Jim Schmitz on the Lifts

Stand Like the Rock



Inspiration from IronMind's man of pen and stone, Steve "Inver Stone" Jeck. Co-author of Stones and Strength and The Stone Lifter

Inspiration from IronMind's man of pen and stone, Steve "Inver Stone" Jeck

Co-author Of Stones and Strength and The Stone Lifter

Stand Like the Rock

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like the rock.”—Thomas Jefferson 

Some squat in old-school Chucks, some prefer elevated heels; some swear by whey protein while others go milk and egg.  Some lift five days a week, some lift four, some lift three, others two; some wear gear, others go raw.  Let's face it, there are a whole lot of choices in the iron game with consequences that amount to little more than personal preference.  And then there's that one big choice—the only real choice that is a matter of principle whose consequence determines if you stand like a rock or build your strength, name, and future on pillars of sand.



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