Thursday, 18 February 2010

Why I lift

I was reading an article on and Dave Tate, founder of asked the question, why?

Why do I lift?

I set foot into the gym and it is like entering another world. A world where nothing else matters. Time and time again it has got me through the rough times, times when I have been able to leave the problems behind and relax my mind, even though my body is screaming and aching in pain.

I do it for me and me only. I don't do it to impress anyone. The only person I want to impress is me. At the moment I am not that impressed. When I smash my PR's in March i'll be impressed for a while, before I become unimpressed with them and push on and aim for the next goal.

The main reason why though is I love pushing myself physically and love the mental game of standing under a heavy loaded bar and squatting it below parallel. I like to think it takes balls to go those extra few inches lower and drop my hips below my knees.

Check out the original article here:

A quote to leave you with

'The Iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and listen to all kinds of talk, get told you're a god or a total bastard. The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But 200 pounds is always 200 pounds.'
Henry Rollins

Let me know why you lift in the comment section below


  1. Training: leave the outside world where it belongs, outside.

    Lifting is to feel alive in a way. Why live when you have no challenges? Lifting is a challenge..a physical one and it is indeed about oneself, and oneself only. Lifting is in the blood, and doesn't blood makes us alive?

  2. LOVE Bronwyn's answer! And so true! ;-)