Red Pill TheoryTake the first step... Go lift. (self.TheRedPill)

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There are a multitude of reasons the number one thing you can do for yourself is get your fat/skinnyfat/lazy ass to the gym. Yet every week some jackhole posts his objections.

I don't care.

Right now. Make a promise to yourself to go LIFT at the gym. Pretend to be a man and have the discipline to keep that promise.

"But gyms are expensive!!!"

$2 a day is too much for you? Then by all means get your pathetic career/finances in order first. Then stop bitching and moaning and making excuses about why you don't lift.

Get the membership. It's a steal at twice the price.

"But I can get a home gym/pull up bar/ab roller/shakeweight/thighmaster!!"

Sure you can. But there's nothing like getting a routine of GOING TO THE GYM, having all the equipment, seeing others, being able to challenge yourself. It takes discipline to work out at home, which you don't have if you're reading about why you should lift in the first place. Ever see how much home exercise equipment is on Craigslist? Yeah.

Don't rationalize away your procrastination.

" But I don't know how to start!"

Fuck right off, I'm not even going to dignify that with a response. You're a lost cause if you need someone to tell you how to wipe your own ass.

"But I'm new/ inexperienced/threatened!"

Most people are there to work out. That's what my headphones are for. I don't give a shit about what's going on around me, I focus on my workouts. To the point where a pub waitress said to me last week, "I see you at my gym all the time." I've never even noticed her existence. She's a hot blonde. Not to say I don't check out a nice rack or ass, but I'm there to fucking work out. If you find yourself at a place where people are socializing, find a new gym. If you have time to swivel, you're not pushing hard enough. I'm either lifting something or trying to allow my HR to come back down so I can lift something again. Then I leave.

Gym guys are either nervous beginners like you who think everybody's watching them, insecure meatheads who need validation that they're the mostest alfa that ever alfaed, but mostly just guys that want to get in, get out, get on with their lives.

You think other guys stare because of what you're doing, maybe it's curiosity, maybe they're just looking around, maybe they want to bend you over in the shower. Who gives a fuck? You shouldn't. Gguys are not like walking down the street guys. Leave the eye contact/amog/biggest dick contests at home.

"But why lift, anyway?"

Lifting gives you a body that is attractive to the vast majority of women out there. Would you rather be attractive or unattractive? Would you rather date/fuck an attractive woman or an unattractive one? Two twin girls - one is average, the other looks toned and fit. Otherwise identical. Who do you pick?

There's a reason every question about what women view as sexy on a man, among the top answers is always rolling up the shirtsleeves to reveal big defined forearms.

I love the physical presence of usually being the biggest baddest motherfucker in the room. Instant alpha status without saying a word.

Being in a gym with other huge beasts gives you a sense of humility and brotherhood.

Strive to be a better man than you were yesterday. Then tomorrow strive to be better. "The only easy day was yesterday". Having a concrete goal and striving toward it gives you the power to believe in yourself. Seeing those lift numbers go up, the belly fat disappear, the increase in girls that literally have to touch your arms/shoulders/abs (swolestation) all allow you to view progress.

Lifting is not just about getting jacked.

Lifting is a discipline. Getting up early, going to the gym when you really would rather lie in bed next to a naked sweaty girl takes discipline. Putting the donut down takes discipline.

If you're jacked, you can't help but show that you have complete control over at least one aspect of your life. This control and discipline bleeds into your personality. You actually become a more confident, self-assured person. That's the kind of guy women want.

Lifting using large muscle groups increases testosterone.

Losing fat increases testosterone which will directly improve your game.

There are virtually no fat fuck 70 year olds waddling around. Why? They're dead of heart disease/diabeetus/liver failure from abusing their bodies for 40 years. Keeping your body in great shape pays dividends in the future. There are multiple older guys at my gym that are still vital and loving life, not cruising down the aisle in Walmart on a sad scooter leaving a trail of Dorito crumbs. I want to be that horny vital 70 year old that still has a twinkle in his eye. Way better than dead.

Going to the gym is my pilgrimage. It's not home, it's not work. Nobody has any control on my time but me. The iron church.

If you're stressing about something, I guarantee you won't even be thinking about it during a non-fuckarounditis workout.

It increases your sexual stamina. Want to pound a girl until she can't take anymore? Good luck if you're an out-of-shape neckbeard.

Want to throw a girl over your shoulder and carry her upstairs to the bedroom, her squirming as you slap her ass? You need to be strong.

I have no issues with body image. I love the way I look. I MADE dis. I like pulling off my shirt at the beach with pride, not self-loathing and fear someone will point out my enormous moobs.

Angry? Use it as fuel. Burn it.

Can't sleep? Go exhaust yourself against the iron.

Lifting releases endorphins. I feel AMAZING after a good workout.

Some required reading.... Fuckarounditis....


And motivational....The Iron by Henry Rollins...


Motivation comes from external sources, discipline from within. BIG difference.

It's not easy. That's why there are so few of us actually winning at life. If it was easy, every blooper queef would be doing it.

