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Why Everyone Should Lift Weights: 3 Benefits That Nobody Ever Talks About

Why do we lift? Lots of great reasons that it’s part of CrossFit and some of these reasons from James Clear (you can read the original post here) go beyond the physical.

I’ll say it plain and simple: you should be lifting weights. But not necessarily for the reasons that you might think.

For example, I don’t believe that strength is the main benefit of weightlifting.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love being strong as much as the next person, but there is more value in weightlifting than muscle gain or fat loss.

When I think back on the time I’ve spent training (around 10 years now), here are the most valuable benefits I’ve discovered…

1. Pushing Yourself Physically Reveals What You’re Made of Mentally

There is an incredible amount to be learned from both reading and playing sports, but you’ll learn more about yourself when you push yourself physically.

My experiences have mirrored this. While I’ve learned a great deal about myself from mental pursuits like writing and photography, I’ve discovered far more about my mental strength and my ability to overcome failure by playing baseball for 17 years, competing in olympic weightlifting, and battling to achieve certain strength goals.

Challenging your own body is the greatest method for discovering the strength of your mind. Nowhere is this more true than with strength training. There will be days when you don’t feel like coming into the gym. There will be sets that you don’t feel like finishing. There will be times when everyone else in the gym will see you fail.

And if you keep showing up anyway, then you’ll develop the mental fortitude to get past failure, work when you don’t feel like it, and discover what you’re really made of mentally and physically.

2. Weightlifting Solidifies Your Sense of Self–Worth

Here’s one thing I’ve learned from a year at the gym … it doesn’t matter how much weight I can or can’t pull, I can grow, build up strength, whatever’s necessary. I’m not defective.

There’s confidence that comes with that — wisdom enough to know when it’s too much weight, confidence enough to know what I can do.

 Confidence changes the kinds of thoughts you have.
Chase Reeves

There is nothing more personal than your own body. Having confidence that you can move yourself through physical space with control and competence is a deeply satisfying feeling that filters into every other area of life. If you set a new personal record in the gym this morning, you can be sure that you’ll be feeling more confident at work this afternoon.

But weightlifting goes deeper than that. Weight training gives you something to stand on, something to define yourself by. It clarifies who you are in your own mind.

There’s no lying to yourself about what you can and can’t do. The weight forces you to be honest and self–aware.

Strangely, even if you’re weaker than you thought you were, there is a satisfaction that comes from knowing where you stand. Most days, life seems to be lived in the gray areas. It’s hard to know if you’re making progress as a parent, a friend, an employee, or a person. Weightlifting is more black and white.

Combine this type of clarity with gradual improvement and your sense of self–worth will skyrocket. You know who you are and you are proving that you can become better than you were before.

What could possibly be more confidence–building than direct, undeniable proof that you are becoming a better human?

Sometimes concrete proof of your improvement will do more for your confidence than all the positive thoughts in the world.

3. Strength Gives You More Opportunities to Contribute to Life

After spending more than 10 years analyzing the top regrets of dying patients, nurse Bronnie Ware said, “Health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it.”

I believe that this freedom — this enhanced ability to explore, create, connect, and contribute to the world around you — is the greatest benefit of weightlifting.

What I have gained from weightlifting — the resistance to illness and injury, the confidence in my abilities and the awareness of my limitations — has positioned me to make a bigger impact and contribute more value than I could have before training.

This is the biggest benefit of weightlifting: it enables you to transform into a better version of yourself (more confident, more self–aware, more mentally and physically strong), so that you can become a better person for the people around you.

Our community is filled with people who are challenging themselves to become better physically and excited about helping the people around them at the same time. Imagine if you spent your entire day surrounded by people like that? What would your world look like?

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Happy and healthy people have a better chance to live with confidence and contribute value to the world than anyone else. Don’t take that for granted.

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