back muscle flex eric kim

Productivity is Physiological Strength

In order to become more productive, maximize your physical and physiological strength.

I’m more productive after squatting 335 pounds

back muscle flex eric kim

My stats:

  • 169 pounds
  • Height: 5 foot 10 inches
  • Sumo deadlift max: 425 pounds
  • Squat max: 345 pounds
  • Dumbell press max: 100 pounds

Ever since moving to Providence, Rhode Island, I’ve been focusing on powerlifting (and strength building) quite religiously. I go to the gym (at least) once a day (often twice a day — one for my powerlifting style lifting, and once with Cindy for a workout class). And this is the fascinating thing:

As I’ve started to workout more, I eat better (more meat), I have better mood, I sleep deeper and better, I am more creatively productive, I think loftier thoughts, and my life is just better!

The artist-entrepreneur-powerlifter-philosopher

Deadlifting 420 pounds (four 45-plates on each side, with a 2.5+5 pounder)
Deadlifting 420 pounds (four 45-plates on each side, with a 2.5+5 pounder)

To have the strength to make art, write, and think lofty thoughts — this requires much strength. And what is the source of our strength? Not our mind — our body! The only true strength is bodily and physiological strength. Mental strength is simply an offshoot or reflection of the physiological strength of our body.

Closeup my hand and calluses
Closeup my hand and calluses. Long live deadlifts!