It Isn’t About Us: Why We Train

The guy on my right might be a prick for all I know, he might be vain, he may be a deadbeat dad and so forth, but it doesn’t look like that. It looks like he’s genuine, that he cares, and that his wife and daughter feel that love and caring.

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I Train for Something That Doesn’t Yet Exist

One of my goals in life is to be a good Dad. I’m in no rush, mind you, but that’s something that I want. It’s a large part of why I work so hard on my business, but also my body.

Actually, primarily why I work on body.

I talk about gaining confidence, and the confidence I gained from having a 6 pack year round, or having my ideal body year round, staying in great shape year round. And I do, I gain a lot of confidence from that, but it goes deeper than just confidence. It’s more than just about me, it’s about them – it’s even about my parents.

What’s funny is that I haven’t met them, not one of them, yet they’re who I train for. They’re why I stay in great shape. I’m going to be a good protector. I’m going to be the warrior that they need, not just to serve as a protector, but to show – physically – that I love them by being in good shape, staying healthy, and being a strong man.

Building a great body isn’t a selfish endeavor like every site and “internet marketing” fitness guru claims it to be.

IT ISN’T ABOUT YOU.

Being fat, too weak and skinny, is. That’s the selfish endeavor. Oddly, laziness is far more selfish than getting a six pack, ripped muscles, and a great body.

Why do you want a great body?

To feel confident. Why? So you can get the girl. Why? So you can love her and she will love you, so you can have some meaning in your life other than work, drinking with pals and random fornication. So you can build a family, love that family, protect that family, live your warrior spirit, and give your purpose – whatever your other purpose is – more meaning, and more value.

If you have that family, that love in your life, you’re already there. You may want to build a better body for confidence, still, but that confidence is tied deeply into being a better warrior, protector, and father.

Maybe you won’t have a family, maybe that’s not in your future – or mine, who knows – but it’s still not about you. We’re building better businesses, better bodies, and becoming better people for someone. Our purpose, our mission, that thing that drives us, that object of our ambition, isn’t just the calling of our souls to do something great for our own gain, it’s to give. To give something of ourselves to the world.

Being in great shape is a piece of that puzzle. It’s a piece of all of our puzzles. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you want in life, if you’re going to act out the warrior you are within, you’re going to need this piece of the puzzle.

That’s why I train. It’s why you train.

When we get down to the root of why we all do what we do, it’s not just about us.

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Do What You Gotta Do

Do whatever you have to do to be the protector, the warrior, that Legendary Man that you’re meant to be. All I can say is, the program that has helped me the most in the past, and will continue to for many years to come, is that same program that helped me gain 32 pounds of lean muscle in 32 weeks; the PowerHowse Challenge.

For you, it could mean becoming a stronger man, a leaner man, or simply a fitter human being. It could give you the focus and plan of attack you need to get in the best shape of your life – or there could be another program out there that’s a better fit. This, however, is why we train.

It isn’t the six pack abs or the bulging biceps, it’s love. It’s us showing our families, friends, and loved one’s that we care enough about them to protect them, to be a warrior, and to live long enough to see our purpose and our mission through. Why does the warrior fight? Why do you train? The answers are one in the same.

  • Mike

    Thanks Chad- just what I wanted to hear… just about to start your fitness tips this week and I was already feeling intimidated. This might get me through the week with actual motivation.

    • Hope it does man – don’t be intimidated either, just work hard and do your best. You’ll improve fast if you just follow my tips.

  • Pete Tansley

    So true Chad!

    I always tell people to be crystal clear on their “why”, especially after the first 2 or 3 months when the fun of workouts can wear off for some people. The longer vision, the better – see your great grandkids wed, see you grandkids buy their first home – as long as it’s more than just a selfish reason, it is worthy.

    Thanks for a great read.

    Pete

    • Anytime man, thanks for always participating on here. Really appreciate it.

  • andy

    great article

  • Alon

    You’re a boss, Chad.

  • You wrote “parents” instead of “children” on the second page when you’re saying “I haven’t met them yet.” Great article besides this. Cheers!

    • Thanks for pointing that out – I’ll get that fixed.

  • Shogun

    Don’t you dare attack my beloved Frapuccino! It’s one of the only cheats I have left. 🙂

    • hahah if it’s a cheat it’s all good man!

