The ideas behind this post go way back to when I was in elementary school and first wanted to kick another kid’s ass for whatever reason. I think most regular males have a tendency to measure up other guys in terms of “I could kick his ass” or “he LOOKS bigger…probably would kick my ass.” And as I got older and started getting into lifting, the thought comes naturally that the bigger and stronger you get, the greater your ‘ass-kicking’ potential…but is this really the case?
I ask this because sometimes I question my motivation for lifting weights. I love lifting as a way to reduce my stress, feel more self-confident, and stay healthy, but there is this nagging notion in my head that in the end what really matters is whether or not you could beat up the other guy if circumstances led up to such a confrontation. Put in another way - would you really care that this jerk you know can out bench you by 85 lbs. if you could kick his ass? Probably not.
Another case in point - MMA welter weight Nick Diaz is a warrior first, but an endurance athlete at second. I’m about Nick’s height and weight, and I would bet my right hand that I could out lift him in everything, but I certainly wouldn’t bet money on myself in a fight against him. And Nick Diaz probably doesn’t care that his physique resembles more of a marathon runner than a muscled-gladiator.
Maybe I just think too much, and it doesn’t matter.