Move Your Boulder

“In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it, blaming the king for not keeping the roads clear. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, he laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. The peasant noticed a purse on the road where the boulder had been. Inside it contained many gold coins as well as a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.”

There is a lesson to be learned from this story. America is the land of comfort. We have drugs to wake up, and drugs to go to sleep. Our beds can cost more than 3rd world Country houses, and yet we still ache and complain. I’m not surprised to hear that a single cholesterol medicine makes over 7 billion dollars a year. Did you hear me? I said a single cholesterol medicine.

We live in the land of cop-outs, where it’s easier to complain and look for a shortcut than it is to fix the problem. But it’s not like this is new. After all, man has spent his entire creation pursuing the goal of ease. We’ve invented cars, air conditioning, and now even diet pills – why diet when the pill does it for you.
How about people who have surgery to lose weight, but only after a few years put it back on. They repeat the process, spend the money, and they never change. Getting healthy has little to do with what the scale says, and more to do with where your mind is.

I assist with Strength & Conditioning at a Division II university, and before workouts we all bark, “Get your mind right!” I can’t, and I don’t, expect an athlete to come in and get better without first getting their mind right. Think about it. Our entire existence has been based on the pursuit of comfort, and getting better is uncomfortable. Pharmaceuticals and diet pills all play on the same weakness of man – comfort.

We’ve forgotten what uncomfortable feels like. Who gets excited about squatting until they puke, soaking themselves with sweat, and then going home and eating foods that our bodies need but not that our taste buds crave? Nobody, that is, unless they’ve permanently gotten their mind right.

So now everyone wants to be comfortable, nobody wants to take initiative, and capitalism has stepped in to solve our problems. Everyone gets a trophy because everyone, whether or not they put in the work, deserves to be praised and nestled into their comfort zone.

Do you know who lived in discomfort and pain more than anyone else in the world? He didn’t eat for 40 days, denied luxuries and lavish treatment, and eventually had the muscle ripped from his bones and hung on a cross to die. Do you know what else he did? He moved the boulder that was in his way - but hey, he was only dead for 3 days. Emulate him, not some spoiled movie star millionaire.

Life is going to put boulders in the way, and even though most people will walk around and blame someone else for the adversity, you can push it aside and find the golden purse underneath.

It’s never impossible, but always hard.

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BS, MS - exercise Physiology
EPC - Board Certified Exercise Physiologist

Published Thesis
The impact of three different forms of warm up on performance

The Effects of Glucose Supplementation on Barbell Velocity and Fatiguability in Weightlifting - A pilot study"

The Accute Effects Of Different Squat Intensities on Vertical Jump Performances
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Graduate from Midwestern State University, founder of Endunamoo Barbell Club, and Endunamoo Strength and Conditioning. Working to help athletes physically reach their goals and achieve scholarships while spiritually pouring into as many people as possible on all platforms.