The Contrast

The Contrast
Lift Big, Sing Big, Look Great Doing It.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Suffer to Earn Your Supper

Ol' Yeargain is always typing away. Clickty clack clack all day long. I get up, usually train. Head to work or come back home and hop on the comp. With internet where it is today I can do almost anything I need to as long as I have an internet connection.

When I'm at home in my little cave I like to write emails, programs, or work on my books (along with other super secret projects) all while watching training videos.

However, I don't like to see people doing boring training sessions, where they are just lifting for general fitness. I like to watch people who truly believe in the idea of hard. fucking. work. People who will suffer for their craft. People who will bury themselves underneath a barbell in order to be the absolute best.

Jon North

There's a particular training series captured ala Vlog format that tails the preparation of Jon North preparing for The Arnold Classic in Weightlifting. Nobody knows how to suffer the slings and arrows of training like a weightlifter and Jon is put through the ringer in every episode released. I believe this particular vlog is my favorite, but they are all worth watching:

Branch Warren

Branch is an IFBB pro bodybuilder and has succeeded at the elite levels of the sport. He is noted for his hard, grainy musculature that seems to be the result of complete and total self brutality. He works way beyond the point of human capacity for REPS and crafts his body into a ball of twisted steel. His training is aggressive to say the least.

I'm currently writing a book about training to enhance your acting. I don't have a release date in mind, but I think it will be one of the best things I will ever write. Because it's a topic I'm truly passionate about and one I think should be talked about way more often than it is.

It centers around this idea of suffering. Of earning your spot in the world and allowing that training to forge you into a mindset that will allow you to understand what it means to be broken and rebuilt. I've heard it recently called "paying the rent." Which highlights this idea earning your existence. I've had some minor hardships in my life, nothing that should be bragged about. I can't relate to half the characters I play on a personal experience level. But, I can craft a web designed of anger, pity and even triumph in the context of the gym. It's some food for thought and a topic I will continuously build upon.

Until Next Time,

Lift Big, Sing Big, and Look Great Doing It!

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