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We’re sharing a post today from a one of the best fitness coaches out of Minneapolis Jen Sinkler, if you’re not following Thrive as the Fittest you should be. She wrote about this the other day, which caused me to go back and read the entire article written by Henry Rollins (link at the bottom) because it’s just that good. There is something that you come to appreciate over time lifting heavy things and that is that there is a power in the barbell.  The barbell will teach you so many lessons in life. I’ve watched it happen throughout my years of coaching and it’s one of the greatest parts about our job. You can watch someone walk into CrossFit for the first time a little timid and quiet, they start with a bare barbell and look wide eyed on the people next to them squatting all the weight. Then you see that same person about 6 months into their journey and they have completely transformed and not just physically. They hold their head a little higher, they are now helping the new person, they have a renewed sense of self confidence brought on from the barbell. They are now the ones squatting all the weight, accomplishing their goals and setting a higher standard. There really is power in the barbell, come see for yourself.

Thrive as the Fittest May 14, 2015:
Sure, lifting weights is good for your physical well-being, but the mental tenacity this pursuit builds is just as notable as any gain in muscle. To quote writer Henry Rollins (as everyone so wisely does), “It took me years to fully appreciate the value of the lessons I have learned from the Iron. I used to think that it was my adversary, that I was trying to lift that which does not want to be lifted. I was wrong. When the Iron doesn’t want to come off the mat, it’s the kindest thing it can do for you. If it flew up and went through the ceiling, it wouldn’t teach you anything. That’s the way the Iron talks to you. It tells you that the material you work with is that which you will come to resemble.”