FitnessIf You Don't Feel Like Going to the Gym Today then Just Think of John. (self.TheRedPill)

submitted by Rudeyyyy

For those of you who sometimes miss their lifting days to bullshit excuses:

Ever since I started lifting about 6-7 months ago I've seen the same people in the gym I go to. One of these guys is John (we'll just call him John). Average joe, nothing special, decent guy, will spot you if you ask, puts weights back where they originally were, etc.

When I first started lifting I had those initial days where I'd skip because i'm "too tired" or make some kind of dumb excuse to NOT GO. Now I attend at least 4-5 days week. (Days vary depending on my work schedule) I still get those days once in a while where I just don't want to go. No reason why, just don't want to. I still manage to do it however and feel better afterwards but getting there is a bitch. After tonight I won't be skipping those days for being lazy.

I'm doing overhead press when I see John come in. Except this time he's on crutches and has a walking boot. He's with another guy who I see around the gym. Didn't really understand why John was here if he's on crutches.

Few minutes go by and I look over and I see John and he's doing bicep curls while standing on one leg. Then he moves over to the cable machines and starts doing some exercises on there. He then comes over next to me and starts doing pulldowns on a machine. Another person at the gym comes strolling by and says to him

"Hey how are you doing those exercises with a broken foot?"

He simply responds to the guy "It's back and bi's day dude. It's not leg day." Then goes right back to his exercise.

I've never seen this before. Maybe it's not common for some of you but this was my first time seeing this. Instantly I just felt like complete shit. I skipped two days in the past month because I was tired or just didn't feel like going meanwhile this guy john has a broken foot and is on crutches and is still showing up and getting his reps in. All on one foot.

What we need to take away from this is that if you don't feel like getting to the gym that day because you got out of work and you're tired or you make up some bullshit excuse,... just suck it up and fucking go. Because while you're not there, John is and he's improving himself.

Instantly I just felt guilt and shame come over me like a dark cloud. This guy has one foot and is STILL showing up getting his reps in meanwhile i'm at home or doing whatever but i'm not at the gym that day.

Take it as a lesson, the days that you don't want to go, are the days that you NEED to go. It builds discipline. I recently looked at it as if i'm not at the gym that day (rest days are excluded) then my day is not complete. It's a waste of a day if I'm not there.

Needless to say I won't be skipping anymore days and you shouldn't either. I just wonder what John is going to do for leg day....

TL;DR Guy on crutches shows up to gym and still puts work in while I don't attend some days because i'm "tired". Makes me feel like shit, completely turn the observation around and will not miss anymore days.

[–][deleted] 200 points201 points  (26 children)

For any of you interested you can download Spotify for free and listen to Jocko Willink's album called 'Psychological Warfare' which deals with this very type of thing.

He's a former SEAL Team captain that's got a huge following as a motivational speaker and author - I really recommend him.

[–]1z1z2x2x3c3c4v4v 24 points25 points  (10 children)

Jocko Willink's album called 'Psychological Warfare'

Its on youtube too!


[–]thorodazz points points [recovered]

Video is unavailable or it's only me?

[–]1z1z2x2x3c3c4v4v 5 points6 points  (0 children)

youtube is having issues today.

[–]RmX93 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Its blocked in my country... wtf

[–]The-os2 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Same. Damn bullshit, Jocko ranks along with Joe Rogan and Jordan Peterson as current interests.

[–]AncientScrolls 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I guess "they" dont want your population to have a redpill awakening. Use TOR!

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Have you seen his Ted Talk, Joe Rogan appearances and his podcast? He's all over the place these days.

[–]TheSecondLesson points points [recovered]

"What do I do when I don't feel like going to the gym? I go anyway. Once, I didn't feel like practicing BJJ. I made it a point that night to not only show up, but to be the last one there."--Jocko

[–]AnonymousAndLovinIt 0 points1 point  (3 children)

but to be the last one there

You mean the first one there?

[–]shinglefoot points points [recovered]

No, like, he'd stay later than everyone else and be the last one there, because Jocko is a fucking machine who just gets. after. it.

[–]lava_throw 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Bad wording. He means last one to leave

[–]j33tAy 13 points14 points  (2 children)

He has also written a great book called "extreme ownership". Its helped me tremendously on being a good business leader and simply better person.

He's a great asset to learn from. Thanks for sharing this.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No problem.

Yeah I know the book, he's done a Ted Talk on it. It's funny because I literally just missed out on an opportunity to get the Hardback from Amazon on offer for £13.00 - really good price - because I wasn't quite sure if I wanted to read it just now having been absorbed in Douglas Murray's excellent book The Strange Death of Europe and wanting to continue reading similar works, which I have BTW.

