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The Iron never lies to you

“I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.” - Henry Rollins

The quote comes from one of my favorite essays The Iron. What has weightlifting taught you?

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10 Ring Rows
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8 Responses to “The Iron never lies to you”

  1. Mac says:

    That’s a great article. Thanks for the post. Black Flag is in order on Monday… maybe not.

  2. Ashley says:

    wasn’t it 15 thrusters?!?

  3. yogi says:

    Great post John,

    Reading Rollins helped me survive my adolescence.

    What has the iron taught me?
    It has taught me to regard strength as one of my most important virtues and that it is not something that can be transcended or bypassed.

    There are moral lessons to be learned from our physical world, and I may insult some people by saying this, but I think we complicate it with relying too much on faith and spirituality. We are after all animals and our morality and ethics can be clearly derived from an intimate connection with the world around us. It is undeniable that this intimate connection begins with one thing, strength.

    Strength is the most basic, rudimentary, fundamental, necessary and useful aspect of any living organism, including man.

  4. Jeff A says:

    I second Yogi. Well said.

    Rollins does a good job distinguishing between vanity and character.

  5. Great article John. Yogi your thoughts are on point.

    Weightlifting has taught me respect. Respect for the weight and respect for those who have strength.

  6. Rauli says:

    I like your take, Yogi.
    The Rollins poem was excellent, and definitely spoke to me in many parts. Lifting heavy weight (or heavy for me) is almost like a meditation.
    And I love this line also, “It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.”

  7. Mac says:

    Nice post, Yogi. You are once agin living up to your other name, master Jedi.

  8. Nic says:

    This is so on point. Yogi, you are a wise sage.