Question of the day: Should we celebrate an athletes "perfect" physique if they've taken performance enhancing drugs to achieve it? If the answer is yes, should we test fitness athletes so that we know exactly whose natural and whose not? I'm so sick of fitness athletes claiming to be natural when its well known they do steroids--it's sets a completely unrealistic standard and is just downright LYING. I feel like before we glorify a "fitness athlete" on the cover of a magazine, we should drug test them--if they come up clean, than rant away about how you got 21 inch arm naturally. If not, well...then let's let the magazine decide if they still want to glorify you as their poster child. It's not often that I get pissed but I am just so sick and tired of us as a society glorifying people who AREN'T BEING HONEST and then telling the public, "this is what your should look like". It's just complete and total b.s.
RULES TO BEING SUCCESSFUL: [Compliments of Business Insider Magazine] You have to do the hard things. You have to make the call you’re afraid to make. You have to get up earlier than you want to get up. You have to give more than you get in return right away. You have to care more about others than they care about you. You have to fight when you are already injured, bloody, and sore. You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing it safe seems smarter. You have to lead when no one else is following you yet. You have to invest in yourself even though no one else is. You have to look like a fool while you’re looking for answers you don’t have. You have to grind out the details when it’s easier to shrug them off. You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option. You have to search for your own explanations even when you’re told to accept the “facts.” You have to make mistakes and look like an idiot. You have to try and fail and try again. You have to run faster even though you’re out of breath. You have to be kind to people who have been cruel to you. You have to meet deadlines that are unreasonable and deliver results that are unparalleled. You have to be accountable for your actions even when things go wrong. You have to keep moving towards where you want to be no matter what’s in front of you. You have to do the hard things. The things that no one else is doing. The things that scare you. The things that make you wonder how much longer you can hold on. Those are the things that define you. Those are the things that make the difference between living a life of mediocrity or outrageous success. The hard things are the easiest things to avoid. To excuse away. To pretend like they don’t apply to you. The simple truth about how ordinary people accomplish outrageous feats of success is that they do the hard things that smarter, wealthier, more qualified people don’t have the courage — or desperation — to do. Do the hard things. You might be surprised at how amazing you really are. #Truth
When fitness legend Jamie Eason is posting about you--you've definitely done something right...thanks so much to Jamie for this HUGE honor- you're such an inspiration to so many people! Keep doing your thing and changing lives girlfriend! #StrengthInNumbers #TheTruthIsHere #Clutch #bodybuildingcom Link
To the Clutch Army: Just a reminder to stop chasing perfection and start focusing on simply being healthy and strong...You are being lied to all day everyday about the "standards" you need to achieve and strive for. This is honestly my biggest beef with the fitness industry and today's media as a whole...airbrushed models tell us what we should look like while promoting a mass amount of lies. Stop believing the hype. Every single one of us has physical flaws, pockets of fat we don't like and certain characteristics we're not particularly fond of. But life isn't about being perfect. It's about being the best YOU that you can possibly be. Take time to be grateful for the things you have...the ability to walk, talk and achieve. Don't buy into the crap the media feeds you--celebrities are just as human as the rest of us...Be kind to yourselves. Love you guys! of-the-most-airbrushed-celebrity-pics-see-the-before-and-afters/ Link
To be extremely clear--I am not "making fun" of him because he was lifting 20's. To me, it makes no difference how much weight someone puts up. My aggravation with this man was because he was grunting... not due to hard work...but to attract the attention of all the girls lifting around him. He was screaming and literally distracting everyone that was actually working out...and on top of that, happened to be standing so close to the mirror that I couldn't get to the 45's. Point being, whether it's 5 lbs or 100 lbs, I could care less...however when grunting is the product of simply trying to show-off in the middle of a crowded LA gym...on on account of that your blocking the weights in the process...then we are going to have a problem. #iRestMyCase
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Do not let the ignorant comments of one person deter your efforts. No human being has the rite to judge the struggle of another.