Slaying Dragons

In a field of thorns, where nothing grows but the shattered hopes of everyone you know, there lives a ferocious dragon. Covered in the scars of former battles, and surrounded by the bones of former enemies, it sleeps the days away. You’re the underdog in this tall tale. Over a dirt hill and past a dead black tree, you prepare your attack. The thud-thud in your chest begins to hasten as you approach certain death. Smoke bellows from the nostrils of the dragon, but all you see is a dormant volcano. You raise your flimsy blade in the air, and your feet begin racing towards the scaled monster. It hears you coming and opens its giant yellow eye just in time to see you thrust its life away.

Every male has fantasized about saving the day or slaying a dragon. It’s in our nature to be the person who risks his life for another. In fact, even most women have imagined what it would be like to be the hero. Humans find glory in slaying monsters; this is extremely evident in the day to day lives that people live.

We find more glory in a person who lost his first 50 pounds, than we do in someone who lost her final 5 pounds. Both accomplishments are outstanding, but one is better sounding than the other; even though it has been shown that the last few pounds are harder to lose than the first few. Personal trainers pray for clients that are morbidly overweight, not for those who only need to lose a couple pounds. Why? Because they’ll lose more weight in less time, and it looks better to everyone else.

Marketing companies have caught on, and they’ve began to take advantage of our lust for glamour. I mean, we live in a country where you can buy a device that will imprint abs on your stomach for a short time period. Devices like these literally create 15 seconds of glory for the user.

So now the world tells you that you have to have rapid glory or you’re a failure. They’re playing off of our desires, and now they’ve started fanning the flames. Our wicked harts want instant gratification, and for only 19.95 you can buy success briefly. It’s a dirty little trap, and we’ve fallen for it.

So what do we do?

Well, for starters we stop listening to the world. Jesus warned us, over 2000 years ago, that the world is going to be wrong. The next step is realizing how progress really works. When it comes to sports, running, lifting, or even life we have to remember that progress comes in steps not leaps and bounds.

A person who PRs on their powerclean five pounds each time will continue to PR for a long time. Likewise, a person who cuts five seconds off of their mile time will continue to improve. However, if someone kills their squat record by 30 pounds, they’ll probably plateau for a while. Small steady gains keep the train of success moving. It shows patience. It shows determination.

Most people can’t handle slow progress, but luckily you’re not like most people. When the world tells you that you’re only worthwhile when you can slay a dragon you say, “Dude, dragons don’t exist.” And then you PR your deadlift by 5 pounds.


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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
The Accute Effects of Different Squat Intensities On Jump Performance

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.