[–]sj2k 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I've read quite a few business books but Extreme Ownership was the best leadership book I've read. He puts into words the attitude needed to lead a small team. Incredibly helpful.

[–]ACE-JHN 4 points5 points  (2 children)

appreciate this !!! I always run out of things to listen to. One time i made the mistake of listening to standup comedy while lifting and started laughing too hard in between sets because it was Bill Burr. Looked absolutely insane.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Reading that made me laugh.

Dem gud chuckle ganezzzzzz

[–]HydraDoad 0 points1 point  (0 children)

His MMPC is the shit. But, yeah - you can't be slinging heavy weight while laughing. Save that for the ride home for extra dopamine surge.

[–]Draelic 0 points1 point  (1 child)

That is some amazing stuff. Thank you man! This will really help me in the long run. And as I head to college and my studying increases, it'll keep me motivated!

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You're welcome - all credit to Jocko.

[–]iwasbornred 46 points47 points  (6 children)

Good shit bro.

Makes me remember this kid in high school in a wheelchair. He fucking took weightlifting though. That dude probly had the most insane upper body strength to weight ratio ever-his legs were fucking twigs I'm sure from never using them, but he would rep pull ups all fucking day

[–]Rudeyyyy[S] 19 points20 points  (4 children)

I give those guys a lot of credit. We think we have it bad if we're sore or sick yet there's people out there who don't have functioning body parts and they STILL put the work in. It doesn't stop them. Those people have my respect. I'll be honest if my legs weren't functioning and couldn't use them i don't know what I'd do. I wouldn't be able to play the drums anymore, i'd prob just sit home all day and read. I'm grateful for what I have.

[–]Psychocist 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Agreed. I always thought I'd give up on life if I lost limbs -- not entirely sure how I'd cope without my legs. But these people are incredible examples of strength of spirit.

[–]Casanova-Quinn 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Check out this man. He's missing a leg but he can deadlift six plates.

[–]DeathToTheZog 30 points31 points  (0 children)

This legit is making me lift in 30 mins. I love this sub. Bro love.

Get to lifting all!

[–]1Metalageddon 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Excellent, lesson learned and good on you OP.

You actually see this every day, this is why some people are just better than others.

The thing I came to say is, right when that guy walked up to John, that's where you'll start seeing crab bucket mentality rear it's ugly head. You know how you felt like crap?

Now imagine you're the 80%. You feel hurt, but at yourself. Here's a glaring example of your failure, your lack of discipline. It's right fucking there, sweating over the lat pulldowns you skipped last week because you were too tired, right before you treated yourself to an extra rest meal of a baconater.

And since you're looking at what you could be in the mirror, and you hate yourself, you turn it onto John. You start trying to justify not lifting. You try to convince your mind that it's not you that's the problem.

You may attack his person, you should rest and recover, that's not smart, there's heavy equipment around, you're a liability being in here you should be in pt, blah blah blah

You may try to barter, dude you're swole enough, why worry about a few weeks, nah man don't you want to heal faster? The body is a complex system... Blah blah blah.

You may even backbite and distract yourself away, I'm not that crazy! Wow I'm no gym rat. Dude you're obsessed. Blah blah blah.

Recognize and cut these people out.

John does. He'd keep doing what he's doing.

Be John.

[–]the_marius2 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Just would like to mention, from someone lifting for 10 years, 5-6 days a week, the days I sometimes don't feel like going, I do take off because it's typically a sign that you need some rest. I don't wanna take away from his point because I feel like these are two pretty different rationales. But if you've been working hard for a while and been motivated then a day comes where you really don't feel like it (and i mean like an utter dread of doing it) then you might want to listen to your body.

[–]Mail_Order_Lutefisk 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I agree with this. I tore my meniscus and was still going to the gym for upper body stuff and then I took about 3 weeks off because I got busy at work and was having a hard time going up the stairs to get to the gym. I went back with a vengeance and realized the break was actually a godsend because the older I get, the worse my tendons and joints feel when I overdo it at the gym. Getting old sucks.

[–][deleted] 16 points17 points  (5 children)

eh.... a few days off every couple months is a good idea

[–]disposable_pants 17 points18 points  (3 children)

The best way to handle rest days is to plan for them, though. Schedule them right along with your workouts. Just resting whenever you feel like it is risky because it can easily lead to the "eh, just not feeling it today" mentality far too often.

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (2 children)

you ever planned a back spasm? Or a sore throat where resting the body is refreshing

[–]disposable_pants 4 points5 points  (1 child)

There's a difference between injury/illness and general muscle soreness. It definitely makes sense to take a day (or longer) off in the case of the former, but taking unscheduled time off for the latter is how you start to break habits.

