As I was sitting at my desk working a way and reviewing this site a thought struck me, why am I, and we collectively I suppose, obsessed with building a better body and continually improving our physical being? Why am I doing legs tonight knowing I’ll have a hard time walking two days from now? What are we all after?
And here’s what I came up with.
The thing about lifting weights and sculpting your body to be bigger, leaner, stronger or generally more fit, besides the obvious health benefits is for two reasons the way I see it.
First it’s free. Sure there are gym membership dues, food, supplements and training gear, but overall you don’t have to purchase anything to build a better physique. Actually you can’t even if you wanted to. If Bill Gates plunked down $1 Million dollars could he have a Mr. O physique tomorrow? Nope. For example if you want to drive faster, you have to pony up the cash to buy a fast car, or the parts to modify your existing ride to make it faster. Not so with your body. All you have to do is put in time and technique, and opportunity costs aside, your will become faster, better and stronger.
Secondly, having in excellent physique is rare in America these days, and just by having one, puts you in a unique class. I’d guess of the 300 million people we have in America only 2% are in excellent physical shape, with visible abs with full, large vascular muscularity. Think about it, having a six pack of abs is almost ‘heroic’ looking if you think about it. Being a power lifter or strong man puts you in the class of the mythical Hercules and that’s probably why we’re all so fascinated with Strength in the States.
In summary having money can buy you lots of things pretty much instantly, but NOT a better body. No for that you have to put in the time, energy and discipline that no amount of money can bestow.
If there were a judging contest between two people, one an average looking guy, lets say pudgy even, standing next to his Ferrari, and next to him an average looking guy, standing alone, who takes his shirt off and reveals a shredded bod, with large defined muscularity, who to the normal person would appear more impressive? I’d bet you the in-shape guy wins every time.
I guess I’ll end it this way. Weightlifting allows anyone, regardless of background, income, and inclination to make themselves truly rare, impressive and unique. No other variable in abundance be it money, intelligence, education can replicate this phenomenon. And this is why I think we all struggle and push ourselves, to become something that money can never buy.
Steps off soap box