The benefits of lifting weights are numerous but they are not the reasons that get me excited about going to the gym. Sure, it makes my bones stronger, my muscles resilient, my body in shape, etc but these are not the things that give me the kick I need in order to have an amazing workout.
I love lifting weights because it is the time…
…when I prove myself wrong
I add weights to the barbell. Its more weight than I have ever attempted before. My mind tells me I would probably not be able to get past 3-4 reps.
I start lifting.
When I reach the 5th rep, my mind is thrilled. I can feel my muscles aching but I can now FEEL my muscles under the weight. My hands give away my body’s resolve and I see them wavering but my mind is hooked.
I do 2 more. But 7 is a weird number, I have to go for the last one. While lowering the weight I wonder if I would be able to push it back up. I give it everything I have, the left side of the bar is not coming up fast enough but slowly it makes it.
4 reps more than what I thought I could do.
…when my body feels challenged
My daily routine is boring and my body is hardly ever taxed. For a large part of the day I am either settled in a chair or lounging on the sofa.
The most activity I get is while doing my morning chores but they hardly involve anything more than lifting a pile of laundry.
I feel restless through the day and keep flexing my arms, stretching my neck and relaxing my shoulders just telling myself to hold on for a few more hours until it is that time.
That time to challenge my body. The time to lift.
…when I am truly with myself
I am in the gym with my headphones on and I have my workout plan. That is all I need for the next 40 minutes.
There are no other thoughts, plans or worries. I think only about the next set and the next few reps.
It is my time with myself and its also why after 40 minutes of grunts and sore muscles, my mind feels relaxed and at peace.
From the thrill of doing more than I think I could, to the release of pent up energy and the satisfaction of having given it my all – lifting weights for me, and many others like me, is an exhilarating experience.
I love this video and how it brings together the power of mental strength and exercising.