For Whom the Barbell Tolls
“Soldiers, what I have to offer you is fatigue, danger, struggle and death; the chill of the cold night in the free air, and heat under the burning sun; no lodgings, no munitions, no provisions, but forced marches, dangerous watch posts and the continual struggle with the bayonet against batteries—those who love freedom and their country may follow me.”—Garibaldi to his Roman soldiers
You enter the weight room. You who have enlisted for life in the Brawn Brigade—with about as rosy an invitation as Garibaldi offered his men.
For if your goals are lofty enough and your determination unwavering, you will know suffering and pain on a first name basis. But fret not!
You will also share that foxhole with courage, honor, and a few other noble souls totally unbeknownst to the masses that have chosen safety over valor.
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