I recently read an article by Matt Foreman entitled “We All Go To The Same Therapist”. Given that the article was in the Catalyst Athletics site, I thought it was about physiotherapy, chiropractic or something similar. Silly me. In short, the article talks about weightlifting as a therapy for people with ego problems – both too much and too little. Weightlifting is hard, so doing well can boost confidence and sucking at it can teach humility.
It reminded me to the old Herbalife sales pitch: “it’s good for people who want to lose weight, for those who want to gain weight and for those who want to maintain their body comp”. Yeah, right. I don’t buy it with the shakes but I do with the lifting, perhaps because it actually makes sense.
Other than doubling as therapy (both behavioural and meditative), here’s some other things I’ve found weightlifting useful for. It shows you that what you think you can do is much more important (i.e. limiting) than what you can actually do (this I already “knew” but it wasn’t until I started lifting that I really got it). It teaches you to be respectful when someone else is lifting heavy, no matter what “heavy” looks like for them. It makes you more disciplined because there’s no way to improve if you don’t show up and work hard.