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The old Norse loved Thor for what he symbolised- great strength – as well as for the good luck he brought them on seafaring voyages and in battle.  Physical strength is perhaps the most revered trait as a percentage of human history; historical peoples honored the strongest among them, leaders conquered based on strength, and warriors were given specialized treatment above non-warriors.

In more recent centuries, as the need for brute strength has diminished either in conquest or daily life, strength sometimes gets a bad rap- but the fault of that is in the eye of the beholder seeing strength as a one-dimensional trait.

To quote Henry Rollins from his piece “The Iron”, “I’ve never met a truly strong person who doesn’t have self-respect.”  Therein lies the greatest value of physical strength in today’s world.  The world IS easier to live in these days than ever before, especially for everyday tasks, so gaining strength is more of a self-motivated quest than ever before.  Almost no one NEEDS to be strong anymore so becoming stronger is about commitment, effort, determination, and the willingness to accept acute discomfort and self-imposed discipline for an improved version of your physical self, which almost always also leads to improved versions of your non-physical self.  Having overcome challenge, tackled hard work, and embraced self-discipline, you have more self-respect.

The greatest version of these positive effects of strength training are seen in those who succeed in pursuing strength despite overwhelming obstacles which many will never encounter- disabilities.  There is a growing trend among disabled persons to embrace strength training, and pursue it-vigorously!  The Special Olympics and Paralympics have done a fantastic job with this, bringing opportunity for a variety of disabilities whether it be wheelchairs, mental disabilities, amputees- the list grows, and watching it grow is awesome.

These opportunities arise on a local level as well- here in Morgantown, WV, we have Stepping Stones.  Stepping Stones is a recreation center based on the idea of giving persons with disabilities a place to have fun, train, or compete, a right everyone should have.  From a strength coach’s perspective, it’s an undescribably fantastic feeling watching someone who has struggled with physical strength or coordination for years (maybe their entire life) begin to get stronger or be able to move better…or simply just experience the joy of a new activity, something they may not have thought they would really get to do.  Helping disabled persons by creating opportunities for them is a simple, easy way to improve the quality of life of great people who just have a different set of obstacles.

In April, friend/strongman/beard aficionado Chris Vachio will be hosting North America’s Strongest Disabled Man, a strongman championship for disabled strength athletes, which is going to be terrific, and the amount of excitement building is already high!  This is going to be a huge step, and should be a great forward impetus for the evolution of strength sports for the disabled.  Here is a preview of that event: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152876610979648&set=vb.578829647&type=2&theater

More immediately, this Saturday, December 13th, Viking Performance Training is hosting a USPA powerlifting meet as a fundraiser for Stepping Stones.  It’s our way of helping our immediate community, and giving more opportunity for everyone to enjoy the benefits, and natural satisfaction, from physical activity.  It will begin at 9:30 am and last through most of the afternoon, so stop by and cheer the lifters who have fundraised for the worthy cause, and make a donation yourself!

Strength matters, and strength builds character!  Share your strength, support others’.

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