be rather than appear

Do you even post your workout?

The ego in mma/fitness at the moment is terrible. My newsfeed is flooded with selfies and quotes like “get on my level” or stuff that points out how hard they work out compared to others. My favorite one is usually on Fridays and Saturdays when guys/girls post “I’m in the gym on Friday night, how’s the club?” My reaction? Mfer I’m at home with my kid because I did my workouts at a decent time, good for you ya trailblazer :/
In the pursuit of doing anything to be different we often become the opposite, the same as everyone else. We forget how to be individual, losing ourselves to be what we want to be. I’m not saying changing yourself for the better is bad, but the egoism that goes with it isn’t necessary. We forget why we workout in the first place, our health. It shouldn’t be about outdoing the next guy. It’s about bettering yourself. I’m terrified of dying young or of a health related disease, so I push myself in the gym and eat things that aren’t considered comfort food and tastes like dirt. Small sacrifice to see my great grand kids. I don’t give a sh*t if anyone I know sees me working out or eating healthy because I’m not doing it for them, I do it so I feel good about myself. Sometimes ill post a quick video of doing something cool, but it’s more to market the gym/team/coach that I’m working with. I’m not doing anything different than anyone else, I’m no pioneer in the fitness/mma industry. When I see power lifters post their stuff or professional body builders, that’s something else entirely. That stuff is impressive! My selfie probably looks like most guys, no need to post it. I’m not lifting extraordinary amounts of weight that I deserve a medal or a round of applause for. I love the way I feel before/during/after a training/gym session. That’s for me, not anyone else. Facebook or twitter won’t make me feel better by posting it, I don’t need “likes” to feel good about myself. Social media junkies are silly. If I inspire anyone along the way I hope it’s because of the way I carry myself, hopefully with good character.
I apologize if I pushed any buttons, I’m not tagging anyone specifically. Be happy and be you, don’t be one of those guys. Feel good about yourself, don’t rely on others to do it for you. Have a great, productive, lazy, exciting, (whatever!) weekend. Ous

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3 responses

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  2. Nice PCGG shirt! <3

    I think I'm lucky in that I don't have "super hardcore" folks on my FB feed. I come from a nerdy background and I used to be really fat, and it's only in the past 3 years that I've started doing much physical activity. For me, it's not much about bragging, but a small high five for myself because old-me would have thought now-me was totally nuts for doing jiu jitsu. Basically – I'm proud of what I'm doing.

    However, I think that ANY militant group, whether militant exercise folks, militant vegans, or even militant productivity folks, are frustrating, and they often post things to prove some sort of superiority. Ah well.

    I'm at a point in my life, though, where I feel no guilt over being at home or spending an evening in front of the tv. Okay – you went to the gym. Good on ya! High five. You think I should train 24/7? Thank you for the laugh – I needed that! ^_^

    August 21, 2013 at 11:23 pm

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