Why do we lift? You can ask this question to a hundred people and get a hundred different responses. Some do it for fitness and general health. Some do it for the look. Some do it to be strong as hell. Some do it for the girls. Some to get the guys. Regardless of the reason that you do it, the important part is that you do it with a purpose and a conviction like nothing else in your life.
Lifting is more than just picking heavy shit up. It is discipline, strength, passion, education and self-mastery. If you are a bodybuilder, you know that it is much more than simply yanking a barbell off of the ground. There is an educational and nutritional aspect to the sport that simply cannot be ignored if you want to succeed.
If you are a powerlifter, there is still a nutritional aspect to it that is every bit as important. Do not let anyone tell you that you can eat whatever you want and still compete at the highest level. Without fail, every time I watch the World’s Strongest Man with anyone, I have to hear how fat these guys are. I have to hear how they could do the same thing if they were that heavy. While I want to reply, I typically ignore ignorant comments such as that.
Regardless of your lifting goals, there are a multitude of reasons why we lift the way that we lift. For me, it is the thing that I am most passionate about. I have many loves and hobbies, but none mean more to me than lifting. It is more than wanting to look good or feel good. It is about having a goal to strive towards. It is about teaching my kids to reach for the stars and that they are capable of whatever they can dream of as long as they put hard work in. It is about being strong as hell and being able to push myself past what I previously thought was possible.
I am far from vain and never got into lifting for any aesthetic reasons. For the guys who go to the gym and curls 3 days a week to have huge arms without realizing that they need triceps too, that may be fine for them, but I am all about learning more before doing more. I need to study the sport and immerse myself in its legends and practices. I am the say way when it comes to bodybuilding as I am for powerlifting. I love both. I have found a happy medium where I get the best of both worlds. I talk about perhaps doing a strongman competition, but realize my age is not on my side. I have a long way to go. In 10 years, I will still say I have a long way to go, but I would not have it any other way.
What is your purpose behind lifting? Whatever it is, have a purpose and strive to reach every goal you set for yourself. There is no bad reason for lifting.