As I began to type this, I was instantly reminded of two other pieces of wisdom. The first piece of wisdom is one that I'm mentioned over and over in the writings I've worked on over on HubPages which is a quote from David Whitley's eBook, 101 Kettlebell Workouts.
The fitness industry is filled with jade and gold. The ego. Your self image. How you look and what you are worth should be separate. You are a piece of God made flesh. You do not need a 6-pack to be of value and worth. You do not need to bench press your way to cut glass with your pecs in order to be attractive and wanted. What happens when you can't bench? If your sense of worth is locked into the image you see in the mirror you will be in a constant state of fear that the image will fade. And when the image does fade, who will you be?
Instead train for strength. Not so you can say, "look how much I can lift," but instead, what can you gain from the journey? What can you learn from cultivating your strength, your will, your spirit? What can you accomplish in the world when you take that strength outside the gym?
Use your lats! You see guys in the gym who walk with puffed lats to look stronger or bigger. In the animal kingdom you see countless examples of animals who puff and pump themselves up to look larger, stronger, tougher. If that's all you got, what's going to happen when you really need that strength you've been feigning. Like all mirages, it will fade and pass. Pavel's book Beyond Bodybuilding has the "Strong As You Look Series." This is an important aspect of training for strength verses training for looks. The image that you put forth, like all aspects of yourself, should be congruent with your inner self. Be as strong as you look and you will look as strong as you are. Allow your appearance to be a residual effect, not the main goal. Balloons loose their air over time but a rock is a rock regardless of its size and weight... think about it.