The Marshall Mathers School of Strength Training

Written by Jason Ferruggia Topics: Fitness

Eminem Here are a few training lessons based on the titles of 37 Eminem songs (in bold italics).

A lot of people start training and they’re all gung ho for a month or so. But how many people actually stick with it?

It’s all about survival. You’ve gotta treat it like serious business if you ever want to see your body going through changes, and hope for people to one day refer to you as the monster.

You’re a soldier and every workout is a battle.

You can’t be brainless about it and go to the gym without a proven training plan; just training with no rhyme or reason.

To get results you’ve gotta have a rain man like focus when you’re in the gym. No chit chatting, no long rest periods, no watching TV. Pull your hat down low, crank up your headphones and do work.

Got an excuse for why you can’t make it to the gym more than twice a week? Just lose it.

Make no apologies to friends and loved ones about the life you’ve chosen. Eat what you want, go to sleep when you want and don’t worry about what other people have to say.

You’re crazy in love with this way of living and if anyone’s got a problem with it just tell them, bitch please.

If they want to spend all their time under the influence that’s their prerogative. Let them live with their guilty conscience.

And when they ask why you’re not drinking four nights per week with them you can respond, “I don’t know that’s just the way I am.”

Remember that every time you enter the gym the thought in your mind has to be, “Stronger than I was.” Progressive overload and doing more than you previously could is the best way to get big and strong.

What you say doesn’t matter. It’s what you do. Everybody is 275 at 5% bodyfat on the internet. We may love the way you lie. But doing that just makes you look like a big weenie.

Spend some time under the bar and do less talking.

Beautiful pain is what you have to be willing to endure during a set of calf raises or long duration farmers walks if you want to grow.

High intensity conditioning is brutal. But it’s gotta be done.

And you won’t back down.

Your mindset is “Til I collapse” because unlike white America (and everyone else) you’re not afraid to lose yourself and go berzerk on some serious sled or medicine ball work.

You’ll only be finished when the music stops or (sometimes; not that I recommend it often) when you puke.

Even when the cold wind blows. Winter isn’t an excuse to skip out on conditioning, baby.

Yes, sledgehammer swings in the snow are some seriously evil deeds but you’ll feel so much better for having done it.

But you don’t need me to tell you any of that. Because for the real Renegades it’s never enough.

You know that it’s about leaving your legacy and everything you do is a reflection of that.

How you train and your dedication to it mirrors who you are as a person.

Remember that when you ask yourself, “what will people think of me when I’m gone?”