Every young guy wants to be as badass as the heroes in movies and legends, but the fact is, most are too lazy or uninformed to do it. Sure you’ll go to the gym, get a membership, go a few times and then inevitably something else comes up, turning you into an easy income generator for your local gym. This is so incredibly common that most gyms, short of serious powerlifting style gyms, make a large deal of their income on memberships of people that no longer attend their gym. In 2004, Australians wasted over $500 million in unused gym memberships, free money to their local gyms.
Why is it that so many people do this that an entire industry thrives because of it? The answer is because we, as a society, need instant gratification, spending too much time in the moment and not enough invested in our future. People try to change their appearance and fitness levels, but when the results are instant they give up, and revert to old ways.
It is only those that are absolutely dedicated in diet and training that will thrive. Sure, some are genetically gifted and can put on muscle or lose weight with almost no effort, but to not give someone in much better shape a lot of credit is ignorant. Getting big, strong, lean, athletic, whatever your goal, is going to be a constant struggle, not a passing whim. Training will become a part of your lifestyle, and if you don’t make it a top priority, you will fail, and you will continue to look unimpressive. The biggest mistake you can make is thinking of training as a “means to an end” rather than part of your new lifestyle. If you want to succeed you need to get to a point where you will work out no matter what. Don’t have access to a gym? Use things around you, go to a local park to do things like pullups, or simply hang a towel around anything that will hold it and start.
Quit making excuses. Period. I am by no means innocent of doing these things. I spent at least a few years “trying” to improve my physique, but time and time again I got lazy or uninspired, and made absolutely no progress. I was lazy and uninformed, and until I made fitness a priority in and out of the gym, I failed. You have probably failed too, and will continue to do so unless you toughen up and stop making excuses, just do it.
Stop feeding the gyms free money, stop expecting training to be a part-time thing until you magically get jacked, and stop making excuses. Just. Fucking. Do it.