One guy was having the gym session from hell, took to Reddit to express his frustration, and it is pretty safe to say he would never have expected what happened next. He detailed his first day ever at the gym and claiming that he felt nervous, only to hear laughter when he slipped and eventually left with his head hanging in shame.
Then Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to message him with a whole paragraph of motivational words…
Someone told me about this. I hope I’m not too late here, I’m traveling, but I wanted to chime in.
I always say don’t be afraid of failure, because how far can you really fall? You found out – to the ground. It’s right there. Now you know it isn’t anything that should scare you.Advertisement
You should be proud that you weren’t afraid – not embarrassed that you failed. You could have made excuses not to walk into the door, but you didn’t. You knew it would be hard, and it would be uncomfortable, and it might be awkward – and you did it anyway. That’s courage.
I’m proud of you.
The last guy I rooted for broke a world record in the deadlift. You have more in common with him than you think.
First, he started out lifting just the bar, too (when you look at him, he may have been 3 months old at that point). Second, imagine his courage. He walked up to that bar in front of a big audience and television cameras, knowing that not only had he never lifted that much before – NO ONE on earth had – and it was highly likely he would completely fail. You may not think about it this way, but you showed that courage, on a smaller level.
Finally, I’m rooting for you, too. You took the first step and you fell, but at least you fell in the right direction, so get back up and take the next step. Keep moving forward.
Where’s our nearest gym because after reading this, we feel motivated to smash it!
[via Bro Code]