How Arnold Is Ruining My Life!
When anybody talks about working out, going to the gym or anything related to fitness, more often than not Mr. Arnold is ALWAYS mentioned!
Why is this?
Is it because Arnold was the best there is, was and ever will be? Hardly!
Don’t get me wrong because I think Arnold is great.
He is a well rounded invidual who has had success in many areas of life including movie, politics and of course BODYBUILDING.
I think he was just around at the right time with the right personality. And sometimes that is all it takes. And it doesnt hurt to have god like genetics!
But before I get hate mail from fellow Arnold fans coming to his defence, let me explain why Arnold is ruining my life (hes not really)!
Being a fellow hardgainer, I am never truly satisfied with my physique.
Even though I have been a success story in many aspects of my fitness career, my hardgainer ‘programming’ always reminds me I will never reach the same mass our dear friend Arnold attained.
But then I remind myself, that’s ok. Because to tell you the honest truth, I am content with the size I am at. Its all a matter of personal choice.
Some think big is in, some prefer a leaner athletic look.
I know where I have come from and my results have been amazing.
That being said, not everyone is as ‘informed’ about the fitness industry.
About a year ago, I was visiting family. My mother noticed how much bigger I appeared and she congratulated me on my success.
However, not more than 5 seconds after that remark, my dad stated; “Yes he is in shape, but he is nothing compared to Arnold!”
I try to be patient with people who say things like this as their understanding of different body types is quite low.
But it still kinda got to me.
A little before this event, I was at a banquet and somebody remarked about how well I had eaten during the supper and I explained that I was not on a ‘diet’ but rather simply eat healthy whole foods.
They asked why, and I explained that alond with eating healhy I was very passionate about fitness.
Then of course another similar retort;
“Yes we know you workout but, your definetly not anywhere near as big as…”
Yep, you guessed it: ARNOLD!
I felt like dragging him over to the nearest gym and deadlifting 405lbs or lifting my shirt to reveal the 6 pack I had managed to get after months of strict dieting.
I felt like explaining to him the differences in genetic capabilities of people and because I was a hardgainer, the physique I posessed was actually an achievement.
But what did I do?
Simply smiled, nodded and agreed; “No you are right, I am not as big as Arnold.”
This is not wimping out. This is the art of choosing your battles.
I knew there was no way to convince him (without making a scene) that there were very distinct differences between someone like me and someone like Arnold and that we both were successful in our own respect.
People immediately associate fitness with bodybuilding.
But the body I want is more of a fitness model. More importantly, its what my girlfriend prefers.
Fitness models are more lean and vary in weight from 170-190lbs (give or take).
They might not be the biggest in a shirt, but they are certainly ripped underneath.
I have had to work hard to get the body I have now. And even though I still want to better myself, sometimes you have to give yourself a pat on the back for how far you have come.
You should do the same.
Be smart about things and try not to let others get you down while they compare you to people with gifted genetics or people on steroids!
Dont let their arrogance bring you down.
Always compare yourself to…YOURSELF!
Be the best you that YOU can be.