Ripped Out Blog Banner

11 Reasons Why I Train My Body

  Mar 25th, 2013

Why I TrainWhen I pumped my first barbell as a scrawny 13 year old, I did it for the reasons every awkwardly slender male just starting his pubescent years does it: to build muscle and attract more female attention.


18 years later, I still train on a regular basis, but I have to say that female attention is no longer at the top of my list of reasons why. Sure, it feels great to know that my wife finds me attractive, but she’s stuck with me regardless of what I look like. 😉


Seriously, though, my wife is still one big reason (among others) why I continue to devote considerable amounts of time, energy and discipline to training my body. After all, nothing feels better to a man than being adored by – and physically irresistible to – the woman he cherishes most.


But that is just one reason, in a long list of reasons, why I train my body.


Here are my top 11 reasons why I train:


1. It is a completely objective means of measuring my current physical capabilities. There’s absolutely zero subjectivity.


If I can lift ten more pounds today than I could a month ago, I know I’ve improved myself and my training is making me better.


“I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds”
– Henry Rollins


Why I Train - Rocky2. I can think of no other activity where I can invest 45-minutes of my time and leave it feeling like Rocky after knocking out Ivan Drago.


3. Lord willing, resistance training will add years to my life (and also add quality of life to whatever number of years I’m given).


A number of studies have linked regular resistance training to increased longevity, with some claiming an expected increase in life span of 7 years, or more.


And this is from regular exercise alone. Combine this with eating well and maintaining a high level of cardiovascular health and the impact can logically be expected to be magnified that much further.


“No one lives forever, no one. But with advances in modern science and my high level income, it’s not crazy to think I can live to be 245, maybe 300.”
– Ricky Bobby


4. I train to build muscle. Enough said.


5. I train to keep my body fat in check and to never be obese again.


Nothing will get your metabolism revved up for the rest of the day like a bout of intense training. Nothing.


And the only way to permanently enhance your metabolism is by packing on muscle mass. Every pound of muscle is estimated to require as much as an additional 50 calories per day to maintain.


6. Training makes me stronger and more explosive. I play softball and baseball, so the ability to jump higher, accelerate faster and swing with greater speed and power only makes me that much better.


7. I am living proof to others of what hard work can do. I know what it’s like to spend hours at the gym each week with nothing in the mirror to show for it.


I also know what it’s like to experience the kind of life-changing physical results that can only come through consistently training the body.


I train for me, but I also train for others. I want to be an inspiration to those who need it to not give up and continue pressing on.


I know it sounds corny. But it’s true.


8. I train because it instantly builds my self-confidence. When I’m in the middle of an intense training session – huffing for air with sweat dripping off my chin – I feel invincible.


I know I’m not, but there’s just something about pushing my body to its limits that makes me realize I’m capable of so much more.


If you train with a high level of intensity, I trust you know what I’m talking about. And if you don’t, why are you wasting your time?


9. I do it for my wife and kids. I want to be the best I can be, but not just for me.


I want to be the best man I can be for my wife and kids as well.


I have a responsibility to lead them both spiritually and physically. The best way I know to do either is by being a living example for them to see and follow.


Giving training (both physical and spiritual) the priority it deserves in my life sets an example for my family to follow that will not only make me better, but will make them all better as a result.


1 Timothy 4:8: “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”


Why I Train - Stress Relief10. It provides an outlet for channeling my stresses and frustrations. I don’t care what stress you’re enduring, 45 minutes of pushing your body to its limits will make you feel better about it when you’re done.


While my problems obviously haven’t gone anywhere, it resets my mind and makes me better able to deal with them.


Additional tip: If you’re feeling particularly stressed, try fasting for a 24-hour stretch. Trust me. It works.


11. I train because it wouldn’t feel right not to. I’ve gained an affinity for physical activity and my life just isn’t the same… no, it isn’t as good… without it.


“A day without training just ain’t the same.”
Jason Ferruggia


There are a number of additional reasons I could list, but I’ll leave it at this for today.


I’d like to leave you with a question…


Why do you train? Leave a comment below to let me know and keep the conversation going.



Speak Your Mind

What do you think?
Feel free to join the conversation by leaving a comment below. I read every single comment and look forward to hearing from you! Please use your real name (or a nickname) as using a business name or keyword will be considered spam and be automatically deleted.


Craig Leonard's Ripped Out Banner

Interact With on Social Media Recent Articles

© 2012, All rights reserved                                                                                                 
San Antonio Web Design