Protein powder tastes like shit. Yet I choke it down every day. I like that it tases like shit. If it tasted like young pussy drizzled with honey there would be a lot more fuckers guzzling the stuff, wanting the results without having the discipline or doing the work.

Get to work.

[–]yuyevin 105 points106 points  (15 children)

Going to the gym was the best decision I've ever made in my entire life hands down. The only person you hurt by not going is yourself. Fuck excuses, fuck being lazy. Once you've worked it into your routine, you might find you actually enjoy it.

[–]slumdog-millionaire 10 points11 points  (14 children)

I started working out when I was 18 and it literally changed my life, it not only was a major contributor to increasing my self-esteem but it taught me about self-improvement and was an early experience I had of putting work and effort into something and seeing positive results and changes in my life.

For people out there who don't exercise or lift at all, they're doing themselves an unspeakable disservice. Also the longer you've been going to the gym the better you'll get at working out. You'll learn better form, new exercises and develop more motivation for it.

[–]Aaren_Augustine 71 points72 points  (7 children)

People will find any rationalization to NOT lift in order to keep their ego pristine and unchallenged. Like a chick

Its easier to rationalize it's because of their ADHD, jerk off to some porn and say they'll start tomorrow, next week, next month...

[–]ShrimShrim -3 points-2 points  (5 children)

I don't lift anymore because I don't need to. I used to deadlift 450 lbs. I'm a cyclist. I'm also a grad student and don't have time to ride 12+ hours a week AND lift.

Lifting was great for me, but I've got plenty of successful friends who are only triathletes, swimmers, or cyclists.

[–]WolfofAnarchy 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Lifting is often used as the only form of workout on this sub. Running daily at 6AM through the foggy fields is also incredible, and has just as great effects on your wellbeing.

[–]timbosliceko 0 points1 point  (2 children)

My question is, what about grappling like jiu jitsu, judo, and wrestling? That is all a hell of a workout, and honestly I just primarily do jiu jitsu and calisthenics and I'm 6ft3 225lbs of mostly lean muscle.

[–]WolfofAnarchy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Those things are great. Just make sure you balance the stress on your muscles to not have massive upper body and no legs or something

[–]xFLASHYx 22 points23 points  (0 children)

This shit is so good and did anyone else read this like they were watching a Youtube video and the guy was looking around the gym and yelling directly at your face at the same time. If guys are looking for a good beginner program i recommend Alpha Destiny's Novice program. It is free. Full Body, accessory work, works to increase your strength weekly if not per session. Which is what you need when trying to swallow the red pill. You need structure, progress and the will to keep pushing forward and to not give up on yourself and your life. Strengthen your discipline and it will be a slaughter for you when it comes to yourself, your confidence, life, females etc. Give yourself at least 6 months and i can guarentee you will soar.

[–][deleted] 21 points22 points  (1 child)

I'm a broke college student bum with a bank account in negative figures. Still, there is no way I would give up my gym membership, protein and stop buying the right foods to 'save money'. I'd rather save my ******* life and go to the gym, look good, learn discipline, have a routine, feel good, be healthy than be a miserable, fat f*** with an extra $100 in the bank each month.

[–]jschog 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Same position as you. No matter how broke I am, I will always make sure I save enough to pay for my gym membership next month.

[–]X-Trem0 53 points54 points  (3 children)

Thank you. After a whole fucking week of finding excuses this post, your post, made me want to go.

Fuck Monday

I'm going in an hour when I finish at work

[–][deleted] 30 points31 points  (1 child)

The fact that you arent pushing the date to monday and starting today is a really good sign that you are ready to commit and establish the routine. Just remember, motivation will fade. It is not a question of if, but a question of when. But it will be discipline that makes you keep going. Motitvation comes and goes, discipline stays.

[–]kingofshapes 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This is absolutely true. When I was at my worst emotionally and financially, I still managed to hit the gym and am so thankful that I still had the discipline to maintain my workouts. They may not have always been as hard as I wanted, but now that things are working out for the better, I have increased my performance 100X fold because I did something vs. not going. Discipline is powerful.

[–][deleted] 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Great post. Lifting + Running changed my life. 11 years in.

Ignore the need for daily motivation. Stay disciplined and results will happen. Good intensity, form, nutrition, and monk discipline will yield results. It's that simple. You can accomplish any fitness goal you can fathom. The question really is, how badly do you really want to make a change?

Stay disciplined. Adopt an underdog mentality. Think of everything that frustrates you. Turn it into additional reps. It's your fuel. All you have to do is show up to the gym, tired or not, put on gear, and go execute your routine.

What better time to start changing your body and reinvigorating your mind than cold and dark winter months? While others are popping xans and eating pizza, you can be putting in work to differentiate yourself the next time you're at that beach party.

[–][deleted] 21 points22 points  (2 children)

You had me at "young pussy drizzled with honey".

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

I never salivated as much in my whole life so far. Nigga has to tm that bitch. Make smth like Booty sweat hahaha

[–]phoenixtoast 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Going to the gym is the easy part. Eating constantly to rebuild the broken down muscle is the hard part. Especially if you're working 60+ hours per week or whatnot. Yet most of these "go lift bruh" threads never mention that. If you take this advice literally and rush to the gym at 2 in the morning and squeeze in a haphazard workout and then pass out, get up and go to work all day all you're going to get is smaller and weaker. The modern necessities of the world makes it very difficult to achieve peak muscle growth. I'm pretty confident I would be twice as big if I could just sit around eating all day instead of chasing the almighty dollar.

