From the desk of Victor Pride
Subj: “No energy put out = you get nothing back” -Jack LaLanne
I don't know about you, boy, but I don't move so good unless I exercise.
All these years in a computer chair glued to a screen = a body that doesn't cooperate unless you exercise it.
So you know what I do?
I get the blood flowing. I get the heart going. I grease the bones.
Rather than just being stuck in a body that doesn't like to move, like damn near everybody I see, I just get up and make my body move every single day.
You know what I figured out?
When I'm fresh and warm in the gym, I move like a gazelle. When I'm on a computer chair I move like an anteater.
So I do what it takes to make the body work well.
A while ago I found myself in a spot where I wasn't “feeling so good.”
I thought the answer might be to cut out going to the gym so much.
You know what happened?
A big mistake happened.
Nothing got better and everything got worse. I got stiff like a damn board. Lower back pain got worse.
So I discontinued it. Instead of continuing to do something that didn't work, like a crazy person, I decided to get back into the gym hard and heavy.
I got back in the gym every single day, 7 days per week. When I do take a rest day, I make sure to get AT LEAST a minimum 30 minute walk outside.
Guess what happened?
Everything got better.
If your body isn't working as well as it used to, there's really only one thing you can do…
When your back is against the wall, there is only one place to go: BACK TO THE BASICS.
GET JACKED LIKE JACK LALANNE
When you want to get jacked, you have to go to the man “getting jacked” is named after, Jack LaLanne.
Jack LaLanne was a gym-rat before being a gym-rat was cool. He was basically the first man to promote lifting weights, eating healthy and exercising daily.
Jack was a big proponent of pride and discipline and every day he'd wake up at 4am to put himself through a hard 2 hour workout… even deep into his 90s.
“Pride and discipline is the key to everything.” -Jack LaLanne
Every year on his birthday, Jack LaLanne would accomplish some “impossible” physical feat.
At the age of 70, Jack LaLanne towed 7 tugboats filled with 7 people for a mile, swimming while handcuffed.
If Jack can do that at 70, you can get up off the computer and get to the gym 1-2 hours every day.
So many years ago, Jack LaLanne was one of the guys who got me into the gym in the first place.
He was the only guy who got me back into the gym after a mild layoff (I always trained, just not hard).
It was one thing Jack LaLanne said that really struck a chord with me and put my ass back into the gym in high gear.
YOUR BODY IS YOUR SLAVE. IT DOES WHAT YOU COMMAND IT TO DO.
From the second I heard that phrase, I put in 2 workouts every single day. Pushing myself to the brink of exhaustion and beyond.
When my heart is pounding and I cannot catch my breath and I want to quit, I simply repeat this to myself: YOUR BODY IS YOUR SLAVE.
Then I continue with the workout. I don't quit when I feel like quitting, I quit when I'm finished.
At the gym I will make it a point to do more than I feel comfortable doing. For example, when I'm dead tired and ready to leave I'll do 3 extra sets of a hard exercise that makes me want to quit.
Each time the devil on my shoulder says “yeah, that's good enough, just leave now”, the angel chimes in and says “to hell with that, finish what you start!” and I'll do the last exercises and I'll do them hard.
I found that training through the pain gives me two things:
- It gives me great energy for the day and
- It gives me pride of accomplishment first thing in the morning
There is no better feeling in the world than going past your comfort zone and getting that great feeling of accomplishment, every single day in the gym. I tell you boy, do it and your face will start glowing.
When you want to quit, don't, do more and do it hard as hell.
Wanting to quit is a mental weakness not a physical weakness.
The body is the slave of the mind and if your body does not obey your mind it is because your mind is allowing weakness.
Your body will do anything your mind commands it to do, but you have to have the pride and discipline to follow through with that you say you're going to do.
Not only do you develop pride and discipline by working hard in the gym, you also feel damn good for the rest of the day.
I told you, your face will start glowing and I meant it.
There is nothing better for the brain than hard physical exercise, it is the best medicine on planet earth.
Like Jack LaLanne said…
“Your moral obligation is to take care of your most prized possession on this earth: your body.”
The only true way you can hurt your body is by not using it.
Since the day I started using my body every single day, I feel better than I've ever felt in my whole life.
Try it for yourself and see.
What have you got to lose?
Until next time.