Greg Nuckols over at Strengtheory hits the nail on the head with this article saying we need hero’s and larger than life examples to inspire us to be better.
I’ve been seeing more and more people talk about the dangers of having unrealistic expectations.
“Oh, if we don’t tell new lifters what’s ‘reasonable’ from the very start, they’re going to be disappointed and stop lifting.”
Nope. I’m not buying it. Not for one second. If anything, I think that mindset does more harm than good.
Do kids start playing basketball because they want to be as good as some guy who plays pick-up games at the local YMCA?
They start playing because they want to be Michael Jordan or Lebron James or Steph Curry.
Do kids start playing football because they admire the second-string slot receiver at their local high school?
They want to be Cam Newton or Ray Lewis or Rob Gronkowski.
Hell, who made bodybuilding a THING in the first place?
Arnold. The definition of a larger-than-life character. He’s likely inspired literally millions of people to start working out. But since most of those people will never look like Arnold, that’s a bad thing, right?
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