Plus, regularly scheduled off days help prevent stuff like back spasms, which should be the goal in the first place.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

80/20 rule applies

Plan more than 80 percent of life at risk of Aspergers

[–]WhorehouseVet 60 points61 points  (30 children)

Arnold said it best, "you can't climb a mountain with your hands in your pocket".

It's all about self discipline, which is sorely lacking with the younger generation.

[–]iwasbornred 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Lol you guys are touchy. Of course individuals are individuals, but as someone that is 23 years old, I know he's right.

[–]saargrin 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Arnold actually said you can't climb the ladder of success, but your point still stands

[–]WhorehouseVet 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You're right, it's been a while since I last heard his speech.

[–]TruthInArt 36 points37 points  (22 children)

You'd better be 80 years old if you're saying something like that.

[–]2rp_valiant 14 points15 points  (21 children)

look at most of your peer group (not just your friends but people your age) and tell me they're all working hard on themselves and not bumming around getting stoned/drunk working a dead-end job with no plans. I'm 25 and I still see this in people my age.

[–]TruthInArt 21 points22 points  (13 children)

No, I agree completely, but every generation has idiots like that. This one's more pronounced because every idiot has a platform to talk about themselves.

[–]2rp_valiant 3 points4 points  (12 children)

no doubt, but there's also a certain tangible generational entitlement and laziness that has been growing ever since the baby boomers. Whether it's a real growth or just perceived growth is not for me to call, but when I look at millenials as a generation (Gen-Zers seem to actually be reversing the trend) I see a real mess. And that's coming from one.

[–]TruthInArt 6 points7 points  (11 children)

Yeah I'm turning 22 soon. I didn't know I was entitled till I read The Subtle Art of How Not to Give a Fuck. I don't know if the others are entitled but I know for sure that if they were, then it takes some serious introspection, courage, and hard work to shed that shit.

[–]2rp_valiant 6 points7 points  (10 children)

just from looking at the political situation for millenials makes it fairly clear that a large number of them (us?) feel entitled to things that earlier generations would have given a limb for. I'll add that book to my reading list, sounds interesting.

[–]TruthInArt 10 points11 points  (7 children)

Us, unfortunately. Socialism and communism are the biggest shit tests our society has ever faced (not just regurgitating, it actually makes sense). I live in Canada so it's more pronounced here, I find. I partly think because most of our generation don't know the value of money (I'm guilty here too due to some serious helicopter parenting), we just can't grasp not having things for free or the fact that we even owe shit and have certain unspoken duties.

[–]2rp_valiant 10 points11 points  (6 children)

it's the feminine imperative of freedom without responsibility. I want a degree (which for most equates to 3+ years of adult day-care) but I don't want to pay for it. I want a high wage ($15/hr a la Bernie Sanders) but I don't want to have to work hard to earn it - I want it working at starbucks. I want all the mean business people (who actually work their asses off in most cases) to just give me all their things because they're eeeeeevil. It's all very female-centric and in my mind it speaks to the general feminisation of society at large. Leftism and rightism, when correctly aligned, are expressions of femininity and masculinity.

[–]TruthInArt 5 points6 points  (5 children)

Funnily enough, I read some askreddit thread where some man was gilded for writing a mini-essay on how it's not fair that men have to "carry the weight" and are expected to be stoic in demeanor. He sounds as if he's entitled to the bullshit fantasy that the feminists are trying to peddle.

I watched a documentary recently about a Yuri Bezmenov. He explains how the first world countries have communist propaganda embedded in the minds of our youth, of our current leaders, etc. It all makes sense too. The doc was filmed 30 years ago.

[–]TruthInArt points points [recovered]

I've entertained the idea of being a writer. A couple weeks ago, I wrote a little passage based off of a little fantasy that popped in my head. I'll check out Extreme Ownership as I've been recommended that before, but would you mind telling me about your stint learning to write and how you went about making a living while doing that?

Did you have any mentors? Were there any resources you used in learning to be a better writer? Also, why did you want to be a writer in the first place?

[–]2rp_valiant 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think you posted this to the wrong person. I'm no writer.

[–]Arabian_Wolf 2 points3 points  (6 children)

Yup, a "friend" of mine, married at 25 years old because his father demanded so, now he's 29, obese, started chain-smoking and being a husk of his old self, stick to his old social circle in college (all the same lazy fucks) and he has a 5 years old son, he can't stand me because I am irresponsible for staying single and instead to focus on restarting and studying pharmacy which I graduated few months ago and hopefully will get a job soon and live the life.

[–]2rp_valiant 2 points3 points  (5 children)

sounds like he's jealous of your freedom and opportunities. Stick to looking out for number 1 and the rest will follow.

[–]Arabian_Wolf 0 points1 point  (4 children)

That's the plan.

