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The Iron Game

May 20th, 2011 at 2:08 am

Ebb and Flow of The Iron Game

As a member of The Iron Game for most of my life, I have noticed an ebb and flow at the gym where I train.  Why do some people go to the gym and barely break a sweat and others train their butts off?  Then there are those who used to train hard yet now hardly train.  They come into the gym, barely break a sweat, take three minutes or more between sets and watch the TV’s scattered about the gym.  This inactivity and half-hearted effort only fuels my drive and enthusiasm to train even harder!

My message then is you have to ignore people who hardly train, or go to the gym for their social hour of the day, you have to focus on yourself and why you go to the gym.  You can’t let other people’s half-hearted attitude to train distract you from your training goals.  When I see these people just hanging out and not training hard, it only fuels my drive and makes me want to train even harder!  You have to remind yourself why you are there and focus on your training goals, generate your own momentum and intensity from within.  Do not allow a laissez faire environment to reduce/lower your workouts.

You may have lost a training partner, that has happened to me more times than I can count over the years.  No matter what the reason, you must stay the course and persevere.  Follow your own training compass.  If you are serious about making advances in your workouts, it all starts with focusing and using the strongest muscle we possess, the one between our ears!  Stay focused and goal oriented regarding your own routine and you’ll do fine.  YOU can raise the intensity level in your gym by setting the bar.  Allow yourself to shine, become an inspiration to others.  Sweat and train loud!

There are a handful of women at the gym I frequent who train a heck of a lot harder than some of the men do.    I am rocked up in my middle age and routinely pull 855 lbs. in the power rack.  Three years ago topping out with a single rep shrug of 1,000 lbs. and held it for thirteen seconds.  Belt and wrist straps, chalk and a helluva lot of heart was included!

All that weight pulled at a body weight of 234 lbs.  My belief is your strength comes from the people you love and a sincere belief in a higher power.  There exists a spiritual side/component to The Iron Game!

It’s not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.- Paul Bryant

Gary Lillvis

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