[–]RedPillD 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There was a minute where I was unemployed and nobody would fucking hire me. I scraped by on a part time job but the rest of my time was dedicated to lifting and eating. I'm still young but as of now I consider those my glory days.

[–]Blackbull_ 1 points1 points [recovered]

I lift weight at home with my equipment just fine. I know how to motivate myself. I don't need to watch others. To each his own though.

[–]FEZwithWhiteGirls 4 points5 points  (0 children)

And some of us live in rural/small town areas with no gyms. I've got no choice but to work out at home. Good thing youtube has endless videos on lifting. Inspiration to lift, should one need it, is pretty easy to obtain.

[–]Phaz30n3 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Totally agree! U don't "NEED" a gym membership... JUST LIFT!!!
"I pick things up, and put them down!" Sandbags for days!!!

[–]1empatheticapathetic 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Lol you can also have gym equipment at home. I am also a home lifter.

[–]Phaz30n3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Different Strokes for Different Folks!

[–]SAPPHIREAURA 4 points5 points  (6 children)

"young pussy drizzled with honey" lol that was motivational in itself. I need to figure out how to use the quoting tool on here. But ya good post I'm 6'2 155 lbs broad shoulders...I want to put some weight on. Any tips?

Rollins link was great too thanks!

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

squats, deadlifts, pullups, pushups, leg raises, crunches, back extensions, lateral raises, military press, calf raises.

Das all you need mang. But in proper routine of course.

Just make sure you do big moves now, no need to isolate bis if you dont even have them. Compound movements are the basis of everything in lifting.

I shouldnt need to tell you to learn proper form first, work with baby weights for 2 months at least, and find the right groove for your body measurements (bone lengths, joint flexibility etc). Form over everything if you want to be fit old man one day.

As for weight gain go see gainit - good subreddit for weight gain.

[–]banjew 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Same here. Lots of advice is about hot to "clean up your diet", that's for overweight people. Many people like us are underweight and we need to eat basically anything we can to gain weight. I'm disgusted by food, and some depression problems makes me lose weight very easily, can't eat enough to gain weight.

[–]SillyPutty47 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Try making smoothies. It's a lot easier to drink your calories than eat all of them. I always put avocado, peanut butter, strawberries, banana, protein, and almond milk in mine. It's probably 800 calories or so on top of my regular meals

[–]Redpillandrew 0 points1 point  (1 child)

disgusted by food? Lift. The following increase of appetite will solve that problem

[–]banjew 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I started lifting 3 years ago.

Went from 65kg to about 75 kg. Not a small gain, but I still could get 80kg without looking too big. But it's very hard to gain weight for me.

[–]Frietjeman 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Use > to quote. You can install RES, it will teach you how to use reddit properly.

To gain weight, it's as simple as taking in more calories than you expend. You can install a calorie tracking app on your phone to help you. It will basically boil down to eating more than you are currently doing. Simple, but not easy.

Also, be careful with sugar. You cant and shouldnt avoid it completely, but that shit is addicting as fuck. I say this because some people will tell you to eat anything including fast food and ice cream. While it will make weight gaining easier, it also breeds bad habits.

[–]Xoramung 4 points5 points  (0 children)

TLDR: Stop hamstering, go to Gym.

[–]amekooky 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I hate to admit I'm one of those fat fucks that would make those type of excuses and hamster in my head. It frustrated me seeing my previous roommate on steroids. He would be eating pizza, burgers or fried chicken also with a side of unlimited HB7+ pussy buffet. It really makes you question why isnt everyone on steroids.

All jokes aside, I do have piss poor genetics, I have another buddy from bible study who is ripped and also deals with having piss poor genetics so he has to eat super clean and workout 5-6 times a week. This definitely motivated me, that discipline is much more rewarding then being so dependent on medication to get to your goals.

Ive gone through two major weight loss journeys which were simply motivated by break ups 8 years ago, and 4 years ago. This time around I'm not doing it for anyone but me. a year ago I would sporadically go the gym, now ive been going 2 months strong, eating clean too.

I cut facebook out of my life, although its beneficial, for me it was toxic because I would sit there and make any excuse for it being okay to be fat and happy. its not.

[–]Xoer1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You can't say you have 'piss poor genetics' if you are fat, you can't even see the muscle insertions cause it's all covered up. Truth is most of the guys have normal genetics, and most of the time being fat has nothing to do with those.

[–]biggerbetterjobs 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I started going to the gym after coming here when my LTR I was in ended a few years ago. I was depressed, girlfriend said I was "letting myself go", felt like a loser, felt beat down by the world, skinny fat, not really "ugly" but not totally handsome either. Crappy job with no future prospects.

