Your body is one of the only things that will be with you until the day you die.
You may lose your job, your home, your friends, your family, and even your mind, but your body will stay. The body is organic, it was not invented or created by humans, and without it you cannot exist in this physical dimension of our world.
As bodybuilders we understand this, and see our bodies as a precious gift - a solid piece of stone we must sculpt to our choosing.
Looking at the lifestyle from the outside, it can understandably seem very odd, and even downright stupid. People will mock and tease, for all they see is physiques, and are mistakenly led to believe we are only driven by beauty; that we are superficial idiots with simple minds.
Of course, there’s no denying most of us set out on our journey for that very reason. We started naive, craved a body the opposite sex would be attracted to or what we'd seen in a magazine. But lifting weights teaches us otherwise, and we are pushed into new realms of life from it. It teaches us that a desireable physique is just a surface reward, and beneath it lies a form of discipline almost impossible to comprehend from the outside.
Strength of the body is forever an advantage. We live in a world where we no longer need to fight for survival, and it is much easier to drift by without becoming strong. A gym lets us train our bodies in a modern way - we create strength where it seems as though it is not needed, but of course being strong is always an advantage. Strength allows you to operate correctly, to be able to lift everyday things with ease and be useful when it's needed.
Strength goes far beyond muscle and anyone who trains seriously will know this. Having physical strength develops your mind - you are more focused, diciplined and confident. I can comfortably say that all my successes from a young adult to now are due to the motivation lifting weight embeds in me.
Mediocrity is attainable, it surrounds us daily. Anyone can dress to impress, but standing tall and wide shouldered takes real work, dedication and self-development. Someone who puts themselves through physical pain to grow stronger will have beliefs and integrity; a self respect earned.
A well-built physique is a status symbol. It reflects you worked hard for it, no money can buy it. You cannot inherit it. You cannot steal it. You cannot borrow it. You cannot hold on to it without constant work. It shows dedication. It shows discipline. It shows self-respect. It shows dignity. It shows patience, work ethic, passion. - Pauline Nordin.
To slowly grow old without experiencing what your body is capable of is something I'd rather avoid. People may say what I do is pointless - a waste of time. Those same people tend to be the ones who cannot safely say their time is well spent.
Lifting is more than just weights, it is dicipline, it is strength, it is passion and it is integrity.