Is there a reason why you train for strength? I always think back to Sigmund Freud's "Why War" where he discussed the use of superior muscular strength to take or defend property in a state of nature before civil society and sovereignty. We no longer need super strength as he discusses, so I"m curious to understand more of the appeal of physical strength.
"It is a general principle, then, that conflicts of interest between men are settled by the use of violence. This is true of the whole animal kingdom... To begin with, in a small human horde, it was superior muscular strength which decided who owned things or whose will shall prevail...Muscular strength was soon supplemented and replaced by the use of tools: the winner was the one who had better weapons or who used them the more skillfully. From the moment at which weapons were introduced, intellectual superiority already began to replace brute muscular strength; but the final purpose of the fight remained the same - one side or the other was to be compelled to abandon his claim or his objection by the damage inflected on him and by the crippling of his strength".
Last edited by ps3isawesome; 12-19-2014 at 12:33 PM.
Its a very good question.
Im very tired right now, and sometimes my english level drop a bit, i will try to make that understandable.
With our advanced societies, our law and rules, with the police and army, we dont need to be physicaly superior. Its no more the 'the stronger will reign' like it was in middles age. Its not the reason i build my body always bigger and stronger.
We live in a 'image' society. Its sad, but its true. Most of the time, beautifull peoples, who look confident, strong and alpha will always have more chance to reach success because the society is like that. Once again, its pretty sad but its the reality.
I cannot control everything, but what i can control, i will go at 100%. Even if i cant(and dont want to) use my body to gain control over other humans, like it was in middles ages, a strong and impressive body will bring more respect and admiration. I can see this in the eyes and actions of the people around me.
Once again, the society is like that.
Most of the normal people dont want to mess with a 6'5 300lbs dude. Most of normal people will not talk the same way to a impressive guy.
I start bodybuilding 12 years ago, and i was at 125lbs for 6f. I was often invisible for other. Many time ppl cut me in the waiting line at the grocery store for example. Its a way more intimidating doing this in front of a very big guy. People dont even try. Its like that.
Also bodybuilding bring me so much other advantages like mental focus, discipline, patience, hard work and a healthy life style. I meet my best friends in the gym, i meet my girlfriend in the gym.
2014 was very hard for me, i lost many close ppl as my parents and my best friend, and without bodybuilding habbits and discipline, i dont know if i were able to go through that.
I hope i answer your question
Hit a 300lb bench today, been wanting that for a while.
You guys into Olympic weightlifting at all? I know it's not bodybuilding but still strength related. Not crossfit or anything, but just training for Olympic lifts
Last edited by That One Guy; 02-23-2015 at 11:22 PM.
I did cleans and stuff in HS but haven't ever gotten back into the Oly lifts.
Originally Posted by That One Guy
One of my idol. The greatest bodybuilder of all time. Arnold? Branch? Coleman? Cutler?
No one was big like him.
He never wanted to compete at Mr. Olympia because he was not interested.
Last edited by Maiden; 07-29-2015 at 03:28 PM.
Nice! You bench more than me!
Originally Posted by Randoja
Im mostly a dumbell guy, but 300lbs is very heavy, well done
I didnt remember if i posted that picture before.
This is me(Army t-shirt) with Branch Warren. This guy is in the top 5 in the world. What a beast. I look skinny next to him LOL
Last edited by Maiden; 07-29-2015 at 03:35 PM.
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Maiden you look really stoked to meet Branch. Where did you run into him?
What a neat thread that hadn't run across yet. If I find some old pics of myself I may post 1. In my early & mid twenties I was once upon a time about Branch's size. I started lifting again & I'm getting back up to my old max in weights but not even close to my old size yet. I was a powerlifter so I max in everything. Do you guys also? If so, what are your numbers?
Im not a powerlifter, im a bodybuilder. I dont really care how much i lift, i care about what i see in the mirror. Yes i was exited, he is my bodybuilding idol. I meet him at popeyes store near my home.
You had the branch's size ?
He is one of the greatest in bodybuilding history... Its impressive
My numbers are:
Dumbell press 2*135lbs
Military press 190lbs
No dead lift
These numbers are not my one rep max, but 5*8 (set*reps) for each exercices, no spotting. So i dont know if i can lift heavier, but i make very good lean mass gain, so i dont need to push myself to the maximum.
Last edited by Maiden; 07-30-2015 at 10:02 AM.