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!