As someone who has been lifting heavy weights for a long time, I can tell you it’s more than just being strong. It’s about being free—free in your mind, free in your body, and free to live the life you want to live.

Strength training isn’t just about having big muscles or looking good at the beach (though that can be a nice side effect). It’s about being able to do the things in life that are important to you—whether that’s going on adventures with your kids or climbing mountains or even just being able to pick up your kids from school when they get off the bus after an exhausting day of learning new things. Strong people get to do all kinds of cool stuff!

So why should we lift heavy weights? Because muscle is stronger than fat, so if we build muscle we will burn more calories. So by building muscle we are not only helping ourselves by staying healthy and fit but also helping others because having stronger, healthier, and happier people is always a plus!

I lift heavy because being strong and fit gives me freedom outside of the gym to live my life fully and without limitations.

I can do what I need to do in everyday life without worry. Isn’t that what we all want as we move through our lives? The physical strength to live independently? The capability to play sports, go for a hike, try something new, chase our children and grandchildren? The point is I’m not limited in my physical ability so I can tackle whatever life throws at me. Knowing that also gives me a stronger, more positive mental attitude toward life.

Not everyone’s idea of strength is the same and not everyone is looking to lift small cars off the side of the road (a small goal of mine). We train to say we can! We prepare for the benefit of independence without having to lean on anyone for help. That is what this is all about.

Fitness is hard, weightlifting is hard—but so is life! Whenever you think you have the hang of something we keep it interesting and throw something new at you just to keep you evolving. Because like life every day is a new obstacle or puzzle to solve.

So you’re thinking about getting into a workout routine, and you don’t know where to start. That’s okay. We’ve all been there before!

The first thing I want to tell you is: to take it slow. You don’t have to do everything all at once. Try one thing, see how it feels, and then move on to the next thing. It might sound like a lot of work upfront, but trust me—you won’t regret it in the long run!

I think everyone should try their hand at weightlifting at least once in their life, even if they don’t stick with it forever. And I say that because there are so many things that can be gained from this activity beyond just strength gains and muscle growth—it can also help improve your mental health.

It sounds like a cliché, but I promise: when you set foot in the gym for the first time and start lifting weights, you will feel empowered and confident in yourself like never before! It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an expert—everyone is welcome at Marble Strength!

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