Now I'm living a totally different life. Went back to school, got my degree, moved to a major city to attend grad school at a prestigious university and pursuing my career goals like a hungry lion.. I'm in the best physical shape of my entire life.. I can run a mile in 6:15 (not olympic athlete but good for a dude who couldn't even run a whole mile in high school) I have abs now, I climbed the highest peak in my geographical area last summer.. While I'm not super jacked I have noticeable muscle tone and girls like to touch my arms. My game is unstoppable.. Lately I feel like I meet 2 or 3 new girls a week, I can't keep girls hands off me.

I'm literally living the life of a 1% guy these days.. aside from the fact I'm college poor (but that's ok) And it's all from the mental foundation I built through lifting. Respecting the iron, having patience to see results, and most importantly the reward of putting in your daily ALL and not being a lazy bastard.

And to think.. It took being sad over A GIRL to get the kickstart toward doing this stuff. Man was I lost lol.. Feels great to look back and laugh. I am so thankful that chick dumped my ass.

[–]qball43 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Great post. Motivational and informative.

3 years into lifting, started when I was 16, 19 now. Getting cheated on was what finally got my 140 pound skin and bones ass into the gym. I was so devastated when I was cheated on, and told myself ill show her whats up when i get all big and strong.

Who woulda thought getting cheated on is what changed my life. I did end up hooking up with her again last year and when her arms were around my waist she says “you got so big” feeling my body. Mission accomplished. Luckily I left her behind though.

Ive always wanted to open a gym after im out of thr Military, Iron Church sounds like a pretty solid name for it. Lets partner up.

[–]bigboilerdawg 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Getting branch swung on because I was a beta bitch finally motivated me to get to the gym. Showing her one day what she threw away is a good motivator. I keep her pic on my gym locker to inspire me to lift with righteous anger. Anger at my former bitch self.

[–]qball43 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That picture on the locker isn’t a bad idea. Might have to throw one in my gym bag of the ex. Glad you’re in the gym gettin it in though brotha!

[–]laviksa 9 points10 points  (6 children)

I'm always happy to socialize and talk between sets. Nothing wrong with some comradery IMO (in any setting, not only the gym).

I see them all the time, the types like OP with cans on their ears, with a demeanor that resonates "I'm here to drone away, there's nothing but air around me".

Nothing wrong with that either, but they don't necessarily work harder during the sets or make measurable faster progress (those not on juice anyway).

Bottom line, go to the gym, but don't shy away from having some fun between sets, it'll motivate you even more.

[–]AllahHatesFags 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I don't talk to anyone at the gym unless I know them from outside the gym and even then I keep the conversations short. You're there to workout, not to talk.

[–]wracky272 7 points8 points  (0 children)

People take themselves so fuckin seriously. They watched some inspirational youtube video and now they consider themselves a bonified badass and refuse to talk to anybody because nobody is as serious about their gains, hurr durr.

I've made some excellent friends at the gym. I'm well-acquainted with the owners and they're great networking. Yes we chat between sets, but we also lift heavy fuckin' weight and inspire eachother to be the best we can be, especially on days when it's hard to find the motivation. Granted, you have to be at the right gym (in this case a strength training gym we're everybody is genuinely interested in effective training.)

[–]Kash1sh 2 points3 points  (10 children)

Socialising at the gym isn't bad tho, just don't let that interfere with your workout. Talk for a minute in between sets or before or after the work out.

Also, 2$ a day? Where the fuck do you live that its so expensive? I live in India and my gym is $150 for 6 months (the best gym in my locality) cheaper gyms are $8 a month. My friend moved to Canada and he joined planet fitness for 10 cad a month.

[–][deleted] 10 points11 points  (9 children)

Well you said it... you live in f****** India.

[–]cr7stianoronaldo 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Thanks for posting this - good quick read as I enjoy the chest burn from my workout 2 days ago... while someone next to me at work is going for chowder and fries

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

TIL non-fuckarounditis That article was awesome. Good info, OP. I just started getting into fitness again for myself and it's fucking life changing. Fuck your excuses.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Fuckarounditis is a lifechanger. OP wrote a solid article for Newbs with Moobs on why they should lift

But so many guys DO lift and waste time and effort and dont get results.

I cant tell you how many asshats I see with Bad Symmetry from skipping legs or carrying beer bellies etc etc

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

A big challenge for me with lifting was how the simplest oldest exercises yield the most results in the least time.

Like how squats, deadlifts, bench presses, and chin ups with a little cardio added in is really all i need to get the results I want.

I tend to over complicate things and then get analysis by paralysis (swap those words around) and don't do anything in the search for the perfect knowledge.

It wasn't until I said fuck my excuses and starting taking imperfect action did I start seeing the results I wanted in the first place.

Good shit, man.

[–]bottyliscious 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I am a bit of a minimalist so I used to lie to myself that I could make the home gym thing work but it never really does for me.

I moved recently to a place without a Planet Fitness (fuck) so I have been gymless struggling to find a solution, so I am finally hitting the corporate gym today.

Its almost the same problem as the home gym. At my old gym I was surrounded by hot ass women in yoga pants on treadmills reminding me every moment of why I wanted to lift. At the gym we have at work its a mostly male campus so there goes the female factor. There's also this feeling I am still at work which fills me with soul destroying apathy.

