”No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”
-Socrates (Greek Philosopher)
1. The word Gymnasium is Greek!
There was a place in ancient Greece called ”Gymnasium”. The name comes from the word Gymnos, which literally means naked, it’s said that this is how Greek athletes used to exercise. The gymnasium was a public place where Greek citizens received physical training to modify their bodies and improve their performance.
2. Gyms in Ancient Greece had Libraries!
During that time, they also practiced other means of social engagement and held lectures discussing philosophy, literature and music in gyms. Some gymnasiums even had their own libraries for the athletes to enjoy drawing attention to the importance of nurturing both the mind and soul while exercising your body.
3. The most popular athlete back then inspired the core principles of weightlifting!
Back then there was an Olympic wrestling champion called Milo of Croton, who enjoyed incredible physical strength and high fitness levels. But, what was his secret and how did he develop such physical power?
One day there was a newborn calf near Milo’s place, so he decided to lift that animal on his shoulders and walk to the field. The next day he did the same thing, and he kept carrying that animal on his shoulders to the field and back every day for four years, until the calf became a bull! By doing so Milo inspired the core principles of progressive weight lifting and strength training.
4. Body Building is a process where you practice to get bigger, stronger and transform your body to a higher state by modifying your size, shape and performance.
5. The greatest bodybuilders and athletes of time have repeatedly mentioned one trick to achieving your goals: most of the performance takes place in your mind. Mind over body. Despite all of these physical training hours and efforts they always refer to the ”mind” as their most important tool of all. This is definitely why they had libraries at their gymnasiums.
6. Mental Training: Let’s keep it simple, if you show up, you are a champ. If you don’t you will never get there. Winners always show up, period.
7. Be ready to lose in order to gain, lose the comfort zone, give up the thousand calorie cake and lose the negative thoughts to gain the physique you want. Invest in your body.
Photography: Drop Studios
Model: Omar El Sheikh
Venue: FITBOX Gym