When Weightlifting was Pure
When I first started lifting weights at the age of 16, I was determined to get strong. My friend and I started lifting one summer in his garage and we were out there every morning, lifting the same exercises over and over again. I just wish I had known that muscles needed more rest than a night’s sleep.
Although my only weight lifting knowledge consisted of lifting weights = make stronger, I miss how pure that era was. No fancy gym. No Internet. Nothing but getting in the gym early in the morning, turning the music up loud, and lifting for hours. Combine that with a good education in the basics and that’s what I think weight lifting is all about.
I’m glad I’ve stuck with it for all these years. My friend went on to play college football at a D-II school, but I think the beating took its toll on him and the last I saw him, he’s probably lost all but his base strength. He can probably still lift a good amount, but nowhere near the 365 lbs he told me got at one point.
Writing this weight lifting blog really has helped me reflect on where I’m at and where I want to go. I’ve noticed I have a hard time staying more consistent now than I used to. I want to be a disciplined weight lifter, but how bad do I really want it? Am I content with just floundering around or do I want to take it up to my pinnacle and then reach another apex?
A lot of getting stronger is just getting in the gym and doing it. Dynamic workouts do improve results, but not the way I’ve been tapering off lately. It’s time I channel my frame of mind back to when weightlifting was pure.