But anyway, anything is better than no gym like OP is saying.

[–]cartcoff 2 points3 points  (1 child)


Pretty sure Dom Mazzetti wrote this post, the Swoley Brofessor!

[–]TRAIN_WRECK_0 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Easily the funniest thing I've read on this site. Because it is so true.

[–]staunch_character 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The positive effects on your brain, stronger muscles & bones as you age, improving mood/depression by increasing serotonin receptors in your brain...so many health benefits.

Just starting with bodyweight exercises like squats, push-ups & tricep dips will make a difference!

[–]LfK95 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Why does everybody feel AMAZING after a workout? I always feel like complete shit and absolutely trashed

[–]PiousPanda 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I don't know why, but I feel almost euphoric after a workout - I think it may be because its the only time when I really listen to my favourite music, other than in the morning, and it just feels nice to be tired - as though your body is saying to you "good work, we're making progress."

[–]darksyndicate17 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Is this even a thing? Guys actually don't like going to the gym? Lifting is the easiest way to receive a positive return on your investment (money, energy, time). I usually go religiously 3-4x a week when I'm on a roll. The results aren't just physical, it's a confidence boost and it helps with mental clarity.

[–]plainposter 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"I want to be that horny vital 70 year old that still has a twinkle in his eye". Amen, brother.

[–]AlphaGrad 4 points5 points  (6 children)

Going to gym was a whole other headache. So, I bought myself a pair of adjustable dumbbells that range from 5-100 lbs per dumbbell and a bench. Cost me around 250 dollars. Went from 33% body fat to 22% last semester of college.

Now, I'm gonna go to grad school in the U.S. this December and will have to buy another pair.

Also, being out of shape is no excuse to not hit on girls.

[–]hasantaskin33 -1 points0 points  (5 children)

"Also, being out of shape is no excuse to not hit on girls."

Well It is not but that belly you are carrying is constantly warning you that you will get rejected. And once you get rejected it kills the confidence. Well I have been told that "It doesn't matter how you look, It's only the confidence." And I got rejected over and over. Or they just hang out to make fun of you. There is no way to game with a belly. Only one suggested that I should fix my shape was TRP community. Excuse my English.

[–]AlphaGrad 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Last year I was at 33% bf, I had a 43" waist. I'm 5'10" flat feet.

I was 24, when I was spinning 2 plates; one 18 year old teen and a 32 year old married woman. I live in India.

Need anymore excuses bro?

[–]hasantaskin33 -1 points0 points  (2 children)

Well, there was time I didn't use my body as an excuse but It damaged me mentally, however I was gaming with PUA stuff. I tried everything and eventually gave up. Perhaps you have good face line. But just because It worked with you doesn't mean it will work on me. I will not cold aproach until I reach my goal weight. But I will stick to the TRP stuff.

[–]AlphaGrad 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There is no God or afterlife-you die with your body. Neither biology nor genetics properly explains or determines what you will call your identity (or self, or personality, or subjectivity---choose your own favorite label because they are all irrelevant now!). Who you are is a product of both your environment and how you understand and create yourself within that environment. There is no deep meaning to your life (some of you may have already realized this). You are nothing more than the multiple (and sometimes conflicting) identities that you live, or become, each day or even moment to moment. Our day-to-day grind numbs us to these truths, and this lack of insight limits and constrains our freedom. Take the red pill and embrace these truths.

[–]ADeadDawg 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Do legs twice a week. Work your calves often. Don't try to lift more than the other guy if you cant do it with perfect form. Mind muscle connection is everything. Bodybuilding isn't a sprint its a marathon. A great body starts in the kitchen. Don't skip cardio. Know when to rest.

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

And know when to ignore random cliches.

[–]mmkzero3 4 points5 points  (0 children)

People won't take the step because they are still blue pill pussies who are too lazy

[–]AllahHatesFags 3 points4 points  (3 children)

If you don't lift you are not Red Pill, you are beta.

[–]ShrimShrim 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I've lifted seriously for 5 years, added 30 lbs lean since 2012, and had over a 1,000 lbs total on the big lifts, but I disagree with this.

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

dunno why you got downvoted brah you are right.

Mindset over everything. And I say that with 10 years of lifting under my belt.

Plenty of skellys plowing qt's. Mass is nice but it aint everything.

[–]ShrimShrim -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

A richer guy will almost always win, no matter what. If you don't believe me, you're delusional.

And you're right about mindset. Also context. When I was a skinny aggressive musician 7 years ago I was way more successful with girls then than I am now as a bigger better looking guy who's busier and tired of the courting process (my standards are much higher now though...)

[–]1clon3man 1 point2 points  (1 child)

The key is to go almost every day. even if you're lazy and don't push yourself while there, just showing up everyday and doing a little will cause you to raise the intensity pretty quick.

[–]bumbuff 0 points1 point  (0 children)

True, creating a habit of just going to the gym will be followed by actually using that time effectively.

Small steps to success.

[–]Herdsengineers 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I use to spend 3-4 nights a week in a martial arts dojo working my ass off. I stayed in good shape. Then things came up that made it hard to get to the classes at the time they were held. I let myself get out of shape and fat.

