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by Nick Lepore
At any given moment you can walk into any gym in the world and see an array of weight lifters. Whether it’s the teenager who has recently been introduced to the weights, or the parent who just needs an escape from reality and blow off some steam, they all have their reasons for being there. Who are we to judge them? It’s very easy to enter the gym and critique others – to point out someone’s bad form, lifters who are slacking off and talking. But what does that say about you? Is that your reason for being there? To point out flaws? I guess what I’m trying to say is the first step to achieving something great, whether it’s a short term personal goal, or becoming a champion bodybuilder, is to focus on you. Don’t get distracted by anything other than you.
As I sat on a bench, catching my breath after my leg workout the other day, I found myself looking around. I couldn’t help but notice the guys who constantly feel the need to talk about themselves, yet never really accomplish anything. Is their motivation nothing more than getting attention from others? And if so, is that a bad thing? I believe that your source of motivation can clearly dictate the end result. In order for your end result to be impressive in bodybuilding, I feel that you need to be doing so with passion, intensity, and a good head on your shoulders.
More and more, I see new guys who start lifting just so they can compete. They see others on stage or on social media and see the attention they get. They tell themselves, “I could do that. I could get so many new followers.” Once again, who am I to judge their reasons for lifting or their motivation? I know this though. Success and ego-boosting fans often disappear, quickly.
Who succeeds? It’s the guys who put their head down, day in and day out, and beat the shit out of themselves with the weights. These are the individuals who earn the APPRECIATION and the RESPECT of others. These guys have a deeper motivation. You can see it in everything they do and how they carry themselves. These guys don’t say much. They just put in the work. They don’t scream at the world, “Hey look at me, I’m a competitive bodybuilder!” I believe these guys have motivation that comes from a personal, private place.
So what motivates me? Money? Well, bodybuilders get offered all kinds of money to do immoral or questionable things. Screw that. You can keep your couple hundred bucks. I have too much respect for myself. So is it attention? Nope. I prefer to stay covered up in the gym. I rarely go to the beach. You’ll never catch me carrying a gallon of water around. What motivates me? It changes often, but there’s one constant—if I put in the work and keep my head down, if I never make excuses, I may be remembered as an athlete who respected the game.
Machine once wrote, “I don’t care if I die as long as they bury me in a big fucking box.”