Arnold Schwarzenneger is man who knows a great deal about strength and about success. He has obtained great success in bodybuilding, Hollywood, and politics, lifting himself to incredible heights from his humble beginnings as a child in a working class family in Post World War II Austria.
One of my favorite quotes by Arnold is: “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”
Here at the Rack we focus a great deal on building strength. What many of us do not realize is that in the process of building traditional strength (i.e. how much weight can we move), we build mental strength to which Arnold refers in the previous quote.
It may seem cliché but in the arduous process of building our physical strength we are building our mental and emotional strength as well.
Physical training requires a great deal of exertion, dedication, and indubitably failure. These failures are not final. They are the hardships that Arnold refers to, an essential part of the process of getting stronger and learning perseverance.
Without such hardships there is no adversity against which to push, and no way of realizing just how strong we may become, in both the gym and in life.