“A Fat Man’s Guide to Happiness” Volume 1: Blog 15

“Geoff’s Blog: A Fat Man’s Guide to Happiness” Volume 1: Blog 15

By Geoff Adler


As a teen in the 80’s, I was heavily inspired by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone films. In 1985 when First Blood II debuted, I was a typical impressionable 13 year-old pimply-faced boy. I remember seeing Rambo in the theater with my friend Scott and being awed by Stallone’s well defined physique. In my mind, he displayed the epitome of masculinity. In the 80’s – I was not alone. I’ve recently discovered that there are others – even members of our gym – who through casual conversation, were equally enamored by these cinematic stars and films. For many of us, our first gym experience was forged from a vision of what can be achieved through hard work and dedication.

Even today, as I re-watch these films in syndication, I can recall the intense emotion I connected to specific scenes. For those of you unfamiliar with this non-academy award winning film, imagine a scene where John Rambo, our protagonist, has overcome a deadly mission wrought with multiple obstacles while successfully returning lost American POW’s to an American military base, only to be betrayed by the government that put him on the mission in the first place. This is the actual clip, and transcript (courtesy of IMDB) from the final scene of the movie:

Rambo Clip

(fast forward to 6:40.)
: Then what is it you want?

Rambo: I want, what they want, and every other guy who came over here and spilled his guts and gave everything he had, wants! For our country to love us as much as we love it! That’s what I want!

Trautman: How will you live, John?

Rambo: Day by day.

My message today is simple. Return to your original vision. Though our goals change, there are certain ideals we instinctually gravitate towards. Do the things you seek today in the gym vary greatly from the younger you? I open this forum to you my reader. What movie inspired you? What character did you long to emulate? Please use the comment section below and share.

See you in the gym!


“Get in. Get fit.” – MFC


* Important aside. Obviously, Rambo is a highly fictitious film series that by no means represents any branch of our military. It should also be noted that the servicemen and women who honor our great country by serving as protectors and guardians every single day are greatly valued and appreciated. Without you, the freedom to write this blog would be impossible; for that I (we) thank you.