Righteous Muscle

Build Your Righteous Muscle

COGITO ERGO SUM

~Adam Legionary, Bodybuilder & Writer

Cogito Ergo Sum: I think therefore I am.

These words of wisdom were originally dropped by the philosopher René Descartes at the turn of the 17th century. And through the ages, they have stood the test of time as a to-the-point representation of the power of the human mind. Though Descartes didn’t share our united appreciation for the iron, his fundamental philosophy has unknowingly influenced the performance of successful bodybuilders and power-liftersfor decades.

Like the Latin language itself, the mental approach to bodybuilding has long been forgotten by the majority of gym-goers worldwide. The psychological aspect of the iron game is consistently being overlooked in favor of more literal concerns: things like exercise choice, number of sets, and number of reps. Although these things have an important role in our sport, they’re inconsequential if you’re not psychologically prepared to approach them with the mentality indicative of a champion, and more importantly a warrior. Anyone can go in and “do” five sets of squats. But a set to me and a set to the prepubescent kid sitting at the juice bar are likely two entirely different things. Intensity leads to immensity. A mental state of self-assuring maniacal consciousness needs to be attained before physical limits can be transcended. The mental approach to physical progression continues to be put on the back-burner, as the spiritual warrior now finds his home between the pages of antiquated literature; not in the arena where he belongs. Bodybuilders, power-lifters, and strength athletes worldwide represent the contemporary gladiator as they fight for survival in the coliseum of Iron. As such, we as athletes need to approach battle with the same conscious mentality indicative of the warrior of ancient times. Resurrection of this unyielding mindset is imperative to the enrichment of ourselves, and our individual conquests.

There’s no reward for walking through the gym door, half-assing a workout, and then going home.

If you want to survive in this game leave your self-doubts, regrets, and negativity at the door. Heavy weight doesn’t sympathize with whining pussies. The iron won’t take it easy on you because your boss kept you late at work, you missed a meal, or you were not in the mood to train that day. Two-hundred pounds is always going to weigh two-hundred pounds. If you start making excuses and telling yourself it might be a bad workout for whatever brand of bullshit is on your mind that day, you’re going to get buried. There’s no two ways about it. How you think is going to dictate how you perform. For better or for worse. If you’re apprehensive about what you came in the gym to do you’re not going to accomplish anything. Stay at home and play video games or go hang out at the mall, because doubtful thinking has no place in the weight room or in life in general. Making excuses for why you might have a bad workout is the best way to miss a set before you even step up to the bar.

Your state of mind absolutely affects who you are and what you will accomplish.

There’s no candy coating the self-destructive consequences of a weak-minded attitude. If you have any doubts about whether or not you’re going to move the weight or demolish a workout, you shouldn’t be there in the first place. My boy Rodney Roller said it best, “If you sit back and for one second think, give me an extra spot on this because I don’t know if I got it, you might as well go the fuck home because there’s no way you’re gonna get it done.” Bodybuilding is not a sport for wannabes scared to step up to the plate. Just like in ancient Rome, when you walk into the arena it’s kill or be killed.

The iron has no remorse about crushing you, or your dreams. If you want victory, you have to be mentally prepared to take it. Never hesitate. Never question what you’re capable of.

You’re stronger than you think, and immortality is on the horizon.

The only person holding you back is yourself.

 

 

—Contact Adam Legionary, Bodybuilder & Writer @ NHSwrestle@yahoo.com

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