How The World's Strongest Bodybuilder Turns Pain Into Gains
Your version of "intense" is likely to be laughable when compared to the training style of Johnnie O. Jackson. He's that guy who gives himself pep talks, grunts with every rep, and finishes a chest workout with a confident toss of the dumbbells. When you're using it, it's acceptable.
While it could be asserted as an assertion of dominance or ego, Jackson's evident drive and indexed focus in the gym are rooted in something much deeper: pain.
Often called the World's strongest bodybuilder, Jackson is known for his big-barreled chest, a 550-pound bench press , and a squat and deadlift each measuring over 800 pounds. It takes a combination of power and hypertrophy-style training to achieve the ultimate combo of big numbers and a bulging physique. Jackson has a mental advantage ”
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We often see pain, whether physical or mental, as a bad thing. Yet Jackson takes a contrarian perspective. He believes that what you do with struggle is what leads to greatness. In his case, that takes the form of an incredible physique and success as a pro bodybuilder.
"It's a different type of pain than training, but it's all in the same place in your mind, you know?" Jackson says. "It just became a friend, so to say, or a comfort."  His life is a manifestation of the "no pain, no gain" mantra. Declaration of workout motivation.
Like Jackson says, "You can not teach anyone how to push through a." set to be a set of dips with three chains around your neck or a set of circumstances in life. Whatever your driver is in the gym, it has to go through the physical discomfort and exhaustion. Either you use your pain or Jackson do not tolerate a mindset that's anything less than relentless.