How to Turn yourself into a Gym Freak Show
You've all seen them; people at the gym who look like us but at the same time also look completely different from everyone else. These individuals have more size, more cuts, more veins, more strength and also more admirers because of their unique look which makes them stand out from a crowd. "Freak Show" is a term commonly thrown towards these people and the connotation behind it is by far derived from the greatest of compliments. If blending in is your game, then I highly suggest you stop reading here. If, on the other hand, turning heads is what you're striving for, then please continue on. Here's what you have to do in order to turn yourself into a Gym Freak Show.
Play to your Strengths
You've no doubt heard that the highest achievement anyone can attain in bodybuilding is to create the perfect physique that is completely symmetrical from head to toe. Freak shows don't care about this and instead recognize a strong body part when they see it growing ahead of everything else and completely exploit that genetic reward by training it harder and more often because it feels good. In exchange of that effort, ungodly size and strength follows and this becomes the first step in achieving freak show status.
Do what others Won't
You have to be extreme to look extreme and to do so you must be willing to do the things other people won't do. Whether it's fear, fright or a severe case of intensity impotency, those who won't train on the brink of insanity will never make their mark in the gym. You have to be willing to put it all on the line with every heavy set you perform, with every old school hardcore exercise you can find, consume a meal in any situation and at any time, slug back a shake in the middle of class, cut out of work early on a Monday to ensure your spot on the bench and skip the socials because you've got legs the next day. If you're willing to do these things week after week, then phase two of freak show status is complete.
Look the Part
To be spotted out of a crowd you have to possess an identity unlike anyone else. You have be willing to take on a look that exacerbates your efforts and displays all of the freaky shit you've got going on. Tear the sleeves of your collared shirt, wear a tank top everywhere you go, put a lift and giant wheels on your truck and most importantly, never leave home without lacing up your Super Freak Hightop Sneakers. Remember, you are what you wear and a pair of these shoes couldn't be more fitting as a complimentary way to completing the final phase of your freak show journey.
There's no reason to want to be like everyone else. There's also no real good reason to go through life without being able to turn a few heads or cast a few blank stares. Being different is good, being freaky is even better. Find what makes you better than everyone else and then go and get your freak on!
Author: Dana Bushell
AST Sports Science sponsored athlete, writer, sponsored by Schiek Sports Inc.