3 Reasons You Should Lift Weights

Growing up, every boy wants to be so strong as to move mountains with one hand. This is a completely natural tendency, but going through the educational system of SJW brainwashing, their natural instinct to move, compete, and conquer the environment is smothered. In school, boys learn to shut up, sit down, and generally be as weak as possible, so as to not cause discomfort to females, which are usually in the majority of authority positions in the education system. Of course, females would prefer physically weak boys, since they tend to also be mentally weak and thus much easier to control.

This is compounded by the fact that the typical urban work environment today doesn’t require a lot of physical strength. A typical guy today goes to work, sits for eight hours at the computer, comes back home, again sits six hours at the computer, goes to bed, and tomorrow repeats it all over again. If coupled with bad eating habits, this type of life creates a slob with disgusting manboobs and flaps of lard hanging on his sides.

Stay away from the emo side

Some boys will make it just fine, but others will learn to loathe themselves and despise physical strength. Since masculinity and displays of raw physical power are considered toxic and banished from the mainstream, positive masculinity role models were constrained to cartoons and obscure entertainment.

The only ones left today are superheroes, which always get their powers through some extraordinary event, rather than raw strength (except Hulk and Batman, which is why they’re so awesome). Thus, boys have nobody to remind them of the importance of strong biceps. You are expected to be a puny castrated emo dude, one way or another.


Deep, dark, edgy and pathetically weak

If you recognized yourself in any of the above, then you’ve landed on just the right article for you. The bad news is that you’ve wasted many opportunities to improve your life and it will take you a lot of time and effort to overcome the inertia and move from the standstill. The effects will be minute and you will often be frustrated at how slowly you seem to progress.

The good news is that it’s never too late to begin with lifting weights, no matter how old you are or in what condition your body is. In the end, however, you will be happy because having a strong body will:

1. Make people start respecting you

Despite the technological improvements, we still can’t avoid personal contact in our daily lives. In communicating with others, your body language tells everything about you to those who are observant enough. Slouched posture, lowered head and looking at the ground or somewhere into the distance, feeble handshake… All of your other qualities are meaningless if you have the muscle strength of an algae mass.

slouched posture

Don’t let yourself become like this

On the other hand, standing straight, looking people right in the eye as you talk to them and having a firm handshake exudes confidence and generates trust, even with total strangers. A strong body means you will have a commanding presence and won’t have to raise your voice or exert yourself in any other way than gesture to have people obey you. Women feel instinctively attracted to chiseled bodies, so you won’t have to qualify yourself to prove your worth. Simply take off your shirt.

2. Help you avoid injuries and recover from them

It’s never comfortable to think ahead and plan for medical emergencies. In fact, if you’re a middle-aged man, you probably have no kind of medical insurance whatsoever. You simply feel indestructible and whatever happens, you simply grit your teeth and carry on. In the worst case scenario, such as your leg falling off, you pop an aspirin. This attitude is actually so widespread among young men that Obamacare was arguably created specifically so that exact demographic is forced to get any type of health insurance.

thanks obama you are welcome

One simple fact about muscles is that, if they aren’t used, they atrophy. This simply means that they wither and become almost useless. You can pretty much go through adulthood without thinking twice about muscle atrophy, but once you enter middle age, things become exponentially more dangerous.

That slip and fall that was a laughing matter when you were 20 becomes a potentially fatal injury when you’re 60. This means that building your muscles becomes an obligation towards your older self. Lifting weights isn’t just a niche pastime, it is a health practice of the utmost importance.

3. Lose weight and keep it down

In the 50s, you had to go to a freak show to see a comically obese man or woman, but today they are all around you in the US. Not only is having a weight problem a major inconvenience for the fatty, but others around them have to suffer the consequences as well. The half-ton beast has trouble moving, walking, let alone doing anything else, so everyone else is labeled “ableist” and has to accommodate for it. Being in such a helpless position makes hambeasts extremely irritable, lazy, and lacking any social skills.

obese comical

Not so long ago, this was an exception

On the other hand, a large muscle mass in your body makes you burn calories, no matter what you do. Instead of counting calories or limiting your meals in arbitrary ways, you will actually be able to spend all calories that you ingest and drop weight by lifting weights. That’s actually poetic, isn’t it? The end result is an awesome body that moves and exerts force effortlessly. Strong leg muscles, such as from squats, will make you feel like you have iron springs instead of quads.

