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10 great things about training with weights

10 tolle Dinge über das Trainieren mit Gewichten

Here is a brief summary:

  1. Training with weights allows you to overcome your genetic limitations.
  2. Contrary to what non-exercising people believe, a woman's butt is not shaped by a happy distribution of fat, but by muscle.
  3. When you work out with weights, food becomes emotionally satisfying because you are eating for a purpose.
  4. There are no mental problems that iron can't help cure.
  5. Training with weights transforms female wallflowers into energetic she-devils.
  6. When you train with weights, you start to fear fewer and fewer things.

If your family and friends don't understand why you spend all that time at the gym, send them the following:

1. you can give your parents the finger

Working out with weights is great because it lets you push your genetic limits. It doesn't matter if your father was a Moscow circus dwarf and your mother was Ludmilla the juggling blockhead - you can still change your body with weights.

And your narrow shoulders? Your spindly little arms? Perhaps your chest is so sunken in that it makes emphysema patients look robust compared to you, or your legs look suspiciously like a certain waterfowl.

None of this matters, because you can use weights to turn all of these weak points into glorious, functional muscles.

It may be true that some people have higher chromosomal mountains to climb and others will never look like a member of the cast of the latest gladiator movie, but it doesn't matter - invest some time and sweat and you can still look damn good naked.

2. working out with weights gives women butts to die for.

Forget Helen of Troy. The face that launched a thousand ships? Have you seen some of the gym-trained butts of today? Some of those would not only get a thousand ships moving, but probably several dozen battle squadrons, a couple marching bands, and maybe even a couple circus bears on tricycles.

Contrary to what non-exercising people think, a great butt is not sculpted by a lucky, innate distribution of fat, but by muscle - and muscle is to a great butt what a wooden foundation is to a wooden house - it gives superior shape and structure.

Building a great butt isn't even that difficult because the harder you work, the more appealing it becomes. Just perform exercises like squats, deadlifts, hip-trusts, kettlebell swings and weightlifting work a few times a week.

And don't worry about overtraining, because the muscles that make up your butt are some of the largest in the human body and are a real workhorse.

3. Training with weights changes your relationship with food

You should feel sorry for normal people. For them, food is nothing but pleasure. Their social activities are mainly based on feasting. Lunch and dinner are not biological necessities for them, they are excuses for gastronomic Roman orgies that lack sex and vomiting. Eating is simply something they do with friends.

Birthday parties, after-work parties, funerals! All just excuses to eat! And the type of food? It doesn't matter to them. It's all cotton candy - an explosion of flavor that disappears into thin air and then...nothing.

However, all this changes when you start training with weights. Suddenly food becomes emotionally satisfying and useful because you are eating for a purpose. You begin to think more like a Native American, thinking about your food in an almost spiritual sense because you know that what you eat will become a part of you - and hopefully in the form of muscle.

You become aware of the different types of protein, carbohydrates and fats you are eating. You become aware of the quantity of food and how often you need it. And because food now has a purpose beyond pure pleasure, you will enjoy it more than normal people who eat purely for pleasure.

4. fear demons metal

There will inevitably come a time in every person's life when you will be unwell. This could be caused by the death of a loved one, unrequited love or legal or financial problems. No one is immune to this.

Some will deal heroically with the pain, realizing that time heals all wounds and that happiness and joy are inevitable. They seek solace in their religion, with a therapist or on the strong shoulders of good friends.

Others are prone to destructive behavior such as drug use, alcohol consumption or abuse of body and soul in general, while still others suffer continually and never get rid of their many demons.

But there is a little-known therapy that is surprisingly effective - good old-fashioned weight training. There is no ailment that iron cannot help cure. A hard, sweaty workout session where you push yourself to your limits is the best therapy, and pushing so hard against something heavy that it makes you scream in pain is better than all the tears in the world.

Who knows if it's chemical, psychological or spiritual - but it will help you drive out your demons.

Sure, the demons may come back later that night at the witching hour - or they may not, but you'll get up the next morning and drive them out again with training. Eventually, they'll look for a new home.

5 And then there's the health thing

Working out with weights will make you healthier. You'll lose fat. You'll get better blood counts. Your arteries will get as big as the Keystone Pipeline. The reliability of your heart rate will begin to resemble that of a Swiss watch.

Diabetes will think twice about messing with you. Your vitality will increase to the point where you can make love to two or more women while simultaneously digging a hole for a fence post. This kind of thing will happen.

