I got this email below yesterday afternoon from GTW member Dave:
I’ve been training the Bodyweight Beast course for a few weeks now, and getting great results. But I was just wondering the other day what you think real strength is. If you’re too busy, no worries.
PS Loving the new GTW site, great job!
Thanks for the email, Dave. Just so happens I was just talking to Mike Gillette about this very topic, and he asked me to share this article with you.
So, over to Mike…
Hey GTW Tribe Members, Mike Gillette here…
What is real strength?
Of course, it depends on “What Do You Want To Accomplish’, right?
Over the years I have trained everyone from military and law enforcement personnel, executive bodyguards, competitive fighters, to regular guys looking to get strong.
And along the way, I have helped all of them attain some pretty incredible results. But for most people, the whole idea of strength training is pretty subjective and seems to mean a lot of different things.
So, before we start talking about exercises, programs or techniques, I need to make sure that you understand just what I mean when I talk about strength.
So, my first order of business is to define just what strength is and my approach to building it. After all, we need to be on the same page, speaking the same language, so stay with me…
For me, the whole idea of strength starts on the inside and moves out from there. It’s all about what you want to accomplish.
Many people talk about strength but what they’re actually talking about is the visual approach to training. Meaning… they just want to look good. Now I don’t have anything negative to say about that, it just holds absolutely no interest for me as a singular goal.
So when someone tells me they want to ‘get in shape’, I have to ask them what they mean by that.
What does ‘in shape’ mean to you?
What’s the desired outcome… the end goal?
I have had some people look to me because they want me to tell them what their goal is.
So I have to draw things out further and say, “Okay, what do you want out of life?”
“What do you want from your relationships?”
“What do you want from yourself?”
Now, why do you suppose I would ask such questions?
Why would this have anything to do with strength?
Here’s why… If you want everything you can get out of life, you need to be strong.
If you want long-term, healthy relationships you need to be strong for other people. If you want to achieve anything meaningful in life for yourself you need to be strong for YOU.
Here’s the thing… just looking good doesn’t get anything done in this world. A spray-on suntan and a nice set of abs can’t do anything.
Capability is what counts… Performance is what counts.
So getting strong, really strong, is what gives you the ability to make yourself and your corner of the world better.
I have a saying… “Don’t pump iron, become iron.” And this what I want you to do… to become like iron.
Become strong so you can start making the world a better place. You need to remember that your body is designed to do this, to adapt, to get stronger and stronger.
So let’s get to work making your body fulfill its intended purpose.
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