I got offered by a relative to start a small business and few days ago I did an interview for promotional job at a pharma company.

Thing are brightening up for me, I plan to get married though but the choice of the woman will be in my hands, my genes demanding a son right now, as I live in conservative place with no divorce rape, but if I got offered to get married by my parents I'll decline immediately.

I'd like to add that this "friend" still at the same job he got accepted to 5 years ago although his friends that graduated after him are jumping between jobs every few years for higher salary and experience, settling down for mediocre is scary, serious business.

[–]2rp_valiant 1 point2 points  (3 children)

some people just need the comfort and security of a lifelong job - it's the way they're wired. I would venture a guess that the majority of guys on TRP are exactly the opposite - always seeking to build up and move further, risks be damned.

If you can work on the small business alongside a job then that's the ideal situation - growing passive income is the ultimate in long-term freedom.

[–]Arabian_Wolf 0 points1 point  (2 children)

It is scary common how people around me want comfort and security from being mediocre, I believe humans are meant to risk it otherwise they'll stunt their personal growth.

My long-term goal is indeed financial freedom, hope to reach it in 10 years or so from now, gotta work hard for it.

[–]2rp_valiant 1 point2 points  (1 child)

there's just different kinds of people. An interesting theory about why this is, relates to the strength of the receptors for certain neurotransmitters in our brains. Primarily dopamine, GABA, acetyl choline and seratonin. Each of these transmitters induces a certain attitude in us, and can be linked to certain character types. GABA-dominant people tend to be sedentary, relaxed and unambitious (and unsurprisingly is the most common), acetyl choline dominant people are artsy and fanciful idealists, seratonin-dominant people are thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies and dopamine-dominant people are rational and pursue real pragmatic self-fulfillment. I suspect most on TRP are dopamine-dominant - you can take what's called the Braverman test to find out which you are if you're interested.

Financial freedom is easy if you start early. Try to find small-medium business opportunities where you don't have to trade hours for cash. The internet's great for this if you can spot a good opportunity. Just keep building up these small businesses while working a day job until they earn enough that you can quit and become wholly reliant on, and responsible for, growing and seeding new micro-businesses. That's what I'm aiming for, anyway.

[–]Arabian_Wolf 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hmm, never looked into brain receptor theory, gotta read it, I believe I am an acetylcholine variant, always loved paintings when I was young, love listening to music, love beautiful architecture, very visual, even small stuff like a clear sky, sunset, sunrise makes me happy.

[–]BRINGMEDATASS 1 point2 points  (0 children)

yeah man shit on the younger generation for the lack of discipline

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The only time it's acceptable to skip the gym is if its something important (like handling business for a sick relative) or you're avoiding an injury.

True RedPillers develop a system of success and stick to it. If, after a couple months, you're not looking forward to gym time, you're doing something wrong.

[–]Darkistco points points [recovered]

I saw a man with no left arm, he was older. He held the squat bar with his right arm only and squated.

[–]Rudeyyyy[S] 1 point2 points  (5 children)

What weight was he squatting? I'm curious just because using one hand sounds like a deathwish. So many things can go wrong if it's not balanced with two hands let alone one.

[–]Darkistco points points [recovered]

no shit it's dangerous haha, it was a while ago and pretty sure he had 45 plates. looked like he was over 45

[–]Rudeyyyy[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Dude must have a forearm like a mad man.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They also make things that you can clip to the bar that make it easier to hold it with just your shoulders.

[–]the_magic_gardener 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Smith machine would be my guess.

[–]Endorsed ContributorMetalgear222 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bradley martyn does multiple 315 for depth with no hands. I'd say its alright if you're practiced.

[–]Shakydrummer 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I go four days a week, and some people look at me like I'm crazy for doing as much as I do in my normal schedule. It's all about discipline.

[–]flatox 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Some people also go to the gym every day because they have nowhere else to go in their spare time.

[–]JvSOUL 2 points3 points  (20 children)

How you handle days where your Legs are sore and you can barley walk?

[–]WhorehouseVet 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Listen to your body, if your legs are sore from squats, then you should go to the gym and work on your chest or back.

OTOH, if you have appendicitis, go to the hospital.

[–]Throwawaters 6 points7 points  (5 children)

If it's an unjury, get it checked/rest/recover.

If it's just soreness, go do whatever your schedule tells you to.

I do SL5x5 so I squat 3x a week. Whenever sore, I still squat hard and heavy.

Squatting with sore legs brings blood to your muscle tissue, which most likely will make your soreness fade halfway your warmup sets, plus the healthy blood flow makes your muscle recover faster.

You'll never get used to it if you skip the workouts.

