“I’m going to change the world,” I told my mom in my early teens. Her response was, “I believe it.” Since then I have grown up, and learned that I probably will never fulfill that promise, but I’m okay with that. I’m not a particularly good-looking man, I don’t have a large stature, and I’m not authoritarian enough to impose my will on others to gain much power, so that dream has since faded. I’ve learned many things since those ignorant and naive years, and none more important than the power of strength training with barbells.

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