“She Has Amazing Arms!” The Truth about Muscle Envy
Recently, while approaching the checkout at Whole Foods, I said hello to the cashier and was greeted with,
She has amazing arms!
Referring to the woman who checked out in front of me, the cashier’s eyes were wide and her jaw dropped to add effect to her exclamation.
I shrugged my shoulders and looked her in the eye, saying without affect,
All it takes is hard work.
Pausing, the cashier composed herself and said,
Yeah, I hate working out. I guess I’ll stick with my cupcakes and TV shows.
I loved this interaction because I think we sometimes forget that most things in life are achievable if you want them badly enough and put in the hard work to get them. This fact is especially true when it comes to body-related stuff. I have always said that the human body was so much fun because, with the right information and the right effort (see my piece on specificity), you can do pretty much anything you want with it.
(I posted a great visual of Christian Bale demonstrating this fact on my Facebook page recently.)
If this cashier had really wanted “amazing arms” like the woman in front of me in line, she’d have gone to the gym and pumped iron a few times a week, and maybe traded out some nights of cupcakes and TV for some workouts.
So the next time you find yourself envying what someone else has, ask yourself, what are you doing to get it for yourself?