Unless you have a serious injury, "barely able to walk" is an exaggeration and you know it. Get rid of self-limiting beliefs, your body is stronger than you think if you allow it to by freeing your mind.

[–]JvSOUL 1 point2 points  (4 children)

I can walk but it's as if I'm walking with a boner. I just started my 5x5 program so I'm guessing this is normal wear and tear in the beginning

[–]NibblyPig 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah mate, don't sweat it. It will disappear within a few days, and next time you train hard it won't come back as much. After a bit you'll be able to train every other day no problems. My advice, follow the routine. You may feel like you can squat much more than a 2.5lbs increase each time but stick to it, slow and steady. Keeps your motivation right up, and you don't have the feeling of defeat from suddenly failing your last set.

[–]Throwawaters 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Been doing 5x5 for over a year now, still get sore but I got used to it. Read up on this topic on the official stronglifts website.

[–]Throwawaters 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Stretching on rest days really helps me too.

Again: blood flow = faster recovery

[–]rocacu 1 point2 points  (1 child)

No pain, no gain. Girls love That ass.

[–]AlexanderVelinxs 1 point2 points  (3 children)

BCAA's , light jog to push the lactic acid out. Also dont have to go so hard you can't walk every leg day.

[–]IkWhatUDidLastSummer 0 points1 point  (1 child)

BCAAs is not necessary by any means if you get your proteins. Don't talk about it if its some magic powder. If you get the proteins you should on a daily basis or even more then getting BCAA will make absolute 0 difference.

[–]AlexanderVelinxs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Where did I say if was magic? Sounds like op isn't too concerned about his diet and should be.

[–]M1ster_X 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Glutamine and BCAAs, either before, during or after your session help to speed up the muscle recovery recovery process. Otherwise, focus on other areas or just deload on your next workout.

[–]IkWhatUDidLastSummer 0 points1 point  (2 children)

BCAAs is not necessary by any means if you get your proteins. Don't talk about it if its some magic powder. If you get the proteins you should on a daily basis or even more then getting BCAA will make absolute 0 difference.

[–]M1ster_X 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I didn't specifically say either were necessary. They help recovery, which in turn helps you to train harder and longer. You can do just fine with proteins alone, but you're going to be relying on your body to recover on it's own which may take longer depending on your level of conditioning. It's the difference between 1 day rest after legs, or 2 days.

[–]IkWhatUDidLastSummer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I said this is BS because BCAA is branched chain amino acids which is present in the protein you eat... So BCAA will make absolute 0% difference if u get the protein from good biologic sources. BCAA is the biggest waste of money product u can ever buy, its money right down the drain.

[–]Rudeyyyy[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mondays and Fridays are leg days. Tuesday is chest and tri's, Wed is Back and Bi's and Thursday is shoulders followed by legs on friday.

I don't lift on the weekends because of my job. I do 10-12 hour shifts on the weekends so I use them as rest days. Plus weekends are the most packed. (for my gym at least) .If something comes up like an emergency during the week where I can't go to the gym on a weekday then I will makeup for whatever I missed on the weekend. Those days suck but it's worth.

So to answer your question I do isolated lifts. Certain sections per day.

[–]Arabian_Wolf 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Could be not enough nutrition for the muscles, or not enough rest including sleep, if you lift heavy weight you gotta eat and rest extra than normal.

[–]ransay3277 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hats off to John for his discipline.

[–]lukmeg 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I've gone to the gym with crutches.

I spent a whole week bored at home, and the second week I said fuck it, I might as well do something, and started going to the gym to work the upper part. It was a bit embarrassing the first day and the gym mates obviously used it to make fun of me, but it was no big deal. The third day everybody found it normal.

[–]DouglasPR 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I had knee surgery some years ago, my physical therapist made me work out other muscle groups and stretch/move my legs the hole time. It made me recover faster

[–]JFMX1996 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Remember seeing the same exact thing a couple of years ago when I was around 17. Some former Marine Corps Force Recon dude who would later on become like a mentor to me, was hobbling around, with a cast on his foot because he'd fucked that shit up after a crash doing a crazy jump on a dirt bike.

He talked to me and said no excuses and was hitting it hard. He had kids, he had a job, still came in and did his shit with no bullshit.

[–]Ninokun 4 points5 points  (7 children)

it all depends on ur goals, if u want to look like arnold schwarzenneger(which is basically impossible but you catch my drift) then dont miss any days, otherwise it shouldnt matter, Diet is much more Important to have a fit body/lifestyle.

No one should think they must go to the gym 4-5 days a week to be a Man lol

2days is fine to be fit, like i said mostly it depends on Diet.

