It’s Not About the Numbers

KimK —  April 29, 2014 — 3 Comments

I wanted to do something a little different for this post. I think sometimes it’s easy to forget why we lift. Of course, everyone has different reasons, but in my opinion, the true worth of weightlifting can’t be quantified.

It’s not about the numbers on the scale,
The size of the plates on the bar, or how much they weigh;
It’s not about how much more than you she can lift,
Or your weight class, attempts or records;
It’s not about reps and sets,
Or how much weight you can add each session;

It’s about answering your child’s outstretched arms
Without throwing out your back;
It’s about kindly turning down an offer to help with the heavy grocery bags;
It’s about being able to play Frisbee with your dog in the park;
It’s about having your arms full
And being able to squat down to pick up just one more thing

The true worth of weightlifting is measured in self-confidence and self-esteem, your pride in yourself, and your health and vitality. The real message about weightlifting, in my opinion, shouldn’t be about pushing your body to the limit (or past it). It should be about feeling good. I need to remind myself of this from time to time, so I thought maybe you could use a friendly reminder too.

I’d love to know why all of you lift. Leave a comment to share!



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3 responses to It’s Not About the Numbers

  1. Renae

    Kim I needed to hear this after last week. Definitely having some self doubt! Thank you for writing this. The reason why I lift is because it makes me feel strong and I love that feeling but I have to admit that I like to see just what my body is capable of and I’ve learned that its pretty damn amazing! Thank you and all the other missfits for constantly being positive influences and role models ….you guys are the BEST!!

  2. Hi kim. I love this post.
    I love lifting . Especialy what it does fot my self confidence . The progress is realy slow but i enjoy the journey… ( i switched to 5/3/1 lately… hope it will work for me). GOOOOD luck in your meet !! 🙂

  3. KimK

    Thanks so much! I was a little nervous about posting it, but I’m so glad that it helped you, Renae. You’re doing awesome. And, yifat, I’m happy for you that lifting has helped with your self-confidence. I think that’s one of the biggest, and probably the best, benefits of lifting. Keep going strong, ladies!

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