When I took a tour of the new gym I signed up for, the owner of Anytime Fitness was telling me about all the cool things they had.
They had boot camps and elliptical machines.
They had more kettle balls than the eyes can see.
They had machines and resistance bands.
They had a Biggest Loser contest going on and all the latest supplements.
Then, he showed me this room in the back of the gym. Nothing pretty. A couple of boxing bags, free weights, and some benches. A squat rack, dumb bells, a water fountain. The walls were a dull yellow. The floors were matted. I looked at the owner and said…
“Is this heaven?”
I am not a runner.
I wish I was, but I never liked running. Most weight loss bloggers run. They sign up for 5K events, and then buildup to half marathons. They have shoes that look like fingers. They have GPS devices that they put on their shoes. They will tell you “I just ran three miles…and it felt good!”
I lift weights. I love lifting weights. Lately, I have been on a cardio kick. I have been doing the Arc Trainer and a Life Fitness elliptical machine like crazy!
For the past couple of weeks, cardio has been more important to me than free weights.
Yet I miss pushing 225 pounds in a bench press. Squatting 305 on the rack.
When I saw the room, it made me remember why I want to be “athletic” and “strong”.
I know I do not want to be obese. Lifting those weight gives me confidence. Confidence that a420 pound guy needs.
In the room, there is only one picture up. It stands out. It is a guy with no shirt curling weight. On the side of the picture, it says “Power”.
What is power?
Is it lifting weights? Is it saying no to seconds of your favorite food? Is it finishing a 5K race?
The definition for power is “The ability to act or produce an effect.”
So everyone has power. Everybody has the ability.
So I worked out in the power room the last couple of days. Pushing weight like I have not for a while.
As they say “It felt good”
The Anti-Jared- 223 lbs.