  • Leonard

    Chad . As a guy about to turn fifty. Thank You for this timely reminder.
    You have the wisdom of a sage.

    You guys out there who read this article. Beware and choose to be the warrior not the worrior. It just been in the last few months I finally got this.

    Choose who you will be will make decades of a difference in how you will look back at your life. Also learn to rewrite your life stories to empower not disempower you. The worrier in me see 40 plus jobs as a failure. The warrior in me seesacquired knowledge skill and differnt ways the were not the path for me.

    Chad you helped find my why with this article.
    Thanks
    Leonard

    • Chad

      Leonard, thanks for the comment man! You have a great perspective. Thanks for passing on YOUR wisdom.

  • moises

    Thanks Chad! great article!

  • soe

    Great article Chad!

  • steve

    Thanks chad,
    im 16 and im recovering from abuse and psychological problems. I’m 6ft &weigh 130 and finally saved money for a gym membership yesterday. Im super sore today but the good kind of sore you know. Reading your blog has inspired me and i want to be a writer as well. Thanks man, if you could do an article on bulking on a budget that be great!!

    • Shit man, sorry to hear about the abuse etc… Hopefully it’ll make you stronger brother. Glad I can provide some inspiration.

  • Necropants

    Some men build their bodies to protect the weaker in a selfless manner. Some men build their bodies to act as tyrants to those that are too weak to protect themselves in a selfish manner. Be careful to generalize too much based on looks alone. Some men find confidence in other things than being lean and muscular.

    • Chad

      Agreed. By being on this site, and by improving your body (performance-wise, and aesthetically), I’m assuming you’re a protector, not an abuser.

  • Robi

    you make some good points but I don’t agree with everything..to be in good shape to be better protector,warrior for your family?..sure,this is all good,but you can be all that even if you’re not in great shape. I agree,training is important but to be a warrior,strong body is not enough. Many people workout, warriors train! I know many great people who are great protectors and warriors but they are not in good physical shape..we all have our differents lifes and we all must be warriors in them,but to be that kind of a warrior that your posts speak about – well, not all people are made for this…(just take a look in ancient Sparta, if you weren’t good material for warrior, they killed you or sent you to do something else..).

    all in all, You have great posts, love reading them, keep up the good work Chad!
    greets from Slovenia

    Robi

    • Hey man thanks for the comment.
      I agree with you, you don’t need it, but if we’re going to be at our very best – I mean our ideal, our ultimate self – don’t you think that being in great shape would be, at the very least, an important piece of that puzzle?

      Not everyone needs it, but it’s a good characteristic and attribute to have. Great points and it’s awesome having you on the site by the way.

      • Robi

        yes definitely, being in shape is our basic goal..human body is made for movement,training..it would be a waste not to train it and see all the potential. You evolve through physical training, you upgrade other area of your life..that’s what I love about it.

        but,like I said,not everyone like this,it would benefit them for sure,but we all have different path in our lives..your blog is a great way to inform and inspire that kind of people so they can discover their true powers, I love this!

        stay strong man 😉

        Robi

      • Great perspective – really appreciate it.

  • All great journeys start with “Why”.

    It’s one question I ask my clients and readers often.

    Why do you want to change, why do you want to do that work. It’s only then we know the reason, that reason can carry us a long the journey.

    • Well said man. Most important question for sure.

  • Sonny

    Great site , love it here.
    I’ve been looking at the powerhowse challenge but I really love training at home so was wondering if you could have a blog post listing the equipment we would need to do the challenge from home.. thanks

  • Nick Jones

    Excellent post… Everytime out at night with my gf I can’t help but think what if? What if something were to happen? I’m glad to know I’m more prepared than most… but always working to get better.

    • Always improving is the key. If we’re not, we’re stagnant. If we’re stagnant, we’re dead.

  • Great article, Chad. It definitely cuts to the core of fitness motivation. Thanks for this!

  • I’ve been reading your stuff for a while now, great article as usual Chad

  • Reese Huddleston

    This is the best article you have written in my opinion. It’s so good, I think young man on the verge of becoming a true adult man should read it. Just subtract the random fornication and it’s worth tons of awards!

  • Kobi

    Hey..could u add me on fb scottkobi@yahoo.com??

  • Ron

    Great article again Chad.