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Revisiting my earliest weight training workouts.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006 by  
Filed under Daily Blog


Over the past couple of days we’ve been talking about leg workouts (among other things) in my media journal, and the subject of squats and lunges came up. I recalled that I did squats and lunges back on my very first weight training workout, and that’s sort of true: I did do squats, and I tried to follow them up with bodyweight lunges, but I could not complete a single rep. I was so out of shape and my legs were so weak (and exhausted from the squats) that they buckled and gave out on me on the very first rep. In the middle of that first lunge I literally collapsed into a blubbery, winded heap on the floor.

I distinctly remember lying on the floor trying to catch my breath and muster the strength to stand back up. While I was on the floor I remember thinking that what I was trying to accomplish was next to impossible. I could have easily given up – believe me, the temptation was there – but I did not give up. No, I stood back up and tried to lunge again. Again I fell down, and I felt embarrassed and disgusted. Then I felt something new: anger. I was pissed! Pissed off that I had become so weak and pathetic. Pissed off that I looked and felt like an old man at just 34 years old. Pissed off that I had neglected my body and my health for so many years. Pissed off that I felt fat and ugly… I channeled that rage into motivation and desire. That was a pivotal moment in my life. The easy thing to do would have been to grab a beer and get comfortable on the sofa, but I refused to back down. My life from that moment on was changed forever.

We all have to start somewhere. I don’t care how out of shape you are. I don’t care how fat you are: you do what we all do – take one step, then another. When you fall, you get your ass back up. If you move towards your goals with relentless drive and determination you will get there.

Never, ever give up!

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