What Are You Training For?

Guys, I’m fired up today!  I was talking to a buddy of mine last night from New Jersey, and we talked about what training really meant in life.  He said I should write a post on it, and I thought it was a hell of an idea.  Thank you to Tim Webster for the inspiration!

This post couldn’t wait, and I want everyone to really think about this one.  


I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked by people at the gym, “What are you training for?

My answer?

I’m training for life!!

That might seem a little dramatic to some; certainly not your standard answer like “getting bigger” or “getting shredded” or “summer is coming up and I want to impress hot chicks”.

But I’m damn serious when I use that as my answer.

Now I didn’t always think this way.  I started out like most people and started working out because I wanted to look good.

I wanted muscles, I wanted low body fat, and I wanted to be strong.

What I never saw coming were the intangible benefits of the strength game and how they would become the real focus of why I train.

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As I get a little older and a little wiser, I’ve realized that the muscles come and go.

What will always remain are the lessons I’ve learned, the mental toughness I’ve developed, and the confidence I’ve gained through the ass kicking work I’ve put in the gym through the years.

Developing brute strength takes discipline, sacrifice, planning, patience, and resolve.  You’d be crazy not to see how these are “life values” and reach much farther and deeper than any hour long gym session.

The pain I’ve felt pushing my body past its limits shows me how hard I can work outside of the gym and the stress I can withstand.  As the great Rocky Balboa said “Ain’t nothin’ gonna hit harder than life.”

My gym strength has led to unwavering confidence in myself; in my interactions with people and in business; in problem solving; and an unbreakable desire to succeed and excel.  If you train hard in the gym, I’ll be the first to tell you that you are far more likely to carry over that effort and discipline into your everyday life.

I’ve learned that true strength is being strong for my family, and setting an example for others; to show people that a little hard work can change your life in countless positive ways.

Strength, in the gym and in life, is a lifelong pursuit.  I’ve worked for months on end just to improve my bench press by a few pounds, enduring failure after failure until I hit a new personal record.  I know that life is no different.  I must endure.  I will persevere.

I learn from the failures, ride the highs, but I don’t ever give up.  I train to get stronger so I’m prepared to handle whatever life throws at me.

Getting stronger isn’t about the gym when you go beneath the surface; its about kicking ass in life and helping others do the same.

That’s what Primal Strength Camp is all about my friends.  It’s not about the weights

Now let me ask you…what are you training for??


— Tank

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