In some countries (South Korea, Switzerland, Brazil, Israel, etc.) every adult man and woman is required by law to give up 1-2 years of their life to serve their country through military service.
As I see it, the purpose of this requirement is to teach each citizen self-discipline and how to work with others to achieve a goal. And while that all sounds good on paper, I believe that I have a better idea.
Instead of teaching people how to march in formation and run 5 miles a day, which are useless skills in today’s modern warfare, every adult man and women should be required to participate in a barbell strength training program for at least 2 years of their adult lives.
Because strength training teaches you a very important lesson about life that you may not ever learn otherwise.
The Parallels Between Life And Strength Training
The first phases of life are relatively easy. You get to run around like a little asshole, throw dirt clods at your friends and spend most of your days doing whatever the fuck you want.
Likewise, the first phase of a strength training journey is also easy. The weight on the barbell is extremely light and the workouts are fun. Simply going through the motions will allow you to get your heart rate up, burn fat, and build muscle.
However, at some point, you are going to grow up, or in the case of strength training, become more advanced, and things are going to get HARD.
The weight on the barbell is going to get HEAVY and you will have much more responsibility as an adult. The game of Life and strength training will no longer be all fun and games.
The days where you get to run around outside all day with your friends without a care in the world will be gone.
And everything isn’t going to just be handed to you by your mommy and daddy.
Shit is going to get real and you’ll actually have to push back at life (and the barbell) with all of your might if you want it to move in the right direction.
The Greatest Lesson Of All
When a young man or woman places a loaded barbell on their back with a weight that they’ve never lifted before, and isn’t sure whether they’ll be able to get all of the required reps of their set without failing, but grinds them out and completes every rep, what does that teach them about life?
It teaches them that when things get tough, you have to keep going. When life (or a loaded barbell) pushes you down, and believe me it will, you will have to push back if you want to get anywhere.
However, If you don’t have the courage to push back when things get tough, you’ll NEVER get strong.
You’ll never know what your mind and body can do until you TRY.
From The Man Himself –