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At every facet of masculinity, I find strength to ultimately be the first stepping stone to becoming a man. Whether a Spartan warrior, or a guy whose had it with this toxic acceptance of weakness, most men when trying to become better than average turn to strength as a cure.  While simply being strong won’t turn you from a spineless loser to an alpha chad, there’s something deeper going on than just physically looking better and being stronger.

A Man Should Be Strong

Our physical capabilities are one thing that sets up apart from women.  Throw all your PC bullshit out the window because if I’m trying to load a truck full of tree timbers, am I going to pick the brawny lumberjack type or a 90lb girl to help?  There are many  woman who are quite strong, but I tend to find that strength, even when expressed by women, is masculine at its core.  A man who refuses to be strong isn’t worth a shit in my eyes.

Strength built the great cities and won battles, but it possesses not only physical attributes.  The mental benefits of strength are often forgotten or not even noticed.

 

Mental Muscle

When you know you’re strong, it changes you.  You gain confidence, and also tend to get respect.  Weight training also helps people who struggle with setting goals.  When hitting a personal record, you get a high like no other.  You feel a connection with the past and it all just feels natural. Its really a quest with no end and the reward is being stronger, healthier, and more resilient.  It takes dedication and hard work to reach your goals, and I think many men could benefit from it.

I’ve had two friends lately who have gone through hellish relationships with women.  Sure they should have seen it coming, but I’ll save that for another post.  The key thing I noticed was once they were free from their succubus, they both started to do weight training.  The one guy didn’t even have a house to live in, but still realized that a commitment to strength was something for him.

Getting Started

Before you go run out to your local globo gym, spend $300 on supplements and workout gear, please just take your time.  I recommend that a true novice starts with buying Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe. It got me into strength training and in my opinion is the best literature available to new lifters.  Also, your focus should be (especially after reading the book) on barbell training.  Master the lifts in the book then move on.  I will note too, that barbell training is considered to be better for people who are overweight.  Most people want to hit the treadmill, but a 300lb man running on a treadmill may do more damage to his joints than good for fat loss.

The most important routine is one you’ll actually stick to.  You are going to fail.  Don’t bitch about it, and don’t give up.  Push to be that 1% better than the last time, and enjoy a physical lifestyle that can only benefit you.

 

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