More than a population-proportionate number of Boomers were in the gym at 7:45am, working to stave off the effects of aging with their younger, fitter, and far more muscular trainers. It was the day after Phil Heath won the title of Mr. Olympia 2015 and the bodybuilder-trainers were talking.
“It’s genetics,” Ray, who owns the gym said, himself an Olympia finisher not too many years ago. “Phil’s body is symmetrical and you’re born with that.”
My 6’4″ Hot Trainer nodded. He’s always told me that his narrow waist and build are genetic and he worked from there.
Ray, who’s not anywhere near as tall as Hot Trainer but has one of the most aesthetically beautiful bodies I’ve ever seen, went on: “I’d like to be as tall as you, Robin, but I’m not. So I make the best of what I’ve got.”
Profound words for an early-morning gym session, but they stuck with me for days, because of the many times I’ve heard women on social media say that seeing so many posts about the accomplishments of others makes them “feel badly” about themselves.
I don’t get it, I really don’t. Oh, sure, we all have those Facebook friends who constantly post their latest of many achievements, sometimes clearly for the kudos. But what would that have to do with any other person? Why would someone feel so much insecurity over the accomplishments of others?
As the Desiderata so sagely advises: If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself .
Ray would agree. He’s not 6’4″ but he’s wasting any time wishing he were taller. He’s busy making the most of what the Creator gave him.
Oh, did you want to see Ray? He works out starting at 1:08 on the video. It’s a thing of beauty to watch. But he also has interesting things to say after that about health and working out.
And this is what “genetically gifted” looks like: (Hot Trainer)