I joined a gym originally because it fit my schedule for fitness - I could whenever I was free to. Then, learning proper lifting technique for free weights, getting off the machines, etc. - lifting has become an addiction. There are LOTS of guys that are bigger and stronger than me still, but damn if I don't look and feel spectacular now. It's nice to be the one turning heads when he walks by, and not the one turning my head.

Just start going. Ask people for tips on proper technique, once they see you're there to work and are serious about lifting, they'll be glad to help you. At least that's how they are at my gym. And don't be self-conscious or anything, most everyone is so focused on their workout, have their headphones in, or are on their phone between sets, etc., they don't even notice you unless you approach them. So trust me, you don't look stupid to anyone, they aren't paying attention enough to think you look stupid!!

I'm 6 months in (started at age 41, now 42), have never felt better, regularly get cold approached by rather good looking women - I have a LTR that is so far (about 4 months in on that) about as good as she get within the confines of AWALT, life has never been better. I just keep wondering what if I'd started at 18 or 25?

The best is dragging my 13 yr old son to the weight floor with me. I don't make him do the same things I do, but I get him lighter dumbbells and have him do light weight/high reps. It's turning into good father/son bonding time, even if he's not real enthusiastic when I say it's time to go.

[–]indoblitzz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is fucking true. I've only started regularly going the last 4 weeks. Although I have a weekend gig with heavy sound equipment so I have to ease off on bow hard I go towards Thursday or Friday, it's relaxing to just lift weights and listen to your music. Doesn't even have to be hard music, I listen to my kpop and alternative and pop and shit, it's almost like meditation.

If I don't go one day, my body feels funky (although I'm sure it's psychosomatic). To lift is to push yourself in the right direction. The gym resets my mindset so I can be productive the next day.

This is one post that needs to be reposted every few often.

[–]IDisagreeHere 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Man I have been lifting on and off for about 10-11 years now. I've never been disciplined enough to have my diet in order and a workout routine long enough to get a ridiculous body. I've always just gotten lazy or had an excuse to quit. But eventually I'll get my ass back to the gym, I'll eat chicken and veggies 7 days a week, and I'll make progress.

I've also been down on myself because I just always seem to quit (probably 3-4 months is the longest I've continually gone to the gym). But damnit, I'm 30 now and I'm pretty proud of my physique. Just this mild persistence through the years (I'd estimate probably 50-75 times a year on average over that span) has put me pretty far ahead of my peers. It's a nice feeling.

Getting in the gym is one of the most insanely productive things you can do. Just get in there, and don't hurt yourself. It will pay extreme dividends. It will help your mental and physical and social health. With relatively simple work, you can put yourself in a seemingly elite class of people--fit people.

[–]CarnivOre93 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Nothing revolutionary here. This is in the sidebar.

[–]cas_999 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

You just described 99% of daily posts on this circlejerk of a subreddit

[–]popsistops 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I wish I could print this out and post it on the wall of all of my exam rooms. Every one of these points is Spot. On.

[–]ounerify 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I agree with literally everything you say other than the protein shakes. Instead you should make protein smoothies, more nutrients same amount of protein. Simple recipe I go by; 1 scoop of protein (vanilla) 1 scoop creatine 1 banana 20-30g mixed summer berries 40g rolled oats 1/2 tea spoon of honey 500-600ml water Put in blender Thank me later

[–]ohyeawellyousuck 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Such a douchy post. But I guess TRP needs a "go lift" post every week because that is what this sub needs (/s).

Your a moron if you think protein powder is necessary, a bigger moron if you only buy protein powder that tastes like shit, and fucking brain dead if you think that protein powder has anything to do with your success.

[–]banjew 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It writes like a roided 18 year old.

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

You're supposed to put, "I do Crossfit" under every post you make.

You know, so people know you do Crossfit.


Everybody's doing it.

You should Crossfit.

You don't need protein if you do Crossfit.

I found another Jackhole.


Keep your skipping rope the fuck out of my weightroom.

[–]ohyeawellyousuck 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What the fuck are you talking about?

[–]catfroman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Optimum Nutrition tastes pretty good thougj

[–]scottlapier 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you really don't know what you're doing, get to the know the staff. Several gyms will have Personal Trainers who take lifting very seriously and will teach how to do everything properly.

[–]MysticalQuack 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've always wanted to but I literally work 7 days a week.

14hr days mon - fri and the 4pm - 9pm on the weekends.

I just wake up saturday morning exhausted. I cant drop my one of my jobs either because I love working all the time.

[–]Sumo94 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don't like making eye contact with people.

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

Honestly youd be hard pressed to keep me out of working out. Have home gym, squat rack, 100 kg of weights and it does my body goood.

But I was like that since birth. For others might need some habit making. Its great stuff I dont understand people who dont do it or dont love it.

[–]AA82nd 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And then..... After a year or two of lifting... Add in bjj. That shit is a game changer for self confidence.

[–]faceless3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wish there is something with similar life changing impact that lifting does. What advice will look like if im already lifting except lift more?

