Great question. I started lifting 32 years agao as a teenager to “get big” for high school football but found I liked liftin’ better than traditional sports. Loved the solitude of it, just me, my goals, and the weights. No one else to pass judgement on me or to bench me for missing a block. I could disappear into a world of “I’ll show them”. The movie Pumping Iron came out about the same time so I was ripe for the iron bug. In ths school weightroom someone taped up a pic from the movie Paradise Alley with Sylvester Stallone dressed in a leather jacket and a cigarette hangin’ outta the mouth looking all badass. Sympathy for the Devil by the Rolling Stones was cranking out of the Dolby quadraphinc stereo system. Chris Dickerson won the Olympia that year and I pulled a 405 deadlift my first try at 17 years old. It was 1982, and I found my salvation. special.
When in college, a friend turned me on to powerlifting. Never put up any great numbers, but kept at it. Went to the Army after graduation and the physical culture there played nicely with my lifting.
Now years later, with a family, career, house, etc…I still lift. There are no more girls left to impress, no guys on the other team who I need to outmuscle, no need to see my name in the back of Powerlifting USA magazine’s meet results. There is no practical, career, or biological need for me to be strong now as I sit at my desk and plug away at Microsoft Excel and deal with the insanity of the real world. But the whole day I’m thinking about how tonight after work, I’ll go the gym and try for a personal best in the OHP, which I have been training for and keeping meticulous training logs on. Oh, and of course, there was the meeting we had where this guy was trying to use his position of power and act all tough guy on us while proceeding to rip us about one thing or another, and the whole time I’m picturing that Sylvester Stallone movie pic back in the old high school gym and saying to myself, “You know, motherfucker, if I really wanted to, we can go out in the parking lot right now and I could kick your ass.”