When I started working out in 1969, lifters were considered â€˜freaks.â€™ Lifting weights was considered a â€˜freakâ€™ thing to do because it wasnâ€™t a mainstream thing. Things that donâ€™t fit conventional thinkingÂ get classified as ‘misfits.’ The reason is fear of difference. Difference makes many people nervous. People get edgy if youâ€™re different because of the Power of Conformity – theÂ theoryÂ that gave us the 66% Rule:Â two-thirds of humans are conformists, susceptible to adopting attitudes and habits to join the crowd, even if they donâ€™t fully believe in what’s being said or done. Thatâ€™s why there are more followers than leaders. Thatâ€™s why peer pressure will always exist in high school and into adulthood. Conformity is a force of human nature. Itâ€™s the main reason why many people fear anyone or anything thatâ€™s different.
In the 60â€™s, no one called you â€˜freakâ€™ behind your back – they did it publicly. They called you a â€˜freakâ€™ at school, at work, everywhere. No boundaries. The â€˜freakâ€™ label stuck until lifting became mainstream. But that didnâ€™t happen overnight. Change in social attitudes usually happens in slow motion. The good news about the â€˜freakâ€™ label is that itâ€™s a powerful brand. It separates you from the rest. Dual meaning. People will remember you if youâ€™re a â€˜freakâ€™ as opposed to someone who blends into the mainstream, disappearing into the congested traffic of conformity.
Times have changed. Lifting is no longer considered â€˜freakish.â€™ ‘Freak has evolved!’ During the past Christmas season, X Fitness broke attendance records. Record numbers of lifters worked out around the clock, at my gym, X Fitness.Â They broke last yearâ€™s record. Every midnight shift was packed with lifters packing on weight instead of packing on weight.Â ‘Freakâ€™ has been re-defined. Lifting has become a way of life because lifting is a game-changer. Lifting is now the way to pack on weight instead of packing on weight.
Itâ€™s easy to get down in the dumps after the festive season, during the hangover of the JanuaryÂ darkness and cold. Itâ€™s easy to feel like hell at the start of a new year. Itâ€™s easy to pack on bad weight but itâ€™s never easy to pack good weight on the bar. Good news â€“ lifting lights up the darkness. Lifting sets you on fire, turning up the heat inside even the coldest of souls.
The record-breaking attendance at X Fitness is another example of how attitudes have shifted by being #lifted. May you all find #peace and #lifting in 2015. #KeepLifting. #Lift yourself and #lift someone else. Thereâ€™s no greater reward than lifting. #BlessingToAll #Peace
Thank you to Ron MacLean of Rogers Sportsnet Hometown Hockey (formerly of Hockey Night in Canada) for the December article he wrote. Hereâ€™s the link: http://www.hometownhockey.com/news/maclean-in-st-catharines-dionnes-great-assist/
Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., Level 3 NCCP (Natâ€™l Coaching Certification Program)
Head coach â€“ Niagara X-men football
Owner – X Fitness Welland Inc.
Gino Arcaro is a widely published author. His website, blog, Youtube channel, and list of books are at: www.ginoarcaro.com
His books include:
4th & hell: seasons 1-5, Soul of a Lifter, SWAT Offense, SWAT Defense, X Fitness Workout System, and a 3 business book series called Soul of an Entrepreneur
He also has written 20 editions of 6 law enforcement academic textbooks. A new 8-volume interrogation book series will be released in 2014. And just released, a new childrenâ€™s book called â€œBE FIT â€“ DONâ€™T QUIT.â€ His latest book on human potential called â€œHashtag Peaceâ€ is at the editing stage. He just finished another book called â€œLifterâ€™s High.â€ Both will be released soon.