A few weeks ago I was at my local watering hole kicking back a few beers. It was two minutes past midnight and some of the guys were getting loud and rowdy.
From the corner of my eye I saw, about 15 feet away from me, a massive bodybuilder type guy pointing his fingers and yelling at a smaller guy, who couldn’t have weighed 170 lbs soaking wet.
I’m not sure what they were arguing about but I knew it had something to do with money, because they were both fighting over a stack of bills on top of the bar. So me, being a little buzzed, decided I had to find out what all the ruckus was about.
I made my way to the bartender and asked her “What’s the deal with those two guys?” She said they were actually friends, but the big guy was mad at the little guy because he thinks he cheated during their arm-wrestling match.
Cheated? Hmmm… not really sure how you could cheat at an arm-wrestling match without anyone seeing, but apparently Mr. Universe thought differently.
Anyway, since I love a good arm-wrestling match like the next guy (I loved that movie ‘Over The Top’ with Sylvester Stallone when I was a kid!) I decided to go over and see if the muscle head wanted to arm wrestle yours truly for a round of drinks.
Now understand, I’m by no means a huge guy when compared to him. He probably out weighed me by 45 lbs of pure muscle and must have been at least 15 years younger than me.
So I guess that’s why, with no hesitation, his eyes bugged out, he flexed his massive 20 inch arm, slammed his fist down the table and shouted…
“Bring it on, old man!”
By now the whole bar was silent as a church, with everyone trying to see what the heck was going on. We then locked up hands and his buddy says “Go!”
At first the guy was strong enough to hold his own, but after about 30 seconds – he totally ran out of steam and I ended up slamming this dude’s fist down so hard three beer bottles went flying to the floor.
After our friendly arm-wrestling match, he came up to shake my hand and said “I don’t get it! I bench press over 450 lbs and just got beat by two guys who couldn’t even put up 300 lbs on a good day!”
You know what? He was right.
Little did he know the years he spent working on his bench press don’t amount to diddly squat in terms of functional strength. Sure, he looked big and scary and could out-bench me by at least 200 lbs.
But in when it comes being functionally strong – he couldn’t fight his way out of a wet paper bag after 30 seconds.
And he’s not alone. Most (not all) body-building types are not fit enough to bolt up a set of stairs without gasping. Not fit enough to do 100 push ups. And not fit enough to beat ‘old’ Jake Hunter in an arm-wrestling match!
The guys who get into kick-ass shape the Ironman Way love to challenge these types of guys in pure strength activities, because when we do everybody quickly discovers those freaky big muscles just aren’t a match for the pure functional, gorilla-like strength you get when you train like an Iron Man.
Best of all, when you train the Ironman Way you don’t need to wreck your joints on free weights. You don’t ever need to step foot in the gym and worry about being judged by a bunch of “roid boys”.
And most importantly, you build lean muscle mass and functional strength that you can use to throw your kids or grandkids in the air without blowing out your back. Or chop down a tree with a hatchet. Or even hoist a piece of plywood in the back of your truck like it was a playing card.
Not that you have to do any of those things today… but when you do, it’s good to know you always can because of training like an Iron Man.
Jake “Old Man” Hunter
(Sheesh, I can’t get past that ‘old man’ comment! Young kids today…)
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