“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” -Socrates
The most difficult and noblest process one will ever undertake in life is conquering themselves. Oftentimes we strategically throw banana peels out in front of our own karts, leaving us to flail helplessly in the game of life. I will make it a perpetual mission to conquer mediocrity, starting with my own physical weakness. It is my belief that a weak body can be reflective of a weak mind, and my mind is anything but. In class, we have been discussing linear systems and solving them with matrix math. Using this knowledge, I will build a system consistent with my long-term goal of building mass and a functional physique. The system will follow the conservation of mass. This is not a steady state system, and therefore will yield:
Δm/Δt= muscle hypertrophy (m ̇ ) + fat/water gain (m ̇) – muscle atrophy (m ̇ )
The matrix form of this and all other applicable systems is:
[A][x] = [b]
where A is comprised of system parameters, b of forcing functions, and x of responses to the system.
[A] = my current body, environment, and internal tools
[x] = muscle mass, increased strength and endurance, robust cardiovascular health, functional athletic prowess, and minimal fat gain
[b] = ???
Here, b is the golden ticket. I am after unique drivers that, in addition to the system parameters, will cause x to occur. The details of such a system are more complicated than this post lets on. However, the most basic x components are a consistent training schedule, sufficient caloric intake, and adequate sleep. I’ll add some motivational videos for extrinsic encouragement; hearing CT Fletcher incite you while pushing weight is like having Lucifer breathing down your neck, waiting for you to crack, waiting for you to surrender. I will never give in. Never, never, never, never.