Rich Piana: We Are All Equals In The Gym
“WE ALL HAVE THE SAME GOALS, WE’RE ALL MOTIVATED, AND WE’RE ALL EQUALS. NO ONE IS BETTER THAN ANYONE. JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE MORE MUSCLE THAN THIS GUY DOESN’T MAKE YOU FUCKING BETTER. ALRIGHT?”
You might be a 300lb IFBB bodybuilder. You might be the strongest guy in the gym. Just because you’re bigger, stronger, taller, doesn’t mean you’re better. We’re all equals. If I’m working out at the gym, and someone comes up and says “hey bro, do you mind if I work in?” Yeah, man, you can work in! It doesn’t matter if you’re 115lbs, get in here and kill it! Why not be friendly? Why not get along with people? It's like a family.
Leave your ego at the door. We are all equals. I’m no better than anyone out there. When I go to the expos and get ready to greet my fans, we are all equals. I’m looking forward to meeting you as much as you’re looking forward to meeting me. I'm just as excited about it as you are. My fans motivate me. When a fan comes up and tells me how much they like my videos - that’s giving me motivation. When I go to the gym, I'm thinking about that. That’s motivating me. So, the same way I motivate you, you motivate me. We're all in this together, man. That's how I see the 5%ERs. I see it as a family. We’re doing this together.
I travel to all the expos, and we go to the gym. I walk in the gym and there's like 300 people there. People from all over the world. There are top pros, amateurs, everybody. And we’re all the same. We’re all going to have a great workout and a great time. I see bodybuilders hating on Cross fitters. Why? I have respect for anybody in the gym. They’re trying to get in better shape. They’re doing what they need to do to be the best they can be. Don't be hating on people. Bodybuilders shouldn’t hate on CrossFit guys and gals. And Cross fitters shouldn’t be hating on bodybuilders. Everything is hard. CrossFit isn’t easy. Wrestling, football, it’s not easy. Bodybuilding might seem easy compared to some of this stuff.
Have respect for each other. Have respect for people trying to be the best they can be. We’re all trying to get in great shape. We’re all just trying to reach our goals and dreams. So don’t hate. Let's get along because we're all in this together. No one is better than anyone else. It’s easy to sit there and say negative stuff about people. There’s no reason to talk crap about people. None. We’re doing it together.
“BODYBUILDING ISN’T SO TOUGH THAT IT MAKES YOU BETTER THAN EVERYBODY ELSE.”