I get this one a lot. People will see the results of my training and give me some variation of this line. Basically, they’re implying that in order to train like this, I must just like doing it more than them, and therefore it’s just easier for me. If they were just born liking it as much as I do, then they would get the same results as me! Duh!

Funny thing is, people used to say the same thing about reading to me. In college, I was known for reading a lot. I pretty much always had a book with me, and I would read whenever there was down time. I might read 3-4 books per week outside of the coursework. And people would say “I wish I liked reading as much as you do. I just don’t like reading very much”. Apparently, in order to do anything, you have to be born liking doing that thing. Sad thing is, this is how most people live their lives.

Here’s a news flash: most of the time, I don’t like working out! And I don’t particularly like reading either. I just like the benefits of both of those things more than I care about the discomfort.

Do you really think that when I’m doing a heavy lift, I wouldn’t rather be sitting on the couch, watching a movie, and drinking a milkshake? Of course I would because all of those things are very enjoyable in the moment! I like those things just as much as everyone else.

Training can be extremely difficult and uncomfortable. It’s not any easier for me than it is for you. I just do it anyway.

Of course, there are those days that I want to work out. But that’s pretty rare. Most of the time, I’d rather be doing pretty much anything else. But I do things I don’t want to do because they support my long term goals.