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What The Barbell Can Do For You

by Adee Cazayoux July 23, 2014

What The Barbell Can Do For You

Something that is undeniable about the barbell is that it is heavy, and moving something heavy will eventually become hard. Every time you unrack the bar or begin to pull it off the floor the bar will feel heavy and if you let it, your mind will believe that the lift is going to be hard.

I have seen time and time again lifters, CrossFitters, and just your everyday athletes complete a set and look to me saying “that’s it for me, that was all I can do” when in reality the first repetition was the exact same speed as the final repetition, fast. Was that really all you can do? Was that really hard? Probably not. So I say put some weight on the bar and let it teach you what hard really means.

Push your limits and you will surprise yourself with what you are capable of. If you let it, the barbell can teach you what it feels like to never give up. The beauty in the barbell is that you can fight for your rep. It is you vs. the barbell and if you are relentless and fight with all you have, in many cases you will win. But, if you lose that battle I am 100% positive that you have now moved one step closer to winning the war.

 “Every time you touch that bar you get stronger. Whether the lift is made or missed, you are getting stronger.” – Hayden Bowe. This is something every lifter should remind them selves. The barbell requires hard work and that work is not always simple or quick. Almost like a hard-to-get date the barbell needs you to put in the time and effort.

Becoming strong is not a quick and easy process in the gym or outside of the gym but the barbell helps you see tangible progress. Sometimes when you are lost and feel as if you are not moving forwards, the barbell shows you your progress one lift at a time.

You may lift new personal bests, you may become faster, or your technique may look nicer. The barbell shows you that hard work pays off. Now let us take those lessons and apply them to real life.

The bar is a free Therapist. What is it that scares you most in this world? For me, I am terrified of failure. Putting myself out there, hoping to achieve greatness and falling short is something that can keep me up at night. The barbell has been my therapist.

Anyone who has spent enough time with the bar knows that feeling of the heavy weight. You approach the bar, set yourself up and it is as if the bar sends a message through your hands, “you cannot lift me”. Whether it is an attempt at a personal record or a weight you’ve missed already, the bar scares you.

You want to move the bar, you want the success and the glory, but that nagging voice in your head says, “you may miss” or “it could hurt”. Wouldn’t it be easier to call it a day? It is at that moment you grab the bar with all your might and conquer your fear because the satisfaction and empowerment that you will feel when you beat the bar by successfully making the lift is priceless.

It takes one made lift to understand that even when you miss, you took the chance, and without taking that leap you can never succeed. That feeling has forever changed me and is slowly teaching me that I am capable of anything.

Unlike anything else in life the barbell is simple, it never lies and can even be described as black and white. The barbell will always tell the truth. If you feel strong one day the bar will let you know, the days you feel weak and slow the bar will defeat you. However, without fail, the bar is always there for you.

You may have messed up at work, forgotten to buy milk for the house, gotten into a fight with a friend, but the barbell doesn’t care and will never judge you. Whether you want to be a champion, a better mother/daughter/father/son/friend, or simply a better person the barbell will help you get there.

Until then, patiently it will wait on the rack for you to pick it up and challenge it once again to battle.





Adee Cazayoux
Adee Cazayoux

Known as the "Barbell Gypsy," you can find Adee weightlifting, bobsledding, powerlifting, or competing in the NPGL or the CrossFit open. She also started Working Against Gravity, which develops individualized nutrition programs for athletes.


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