Regardless of whether an athlete is a novice, amateur, professional, or senior, and regardless of whether their sport is weightlifting, powerlifting, strongman, running, soccer, football, they must ask themselves the question of “why do I train?” (And if they don’t they should.)
Socrates once said “It is a disgrace to grow old through sheer carelessness before seeing what manner of man (or woman) you may become by developing your bodily strength and beauty to their highest limit.” This is a powerful statement, and drives my approach to training. The training style is the same for the paid professional athlete, regular at a local gym or someone who has not yet begun their fitness journey.
I believe that every person should push themselves to the absolute limit and beyond. Old age and death will come to us all, this is a given. I want to be able to look back, reflect, and be glad for the way I pushed myself in the past with little to no regret.
This is why I train.
I don’t train to win a competition or a game. I train so that I may develop and challenge myself to my highest limit. I hope that all of us will push ourselves to our highest limit, not just in strength or beauty as Socrates mentions, but in all aspects of our life.