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Gay Teen Athlete Used Weightlifting To Keep From Killing Himself

We have all heard that exercise is good for the body, but for me weightlifting and powerlifting have been more than just about lifting heavy and creating a better physique. Lifting has been my escape, where I grow not only my muscles, but myself as a person. The growth that lifting has provided me has been instrumental to helping keep me alive.

I put my headphones in and listen to music, a podcast, or motivational videos from YouTube. Depending on the day of the week, I get ready for my main movements. That could involve putting knee sleeves on for squat, chalking my hands for deadlift or tightening wrist wraps for bench.

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