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How To Be Awesome

So, as I’m writing this article, I have this little box on the right-hand side of my screen where I can choose tags for my posts. There’s a small button that says, Choose from the most used tags, which leads to a small drop-down showing me the tags that I most frequently use for my posts.

For me, it helps with something I like to call “tag continuity,” because there’s nothing more obnoxious than searching for posts on deadlifts and only getting half of the posts about deadlifts because the other half are tagged as deadlift

I can see which tags I choose most frequently because the font size is directly related to the frequency of use. My top tags include deadlift, goal setting, squats,  and training. But my most used tag is How To Be Awesome.

Since it’s my most chosen tag, I’d like to quickly summarize what I mean by that.

In my second post, entitled A Quick Rant, I went on a semi-tangent about an article that I found on In the third paragraph, the only sentence reads, “A six-pack is one possible side effect of being awesome.”

Everyone knows that women love six-packs.

I’ve been thinking about being awesome a lot lately. Not because I’m 100% awesome, but because being awesome isn’t a goal that I hear a lot of people striving toward.

One of the hardest things to do in the customer service business is to manage the expectations of your customers. To somehow find a way to meet them halfway and give them half of what they want, but also half of what your expertise dictates that they need. The customer is always right, but the customer also wants results and my first job as a trainer is to make sure that results are coming.

The problem, as we are all (I use the word all loosely) aware, is that there are ten-thousand products out there guaranteeing outlandish results from little to no effort. This breeds a society that expects the results without making the necessary life changes . But that’s an entirely different conversation.

For now, I’m talking about setting goals.

I want to help people set goals. And I want people to understand how to reach them. These two things are woven together in an eternal web and cannot be separated. The changes that you see will be a direct result of your methods.

Here’s what I’m not saying: don’t be concerned with how you look.

Here’s what I am saying: stop training to look a certain way.

If you instead train to be a certain way, the looks will come along for the ride. I promise. Let me give you a couple of male examples if you’re in any doubt.

This is Adrian Peterson.

For anyone that doesn’t know who Adrian Peterson (aka All Day or Purple Jesus, what?) is, he’s the running back for the Minnesota Vikings. He’s been the NFL MVP, a five-time Pro Bowl-er, and a two-time NFL rushing leader. Last season, he rushed for 2,097 total yards, second most all time.

He weighs 217 lbs and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds at the combine, only slightly more than a tenth of a second off the best time ever.

Know what I bet Adrian Peterson doesn’t do? Reclined bicep curls to failure or drop sets on the pec deck. He doesn’t spend time on leg extension machines (except maybe in the case of his knee injury). But you know what he does do? Awesome things. He runs fast, jumps high, and has crazy agility.

Here’s another example for you.

This is Rich Froning Jr.

Rich  has won the title of “Fittest Man on Earth” three times at the Crossfit Games. The guy deadlifts 545 lbs, squats 445 lbs, snatches 300lbs, and clean & jerks 370 lbs. These aren’t world records by an standard, but I don’t know many guys that can deadlift 300 lbs, much less throw it over their head in one, smooth motion.

Not to mention, the Crossfit games also include running, swimming, a host of bodyweight exercises, sled pushing & pulling, and jungle cat-throwing.

Whether his pullups are “real” is certainly up for debate among those who have their doubts about Crossfit, but one thing is not up for debate. Rich does awesome things.

This type of training is called show and go.

These guys don’t train to look a certain way, they train to perform a certain way. They eat well because they won’t perform without the right fuel. They don’t do “cardio” because they train themselves to sprint fast. And they don’t “bulk” (and as a result, cut) because bulking doesn’t make you agile. It also won’t make you jump any higher.

Like I’ve said before, I can’t tell you what your goals should be. And to be perfectly honest, I don’t feel like I am.

If you want to look like you run fast, than you have to run sprints. If you want to look like you lift weights, you need to throw a lot weight on the bar and pick it up off the ground. If you want to look like you have a 60″ vertical and can dunk a basketball over a Chevy Avalanche, you must first set some realistic goals and then go out and train until you get there.

If you want to look awesome, you have to be awesome.

That is all the advice that I think I can fit into one post. This is a picture of Blake Griffin dunking over a Kia.

And this is a picture of Matt’s Avalanche.

You cannot jump over this.

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