What I saw in the gym today, trumped everything that I have been noticing over the last year or so. While I was mentally psyching myself up for a new 1 Rep Max on my Front Squat, I cannot but notice 4 guys sitting on a bench each right in front of the dumbbell racks.
Literally, as I look over, all 4 guys simultaneously have their heads bent over and keep staring at their stupid fucking smartphones. Rather than being 100% present and engaged in the gym, they let the virtual world of their little devices distract them from the very reason they came to the gym for –> to stimulate muscle growth!
WHEN I TRAIN, I TRAIN !!!
I have made a rule for myself long ago that I don’t allow myself any fucking smartphones or other technological inventions to distract me from my workout.
When I enter the gym, I feel like I am entering a battlefield. I enter the gym with the clear intention of giving my workout the fullest attention and absolute commitment. I enter the gym not to just to fuck around a little bit with some weights. I enter the gym to become better – not just physically but even more importantly to become stronger mentally.
Of course, I am also guilty of excessively overusing my smartphone which is a bad habit that I have trouble with. But still for me, gym time is smartphone-free time where I don’t let constant instant messages and other bullshit fuck around with my focus and distract me from becoming a stronger version of myself.
As always, Arnold hits the nail on the head in the video below:
„YOU TRAIN OR YOU DON’T “
„WENN SCHON, DENN SCHON“
Too bad I didn’t have my smartphone to take a picture of these 4 pathetic guys – it would have made for an awesome image for this article.