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.