Category: All Articles

All New Articles and Strength Blog Posts

Read all the new articles and Strength Blog Posts! Learn everything you need to know about how to get stronger in training and life!

All articles cover subjects such as strength training, diet and nutrition, health and wellness, motivation and inspiration and so much more!

See all blog posts and categories…


Follow the Strength Blog!

Join 3,900+ other followers!


All New Articles and Blog Posts


Be Motivated By Your Successes

Be Motivated By Your Successes

Failure motivates you to create success, but your successes motivate you to keep going! Accomplishment does not take away desire, it only strengthens it. Just imagine, if you become a millionaire. Would that be enough for you, or would you want more? Would you stop there or pursue becoming a billionaire leaving behind a legacy for your family to thrive upon?

To put it simply, those that do not pursue further, have failed.


motivated mindset words of wisdom cover

This is an excerpt from my Book “Motivated Mindset“. 

Don’t let your lack of motivation hold you back from achieving your goals!

Find your motivation and change your life forever!

Get your copy here! 


Be Addicted To Success

If you stop after reaching success, then you have failed.

The most successful people do not fear failure, for they have already failed many times. They fear success because once you obtain some, you must achieve more.

Success is highly addictive and constantly pulls you in for more. It leads you into a world of a greater desire for more and keeps you motivated to keep pushing forward!

Success is measured over time, not in one moment. It builds up over time as you continually push to become greater. Failures still occur, but success drives you to push on.

Even when all is lost and you must start again, you are fueled by the motivation of reaching your previous successes. No matter how much we have already accomplished, it is nothing compared to what we dream to do next!

Your greatest accomplishment was not yesterday nor today.

Your greatest accomplishment comes tomorrow.

Successful people push forward no matter the challenge. No matter how one-sided the odds may seem, successful people never back down. They are driven by their previous accomplishments…such as when you’ve been writing a book in your head for years, and you finally come close to finishing it. The drive to finish motivates you further.

So create your own success, and use that as your drive to keep pushing forward!

Success is calling your name! Will you answer the call?


Create Your Motivated Mindset Today!

motivated mindset words of wisdom cover

Learn More!


Join the Mathias Method Army for updates and more great content like this!

Join Now!

Advertisements

Fail Until You Succeed

Fail Until You Succeed

Your failures do not define you, but they make you who you are. You may fail many times, but if you learn from each of your failures, then you have succeeded. Your failures will then guide you along your path to success.


motivated mindset words of wisdom cover

This is an excerpt from my Book “Motivated Mindset“. 

Don’t let your lack of motivation hold you back from achieving success!

Find your motivation and change your life forever!

Get your copy here!


Failure is the only way to learn how to truly succeed.

Fail and fail again. Fail a million times, it does not matter. Failure is not a measure of success. Only success is. 

Fail every day if you have too, over and over again, until you succeed. Take each failure as a lesson teaching you how to succeed.

We don’t learn much of anything from success other than how to fail. And from failure, we learn to succeed.

Fail Until You Succeed!

Turn Failure Into Success

If you learn from your failures, then you have succeeded.

It is what you do after failing that truly defines who you are and what you stand for. If you give up after failing, then you will never succeed, but if you keep fighting then you will be successful. So find what your purpose is and stand for it. 

Failure crushes losers and motivates winners. After failing you have a choice…you can choose to get up and try again, or fall back losing motivation to pursue further. This choice can make or break you. It can make you into a powerfully motivated machine fighting for more success, or hold you down until you conquer the task at hand.

So when you fail, are you going to be a winner or a loser? Are you going to fight for your success or stay down? Are you going to let your failure define you, or be defined by your push to success?

The choice is yours!


Create Your Motivated Mindset Today!

motivated mindset words of wisdom cover

Learn More!


Join the Mathias Method Army for updates and more great content like this!

Join Now!

Fear Leads To Courage

Fear Leads To Courage

Fear leads to courage. You cannot be fearless and courageous. Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is having the will to push forward, even when you are fearful. It is okay to be fearful, as long as that fear does not hold you back from success. 


motivated mindset words of wisdom cover

This is an excerpt from my Book “Motivated Mindset“. 