Whatever excuse you have to not start lifting weights right now is bullshit. You can buy dumbbells from Amazon, but even if you can’t afford it, take a few plastic bottles, fill them with water, wrap them in a blanket, grab all four corners of the blanket and start lifting the bundle. Despite being completely ghetto, this method actually works.

Once you start gaining muscle mass, you will be delighted to start your daily lifting routine. That’s it for instructions, go out there and build yourself into an awesome man.

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78 thoughts on “3 Reasons You Should Lift Weights”

  1. Weight training is so crucial.You feel better, sleep better and it’s an overall lifestyle changer. once you fin your thing, not going to the gym feels weird

  2. “The only ones left today are superheroes, which always get their powers through some extraordinary event, rather than raw strength (except Hulk and Batman,”
    Does the author not know who the Hulk is and the extraordinary event from which he got his power?

    1. Maybe he grows big and strong from eating his spinach, like PopEye. That would explain the green color too

  3. Always lift weights. You don’t have to be “ripped” to be strong. You don’t have to be “ripped” to look good. You do need muscle to control your weight, improve sex, and keep looking good well into your 50’s. There’s a counselor at the school nearby, he’s 57 years old. Guess who he was dating (he’s divorced) last semester? A 27 year old “7” gal. He isn’t “ripped” at all. He does look like he’s in his early 40’s because he’s in great shape.
    Another guy I know is 41 and, even though he can’t run due to a motorcycle accident, looks far younger. He regularly dates early 20’s women.
    Last reason to work out, eat right, and not smoke? You’ll have a hard lead pencil into your older age nailing pretty young women.

    1. Not only this, but I can’t imagine the thoughts that go through people’s heads when they’re diagnosed with a disease or condition that’s 95% likely to come from poor diet, drugs/alch or lack of exercise.
      Lots of people say YOLO, but does that still apply when you’re not even living it up, just living a lazy life and then come down with a chronic, marginally treatable condition?

    1. The meek shall inherit the earth.
      And then, when they fuck it up, the strong will have to move in and fix it. again.
      It’s like being a maid… “I just cleaned up in here… can’t you kids keep it clean for like… 5 minutes?”

        1. It’s also one of the beattitudes. I don’t think it meant being meek and being a pushover to stronger men, more so being meek in a spiritual sense. No one respects a meek man in today’s world

      1. Blessed are the Meek, for they shall inherit the Earth.
        …And blessed are the Bold, for they shall inherit Heaven!

  4. 3. wouldn’t cardio be more effective for losing weight? And don’t people usually lift to gain mass, not slim down? If you’re an ectomorph, doing weights probably won;t be enough. You will have to eat a lot, too, in order to get stronger and see gains.. You will have to put on a lot of mass before it changes how people perceive you. But lifting weights just for the sake of lifting weights can only be beneficial, provided you don’t have underlying medical condition that could exacerbate a preexisting injury.

    1. 1. Muscle burns more energy than fat. The more muscle you have, the higher your base metabolic rate. This means you burn more calories even at rest.
      2. After working out, you continue to burn additional calories for 36 to 48 hours while your body repairs the muscle tears and builds additional muscle in it’s place.
      Between a constant increase of 10 to 20 calories per hour for up to 48 hours after working out, and a continually increasing base metabolic rate from increasing muscle mass, lifting weights can be just as good for losing weight as cardio.
      EDIT: This is not to say you shouldn’t do some cardio if you want. But it’s not nearly as simple as “lift for strength, cardio for weight loss”.