[–]DouglasPR 8 points9 points  (5 children)

My doctor said the human body can stand (and needs) 55 minutes of high intensity, high output exercise every day. Thats a small amount of time in 24hours, and your body can take it, was build to take it. Not exercising everyday is a waste of physical resources. Of course you will vary the muscle groups, cardio, weights, swim, bike, run, etc. All it costs is less then 1/24 of your daily time. the benefits we all know well.

[–]Kalidane 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That doctor should stick to giving flu shots to the elderly. Fuck that guy.

[–]Ninokun -3 points-2 points  (3 children)

doubt ur doctor is jacked or muscular though,

its not a waste of ur life, if u really think u must sacrife so much of ur time in the gym then u are wrong, of course the body can take it no doubt, and his advice is going out to seditary fucks who sit on their couch all day.

Ur docotor is defintely right in his advice, but still its relatively easy to be fit on 2 days a week.

This conflicts of course with 2 Interrest Groups in this sub. On one hand there is the MGTOW/Monk mode troupe who say every minute wasted is a waste of ur life u should read 3 books per week and excercise morning day and night.

On the other hand there is gus like me who just want to enjoy life to the fullest, of course if u want to enjoy women u have to put effort in ur life, im in good shape, i make decent money, i dont need to improve more and more, its not a race. u should never let urself go, but in the end of the THE RED PILL is about living life t its fullest. and to be honest i dont live for the Gym.

[–]DouglasPR 4 points5 points  (0 children)

To explain better what my doc said, you must do 55 min (to a 35 year old guy, if you are younger can do even more) of exercise tha makes you sweat or feel expent (good tired feeling). thats the intensity required. Does not need to be solely indoors, at the gym, pool or park, do something physical for 55 minutes every day. your body can take it and its 55 minutes more add to improvement, on top of other positive activities, like reading, working, networking, grooming, meditating, and all other good stuff that puts us ahead. Also this 55 minutes of action means that you cant stuff your mouth with food prior to it, and are not hungry after it, so its good to dietary routine

[–]the_magic_gardener 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Fit==swole. After 48hours of being exercised, a muscle recovers and synthesis slows, any time after that you aren't building. This is why it is often said around here that you need to go to the gym at least 3 times a week.

I dont need to improve more

Sounds like you don't need TRP anymore. Complacency at its finest.

[–]Kalidane 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There's a bit more to protein synthesis but yeah this doctor sounds cardio fitness focused.

A good gainz gym session doesn't come with an egg timer. Past novice phase, longer is better. Not hard to find yourself doing 8-10 sets, 4-6 exercises. With excess food, that level of stress does so much more than the magic 3 set ritual.

[–]Rudeyyyy[S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

It depends on my work schedule. Some weeks it's 3 others it's 5.

[–]DirtyProject0r 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was thinking of making today a rest day but after reading this I will definitely hit the gym today. All hail John!

[–]2Bait4Me 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Doing things you don't want to do is how you cultivate will power. Your brain is a muscle and you have to train it to go against your feeling and do not what feels good but what is the right thing to do.

[–]RXience 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The days that you don't want to go, are the days that you NEED to go. It builds discipline.

I have a similar mindset since a few months but you just put it into perfect words. Thank you.

[–]Umbrifer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When I tore my Achilles tendon and was stuck in crutches and a walking boot two years ago my legs suffered for sure, but by using a decline bench creatively I was able to handle every other lift I usually do accept for deadlifts. John is right for persevering. OP is right for learning about the nature of excuses.

[–]LateralThinkerer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This. If you go anyway and are truly fucked up (tired, injured etc.) you'll have at least contributed to the good habit of just showing up.

If you're just kidding yourself the change of pace and work will shake off whatever's bothering you.

Win-Win. Just fucking go.

[–]EscortSportage 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Almost same thing, years ago, Circa 2012 Queens. Im at the gym, my barber strolls in on cruches, "hey man what happened" I was riding my bike and a car hit me, I watched this man, the entire time i was in the gym sit on a box jump thing, and use the battle ropes, his arms and shoudlers were so pumped. I thought to myself, damn broken fib/tib this beast is still in here getting that pump!


[–]Acerhand 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Never been one to miss a workout, but when i broke my arm i was tempted. However i decided i could work legs 3 tomes a week instead. My squat skyrocketed, and I discovered frquency and volume were amazing for me. From that point on my training evolved. I never would have got off of bro splits, which suck, if I hadn't of brokrn my arm.

[–]basebool 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Its really amazing how you respond after dedicating even a couple months worth of hard grinding at the gym. At that point, only not being able to walk can stop me, and even then if its not leg day.

The only time I made an excuse was yesterday when I forgot my gym shoes. Absolutely no way around that (only had dress shoes) and won't happen again.

