In Mark Rippetoe’s article “a cold slap in the newbie face”, he writes (In classic Rip style),
“From a more practical standpoint, your muscular size and strength increases your value as a man in the more important sense of work capacity. Bigger, stronger men are more valuable on the battlefield, the football field, the soccer field, and in any field of employment in which there is a physical component.”
In my personal experience, my value as a human has increased on BOTH a physical and mental level through lifting weights. I used to be an out-of-shape, skinny-fat, loser who didn’t know nutrition or hard work. I’ve found myself able to make faster, more logical decisions and I’ve increased my mental edge in general from training.
My contention is that lifting heavy makes you more mentally fit as well. Some might say that “being fit in general” would do the same, but I think that would include bros and/or cardio bunnies who don’t actually strive for healthy/overall strength development and I would not consider most of the people I’ve met in these categories to be of the mental caliber I’m talking about.
Any thoughts or comments on this?