  5. Drone Killa nails it above. Weight lifting keeps “Mr. T” flowing and estrogen down.
    quoted from: https://www.bodylogicmd.com/hormones-for-men/estrogen
    “While its importance is normally attributed to women, estrogen in men plays an important role. As teenagers, men have high levels of testosterone and low levels of estrogen. As they age, testosterone levels in men decrease while their estrogen levels increase. Not surprisingly, high levels of estrogen in men usually correspond to low levels of testosterone. High estrogen levels in men contribute to prostate cancer and heart disease as well as gynecomastia ( enlarged breasts).As the testosterone is transformed into estrogen the low levels of testosterone can cause many unpleasant symptoms including loss of muscle mass, fatigue, low libido, erectile dysfunction. Furthermore, excessive estrogen in men raises body fat and can contribute to diabetes and high lipids.
    Testosterone will begin to convert to estrogen in men as they age due to the aromatase reaction. Aromatase is found most prevalently in fat cells, so the more body fat a man has, especially in the midsection, the more aromatase and hence the more estrogen.”
    Getting fat and out of shape is a slippery slope especially for older men. Abdominal fat becomes an estrogen factory that runs on your testosterone. And you just get fatter while the rest of your body weakens due to reduced testosterone. Repeat.

    1. First post I’ve ever read where I’ve wanted to say ‘wish I could upvote this 1000 times.’
      Having suffered from low T myself I would point out that some of it’s most debilitating effects are not on the body but on the mind. It can manifest itself in a whole range of debilitating ways, fuzzy head, low mood, insomnia, anxiety, cognitive impairment etc. IMO I think this is where the ‘grumpy old man’ syndrome comes from.
      This thing is, if you have your T levels checked you may well be told they are in the ‘normal range’. The problem is that men’s natural T levels vary widely man to man. A naturally high T man’s level may drop to a point he starts to suffer but his levels will still present as ‘normal’. And of course most men wont know what their baseline level was (to make a comparison) as they will never have had their T level check as young men. Having tested you as ‘normal’ many doctors will just prescribe sleeping pills or anti-depressants, which often just fuck things up further.
      The second best way to increase T levels naturally is to ‘lift heavy things’. It’s what our bodies were designed to do. And when we do it, nature rewards us with a T boost.
      EVERYTHING that women find attractive in men stems from T. It is the source of masculinity. When your T levels are low you will naturally behave in ways that reduce your attractiveness to women – submissive, low energy, supplicating.
      But when you increase your T levels you will automatically behave in ways that women find attractive – stronger, more confidence, higher energy.
      Which is good news because the very best way to naturally increase and maintain T levels is regular sex (not jerking off – that lowers your T – your body knows the difference between a fuck and a wank).
      And when your T levels are high, you start finding success not just with women but everywhere.
      This is why most men arrive in the manosphere because they are looking to get laid, but they stay for the self improvement.
      Always be lifting.

  6. Start with light weights and do reps until they tire out. This way, you won’t injure yourself. Once you get used to it, add a little more weight. Don’t try to look tough by trying to lift heavy at the gym worrying about what others think if you lift light. Screw what they think. The fact you got yourself into the gym shows drive and you are a much better person than over half of the general population.

    1. heh, doing a thirty five pound curl a ton of times is a hell of a lot better than trying to do a 50 pound curl and winding up in a sling for two months.
      Found that out the hard way when i was stupid and young.

  7. I only gain weight if I work out. If I stop working out I eventually lose weight, that can only be gained back if I lift weights again.

    1. I add inverted rows and dips to the basic list.
      Follow the progressions the gymnasts use (planche and handstand pushup, muscle up, etc.)
      Not necessary, but nice “finishers” are stomach vacuums and glute bridges.

        1. Then Lots and Lots and Lots of inverted rows will keep your development balanced. A push and a pull in the same plane.

        2. At my age (pushing 50), hard squats are more likely to send me to the hospital. I can handle leg presses (10 years of being super overweight left me with popeye legs), but I have been doing sets of 100 pushups since I was a teenager…even when I weighed over 350 pounds.
          Since I dropped back down to a lean, mean, 176 pounds (at 6’2″) It’s nice at my age to draw admiring glances from the legacy that that exercise left on my body… huge arms and chest (although the popeye legs still look a little funny, no one thinks I have weak legs) and the old-school strength build of people who grew up in a culture where, if something needed to be done, you just did it… you didn’t make excuses or plead weakness.
          BTW- Don’t let anyone ever tell you that Paleo-atkins/diabetic prevention diet, when paired with regular exercise, is not effective… it is amazing, tastes great, doesn’t leave you feeling hungry, and leaves you looking, and feeling, awesome.
          I assume by squats and dead lifts you mean lifting and carrying lots of heavy stuff? Yeah, I do that all the time… I seem to be the most-called-upon-to-help-people-move guy in my church group, but I really don’t mind… It leads to tons of free pizza and beer almost every weekend.