For anyone whos lazy to go to the gym: force yourself for a month to go at least 4 times a week. After a month you won't be making excuses.

[–]s_sik points points [recovered]

Forgot my gym shoes a few days ago as well, it was leg day... I just worked chest and bi's instead, I wore socks with no shoes.

[–]basebool 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I would have too but the staff don't allow it (in case somethinf drops on you)

But good on you for doing that.

[–]JoRocKStaR 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I had a similar story except the dude that was lifting had lost 6 fingers on his hands in a fire and he was still pushing. Never forget that guy

[–]1DubbleFUPAwitCheez 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A new motivational thought I had for dieting is imagine all those times that you pushed through the pain or sacrificed. Now imagine you then, talking to the you currently that is thinking of cheating on your diet. That past you that was dealing with the pain in hopes of achieving a goal would curse your ass out. When you become undisciplined you're cancelling out the times that you were and keeping yourself in the same place. It applies to many things but diet spawned the idea.

[–]RPStone 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There's an old guy at my gym (maybe 70 years old) that comes in everyday on crutches at 9am with his wife holding the front door open for him. It takes him (I'm not exaggerating) about 30 minutes to walk from the front door to the locker room. He's been coming to my gym for over a year since I started. Whenever I see him I feel like a complete asshole for every day I've missed in the past year.

[–]Menchstick 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Something similar happened to me, today I didn't feel like going to the gym because I was tired for studying the whole morning, I went there anyway and I see this guy; probably 17, wrist diameter of 5 Cm at best, from a quick glance weighting something around 50 Kg doing 3*15 bench press reps with 60 Kg, it's not the same but it was quite impressive.

[–]KumonRoguing 0 points1 point  (1 child)

This is a really good piece advice for those who missed the alpha environment of sports as a child too. If I didn't feel like running, lifting, or watching film my father would just know. He would then proceed to name players off who are doing that and more at that moment, and he'll be able to tell. Always think of the guy beating you.

[–]Rudeyyyy[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I played sports in high school and lifted then and then I went off to college and put on some weight and then I realized I gotta fix this shit so I started lifting again.

I realized that when I stopped playing sports I lost all motivation to lift. I'd lift for the sport. Once that was done I stopped because no motivation until I found TRP.

Derek Jeter would go into his garage at night and take a couple hundred swings off of a tee. No ball, just practicing his swing. He did this consistently. That's the alpha mentality. I'm sure his swing is great but he still practiced it. He'd be in there for hours just working on his mechanics.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks for sharing! This is what I needed, my inner monologue as been weak as fuck lately. Going to wake up to this going forward.

[–]rafaelrafalex 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes bro, it's all very motivating. But maybe John doesn't go to the gym after a long day at work and he isn't tired like you...

[–]Salted_Pretzel 0 points1 point  (1 child)

For me I can go to the gym and do a workout. My problem is my diet. I'm cutting and I would go strong for a few days but when I have my rest days I get sloppy on my diet and more prone to break it. Any advice?

[–]Rudeyyyy[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's self discipline. Make yourself busy on your rest days where you aren't stuffing your face. At home get rid of the junk and only keep the clean food in the house. If you wanna cheat a bit then you're gonna go out and get it. You have to work for it. I use a push pull method. It's about self control. Especially if you're alone.

[–]Spets87 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Gym is easy. Rock up and lift. Even if you're retarded with other parts in your life like social/ financial you can be great at the gym. That's not to say it's not important, it surely is, but I think people need to focus on improving their social/ financial standing more than high 5ing themselves for going to the gym 6 times a week. Cool, nice muscles bro, how's about making more than $20 bucks an hour.

[–]Rudeyyyy[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well I'm trying to graduate with no college debt so you can understand why I work a lot of hours during the week especially in the summer time when schools out.

[–]VanityKings 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you're not motivated and inspired by this fuck you.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This reminds me of the guy I see all the time at my gym. He's got 1 hand and reps out 225 on the incline barbell press. Totally mind boggling fortitude. He's not using a smith machine either. I don't know how he does it.

[–]fencingdude 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Real alphas wouldn't compare themselves to john anyways, real alphas only compare themselves to their old self and see how they improved.

[–]Rudeyyyy[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I was using John to compare to my old self f that makes sense. I'm not what I was 7 months ago.

[–]Luckyluke23 0 points1 point  (1 child)

i used to feel this way back in the day but honestly, if you feel this way when you see gym as a chore.

I see it as fun, so I always go. lift some heavy ass weights then I feel better after. most of the time.

[–]Rudeyyyy[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I felt that way when I first started. Now I see it as a responsibility. If I don't go it's a waste of a day of me increasing my SMV and bettering myself. It's motivation and I do have fun with it. Always fun to lift more then you could from a few weeks ago. Feels accomplishing.

