Written by Marshall White for LiftBigEatBig.com
One of the most common things I hear from aspiring strongmen is that they don’t have the time to lift like they should to make the gains required to be successful. I reply the exact same way every time. “Bullshit!” Not having the time to train is just another excuse in the long line of excuses that weak people use to justify their CHOICE to remain sub-par.
As I have progressed in my career as a professional strongman my “personal” life has gotten busier and busier. I have gotten married, obtained a degree in mortuary science, obtained dual licensure as a funeral director and embalmer, moved from Texas to Washington State, moved from Washington to Colorado, opened a funeral home, had my first child, second child on the way, competed in 4-7 international and domestic competitions a year, etc etc. Throughout all of this I have chosen to make training a priority in my life. This means I did not miss training sessions. I have had to make sacrifices but the sacrifices I made came at the cost of a social life, never at the cost of my family, job, or training.
When making training a priority you have to take a long hard look at your life and decide what is and what isn’t necessary to you reaching your goals. Do you need to train before the kids wake up, or after they go to sleep? How much TV are you watching? Is your flower bed really that important or can you grow pretty flowers when you’re old? All of these things seem like regular life but when training becomes truly important you start to see how insignificant they really are. You will also see how much of your life you are wasting doing crap like watching TV.
I know I will catch a lot of shit because people are going to say “well I can’t neglect my family, etc”. This is true! The thing is though you don’t need to train 9 times a week to see gains. Have you noticed that Lift Big Eat Big advocates squatting 3x a week? Why? Because squats are a movement that can change your body, or increase your performance if they were the only movement you chose to do! It’s all about maximizing each workout to the fullest. I have a hard time believing that someone can’t find 30 minutes 3x a week to squat their ass back on. Stop watching America’s Fattest Fat Asses on TV and there’s your 30 minutes right there.
The moral of the story is EVERYONE can find time to train and reach their physical goals. Believe me I lead a busy life and I find time to do it (notice how I train in my own garage?). Move some things around in your busy life, make training a priority, get someone who knows what they are doing to write up some full body shorter workouts, and become the person you were meant to be. After all, summer’s here and you know you want to take some clothes off.