feeling youthful, spry, and strong due to your commitment to the iron.
The worst year of my life was in 2007. I was super stressed out from relationships and a lack of direction with what I actually wanted to do with my life. 2007 also coincided with me not lifting and eating junk for the entire year and I felt like pure garbage every morning. Once I begin to lift again in 2008, I felt renewed like Batman escaping Bane’s prison.
6) You Will Face Weekly Challenges
One of the coolest things about lifting weights is the regular challenges that are presented to you when you train.
You reveal a lot about yourself when you perform RP-21 squats and you only reach 18 of 21 reps for the day.
Will you cry and complain that you did not reach 21 reps or will you take it personally and make it a goal to reach 21 reps the next time you squat?
As you continue to overcome the challenges that lifting presents, you build the mental fortitude to fight through a tough time.
I know for a fact that my tenacity in the gym helped me tremendously when I was at the beginning of building my business and times were very lean. I would think to myself “If I could complete the lunges of death, why am I freaking out about getting clients?”
Nothing I’ve ever done was as hard as the Lunges of Death. In my mind, if I can do that, I can easily deal with the process of becoming successful in the fitness business.
7) You Will Build Your Foundation
Have you ever seen a building at its genesis? You probably think to yourself, “That looks like garbage right now. It will take forever to build.”
When you look at that same building 3 years later when the construction is complete you say “That building looks absolutely phenomenal. They made tremendous progress!”
Your body is the same as that building.
When you first begin to lift weights, you will more than likely look bad like the building. But as you continue to lift, your physique will begin to come together just like the building.
If you do it right, you will look in the mirror and at your progress pictures in a few years and think “All of my hard work and consistent efforts have paid off.”
Developing a building is just like developing your body. It will be hard to see the finish line at the start, but if you are consistent, you will eventually cross it.
8) You Can Dominate Your Sport
With all things being equal the bigger, stronger, and more powerful athlete wins every time.
How do you get bigger, stronger, and more powerful? By moving weight.
Many coaches do not have a grasp on how to lift and therefore they do not have their athletes lift.
If they do attempt to have the athletes lift it always end looking like one of the most blasphemous workouts ever complete with partial Lebron squats, excessive cussing, and no emphasis on programming.
As an athlete, there is no reason why you should not lift.
Weight training is not the primary means to the end to win in your given sport, like in bodybuilding, powerlifting, or weightlifting, but being stronger, more powerful, and more resistant to injury will increase your chances of success.
When it is the offseason, it is time to focus on getting strong, muscular, and powerful. During your actual season, your goal should switch to sustain the strength you gained in the offseason during the season. You can do this with low-volume lifting.
9) You Can Bulletproof Your Body
Lifting weights is not all about building bigger muscles and gaining strength. Lifting weights is also about making your body highly resistant to injury.
When you are weak and you do not perform any strength training, you are more susceptible to injury.
Lacking strength shows up during activities like helping your friend move. Because you are weak, you have a much higher chance of blowing out your back when you try to lift that couch.
When you have been deadlifting and squatting for years, that couch has almost no chance of causing any injury. Your body is rock solid.
Your joints, tendons, and bones will also be stronger too. There is no fun in being brittle.
10) Your Clothes Won’t Make You
One of my biggest pet peeves is when folks dramatically overspend on clothing hoping that the clothes make them look better.
I’ve seen cats in $500 jeans, $300 sneakers, $200 shirts, and a range of expensive accessories. Meanwhile, they sport a cheaply made $1 body.
When you are in great, physical condition, you can make the much less expensive clothing look like they were made by a top designer.
As a man, you can go to Marshalls and buy:
-A pair of basic Chuck’s. Sometimes they have them for $19.99!
After you put the clothes on, you will look like a flat out stud because you are committed to the iron.
As a woman, you can go to TJ Maxx and buy:
-A $15-$20 sundress
After you put the clothes on, you will look like a cold stallion who because you are committed to the iron.
When you lift weights you make every outfit look good regardless of the brand.
Those are the top 10 reasons why you need to lift weights. Getting your butt to the gym is not a complicated process.
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I’ll holla at you next time,
The People’s Trainer,
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