Your SuperHero Story
Whether it be the Avengers coming together to save New York from or Spidey swinging through the streets of Manhattan thwarting the Hob-Goblin, one thing is for sure – superheros are more popular than ever
The rise in superhero culture has given way to a multitude of corresponding workouts meant to transform men from ninety pound weaklings to uber-masculine supermen
Rather than focus on which workouts are best, I am dedicating today’s message to figuring why we are so fascinated with superheroes themselves and what this fascination suggests about our own dormant powers
If you are like me – you grew up reading a shit ton of comics. As a former comic aficionado it’s no secret that most superhero origin follow a similar structure. They usually start with our protagonist, a rather ordinary Joe being bestowed great powers courtesy of a freak accident. The rest of the story centers around him fighting crime and coming to terms with his new found powers while retaining his humanity
As common as this storyline is – the really good books go even deeper and shine a spotlight on the inner turmoil having these powers would cause
Imagine if one day you woke-up with the ability to fly or crush other humans in the palm of your hands – chances are high you would be very tempted to somethings which you weren’t supposed to
I shudder at the thought of what I would do in a fit of road-rage if I were bestowed with super powers – it would make The Hulk look tame
A second key element of a well-written superhero story is a focus on the struggle the protagonist endures as as he attempts to live in a world which admonishes him for being different EVEN though it needs him
In the Spiderman story, Peter Parker constantly takes shit from his hero hating boss J.Jonah Jamison. Jamison is hell bent on stopping the web-menace and would undoubtedly have a shit if he found out that Spidey actually worked for him
So why am I telling you all of this?
Because though of devoid of all of the crime fighting and superhuman powers, most superhero stories sound eerily similar to the journey many young lifters go through.
The majority of us, begin our training as fairly ordinary beings (sometimes even losers) Through years of sheer determination we build-up our bodies and slowly transform into stronger versions of ourselves. I believe this is a human attempt at self-actualization and one of the quickest ways to tap into the dormant powers which reside within you
As commendable as this is – often times our physical transformations are met with resistance from friends and family
I can’t tell you the number of emails I’ve gotten from newsletter subscribers confessing the slew of the negative remarks they receive from loved ones - just for training
Sadly these comments are merely a reflection of a culture who fears those who dare to be more than average
I’m writing you today because I believe it is you responsibility to continue on your journey and keep becoming stronger each and everyday
I’m writing you today because in some small way you are also a superhero
You may not here it but your drive to keep getting better serves as an inspiration for those many others who choose to remain silent.
That kid who lives on your block who see’s you getting bigger week after week… you inspire him
That co-worker who has struggled with his weight and seen your remarkable transformation… you inspire him
You owe it to yourself and all those around you to keep training and keep getting stronger
Go Big or Go Home
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