Don’t let your lack of motivation hold you back from achieving success!

Find your motivation and change your life forever!

Get your copy here!


Conquer Your Fears.

The only thing preventing you from achieving greatness is yourself.

Whether you fear something as common as Public Speaking, you fear the unknown, you fear failure, or you fear the future, your fear should not hold you back from what you need to do. Your fear should not and does not define you.

Understand your fears and be courageous enough not to let them stop you from achieving your greatness. Use your fears as a tool to start achieving success.

If you can dominate your fears, then you will know that nothing can hold you back! Overcome your fear and let that moment of success motivate you to do more!

You were put on this earth to do something great! So, don’t fear your own greatness! If you want to go do something, then go do it. Be courageous enough to tell others “no” and do what you must in order to succeed.

All the fears you have now will still be present after you succeed. The only difference is the new you has the courage to push past fear to succeed.

So what are you waiting for? There’s no time like the present to start changing your world!

Go Be Courageous!

Don’t run from your fears, sprint past them into your future!


Create Your Motivated Mindset Today!

motivated mindset words of wisdom cover

Learn More!


Join the Mathias Method Army for updates and more great content like this!

Join Now!

Take The Hard Road

Take The Hard Road

Life is a journey, and you get to choose the path you take. Many will take the easy road while those that are strong-willed (like you and I), know that taking the hard road will make us stronger than before. So, when everyone takes the easy route, you should take the hard road. You will learn more and become stronger through the challenges you face. Then you can continue to lead forward with your new found knowledge as you create a new path for others to follow, while those that didn’t fight for their success have nowhere else to go.


motivated mindset words of wisdom cover

This is an excerpt from my Book “Motivated Mindset“. 

Don’t let your lack of motivation hold you back from achieving success!

Find your motivation and change your life forever!

Get your copy here!


Choose to do what is hard, because difficult things make us stronger.

Life is not supposed to be easy! If life was easy, then it wouldn’t be very rewarding. We need to struggle in order to appreciate the good times we have. Good things like success would hold no weight if there was not a struggle to get there!

Of course, not everything needs to be hard, but it shouldn’t all be easy either. It is good for us to fail at times in order to learn from it and build up some scars, so we can withstand more pain than before. So choose to take on challenges in life, because they will make you so much stronger!

Do What Is Difficult

Do what is difficult, because difficult things make us stronger.

You should be grateful for the challenges thrown your way because they make you stronger and help to define who you are by how you get through them. It’s easy to just give up and not even try when things seem too difficult, but it is through those challenges that we are reborn even stronger. Difficulty is just another pathway to creating your own greatness. Accept the challenge and show the world you will not be stopped!

Challenges do not stop you from achieving success.

They give you the opportunity to make a better one.

So many people take difficulty as a loss and just give up when things get tough, but struggle should push you, not hold you back. When you run into trouble, just view it as another opportunity to make things even better.

Change doesn’t have to be bad. You can take what you have learned and make a better future from them. Be open to change and learn from your struggles!

Leaders Take The Hard Road

The hard road is for leaders that want to push past what others have done before. While the easy road is for followers that want to quickly reach assumed success, with no real knowledge of how to get there.

Of course we all need to be good followers to learn how to become great leaders, but eventually, you will need to branch out if you want to continue moving forward. You have to go into the unknown and take risks. If you are strong enough, from all the hard roads you’ve taken before, you can succeed even when times are tough.

Once you have achieved success on your own, then no one can take it away from you. So choose the difficult things in life! Take the hard road and no one can take away what you have earned!

Don’t avoid what is hard. This is not supposed to be easy.

Destroy Challenges. Conquer Fears. Let nothing stand in your way!

This is your life! Own It!

Go Above and Beyond

On your Journey to Greatness, never do just the minimum!

When asked to do something 10 times, do it 11. Always do 1 more. One more than asked, one more than before, one more than you thought you could do…never the minimum.

Too many people do just the minimum requirements to get by and never reach their full potential because of it. It is those that push themselves beyond what is required, in everything that they do, that achieve true success. Go above and beyond to find what you are truly made of!