[–]smithyASTON 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Was my schools leavers night last night and it was gonna be full of heavy drinking and I thought no point I only did 30 minutes but 30 minutes is better than no minutes

[–]Alexinfinite01 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Good post. Some days I look in the mirror and know I can't make it in. But most days I ask if I'm just making excuses. Then I go to the gym instead of mentally arguing about it

[–]1sezamus 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Jesus Christ... the same stupid shit on TRP... is that trolling? "Be limitless..."

Your body has limits. Accept that for god's sake and don't listen to those golden statements.

When your body is injured, pushing it too far causes additional damage and makes healing process longer. As martial artist I had the same stupid attitude: "My knee hurts, but I won't be a whiny bitch and go for a training!! Limits are only in mind!!!oneone". The result? Not being able to walk for over a week.

John is a freaking idiot. He has a broken leg so he should put it to the rest as long as he can. The world will not end if you skip your training, letting your body to regenerate istelf.

Jonh's attitude isn't about being tough as a commando. That is just being disrespectful to your own body and not caring for it as it should be. This is feelz before realz. This is putting ego before the reality.

During the selection process in polish special forces the doctor has to constantly control the medical state of the candidates due to their "overmotivation". Some guys get injured and they hide it, some get sick, some get so tired they are not able to think rationally putting themselves at risk during lonely mountain marches.

Knowing that you should not keep pushing forward, because your body might not handle this to well is very important in military, because otherwise you are putting your buddys at danger and become pain in the ass when they inevitably have to carry you.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This was the single hardest truth for me to accept in my lifting and mma life. Take the time off to avoid injuries. Be in control of your own routine and, by extension, your future.

Don't let coaches and teachers push you too far. They dont live with the injuries, you do.

[–]ancoree -2 points-1 points  (1 child)

don't compare yourself to other people, if John would jump out of the window would you as well? Do what you like people. OP because you go to the gym 4-5 times a week it doesn't mean that this is the right thing to do for everyone

[–]Rudeyyyy[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's not about that. It's more about even though this guy is disabled currently he still goes where as I don't go because I don't feel like it.

Why would I jump out a window? That doesn't benefit me in any way.

[–][deleted] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I broke my hand once and I still tanked raid bosses in World of Warcraft. People asked "how can you tank if your hand is broken?" I replied "i only need my fingers man not my hand."

[–]FuckMichaelMcCoy -1 points0 points  (0 children)

A broken foot is pretty minor in terms of hindrance. I guess I would be John. Any person dedicated to their gains would do what John is doing, I reckon it would actually be kind of common. Im more impressed with the wheelchair or disabled guys doing stuff everyday.

[–]Its_scottyhall -1 points0 points  (0 children)

If you lift, you lift. Shit, I was hit by a car 20 days ago and hit a 545 beltless back squat yesterday... With a possibly cracked hip.

Two of my athletes continue to prepare for competition even though they both have boxers fractures.

Some things are non negotiable

[–]HamPlanetHR points points [recovered]

Wounds like john just wants attention. I bet he's a pussy. I know a guy that got shot in the face with a shot gun and survived, he goes to gym and everyone worships him even though he has no gains, all because half of his face is gone, I honestly think he tried to commit suicide or his ugly wife tried to kill him and he just never admitted it. His children are fags, he loves to debate idiots on Facebook, he hates me now because I speak my mind and I have testicals. He seems like a bad ass on the surface, but he's a miserable insufferable effeminate biker poser. I suspect john is a bitch with a broken foot. If he was so dedicated?/ why is he described as average? Is john is planet fitness or something? Why is he so dedicated and yet not ripped to shreds? John therefore must be a bitch fag seeking attention. He probably broke his foot while helping his boyfriend.hang a portrait in their breakfast nook and slipped on the center piece flower arrangements on the armour.

[–]Rudeyyyy[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Really can't tell if you're trying to sound hard and tough or if you're just this dumb....

[–]HamPlanetHR points points [recovered]

Neither. The man I knew got shot in the face, and he is applauded for doing the mundane. John broke his foot, and his is applauded for doing the mundane. You should shoot yourself in the foot and maybe you'll get more upvotes for shitty posts. You could try writing about cold showers and meditation. You could write about being alpha, and then becoming bluepill, and on your road back to being alpha again like all the other simp cucks on here. Worship john if you want to, but pay close attention, john is an attention seeker.

[–]Rudeyyyy[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You sound very misinterpreted and angry. It's not good to go to bed angry.

[–]prodigy2throw -2 points-1 points  (1 child)

If you aren't taking lifting serious you shouldn't be on this sub.

[–]Rudeyyyy[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Guess you completely missed the point of my post then.