In our article on Ten Everyday Things You Can Do To Help The War In Europe, we mention weightlifting (action #5). Obviously it will not by itself save any children in Rotherham, or prevent the destruction of the nation your ancestors came from, but it is important and relevant in other ways, and I wanted to offer a separate introduction to it.
While sort of ‘self-improvement’-ey, the topic is certainly relevant to the situation in Europe, and unless and until I start a separate self-improvement website, I will most likely continue posting stuff like this here.
Why lift weights?
There are two main reasons men who support the preservation of Europe should lift weights.
The first is sociological and metaphysical, and boils down to the fact that men should be strong. We humans are animals- we fight, we die, and we have children. As a result, our ability to hunt, to build shelter, and to protect ourselves from predators (both animals and other humans) has been the foundation of our individual and tribal survival (or lack thereof) throughout all of human history. All these tasks were the province of men, and while in the last 60 years modernity has ushered in a world in which one can survive and even reproduce without strength and the ability to do these things, that doesn’t mean weakness is anything but unnatural and dysgenic for men. Men should be strong. Our male ancestors were strong. Therefore, as Jack Donovan says, it is worth weightlifting merely for the fact that it lessens the dishonor we do our ancestors by being weak. They gained strength by sacrifice, hard work, and struggle, and many died horrible deaths so that we could be here. According to Donovan, weakness and a lack of interest in being strong dishonors their memory. “Imagine the disgust and contempt our ancestors would have for us all if they lined up modern men on the street,” writes Donovan
The second reason to lift weights is more common-sense. This relates to the fact that most of us believe a war in Europe is on the horizon. As we have theorized, this will not be a 3GW war between nation-states, but rather 4th Generation Warfare, akin to Lebanon, the Balkans, and Afghanistan. For those of us who are men reading this, and wishing to be able to survive and thrive in such a scenario, physical strength is quite important.’
Forms of Weightlifting
There are two main goals or things to work toward when weightlifting: strength and hypertrophy (muscle growth).
These are certainly not mutually exclusive, but different ways of lifting can aid one more than the other.
Strength– Strength training usually involves lower numbers of reps. A good strength-training routine is 5X5 Stronglifts. One can learn more about the program here: http://stronglifts.com/5×5/. The program involves five different lifts. Each one is a “Power Lift” utilizing free weights (barbells), as opposed to machines. Each separate exercise is a “compound lift”, in that they all are using more than one specific muscle. The lifts are: bench press (chest and triceps), overhead press (shoulders), squat (legs), deadlift (back), and barbell row (back). Each one is performed for 5 reps per set, and for a total of 5 sets. They are rotated on different days so that you are not training any specific muscle group every day.
Hypertrophy– hypertrophy refers to muscle growth. This is the kind of lifting that bodybuilders do. It is characterized by higher, medium-range reps, which stimulate muscle growth to a greater degree than the low-rep strength training type of weightlifting that 5X5 Stronglifts represents (although it will also stimulate muscle growth as well).
A good example of a hypertrophy-centered weightlifting routine might be “pyramids”. When doing pyramids, a weightlifting might do the same exercise (let’s say Dumbbell Bicep Curls) with a variety of weight and rep combinations. One might do 12 reps with 20 lbs, 10 reps with 25 lbs, 8 reps with 30 lbs, and 6 reps with 35 lbs.
This would result in the muscles being targeted in a greater variety of ways, getting ‘broken down’ more, and thus being able to regenerate muscle tissue to a greater degree.
There are a million positive things about weightlifting we haven’t even gotten into in this article, but the bottom line is: weightlifting is something all men should do. We are hardwired by evolution, instinct, and biology to only feel “right” when we are pushing big things around with our bodies. In our day and age they can’t be woolly mammoths and battering rams (at least not yet), but nevertheless, it still feels good to push 130 pounds up above your head, or deadlift 350 lbs to your waist.
And in addition, given the future likely to unfold in Europe (and perhaps across the West), possessing a degree of physical strength is not a bad idea at all.