The gym is an interesting place.

You see all kinds of folk: the big and small, talkers and screamers, bros and dudes on steroids (maybe). Depending upon what type of gym you go to (a globo gym or a smaller private one) there may be more of one type of person than others.

However, regardless of the people that make up your gym population, it’s easy to see how you can get distracted with certain people, not to mention yourself.

The gym can be a place for people to show off and say, “Look at me! Look at what I can do!” We all do it sometimes, myself included, but there comes a point where it ruins and corrupts what goals we’re trying to achieve in our health and fitness.

The gym, in my opinion, shouldn’t be a place for us to gloat and boast about how big or good looking we are. It should be a place to train and grow stronger both in body and mind.

That’s why I strongly suggest we train with tunnel vision.

Meaning: only focus on ourself and ignore all the rest. This includes what other people are doing, what they think about you, and any hidden agenda, like trying to impress a girl (I’ve been guilty, haha).

It will force us to only focus on ourselves with no anterior motives. This will promote increased intensity, focus, progress, and injury prevention in our training because we are only worried about ‘How can I do my best and do it right.’ Without it we’ll never truly achieve a strong, healthy, and aesthetically pleasing body and keep it.

If you’re going to the gym for another reason than to workout and train then why are you going in the first place?

If you work at a gym that’s one thing, but if you’re trying to discourage people, impress others, show your masculinity, or just “hangout” then don’t even go. There’s nothing more annoying and irritating to me when I see dudes and girls trying to show-off with what they’re doing or just dicking around. Yeah, you may be strong or have a great ass, but I DON’T CARE.

Let me say that again: I DON’T CARE.

Why? Because I’m not at the gym to show-off, pick-up girls, beat up guys, or anything else. I’m there to train.

This is especially true when I’m reminded of this by being forced to notice a person doing things, like unnecessary grunts or screams, flexing, posing, etc., to the point of  ridiculous excess. I often laugh to myself in amusement and carry on because they don’t get it.

They don’t get it because they forgot why they should be there in the first place: to train. That’s what they gym is built for.

This is not to say you can’t train with others and goof around from time to time. No. I actually encourage it. What I am saying is that your primary objective should be to train, so try not to forget it.

It is a struggle and that’s why all of us should constantly remind ourselves to remain in our tunnel. In our zone. Be in it, let go of the bullshit, and we will reach the light we’re looking for–our goals–even if it’s only to look good.

Thanks for reading.

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