While it’s not an exclusive club that gives members-only jackets to its elite, there are some truths about strength training that only those who do it consistently, perhaps for years, can fully appreciate.
You can likely add to this list, but here are some observations and lessons I’ve learned over the past decade from strength training. It’s a wonderful teacher indeed, and we would be wise to soak in its lessons.
I don’t know about you, but strength training helps keep me sane. Nowadays much of my time is spent writing and while I love it, there are days I want to throw my laptop against a wall, douse it in gasoline and light it on fire, get in my car and drive to the mountains, surround myself with animals of all types, learn how to weave baskets and talk to birds, and live off the grid for the remainder of my life. I battle anxiety from time to time, and strength training is an effective remedy. Any anxiety I have can be transferred out of my body and into the barbell or dumbbells. When I have a holy hell I’m going to explode moment, I step into my garage for some iron-therapy.
Strength training teaches honesty. You can’t fudge a deadlift: you either pull it, or you don’t. A pus…