Train Like A Grown Ass Man

13 Jul

I can’t help but review every and any training program I see before me. Whether this be because they are sent to me for review, happened upon in my mindless tour of the internet, or physically laid out before me in the countless gyms I have graced with my presence. However they come to my attention, the majority suck. Let’s be honest, my training sucked once too. Like modern pop music suck (Carly Rae Jepsen, aside). It was bad.

I was a child. I took a childish approach to training. I recently read a great article where a guy who grew up without a father, came up with six points on what makes a man a man. It was full of great insight, so I took a few and applied them to training.

Here are a few points on how to approach training like a grown ass man:

1. Men are self sufficient

If you are going to train, educate yourself. I know most personal trainers don’t know their head from their biceps femoris, but most of the ones who write books, have followed blogs, train in respected facilities, do. I would recommend listening to them. On that note, don’t subscribe to one school of thought. Vary your resources, try different approaches, and learn from them. Once you have spent some valuable time under the bar do what men do, make decisions based on what’s best for you. Lastly, don’t be afraid to try new approaches. Fear sucks. Fear holds you back, it makes you weak, it helps others take advantage of you, and it makes you rely on people who aren’t scared; instead of yourself (see: Men are self-sufficient).

2. Experiences make a man, not a number

The saying age is just a number is alarmingly true. I see it more and more as I experience more, and meet more people. If you want to train like a man, you got to take the first step and TRAIN. Train every week for years, and years, and years. People ask me all the time: “how often do you workout?” A better question would be: “How many years have you been training.” That answer would better put things in perspective for them. As you train, you learn. If you are new to the game, learn from those who have trained. People are quick to seek out the “top” trainers. Some of my favorite training information comes from guys who don’t write fancy material, they just talk about their training…all 3 decades of it. I value their experiences as much so, if not more in some instances, than the information put out in text books, flashy e-books, etc.

As you train take note of your experiences. Learn from your failures. Value other’s opinions, and learn from them you stubborn bastard. See what you can learn about your own character through the physical and mental tests the gym will try you with; trust me it’s a lot.

3. Do your own thing

Men don’t like following completely in the path of another man. Some do, I question their manhood. If you are completely content in someone else’s foot steps I think someone snipped your balls. Just saying…

As you train and follow the advice of those who came before you, be sure to trust your instincts. Make changes, nobody should know you better than yourself. If you think you can do something better, do it. If it doesn’t work out, oh well. You’re an intelligent guy, and your unique perspective of a situation may lead to a new way to do things. It’s barbells and steel plates, not bombs and lives, how bad can the repercussions be? Try it out!

4. Mental strength trumps physical strength

Men know that no amount of physical strength can make up for a lack of mental strength. Keep that in mind as you devote yourself to training. Your 600lbs squat doesn’t mean shit if you go on with life being a mental midget. Furthermore, a lack of mental fortitude will keep you back in your quest for physical strength as well.

Face your fears, stand for something, accept criticism, be humble, be honest, and live with integrity and character.











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10 Responses to “Train Like A Grown Ass Man”

  1. Julio Romón Baillo July 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    I have been following you for a couple of months now, reading all your posts. Some of them were good, some fun, and some a little bit mediocre (don’t get me wrong, I know is hard to come up with ideas for blog posts and it is way easy to criticize, they were worth reading anyway) but I think this is probably your most truthfully inspiring post. It touched a nerve here.

    • gregtrainer July 19, 2012 at 10:37 am #

      Julio, thanks for the support, and the honesty!

  2. Jonathan Goodman July 17, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    Hahaha. Awesome dude. Just awesome. I’m loving your blog recently.

  3. Eric Bach July 22, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    Great read, I love the point on mental toughness.


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