Originally Posted by tooge
I don't want to come across as being a dick or starting an argument, but I have a question about some of the workouts being mentioned. So, some guys want to do a program over several weeks to enable them to bench press 300+lbs, or squat 400+ lbs or whatever. My question is, what is coveted about the ability to do such feats unless you are either 1. competing, or 2. making a living as an athlete? Point is, I'm a very active guy. Used to do triathlons prior to a shoulder injury. I play sports with my kids and other adults, etc. I can't find a single reason that I'd need to be able to bench press 300 plus lbs, or squat 400+ lbs. Please enlighten me.
I don't really understand this question. You mention that you used to do triathlons. I would assume that you tried to improve your times, but there's no more practical application for bicycle racing than there is being strong.
Pushing yourself helps you grow physically, mentally, and even emotionally. It helps burn stress. It helps you clear your mind. It gives you a feeling of accomplishment. It gives you confidence. Simply doing the same thing over and over without setting goals, seeking improvement, etc. is monotonous.
I'm not into lifting, but I run, box, etc. I want to run faster and farther. I want to throw cleaner hooks. I want to do a better job of recognizing and identifying feints.
I'm never going to fight Mayweather. I'm never going to run in the Olympics. I like the way I feel when I achieve a goal. I like the way I look at the pool. Frankly, I like knowing that I can handle myself in the extremely unlikely event that such a situation should arise.