Why I Started Lifting Weights (But I Don’t Want to be a Beefcake)

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I never was the athletic type. Growing up, I spent my free time playing video games and reading books. I wasn’t overweight, but I certainly wasn’t fit either. That all changed when I started lifting weights.

At first, I had no intention of becoming a “beefcake,” or at least that’s what it felt like everyone else was trying to do in the gym. It seemed like they were all out to get bigger and bulkier than everyone else around them and that simply wasn’t my goal.

My main motivation for starting to lift weights was health. At the time, I felt like my physical fitness wasn’t up to par and that made me feel insecure about myself in many ways. A sedentary lifestyle had gotten me nowhere in terms of getting healthier or feeling better about myself on a day-to-day basis.

Once I got into the habit of going to the gym regularly and lifting weights, however, everything changed for me. Not only did it give me an outlet to relieve stress from work or school but it also gave me something positive to focus on as well as an achievable goal: getting physically fit!

I quickly started seeing results after lifting weights regularly; not only did my strength improve drastically but so did my endurance levels as well as overall physical appearance too! It didn’t take long before friends began noticing how much better I looked and asked how they could get results similar to mine too.

The more time passed by with me consistently going to the gym, the clearer it became why people dedicated their lives towards achieving an ideal physique: working out gave you purpose while also providing you with undeniable satisfaction after each session completed successfully! It became clear why people dedicated their lives towards achieving an ideal physique: working out gave you purpose while also providing you with undeniable satisfaction after each session completed successfully!.

With that being said though, there is one thing that kept pushing me forward during my journey: self-improvement rather than seeking approval from others (which can easily be achieved if one has enough confidence). Lifting weights helped shape how confident I am today because it showed me just how powerful consistency can be when paired with dedication and hard work towards a goal — no matter how small or insignificant it may seem at first glance — especially if said goal is something important enough for you personally such as getting physically fit or toning your body!

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It’s been over two years since then now; despite staying consistent throughout this period of time due almost entirely thanks to lifting weights regularly every week — sometimes twice a week depending on availability — my goals have since shifted away from merely wanting a better looking body; instead nowadays when walking into a gym filled with beefcakes all trying out new equipment or techniques for bulking up faster (or whatever), there is one thought that drives me forward every single time: “I’m here because this makes ME feel good.” That alone is enough motivation for any aspiring lifter who doesn’t necessarily want nor need approval from anyone else around them; only they truly know what makes them happy regardless of anyone else’s opinion on said topic.

How do you get going with lifting weights?

If you’re just getting started with weight lifting, the most important thing to remember is to start slow. Don’t try to do too much too early. Start with light weights and increase the weight gradually over time. This is known as ‘progressive overload’. Make sure you’re using proper form and technique when lifting. This will help you to lift safely and prevent injuries. Make sure to include a proper warm-up and cool-down routine before and after lifting. This will help your muscles to stay loose and reduce the risk of injury. Lastly, make sure to listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, take a break and adjust your form. Start with a few basic exercises and slowly add more as you progress. With patience and hard work, you’ll be lifting like a pro.

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