The Iron Never Lies. Why I Train...

There is a long list of reasons why I train. I could talk about the health benefits or the great people I train with, but this article is a little different.

In 1993 Henry Rollins was quoted in a magazine article as saying...

“The Iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and listen to all kinds of talk, get told that you're a god or a total bastard. The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.” (1)

Life is often pretty hard. It throws up its fair share of difficulties from time to time. I’m not on my own here. These difficulties come in many different forms and are different for different people.

Injuries, financial issues, bills, work stress, relationship difficulties, divorce, issues with kids, depression… pause and repeat! The list doesn’t really stop.

I’ll be honest, for me it just seems like Iife likes to sneak up from time to time and smack me in the back of the head with a shovel, just to let me know it hates me. I know for some people they have this amazing ability to not let things get to them and just move on. I’m jealous of those people. For me, many of those things feel like they are out of my control. For someone that likes to have a handle on what is going on, that just adds to the feeling of life getting the upper hand and picking up another shovel!

But the iron never lies…

When I train - I am in control. All of those issues disappear as I go through my detailed process of getting ready. I get to decide how things are going to happen. From packing my bag, I get to decide what items I will need and take to the gym. My phone, that one device that helps all those issues pry their way into my consciousness, no matter how hard I ignore them, gets locked away. I decide if this workout calls for my lifting shoes to be worn. I decide how to tape my hands. I decide what movements I need to put my body through to warm up. I decide how I am going to attack this workout written on the whiteboard and what strategy I will employ to win this battle - I will have on the gym floor. I decide how hard to push. I decide how much effort to give. I decide the weight I lift…

And again I am in control. For that brief moment, that hour of the day in the gym, I know what is going to happen and I can breathe.

For like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend.

(1)IRON, article in Details Magazine, January 1993

Matt O'BrienCrossFit Zelos