[–]bumbuff 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I used to pay $30 a month at a local city gym, which was shit. It was ok in my early 20's. But as I've progressed I looked in to a new Gold's gym nearby, signing up long term brought the cost down to $32 a month. For a better gym. I paid for 2 years and got 7 months 'free' which brought the cost down more.

If you ever think it costs too much, look in to paying for a long term up front. They'll usually cut you deals.

[–]muscleg33k 0 points1 point  (0 children)

look into TRT if you are over 30

[–]scarletspider3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I agree and disagree. I work out at home. I know that I can never have all the special equipment as a gym and therefore I won't gain as much. But as a grad student I find it saves a lot of time by just having the gym at my house. Once I finish school I'll join a gym and finally have a real leg day. For now it just wastes too much time to get up and go to a gym when I could get a good workout at home.

[–]hasantaskin33 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Just to keep depression away and burn more calories (currently I am trying to lose weight) I am performing physical therapy exercises that my therapist teached. I just recovered from my herniated disc injury. And these exercises are mostly focused on my back. Do you think I should work out more on the other parts? If you do, have you got any advice to work out without compressing the spine?

[–]ElMathador 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would do the Starting Strength program as written, just start light and add weight slowly on squats, deadlifts and overhead presses. As stated, lifting makes you feel amazing afterwards and is an amazing journey in itself. Good luck with your injuries and your life mate !

[–]ElMathador 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm pretty experienced at lifting, been lifting for years, benching 275x6 and overhead pressing 180x5. However, as good as i may be in the gym I'm a total beta with women. I just told a girl that i liked her and watched how it was not reciprocal. FeelsBadMen

[–]CrimsonMoonz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I dance at the gym.

I do this not to gain attention, but because I genuinely love to dance. I'm not about to waste time going to the bathroom for a private jam session. If people want to watch, they can go right ahead. I'm not here for them, I'm here for me. And I don't need to control myself if a song really gets me in the zone. When I leave, I'm drenched in sweat and feel phenomenal. My body has never looked better. And I catch girls looking at it all the time. Whether it's glancing at my arms when I'm close by or looking for a non-existent belly protrusion from far away.

[–]Bartand 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I lift by playing GTA 3 San Andreas.

[–]faceless3 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Stick with this routine if it works for you bro

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (8 children)

I have a question hopefully one of you guys could answer. I have done research and have encountered a total mix bag of answers. I am overweight (6'0 and 220 lbs). I have been cutting for about 4 months, eating a pretty aggressive caloric defecit of 1000-1200/day to lose 3 lbs a week. Should I start lifting now even though I wouldnt gain much due to my diet, or should I wait until Im at ~200 lbs at 15% bodyfat (Im already fairly muscular and have a big frame), where I would start eating a surplus?

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Sound like you have a muscle base under the fat.

My advice is to go lift while cutting. You won't make much in the way of gains, but it tells your body to "spare the protein" because you're using the muscle, so your body thinks you "need" it.

Other benefit is increased weight loss from the extra caloric burn.

You might have to adjust your macros, but it'll drop the weight off, get you into the gym habit, and increase your discipline when those abs start to peek through.

Then start a bulk cycle once the abs pop out if you don't like your size/shape. Added benefit is that without the fat layer, you'll be able to see exactly where you need to do some work and can tailor your workout.

Lift. Now.

Get to work.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

That settles it, going for my first session of lifting on Monday at my uni gym.

edit: I decided to go tonight, just finished my first day of the stronglifts 5x5

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

Best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.

Next best time is right now.

Keep it up.

[–]Snazzy_Serval 1 point2 points  (0 children)

One of the most common advice given when trying to lose weight is to exercise with weights.

Keep up your caloric deficit diet but make sure you're still getting enough protein.


Do cardio

[–]FirstNamesMusic 0 points1 point  (1 child)

6 foot 220 ain't too bad, you can lose that in no time! I'm 5 foot 8 225. Just start doing HIIT training (Google it)

[–]AllahHatesFags 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The more muscle you have, the higher your basal metabolic rate will be to sustain it, so it will be easier to lose the fat.

[–]wracky272 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's much easier and smarter to retain the muscle you already have, than to have your body shed it (because you're not using it), and trying to gain it back

[–]Lordracula 0 points1 point  (4 children)

You're a fucking retard, I didn't even step into a gym for a year to build the physique I have now. Just because you couldn't do it doesn't mean anyone else can.

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

Your own post history says......

<Damn I feel like a shitty TV host right now>

Thats a lie!

"I've lifted weights for 7 months and now look sleek and aesthetic, my waist-hip ratio is out of control. I have good genetics so I went into lifting with an advantage over the average joe, my potential is far higher."

"It's quite funny to see slutty teens being intimidated by me and losing their ability to talk coherently just because of the way I look. Others just look at my eyes and body like they want to grind and sweat all over me. I guess it's kinda like seeing life from the perspective that a beautiful woman has, being the one who selects their mates."

"I don't look like I'm particularly swole, I guess it's more of a fitness model look with the aesthetic ratios and pretty lines."

