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11-06-2018, 10:53 PM
 
I really don't seem to understand why people are so addicted to using weights when it comes to exercise. For example why are people so obsessed about wanting to bench press 250 to 300 lbs?

Wouldn't it be way more impressive to be able to do 20 pull ups?

I mean why do we as a nation have our thinking so backwards?

As far as I am concerned being able to do 100 push ups is more important than bench pressing 300 lbs!

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11-07-2018, 11:56 AM
 
I went through this in the 80's and 90's. my strength and manhood was based on my bench press. My friends and I didn't know anything about functional strength. I think it is easier for bigger people than pullups. A chunky guy can develop a big bench press much easier than increasing pullups. Unfortunately, except for certain athletes (wrestlers, football linemen) the bench press is completely useless in reality. The most practical exercise is probably curls. Everyone lifts and carries items all the time.
 
 
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11-07-2018, 07:05 PM
 
There is also the ego part of it ! "How much can you bench" ?
 
 
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There is also the ego part of it ! "How much can you bench" ?
I think that is it.

People seem to recognize an amount of pounds more readily or objectively than a number of reps to compare strength.

In reality neither mean much because individual differences in limb lengths, tendon insertion points and so on make objective comparisons sketchy at best. By that I mean contestant A with poorer leverages might well contract harder and place more tension on his muscles and actually lift less weight than contestant B who has better leverage. So who is stronger? The one whose muscles contract with more force, or the one who moves more weight?
 
 
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11-08-2018, 08:56 AM
 
Great advertising. If you want to be big and strong, go to the gym and lift heavy weights. Plenty of us wanted to be big and strong and so off to the gym we went.
I loved every gym that I went to on a regular basis. Good people doing what was seemingly good for us. The folks in the gym were generally up to positive things in their lives. People were generally happy and supportive.
It is no surprise to me that people don't give up the weights. I miss the gym, the clanging of the weights, moving poundage that mere mortals can barely conceive of.
It is no surprise to me at all. Is it stupid and debilitating? Hell yes it is. But I understand it right down to the bottom of my heart.

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11-11-2018, 08:54 AM
 
We live in the land of the Giants. Giants usually aren't very smart. They use their big size to throw themselves around.
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People keep looking for props, agency power, and external factors to justify themselves and over come a lack of internal “personal power”and self confidence.

The greatest joy is to find yourself

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Hey men,

I have enjoyed reading this thread but I think Gordon has really touched on something in human psyche.


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"People keep looking for props, agency power, and external factors to justify themselves and over come a lack of internal “personal power”and self confidence.

The greatest joy is to find yourself"


---John Peterson
 
 
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