What keeps bodybuilders and powerlifters interested in training for years on end? Mainstream opinion is that bodybuilders are too absorbed in personal appearances, while powerlifters are too preoccupied with feats of merciless strength. Some clinicians suggest they are prone to body dysmorphia and obsessive compulsive disorders; most recently suggesting a psychiatric condition called reverse anorexia. Building the body’s muscular systems is an obsessive and habitual endeavor dependent on continuous progression. In many ways, it’s analogous to the emotional energy an entrepreneur feels when motivated by a budding business plan. Resistance training is an emotional conduit that gives participants a means to vent a lifetime of stress as motivational fuel for extreme fitness goals.
Emotions are not restricted to teenager’s facing puberty. Emotional energy exists as a vital force to every human organism. Throughout a lifetime, emotional energy is a constant presence influencing responses to changing environments – ranging from fear and anger to confidence and tranquility. Emotional charges are always rampant and require some sort of ventilation during heightened states. Leaving this energy trapped is detrimental to overall wellness. The way humans think, feel and express emotions can either promote or destroy their health, to include curing or encouraging disease. Powering resistance training sessions with intense emotional eruptions improves mental and physical health, as well as personal records in limit strength.
In the human body, stressful experiences feed emotional energy. A person may struggle lifting 100 pounds, but pull quickly when the load is dropped on their toes. The first law of thermodynamics states that energy will always remain constant; it cannot be created nor destroyed. It can only change forms within an isolated system. Traumatic events spawn an abundance of fenced in emotions that could unfold as kinetic energy at unfavorable moments. The mind is not capable of holding an infinite emotional charge. Eventually, extreme emotional intensities left untapped may lead to lost jobs and relationships, hurt feelings and broken noses.
Strength training is an opportunity to redirect emotional outbreaks, in order to benefit from the moments of enhanced physiological arousal. Impressive powerlifters accomplish record-breaking lifts by releasing tremendous courage during competition. They learn to fuel muscular contractions with extreme emotional intensities on demand. Ergogenics are often used to artificially heighten motivation – such as stimulants and steroids – but an athlete will always fail to reach their full potential without harnessing an emotional attachment to exceed previous fitness levels.
Developing an emotional desire to beat peers produces winners. Many of the world’s greatest athletes strived to become champions in order to provide a better life for their families – expecting fortune to follow fame. While their emotional energy stems from love, others may cultivate it from hate. People are easily aroused after experiencing harassment, discrimination, torn friendships, employment problems and financial losses. No matter where the spiked emotional intensity originates, properly ventilating during training leads to newfound territories in performance. Throughout time, from accomplished artists to sports’ legends, mankind’s greatest triumphs resulted from harnessing and unleashing the power of intense emotional energy.
- Intensity during resistance training
- Training journals provide a path for progression
- Rest intervals during exercise
- Bodybuilding requires progressive overloads