“The barbell knows no; gender, race, religion, social class, or body type– it knows only weight.”
There is something very comforting about the fact that once you step onto the platform or into a rack that the only thing that sets you apart from the next athlete is the weight you put on the bar and lift. It does not matter about backgrounds or what color you are, it does not matter that you tried your hardest despite set backs or that you have all the money in the world, because each athlete that steps onto the stage had to go through the same process to get to that point in time and the only thing that will set you apart is whether or not you make that lift.
These are empowering sports. They teach you to better yourself and to never doubt your own ability. They provide an outlet for all the pent-up emotions of the day or the stress and mental strain of a sedentary desk job. When you wake up the next day, that ache and pain you feel, the soreness, it is a sense of accomplishment. It reminds you that you do so much more than the average person, that you strive to better yourself, that you have a hobby/love/passion for something more than just going to work and getting promotions.
These sports teach you form, function, discipline, patience, and humility. Both mentally and physically, they push you in a way that most other sports can’t. They teach you to set aside the ideas of weight loss, gender roles, and body type and teach you instead to focus first on performance based goals; technique, speed, explosiveness, consistency, and timing.
If you read this and think “wow, that sounds amazing”, then give it a try.