Congratulations, you made it into the reckless and righteous world of fitness and exercise. You might've committed to losing a certain amount of weight in a certain amount of time, or perhaps to increase your overall muscle strength. Hey, you might just be in it to look more aesthetically pleasing to the opposite sex.
So it may come as a surprise to know that wherever you are in your fitness journey, as a youth or elder, you are committed to a lifetime of weakness.
Um...what? You literally train to develop your strength, to become stronger than you've ever been, than your friends and family have ever known. Nothing about the strength training path should suggest weakness.
Except everyday of your strength training journey will make you painfully aware of your weakness. You break limits consistently the more often you train, but you are forever capped by some extra limit. Your PR is the top of your strength, and I promise your PR in anything will never be infinity.
As a physical culturist, you're always in some strength training contest with yourself. You must train to increase your bench press, shorten your time on your 40 yard dash, or boost up your front lever time because you never want to be weaker than, or even the same strength as, you were yesterday.
Yet, the issue that even the strongest of physical culturists must face is mortality itself. All of the efforts that you put in daily to change your own life will one day peak, and you'll have to be the Grim Reaper's personal trainer. How do you build up a strength that goes further beyond death then? How do you surpass the weaknesses of strength training?
By training one of the most important things for a physical culturist to train: the character and strength of others. Physical culture is not, and never will be just about us.
Don't get me wrong; while we're in it, let's build our strength to levels that marvels immortals. But your strength itself should not be selfish. Share that gift of strength that was shared with you, whether via trainers, a program, documents, or an idea that came to you.
It should be your duty to present the best version of your strength to others so that your methods, your character, and your lessons will survive you. Your inspiration may be the strongest force you have as a physical culturist; who knows, your legend may even outgrow you.
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