What’s going on, guys?
Sean Nalewanyj on www.SeanNal.com and after
reading through about a million fitness comments
over the past eight years or so and watching
endless fitness videos and reading social
media posts and forum posts of people arguing
back and forth, criticizing each other’s physiques,
whether somebody’s too small or too bulky
or how strong someone is, or how weak somebody
is, or their specific training goals.
I wanted to basically make a video today encouraging
you to stop putting so much stake in everybody
else’s opinion online and to just train for
whatever reason you personally want to.
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So, yeah, I don’t idolize these fitness figures
you see online.
They’re just regular people.
And don’t look to other people in forum threads
and comment sections to dictate to you what
your reasons for being in the gym should be,
or what you should care about, or what you
should strive for.
Because at the end of the day it’s completely
up to you.
There’s no such thing as one ideal type of
Whether it’s a leaner more aesthetic look,
or the bulkier bodybuilder type of look, or
the look of a power lifter, or a strongman,
or whether it’s none of those at all.
And there’s no best type of training goal
Whether it’s training like a bodybuilder purely
for muscle growth, or training for power lifting,
or weight lifting, calisthenics, endurance,
or just for overall health and fitness, or
some combination of those.
At the end of the day, as long as you’re training
on a regular basis and you’re taking care
of your overall health and fitness everything
else beyond that really just comes down to
And unless you have direct practical use for
a certain type of training like being an athlete
or living a certain lifestyle that requires
a particular type of training so that you
can excel at it, then any style of working
out that you gravitate towards or any type
of physique you strive for is your choice.
Just like people have different preferences
with the clothes they wear or how they style
their hair, different people have different
preferences for how they want their body to
So it’s really an absurd argument to tell
us someone else that they should be bigger,
or they should be leaner, or they should be
this or should be that, or they should train
like this and they shouldn’t train like that.
Everyone is really just living in their own
little reality bubble and doing their own
And so they’ll automatically tend to put more
importance on their individual goals and then
tend to project that onto everybody else.
People often want to validate what they’re
doing by basically trying to convince everybody
else to do the same so that they can feel
good about what they’ve achieved and what
they’re working toward.
But I think a lot of people just take this
fitness stuff a bit too seriously when it
all comes down to it, and they forget that
fitness is ultimately just a tool for enhancing
your overall life.
And everybody’s living a different life and
everybody looks at things in their own way.
So if someone’s really caught up in becoming
as strong as possible and achieving a huge
squat bench and deadlift then they’re likely
going to see that particular goal as this
super important thing and feel like everybody
else should be doing it too.
Or maybe even that people who aren’t doing
it are inferior in some way.
Or if someone has the mentality that building
as much muscle and being as physically big
as possible is the best type of look then
they might view anybody else who doesn’t train
for that goal as being small and weak.
Or vice versa, if someone trains for the leaner,
sort of, more aesthetic look then they might
look at somebody with that bodybuilder type
of physique and think it just looks a bit
over-the-top and goofy.
And I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum
personally with that over my sort of training
And I have had both mindsets so I understand
the different perspectives.
But you know saying one type of training or
one type of physique is better than another
is really no different from saying that playing
the guitar is inherently better than playing
Or playing baseball is better than playing
basketball or even painting is better than
Everyone has their own opinion.
So basically what I’m trying to say here is
to just stop worrying so much about what other
people are doing in the gym and to maintain
an open mind for yourself rather than letting
other people, especially random people on
the internet who you’re never going to meet
in real life anyway, not letting them get
into your head and influence you down one
particular path to where you, maybe you start
striving for a certain goal or living your
life in a certain way that maybe deep down
you actually don’t want to be doing but you’re
just doing it to maybe prove someone wrong,
or to feel like you’re fitting in with a certain
group, or because you want to be like somebody
who you see on YouTube.
It’s really a waste of time and effort at
the end of the day.
And if your actions are constantly being dictated
by someone else then you’re really just reinforcing
to yourself that other people’s values are
more valid than your own, and that you don’t
actually trust your own opinion.
It’s normal to be influenced to a certain
degree because humans are social animals.
You’re never going to completely get away
from that nor do you need to.
There’s always going to be a certain pack
mentality at play.
And I get that, that’s normal, but at least
being conscious of it and really examining
your motives and what you’re doing and why,
I think that is pretty useful.
So I would say, sit down and decide on what
you actually want, at least for the moment,
what training goals excite you, what type
of look you prefer and why, what will actually
benefit you in your day to day life and how
it fits into your overall life as a whole.
And then just do that because at the end of
the day no one actually truly cares about
what you’re doing anyway.
Just like you know that deep down you don’t
actually really care what anybody else is
So don’t pedestalize anybody online just because
they have a camera and put videos on YouTube.
I’m just a normal dude sitting here talking
to his iPhone.
And I have my own personal reasons for being
in the gym, my own preferences for how I want
to look, my own goals, and how seriously or
not seriously I take the whole thing.
But that might have little or no application
And all these other YouTubers you watch or
just people too.
They’re just people.
They’re not special.
They don’t have everything figured out.
They don’t necessarily know what’s best for
If they’ve achieved a certain goal that you
also want to achieve and they’re able to inform
you and motivate you toward, that’s golden.
But at the end of the day you have to be able
to stand on your own two feet and decide what
is best for you.
So I hope this was helpful, guys.
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