Maintenance: The Wisdom of Bruh Man

I reached my goal body composition a month ahead of schedule – so now what? For that answer, I need you to hop into my time machine and travel back to the greatest period of time in the world: the 90’s (don’t worry, denim jackets will be avoided at all costs).

In the early 1990s, Martin Lawrence was straight crushing it: House Party, Def Comedy Jam,  and Bad Boys – just to name a few of things he played a huge role in. Not only that, but he also created and stared in his own sitcom entitled Martin.

One of the most memorable characters on the show went by the name of Bruh Man, and his ridiculousness can’t be put into words, so this video will have to do:

The most important thing to know about Bruh Man is this: whenever you asked him what he was doing, his answer was always the same – nothin, just chillin’. In order to even begin to  comprehend the depth of this life philosophy and how it applies to us, we must first arrive at a basic understanding of what chillin’  actually is.

To be in a state of prolonged satisfactory being, not regarded as being bored but not in the process of doing anything worth elaborating upon.

When it comes right down to it, most of us have the goal of simply looking good naked or in various states of undress, and as long as you’re consistent and are not doing anything too goofy with your nutrition and training, you will undoubtedly get to that point.

Game over – you win.

But what happens next? Do you aim to put on more muscle or do you push to lose even more body fat? Regardless of the road you choose, it’ll eventually (hopefully) lead to a place where you’re happy with the body that you’ve created and, aside from minor tweaks here and there, you have no desire to put in more effort to change it.

As Leigh Peele so eloquently put it, the end is the beginning. At some point you’re going to arrive at a place where the goal isn’t to keep pushing further and further, but to simply enter a state of maintenance, aka chillin’, where you enjoy the fruits of your labor and invest your energy elsewhere.

That’s where I’m at now, and it’s a beautiful place. And the sooner you reach your goals, the sooner that you can be there as well.

Photo Credit: Bfishadow

Never Miss A Post Again…

Sign up for one of the best fitness newsletters, ever. I'll send you nothing but practical and actionable content.


  1. Joakim says

    Still not there, but that does not stop me from chillin’ every Sunday.

    Especially if it’s a sunny Sunday, I just love everybody.

    I also get the ” chillin’ ” at random times during the week.

    Always a welcome feeling.

    Best thing : The smallest things can generate it.And it can last for hours at a time.

    I can’t imagine how great it must feel to have a constant feeling of chillin’.

  2. Nancy C. says

    Totally get the chillin’ concept. However, it is the nature of man (and woman) to keep moving. If you’re done working on the body, what’s the next mountain to climb? Or at some point do you get a hankering to tinker again? Does maintenance = stasis? How to channel the creative energy? Just sayin’…

    • says

      Mmmhmm, you’re right on the money there – we always have some mountain to climb. I view maintenance as that point where you’re mostly happy with the way that you look and, aside from tinkering here in there, you’re not trying to change very much. I view dieting as a cross country drive – you have checkpoints along the way, and it’s always a push…but once you get to your destination? The drive/push is over – enjoy the scenery while you’re, aka chillin’.

      The fun part is, like you said, finding something else to do with all that energy, something that compliments your life.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *