What does this mean for you the gym goer? You too must sacrifice all your freedoms and liberties to a sovereign in order to be secure and stable. This means you relinquish your ability to make and modify plans so that you can follow with blind intensity the teachings of at least one author or school of thought. The intent here is that you remove yourself from the equation and place all your faith and trust into the man and the system. You attack it with full ferocity, knowing it will work and that you are growing. If you question the sovereign, you are free to leave the social contract or die.
Sometimes, depending on who you follow, the outcome is the same
What is the benefit of this contract? Much as in the case of Hobbes’, you are granted stability. Rather than being a victim of your own devices and stagnating or declining, you are granted the stability of consistent gains that are afforded by sheer hardwork and (if fortunate) intelligent programming. By having a “sovereign”, you are now following the orders of a higher being, which means you can abandon your own thinking and leave full faith and confidence in this being. As conflicting as this may be with the western notion of “rugged individualism”, the benefit of this arrangement is that no further justification or understanding is necessary in order to press on with the program, which means you don’t have to worry yourself sick about if you are making optimal gains or if your movement selection is ideal.
How do you know who to select as our sovereign? For this, we turn to Socrates via Plato.