        3. I don’t really know what ‘balanced development’ is. I guess mine is unbalanced, huge chest and arms, popeye legs and calves, decent in between but nothing special. Lots of pushups, lots of walking and climbing, decent diet.
          I don’t know if uneven development has ever hurt me, though. I mean, my slaves dig the whole ‘lifting them both on an axe handle with one hand over my head’ thing, and I apparently LOOK violent enough that I seldom have to resort to it, and when I do I frequently (but not always) win.
          I figure I am developed like a boxer, which I am. Or a lumberjack, which I am not.
          Frankly, I don’t even know what an ‘inverted row’ is.. Is it like doing upside-down situps or dangling leg lifts from a bar?
          At my age I am not going to be playing in any UFC bouts… although sometimes I like to hang out at the training center for swimming and play boxing dummy, since I know full well a lot of those kids wouldn’t have a chance if I really had to fight them.

        4. “I don’t really know what ‘balanced development’ is.”
          The opposing muscle groups of the same joint having equal development. It maximizes joint integrity and alignment, as well as reducing the chance of injury when one muscle overpowers the other and something goes “snap.”

        5. ahh, I thought you meant developing all your muscle groups equally.
          I assume that boot-camp style ‘halfway down and hold position’ helps develop the backwards muscles that pushups build frontwards?

        6. That’s good for building power, as is a slow negative on the last rep, but it really isn’t the same as a proper pull.
          Find a low bar or sturdy table and try some. If you can do close to as many as you can do push ups, you’re OK. If you can’t, you really should keep at them until you can. It will really make your shoulders more robust and durable. For a young man such as yourself it might not seem critical, but these things can have a way of catching up with you down the road.

        7. I can’t imagine how “lean and mean” you could actually look at 176. I’m also 6’2 but weigh 218. 176 is extremely thin for your height.

        8. 276. typo.
          Due to a weird genetic bone density, even rail-thin my relatives weigh in at about 245 among males. Down side is, our teeth, even with perfect dental care, tend to go bad before age 30 (I needed false teeth at age 40, even
          with thrice daily brushings and a ton of military-sponsored dental care) upside is, I don’t know any of my relatives that have ever actually broken a bone.
          I am not sure of a name for it, but I know it’s not the same as hypercalcination… it also tends to mostly be prevalent among West virginia relatives, so it might be related to growing up with a highly mineralized water supply in combination with genetic factors. It doesn’t seem to affect our health much, since my relatives that didn’t die from coal mining factors like black lung tended to live past age 90.
          But all of us weigh a lot more than a ‘guess your weight’ guy can usually figure out. It’s really weird, and in the Navy, all my PRT’s required getting body fat percentages (well within standards, averaged about 16-18%) instead of a simple scale test.
          but I was up to almost 350 lbs at one point. after I left the Navy, and I will tell you, I was FAT. Even with muscle. I was sitting around on the computer all day long, and even with my pushups and twice-daily walks I had a nasty beer belly you could actually rest a coke on without spilling it. (I was around 38..ish?)
          But, weight always increases as you get older…until you reach your 60’s, and then you start dropping weight again. I always figured as long as I could pick up the back end of a volkswagen, I was fit… right up until I had a diabetes scare.
          So I started reading up on diabetes diets, and noticed that it dovetailed nicely with atkin’s diet… and started losing tons of weight. A few years ago I learned about Paleo, and while I don’t specifically agree with some of the concepts, I applied a lot of it, like ‘what would my ancestors 500 years ago be eating’? and it worked… I dropped a ton of weight, my ‘borderline’ diabetes became a non-issue, and I went full out learning both game and red pill… and while I cannot say I am happier (learning red pill does not make you happy) I am much more satisfied with my life, my goals, my slaves, my future, and my politics.
          I gotta say, though, that while I admire your courage for posting a rl picture, I have way way too much notoriety in different arenas to do the same. It’s not fear, it’s more like I don’t particularly want my real name associated with ‘Brigadon’ because I don’t want my business affected until I expat.

        9. Err, sorry, major TMI… I am a little drunk right now. probably delete everything I posted tonight when I wake up tomorrow.

        10. You sound like an exact replica of me in regards to your diet. One thing I’ve done was to cut out all fruits. I may have an occasional slice of apple or a piece of cantaloupe, but extremely low sugars. Carbs come from primarily vegetables and nuts. Also stopped drinking alcohol.
          As far as your teeth, I think it’s due to eating starchy foods like bread and pasta. The dough wedges into minute cracks in your enamel. This is also where the bacteria lives and feeds off the dough and creating acids that eats away the enamel. It enlarges the crack and repeat day after day eating bread. Stop eating processed carbs, you also starve those cavity creating bacteria.

        11. “I apparently LOOK violent enough that I seldom have to resort to it, and when I do I frequently (but not always) win.”
          I bet you have the boxer’s face (flat nose and wide cheeks).

        12. I dont think 176 Pounds (80 kg), with a height of 6’2 (188 cm), is extremely thin. That is unless you have very low body fat or you are quite muscular.
          BMI would be around 22-23. Which is in the acceptable healthy range.
          Measuring bodyfat is a far better way for determining whether you are overweight or not.
          Your own BMI would be around 28, which is slightly on the heavy side. But if you have high density of musclemass it wont matter that much. A casual glance at your selfie suggests that you are not at all overweight.
          276(125 kg) with the same height is for sure far to much, with a BMI of 35.
          For some reason Americans tend to view normal weight as “skinny”. In Europe skinny is just considered normal healthy weight. I guess the high prevalence of land whales in the US has affected the standards.

        13. yeah.. I guess. Never had a broken nose, but it’s kinda spread over half my face. How’d you figure that?

        14. too late 🙂
          I do still eat apples, but give a pass to almost all ‘foreign’, or ‘tropical’ fruits.
          Maybe I should write a book about it. “Semipaleo for Irish Dudes”

        15. heh. I never realized it was kind of a tell.
          But, to be fair, I really… well… ENJOY fighting. maybe it’s time to look into plastic surgery.

        16. I don’t know for sure, but I assume people with your genetics generally stronger than ordinary men. I remember I’ve read somewhere that apes posses dense bones too. And this is one of the many reasons they are much stronger than us. That’s why apes can’t swim, they just sink.

        17. I swim fine, but I have no basis for comparison of lifting capacity between my family and others… I am not a very good arm wrestler, but that’s due to very long forearms. avoiding cheating and going ‘over the top’ on most other arm wrestlers gives me leverage problems.
          One of my granduncles was a circus strongman, though… and my family is no stranger to manual labor. Or to mean pranks like flipping cars upside down (My brother and I did that to an 81 volvo 2 door when we were 14 and 16… Our poor Youth leader almost cried.)
          Then again, even arnold cannot compete with great apes… a chimp could rip his arms off and beat him to death with them, even in his prime.

        18. I’m careful with squats. I use a press machine, both standing and sitting, most of the time. Now working more actual squats in.
          I started working dead lifts in about two months ago. Technique is key here because the back is exposed to injury.

    2. Frankly I don’t think you should touch weights until you have mastered body-weight training. And by mastered I don’t mean copying press ups off of YouTube. I mean having a certified expert teach you this stuff and researching continuously the correct way to perform these movements.
      Body-weight training will give you a well balanced physique, good coordination and the awareness of self that you cannot get from weights. Weights themselves are quite crude in comparison.
      However, once you are a master of your body, introducing weights can have additional benefits but in my opinion these benefits are purely optional. Sadly most people do what I have said in reverse. Do weights first and after catastrophic injury (the mistake I made) start focusing on bodyweight.
      One last word. Weights will not help you lose weight. Without your nutrition in order you will just be a strong fat guy.

      1. I see what you are saying, but personally I weight train to build mass. I started out at 140 a little over a year ago, I am now 170 (Yay newbie gains!). I couldn’t gain that type of mass with body weight alone, although I do incorporate weighted dips and pull ups in my routine. Once I get to the size I am satisfied with (I think 185 @10% would suffice) I can focus more on calisthenics.

        1. I agree that the best way to build mass is to use weights but if you started out at 140 lbs (please always give your height as well as your weight), you would still gain a lot of mass from BW training and eating well.
          I don’t recommend weighted dips – you may hyperextend your shoulder and wind up with a bicep tear (I speak from experience). Pull-ups (non-weighted) and overhead pressing, and deadlift will hit your triceps and shoulders from various angles.
          Do you have a trainer?
          Btw 185lbs @ 10%, 5’10” is what I am from BW training.

        2. Oh sorry. I am 6’0. Nope no trainer, but I am very cautious about my form with all exercises and I make sure my ego doesnt get in the way. I personally love weighted dips and have had nothing but amazing progress with them, as well as weighted pull ups.
          It seems 185 is the spot to be, comfortably.

        3. I understand your love for that exercise. Just be careful because shoulder injuries can come on quickly. Look out for what I call “pre-injury”. This is a tightness around the joint. If that ever happens get it checked out.

        4. Will do. I think I have an idea of when my shoulders will decide to fail. A little while ago, I injured my right doing bench (totally my fault, my form was FUCKED), but now I am back at it and stronger than before.

    3. A great Bodyweight book i’ve read is Called “OverComing Gravity”, it’s about male Gymnastics exercises on the rings and some floor exercises, Front levers, iron crosses, back levers, one armed chins, planche to overhead press. It’s an awesome Book.

  8. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about the benefits of fitness, but I’m starting to think that this topic is being beaten to death.

    1. most people don’t read archives… a new article on the same thing that was discussed a month ago probably has an entirely new list of readers.

  9. Nice article. When I was 19, I started an exercise regime and kept it up till I was 46, then stopped. I made a big difference within 1 year. At 50 I started up again and now I’m in pretty good shape. It does wonders for my sense of worth and my mood level. Any hard exercise is beneficial and should be done, in some form, every day!

    1. Now this seems more like it. Brute strength, too many of these “gym bros” posing for the camera

      1. Muscle mass doesn’t really matter in a fight. It is dangerous to believe otherwise.
        A few examples :

        1. Muscle does matter, if the guy with with muscles knows how to fight he will fuck up the guy without muscles. There has to be a huge discrepancy in skill for muscle and size not to matter.

        2. Theorically maybe, except most of the time, the one that has spent his time building muscle end up against a guy that has spent the same amount of time actually training to fight.

    1. What fighting style would you recomend for self defense. Boxing or Karate.
      (Not interested in Krav Maga)

        1. Krav Maga has no tournaments. Ive been considering Boxing, Karate, Kickboxing, or Taekwondo.

    2. thats the guy that Crocop made squeal like a pig, yes? if so, guys look it up on u tube…amazing

  10. …superheroes, which always get their powers through some extraordinary event, rather than raw strength (except Hulk

    Huh? Are you sure?

  11. Truth be told, I’m actually trying to get fat so that I can scare crazy psycho bitches like Jessica Valenti the FUCK OFF!

  12. You don’t actually need to lift weights to get any or all of these benefits. Unless you want to really bulk up or build pure strengths, a combination of push ups, chin ups and lunges can keep you fit and trim.

  13. Lifting weights is excellent also because it teaches you to forge your spirit by pushing your body to the limit. Nothing makes you (physically/spiritually) stronger quicker, than being trapped under some huge weight (Whether squats or bench press) feeling depleted and realizing that you HAVE to lift this weight in order to survive.
    You learn quickly learn under fire how to tap into your spirit to power your body. This gets you acquainted with your inner power. This is an ability that every man should learn.
    It comes in handy whether you are at work having to push through a deadline, or having to deal with an emotionally trying disaster. Learning to feel and harness your spirit allows you to move mountains.

    1. Well said Professor.
      When you’re smashing out heavy squats, grinding and pushing yourself through those last few reps you really do forge that unbreakable mindset… e.g. “Since I did this I should have not problem doing _____ at work”

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