The Art of Barbell Strength Training, Part 3: Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Love

When Uncle Steve first tried to teach me calligraphy, he shared the story of a famous brush master. “Despite decades of experience,” he explained, “the master would begin every day with the basic vertical stroke. He would keep making vertical strokes until he was satisfied with their quality. On some days, this may only take a few; other days, it may take hundreds before he was content with his brushwork on this seemingly simple expression.”

In many ways, the strength athlete and his barbell is very much like the calligrapher and his brush. Though one lifts upwards and the other brushes downwards, they both devote themselves to finding the perfect vertical stroke. Continue reading