You just keep on with your pretty little 31" waisted self, then. 7 WHOLE months?? WOW. What's your height and weight Mr. "amateur bodybuilder?"

You do you, you nofap wizard that can't even get it up anymore.

Might think about taking a few classes on reading comprehension, too. Not your strong suit either.

[–]Lordracula 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No? Cool. Now get a fucking life Mr "47 year old"

[–]AnarchyCis -1 points0 points  (7 children)

What about the simple problem of time?

I drive 2 hours each day to a full nightshift job. If I'm awake by 5pm I consider that early. Getting Jacked is fine, but I'll stick to getting paid and then passing out to keep my sanity.

[–]That_Deaf_Guy 3 points4 points  (4 children)

manage your time better. What's your schedule looking like?

[–]AnarchyCis 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Usually awake at 6:30. Hour and a half of "morning" rituals, than an hour drive to be on shift at 9. Actual morning staff get in around 4, so theres a few pleasantries before I'm back home around 6 am.

Maybe I could get to a gym or something about that time? I'm usually only sleeping by 9 or 10, I just tend to rest for that time cause no-one wants to see someone half asleep when the suns rising.

(Basically take an average job but move it about 12 hours behind. Thats been my life for the last 8 months.)

[–]germanyguyzzz 3 points4 points  (0 children)

These are those excuses the OP talked about. Get more efficient with time management and you'll have more free time.

Sleeping by 9 or 10 after getting home is no different than a day workers life. Who gives a fuck if other people don't want to see a half asleep person in the morning - odds are no one will notice anyways.

(I worked full time 45 hr/wk night shift job while going to college full time my last two years of college and was concurrently enrolled in ROTC. I understand the difficulties)

[–]That_Deaf_Guy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

maybe throw it in with your morning rituals? if you can't, go after work (as many people will suggest)

[–]Rollo_Mayhem3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well let me say this, I understand the plight of the working man. You gotta eat, pay the rent. Many people don't have the luxury of picking there jobs. But I can definitely say, skipping the gym or at least some sort of fitness is literally shortening your life. Shift work wreaks damage on your brain. And not to mention the 4hrs sitting in our car. Very bad.

Do HIIT. Balls to the wall on exercise bike. 1 set heavy weight chest, deadlift, and squat. Find a gym on your commute there or on your way home that's open and get in 15 min at least..

GL. You might fid yourself w more energy and motivation to find a closer job.

[–]Emstario -1 points0 points  (2 children)

Lifting using large muscle groups increases testosterone

This has been proven to be a myth

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

Even if you can’t get to a squat rack in a real gym, push-ups are an option. With good strict form you’ve got a plank, bench press and some weird back thing (trust me your lats will burn if done right) all in one. Bonus: dive bomb push-ups.

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

Go to the gym to improve yourself, not to obtain the others attention. However, If Im honest with you guys, the people that notice yours gains use to be gays and another gym bros; dont get me wrong: girls too but they prefer a good face instead of a ripped body. Maybe you can win 1 point if you have the perfect body for females but Rpillers think gym is the remedy when its more like a patch, unless you are fat or anorexic BTW I love gym and I´ve been lifting for the last two years, my advice is to not be overfocused in gym, you should go to parties, drink and that stuff without being worried about your gym gains.

[–]NotACEOofAMajorBank 1 points1 points [recovered]

OP pissed the bed less than a decade ago.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Probably true, but if you're suggesting I'm young, I'm 47. Post history is a thing, you know? Often it stops you from looking like an idiot.

[–]NotACEOofAMajorBank 1 points1 points [recovered]

Because I have time to give a fuck about your opinions.

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

Plenty of time to bitch and shitpost, though....

Taking some time to see if you know what you're talking about is a hallmark of a redpill mindset. Otherwise stfu.

"Better to be silent and thought a fool than open your mouth and prove it."

For example, a quick look through your history reveals that fully half your replies are off the cuff 6 word answers that berate or insult. What value are you adding?


[–]anabolic92 -1 points0 points  (1 child)

I'm kind of not in the same wave regarding this topic of lifting and trp. I have lifted almost everyday since the last 4 years, I even take enhancing drugs to have a perform better ( I accept all of the consequences such as infertility, shorting life span, heart enlargement). But yet I fail to see any red pill benefit that lifting has brought to my life.

[–]twy1231235 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

fuckarounditis is one of the most long winded, horrible posts i've ever read. that same idea can be expressed in a few simple words. two, to be exact. don't suck. done.

[–]Trooper_1868 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I find watching workout videos an hour before you workout or the night before you workout, really pushes you to start working out/get that motivation. I watch the full body workout by Micheal Vasquez. He is a bodybuilding.com athlete. To me, being a similar height, is the ideal size and tone I want for my future self and I am working towards it. But the act of watching the video, on screen, really helps push your motivation to pump out an insane workout.

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

It is important to note that exercising should be a main focus as a way to improve health and stamina. However lifting itself will not get you a date or anything. The best lifting can do is provide you with confidence in yourself. So no it's not a magic pill.

[–]AllahHatesFags 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It won't get you a date by itself, but it will increase your SMV and thus your success rate and the pool of women available to you.