This thread is for those that are addicted to pain. This thread is for those that are seeking strength through accepting weakness. We’ve all heard the cute quotes, the easy one liners that are perpetuated by those that think they know what strength is.
“What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.”
“Pain is only temporary.”
My question is always: “What do you know about pain? What do you know about strength?”
This thread is our story. Muhammad Ali was asked “How many situps do you do?”
He said, “I don’t know.”
“You don’t count?”
“I start counting when it starts to hurt.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger said “When you push through the pain, that’s when you’re a champion.”
One of the greats:
Hack yourself. Make yourself. Do the impossible.
Welcome to Level 1 Gains, the PowerLifting, Bodybuilding, heavy metal, meathead, track and field, and combat sports thread.
Why should I lift weights or exercise?
Well, if the above videos don’t answer that question for you, how about some good ol’ fashion health benefits.
Lower blood pressure
Higher testosterone (higher sex drive)
Ability to physically dominate those around you
Where do I start?
I recommend Max-OT if you’re serious about building muscle. Bodybuilding dot Com has a lot of
what I call “bro science” that isn’t backed by Physiology. However, there are a lot of great videos on there regarding form and simple routines. The forums have a really good gold standard:
Starting Strength and 5/3/1 are really great routines as well. Try something, find something that works, and stick with it. That last part is key.
Last, I’ll say that nutrition and diet are as, if not more important than lifting and exercise. Clean up your diet. No more soda, no more energy drinks, no more microwaved frozen meals. Eat fruits and veggies, clean grains, and protein. I’m not licensed, but I’ve studied CSCS and Kinesiology in a former life, I’ve trained in a professional capacity, and competed in state competitions. I can offer advice and insight if you need it.
Feel free to use this thread to get feedback on form (video), your workout routine or diet, or let us know when you kill a personal record.