Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Iron: Facilitator of Character Part 1

Everyone is looking for that supplement to take them to the next level of their training. A supplement that will increase their energy through workouts, increase muscle size, be more vascular and more. The supplement industry is always looking for the best way to market their product and there is a non-stop competition going on between companies. Some people like a supplement because the design is cool, there's more servings, so and so takes it, they've read about it in a magazine, they like the advertisement and what the product promises, etc., etc. Yes, I've used numerous amounts of supplements some I've liked, and some that I didn't really care for. But what everyone needs to remember is that one supplement that's free and that we will always have within us. Character. No matter what supplement you take, it's YOU who is the the greatest supplement. The main question is you have to ask yourself, is how much are you worth? And what do you promise to yourself?

Where it all began..

I began my life of iron in high school back in Hawaii. I'm only 25 years old, but thinking about it feels like a long time ago and it makes me realize how far I've come in my training. I was a typical high school lifter, doing reps till failure and when I did fail I would rest and then do "burn out" reps. I wanted to train everyday not matter how sore or tight I was, I knew there was a muscle that could be trained.
I remember watching Arnold's, Pumping Iron, and it made me want to train for the pump. I started to love the feeling of "cumming in the gym, cumming at home....cumming day and night." Then finally I felt I was ready for the next big step. I began taking protein powder. I asked my dad to buy me some and he willingly did so. We went over to GNC and got their regular protein powder and I felt I was on my way to bigger and newer things. After that, I wanted to try creatine too. I told my dad and he refused to get me some. I was pissed. I wanted to get bigger, stronger, and look good. My dad then went on to tell me that I could take all this stuff but the main thing I still needed to do was train my mind.
Now being from Hawaii and of Native Hawaiian ancestry. I was brought up listening about stories of chiefs and warriors of the ancient times. How one warrior was able catch dozens of spears that were thrown at him . How one could crush a man's head with his hands. But there was one particular story my dad wanted to tell me. The story of King Kamehameha and the Naha Stone.
In the picture above is the Naha Stone. The stone weighs close to 5,000 pounds. The prophecy said that "He who lifts the stone will unite all the islands as one kingdom." It was said that an ali'i, or chief, of the Naha Cast will lift it. Kamehameha who at that time was still a young warrior and not part of the Naha Cast announced that he will be lifting the Naha Stone. He marched down to the Stone with a large following. From the stories passed down from generation to generation;
Kamehameha stood still infront of the Naha Stone. Witnesses around fell silent. His breathing got deep and rasp. Each time he exhaled it trembled the souls of the people watching. His eyes closed and his body slowly began to grow. Veins started to pop out from his arms. He started to sweat. His eyes flew open, and they were blood red. He stomped his feet into the ground at the head of the stone. His breathing got deeper and louder. His whole body started to pulse. He grabbed a hold of the rock and slowly started to lift the Naha Stone. Being in a total trance he not only lifted the Naha Stone but flipped it over. When the dust settled, Kamehameha stood their now at peace.
When my dad told me this story I didn't fully understand what he was trying to say. But as I continued to train and live the iron lifestyle I finally began to understand what my dad was trying to teach me. It's your mind that sets yourself up for success in anything. For people of the iron, it's not just a place where we lift weights but its a place where we build our character.

Stay tuned for part 2

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