Brad Munford – @BradMunford13
Any day that I’m able to walk into a gym and train is a good day. It doesn’t get lost on me how blessed I am to be able to do that on a daily basis. Whether it be physically, or any of a million reasons, I know that not everyone can be so lucky. With so much noise constantly bombarding us from every direction, it is so important to be able to disconnect, even for a small amount of time. That’s exactly what the gym is; cut the noise, get away from all the bullshit that life can bring and focus on this moment. Nothing is more important than the exact rep that you’re on. Nothing else matters, not even the next set. Be ever present in the moment because that’s when growth happens. You’re not going to set a PR every session, but there is always something positive to take away from each day, you just might have to look a little deeper sometimes.
Anybody that lifts weights somewhat seriously can tell you that it’s not just about lifting weights. It’s special. It means something different to everyone, not everyone has the same experiences, not everyone trains the same way, but when you get it, you get it. My favorite thing about training is that so many things learned in the gym carry over into everyday life. The mentality used to grind through a set of working deadlifts when you’re still sore from last leg day can be the same mentality used to grind out a 10-page essay when the inspiration isn’t there. Sure you can stop or give up early, but how are you going to grow if you do that? “The squat is the perfect analogy for life. It’s about standing back up when something heavy is trying to keep you down.” I think that’s all that needs to be said.
I love the iron game. It doesn’t matter who or what you are; black, white, male, female, and anything in between. 400 pounds will always be 400 pounds and it will be that way until the end of time. I think there’s something beautiful about that. It’s one of the few things in life that you get out of it exactly what you put into it. You can make it as fancy as you want to, you can buy all the equipment that you want to, but when the bar is on your back it’s YOU vs. YOU. Only YOU can move the weight and the work that YOU did will determine what happens.
Now that’s just a little bit of what I love about the gym because I could go on forever if I really wanted to. But that’s just a long-winded way of getting to what I really want to talk about; why I approach lifting from a positive mindset and why I believe using anger as a driving force isn’t sustainable and is destructive in the long term. I already mentioned how blessed I am to be able to train every day, and that is at the core of how I’m able to stay positive, inside and outside of the gym. It’s impossible to remain angry about things going on in life when you’re looking at the same situation with gratitude, the two emotions can’t coexist. I know not every day is going to be perfect and there will always be hard days, but life isn’t about being perfect, it’s about progress. If the effort and consistency is there, the results will follow.
I don’t want you to think I’m talking about intensity when I say anger, you can be intense and positive at the same time, I love the intensity that Iron Valley Barbell has built and that is there nearly every session. Strength breeds strength and it is so much more positive and productive than the environment you’re going to find at 99% of other gyms. If someone uses things from life that make them angry as motivation, what’s going to happen when they can’t think of anything? Chances are life is pretty damn good and that well will run dry. And if that’s what the motivation is, two things can happen; one, they realize it isn’t sustainable and change, or two, the mind is going to perceive certain things as being negative to make up for it. And as I said earlier, training carries over to everyday life, and if that’s the case that negativity will snowball and be the minds natural response to life. That’s no way anyone should live their life. Perception is everything, make sure yours is a good one. Peace, love, and positivity.
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