Create Your Motivated Mindset Today!

motivated mindset words of wisdom cover

Learn More!


Join the Mathias Method Army for updates and more great content like this!

Join Now!

Funny Gym Fail Stories

Funny Gym Fail Stories

Do you have some funny gym fail stories you want to share to the world? Share them here, by commenting your story below or emailing us! If they are funny enough, I will repost them to The Strength Blog

Now, to start it off, I have two funny stories for you! The first is one that I witnessed in person. The second is one I was told years ago, and is absolutely dumbfounding and hilarious!

Both took place in our local Powerlifting Gym. Actually, they both happened in the exact same location in the gym…at the squat rack, where all good things happen! Enjoy!


Funny Gym Fail Story #1: The Full Nelson Spotter!

by Ryan J. Mathias

The Set-Up

First, I am a powerlifter and have a powerlifting team, the Strength Warriors. Needless to say, I am at the gym a lot, and, just like many of you, I see a lot of dumb stuff. However, this is one of the best gyms fails I have ever heard of or had the privilege of seeing in person. 

It is a typical day at the gym, where I am in the back powerlifting room warming up for a nice squat workout on one of the 3 squat racks in the gym. On this day, the gym owner was also doing some squats in the main hallway, just outside the powerlifting room’s doorway. So, as usual, between my squat sets, I would go out into the main hallway and have the normal gym bro conversations.

The Gym Idiots

While this is going on, our three teenage gym idiots walk in. You know, the ones that wear gloves to workout, quarter rep everything, and always have to use the pu$$y-pad on the bar for squats. THOSE guys. We will call them Tall, Short, and Plump; which also best describes their figure.

These three gym idiots walk to the end of the hall, near the exit, and take the third and final squat rack. 

Between sets, the gym owner and I keep an eye on them for a bit of humor but let them do their thing because they are not really doing anything wrong…yet. They are beginners and do what we all had to do as beginners at first, which is figure things out.

We probably could have talked to them at any point during this entire scenario, and given suggestions. However, it probably would not have stuck. They likely would have felt embarrassed and discouraged from continuing if we told them everything they were doing was wrong anyway. So we let them learn at their own pace, as they were not hurting anything.

They proceeded to take turns doing a few light sets with the bar and maybe 115 pounds. Then, it all changed in an instant…

The Gym Fails

Now, up until this point, everything was fine. Typical beginner stuff.

  • They had the safety bars set WAY too low. 
  • The adjustable rack was set too high.
  • Plus, they quarter repped everything.

After they finished their warm-ups to 135, they all came to agree 155 was the next best weight. However, Short was not so sure about this new weight. Tall and Plump encouraged him and said they could spot him in case he needed help. Short agreed, so Tall and Plump went to either side of the bar to side-spot him.

Problem #1: With this new weight, Short was not tall enough or strong enough to unrack the weight from the hooks. 

Solution #1: Tall told Plump to lift the weight off the rack with him and they would set it on Short’s back so he could squat it.

A bad idea and gym fail, but they survived.

The Gym Fail Grand Finale

Now, as soon as the weight was set on Short’s back he immediately was not comfortable with the situation. The mere 155 pounds, which was likely 30 or so pounds over his bodyweight, was too much for him to squat. 

“Don’t worry. I’ll come to spot you!” said Tall.

So, Tall leaves his original side-spot position, which would have been safer for both of them, and gets behind Short. Here is where the funny gym fail comes into play…

Problem #2: Short is not strong enough to quarter squat 155 pounds on his own.

Solution #2: Tall comes behind Short and decides to spot him by, no joke, hooking his arms under and through Short’s arms while grabbing onto the bar. He was basically giving Short a Full Nelson with the help of the bar pushing down on Short’s neck.

Major Gym Fail!!! I wish I was making this up!

At this point, the gym owner and I are dumbfounded! We don’t even have words to describe what we were feeling as we see these two gym idiots do 3 reps of no more than 4-inch knee bends with 155 pounds. 

Afterward, we just look at each other with looks of “What did we just witness?”, included with jaws dropped. No words were spoken. We were both just wishing we had enough time to video the craziness!

After a moment, I went back into the other room to continue my workout, and it seems that was their last squat set.