6. training with weights makes your life easier

For guys like Jim Wendler, Dave Tate and Amir Sapit, the world must feel like it's made of paper mache.

"Sorry mom, I accidentally ripped the door off dad's Save when I was picking up a piece of candy."

While the vast majority of all exercisers will never achieve this Hulk-like strength, they will all still become significantly stronger and physical strength makes life a lot easier. It's damn useful if you can move things, lift things or open things.

Ask a man who is married to a woman who trains with weights if his life is easier. Want to move a sofa or build a barn? You don't have to wait for your Amish neighbors to come home from the field - you have a strong wife who can haul the stuff.

And sometimes that strength can even save your life. I'm sure you can think of as many situations as I can where breaking down a door, lifting a heavy object, or simply holding someone down can be quite useful.

But physical strength pales in comparison to the mental strength that training with weights will give you. It takes an iron will to go to the gym several times a week and expose yourself to pain on purpose.

And the good thing about this iron will is that it's transferable to other things. You can use it to tackle and overcome just about anything your life throws at you - both physically and emotionally.

7. training with weights slows down ageing

In the old days, once you reached the age of 45 or 50, you were old news. Your kids locked you in the garage when friends came to visit. If your equally musty and old wife wanted to have sex with you, it didn't take any longer than preparing a soft-boiled egg.

Training with weights, however, is the true fountain of youth. An experienced exerciser in his forties or fifties is usually just as strong as anyone half his age. Sure, they may not be as fast or agile, but in terms of strength, there won't be much difference.

In most cases, an older trainee can fend off any attackers just as well as a 25 year old trainee, though the experienced trainee's scarred knuckles will cause slightly more abrasions to the attacker's face.

So it's almost better...

Because of training with weights, you'll see this strange phenomenon where, for the first time in human history, older guys will have bodies that look exactly like the bodies of young men: the same muscle mass, the same muscle tone and the same definition.

Sure, the older guys won't be able to do much to make their faces look younger and they'll have to shave their backs more often, but you can't have everything.

8. training with weights gives you satisfaction - every day

For most of the last millennium, people were too busy - too challenged - to give much thought to the stuff that plagues us today. After hunting for food, fending off attacks from competing tribes or villages, and simply trying to survive the day, people went to bed exhausted.

These people didn't have the worries of modern times like job security, finances and position in the world or whether there was anyone in the world who loved you. Life was simple. Life was satisfying. Life was primal.

Training with weights brings back some of that originality. We need struggles - we need challenges - to bring us back to our nature and bring us closer to the original way of life.

Training with weights allows us to be wild and uncivilized, to let go completely, to leave all distractions outside and face our bodies against an enemy. This gives our lives meaning and purpose - two things that are prerequisites in pretty much any definition of a good life.

That's why there's only one thing better than working out - and that's having worked out.

9. a workout with weights turns wallflowers into she-devils

I've never met a woman who worked out with weights who was meek, timid or shy. Maybe that's how these women started out, but after their bodies were seduced by Mr. Iron, their confidence grew by the day.

They began to feel comfortable in their own skin. They began to love their reflection and they no longer had the urge to turn off the lights and retreat under the covers to prevent anyone from seeing their bodies when they took off their clothes.

And if there's something they still don't like about their body, they fix it instead of whining about it.

Confidence in their body carries over into other areas of their life. While I don't have statistics to back this up, I suspect that women who work out with weights have better jobs, make more money, and don't have to worry about any jerks in the office harassing them.

10. you are no longer afraid of bad things

Maybe you used to be afraid of trouble. If you were walking down a dark street at night and two or three guys approached you, you might have put your head down and walked to the other side of the street. Like any normal person, you were afraid of criminals and thugs.

Then you started training with weights. You became stronger. And even though you realized that muscles and strength don't win every fight, you started to fear fewer and fewer things. Even if you used to be anxious, today you might even occasionally hope that a confrontation of one kind or another might happen.

Of course, you won't admit this to normal people, but you are among friends here. Aren't you a little disappointed when that guy in the BMW in front of you doesn't try to drive past you and take your parking space? And aren't you at least a little tempted to leave the door ajar so that you can drive away any intruders?

Of course, it's not very smart to look for a fight, but I understand. You're fed up with this naughty world and every now and then you'd like to use that destructive machine you've built in the weight room to teach some meanie some manners.

It's okay to feel that way. It's even a good thing. It's better than being afraid. But hold back a little. Don't let those impulses get the best of you unless you absolutely have to, because this world is full of feisty lawyers and it's perfectly okay to be afraid of them.


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