I may only be speaking for myself, but I’ll assume that a few hardcore workout enthusiasts feel like I do. The following myths about us aren’t always true:
1. We live for the gym.
I’m a human being, not a weightlifting robot. 5 or 6 times per week, I spend 60 to 90 minutes fully exerting my body and mind at the gym, but I also have a social life, 2 jobs, books to read, a house to clean, cats to feed, and a blog to maintain. It’s an understatement to say, “I keep myself busy,” and in the grand scheme of things, physical exercise is a small but important component of my balanced life.
2. We don’t eat ‘real food.’
I maintain a healthy diet, but because I usually don’t partake in greasy, overly processed garbage, it’s often assumed by others that I survive on lettuce, celery, and protein shakes. I gravitate gravitate toward foods that replenish what my body uses during workouts. My diet mainly consists of chicken, vegetables, fruit juice, pasta, rice, oats, whey protein, peanut butter, and almonds/almond milk.
For 2 or 3 meals every week, I eat whatever I want. I don’t call these ‘cheat meals,’ because I’m not cheating anything. I love pizza and beer, and while I enjoy them with moderation in mind, I won’t ever shame myself by saying, “Oh, I shouldn’t have eaten that.” I earn the opportunities to reward myself, so guilt has no place.
3. We’re on every crazy supplement in existence.
Every once in a while, someone will refer to supplements by asking me, “What are you on?” or “What do you take?”
I use whey protein and a fat burner that is made from tea extracts. The bulk of my nutrition/sustenance comes from food and nothing else. This is my personal philosophy, and I’m not here to badmouth anyone who uses more supplements than I do. There are countless individuals with countless fitness goals, so I won’t criticize anybody for not following a path identical to mine.
4. We’re shallow Neanderthals.
An effect cardio/weightlifting/diet program requires research and careful consideration. In other words, it takes thought, there is science behind it, and I’m not dumb or narcissistic because I choose to actively improve my body.
Even though I consider myself a gym rat, I’m also an intellectual and a dork. I’m sorry to disappoint anyone who has a mental image of me wearing a letterman jacket as I give a swirly to a skinny kid in a Darth Vader t-shirt, but I didn’t pick on ‘nerds’ in high school, because I was and I still am a nerd. Star Wars is awesome, and I’ll challenge you to a lightsaber battle if you disagree.
I spend more hours reading and writing than I do running sprints or bench-pressing. I exercise for the physical benefits as well as the mental benefits. A sharpened mind and a clear thought process are extremely important in my busy schedule, and if you’re wondering, I don’t admire myself in the mirror or take shirtless selfies.
For the record, I am not a ‘bro,’ and I never will be.
Thank you for your attention and your understanding.