Strength training will completely change your life. Does that claim sound too bold? It’s not, and by the end of this post you’ll see why.
I do not know of a single activity that can change your life as quickly, as reliably, or as dramatically as strength training. I’ve read hundreds of books on self-help and self-improvement, and nothing else even comes close. And here’s the kicker: it’s not about changing the way you look. It’s about changing the way you think.
Strength training will change the way you think, the way you see yourself, and your conception of what is possible in life.
It unlocks a new pathway in the mind, something that most people aren’t used to using. Because once you add 50lbs to your overhead press, 75lbs to your bench press, and 100lbs to your squat: you’ll completely change the way you look, and you’ll unlock a level of strength you never knew existed. Then you’ll start to wonder – what else am I capable of?
In psychology, this idea is known as an internal locus of control. Essentially, it’s the degree to which you believe that you are in control of your life, as opposed to simply responding to external factors. It can also be thought of as self-agency. There is some compelling research suggesting that a strong internal locus of control is one of the primary differentiators between successful people and non-successful people. And there is absolutely no better way to develop your internal locus of control than by strength training.
The great thing about strength training is that it’s an essentially mechanical process. If you follow a handful of steps, you will see specific results. Most paths of self improvement have shades of grey. Strength training is not one of them.
Strength training teaches you that you are in control of your life. By getting stronger, you literally change the way you look and the way that you interact with the physical environment. And once you realize that this is possible, you realize that so much more is possible.
This is to say nothing of the numerous, numerous health benefits associated with getting stronger. It’s quite simply one of the most impactful things you can do for your physical health.
Finally – when you’re strong, people treat you differently.
Does this all sound too good to be true? It’s not. If you have a physical body, then it’s your birthright to be strong. Sadly, most people never tap into that birthright.
It doesn’t take much: training 3 days per week plus some effort toward nutrition. I’ll give you the blueprint – it’s up to you to go out and make it happen.