Funny Gym Fail Stories

Funny Gym Fail Story #2: Chain Gang Squats!

by Steve M.

The Set-Up

First, this is not my Funny Gym Fail Story. This was told to me by my gym’s previous owner and took place about a decade ago, in his gym.

To start, you need to know that the Gym I go to is a 24-hour Gym. This means it has cameras everywhere, and the only employee is the gym owner. Which means he can see EVERYTHING that goes on at all times.

Also, the previous Gym owner was a big-time Powerlifter and the gym was originally made as a powerlifting gym. Eventually, it turned into a standard fitness gym, but it still keeps the good qualities of an old school powerlifting gym. Chalk, chain, blood, and awesome equipment. If you had a problem with it, he would tell you to leave.

The Story

Now, at the time of this gym fail, the gym owner was in his office at the front of the gym. Obviously checking on the cameras which were on the screen next to him from time to time as he worked.

In walk the two gym idiots. Typical high school athletes looking to put in some extra work to get ahead. Good for them, but they still messed up. We will call them Intermediate and Beginner based on their experience level.

Intermediate has been coming to the gym for a few months and had decent strength and form for most lifts. At the time he was bringing Beginner in for his first workout to show him the ropes. Of course, as we know, the best exercise to start with is squats. So, they proceed to the squat rack at the very back of the gym, far away from the front office.

Still, the gym owner keeps an eye on them through the cameras as they take a few minutes to go over proper technique and warm-up. All is well.

Switching Things Up

The boys work up too 225 pounds for squats and then decide it’s time to switch things up.

Again, this is a powerlifting gym, so things like chains and chalk are readily open to anyone that wants to use them. All they have to do is go to the back room, near the squat rack they are in, and get what they want to use. 

These gym idiots decide that they want to try out squatting with chains, because, yeah, that sounds cool.

So, they proceed to get 3 pairs of 20-pound chains (6 total chains adding 120 pounds in total). This is no problem, except they do not seem to have a clue what they are doing. This is proven when they, instead of hooking the ends of the chain to the bar and letting the rest hang off, wrap the chain around the ends of the bar as if they are adding 20-pound plats with each chain.

The problem they then run into is that they can only get two chains on each end and don’t know what to do with the third. 

Here is where the Gym Fail occurs!

The Epic Gym Fail

Intermediate decides that if you can’t wrap the chain on the bar to add weight…why not just wrap it around his neck? So, after Intermediate gets set-up with the bar on his back, he has Beginner put the two extra chains draped over his neck, hanging in front of him. 

As soon as the gym owner gets a glips of this he runs out of the office and around the corner to where he is in full site of the squat rack with the gym idiots about to squat.

Unfortunately, he does not get there in time and sees as Intermediate goes down into a full depth squat (which is not his norm, but the weight was likely crushing him) to where he cannot recover from. So, Intermediate is forced into a neck and back-breaking position as his hips shoot up and his entire body is pulled forward by the now hanging chain weight from his neck.

Luckily, the 305-pound bar weight rolled over his head and off of him, crashing into the squat rack safeties, without throwing him to the ground.

Repercussions

The gym owner sees this and screams from 50-feet away, “WHAT IN THE HE// ARE YOU DOING?!!!”

Intermediate Gym Idiot turns towards the gym owner looking absolutely terrified! Pale white like a ghost. Eyes wide. 40-lbs of chain hanging from his neck and no answer at all as to what he was doing.

The gym owner then proceeded to lay into him for ten whole minutes about how much of a gym idiot he is and how he is lucky that gym fail didn’t kill him and Beginner both. The whole time Intermediate had no response and couldn’t even make out words. He stood there with the same petrified look on his face the whole time.

When he was done, the gym owner locked the chains in the back room and never let anyone else use them without his exclusive permission. He then went back to his office and had a good 20-minute laugh over everything that occurred, as it was also one of the funniest gym fails he had ever witnessed in his life.

Intermediate left and never came back after that. However, Beginner continued for a few more months and made some real progress without the help of his original gym idiot partner.


That’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed these funny stories and please share your gym fail stories below or send them to us here.