About the Blog (Life Heavy, Make it Beautiful)

February 2012

“The thing a weightlifter fears the most is weight.” – Vasiliy Alekseev, the first man to clean and jerk 500 lbs.

Lift Heavy, Make It Beautiful, Take No Prisoners started as a kind of diary of my lifting journey. I did not expect anyone to be interested in the ramblings of a 50+ year old lover of iron with Asperger’s Syndrome and a bad temper. However, with over 54,000 views of my blog, I have come to the realization that other people are interested and care. We all learn from each other and it seems that age is just a number when it comes to lifting, fitness, and friendship.

I am passionate about all forms of weightlifting – powerlifting, Olympic lifting, and bodybuilding. I love barbell strength training. Personally, I do not like forms of fitness that rush me. I like the mental focus of lifting iron with perfect form. However, I salute all who commit the time, energy, and expense to getting strong, fit, and healthy regardless of how they do it.

I love muscle, both for its healthy appearance and because it makes us strong physically, emotionally, and mentally.

My Twitter friends thank me for motivation on a regular basis and I thank them with all my heart. We need each other. We need to support, motivate, and hug one another. We also need to challenge each other, to have honest discussions about the issues in the fitness and lifting worlds, without being dismissive or arrogant.

We need to share our stories.

Thank you for stopping by. Your comments are always welcome. If you would prefer to communicate by e-mail, you can reach me at liftheavymakeitbeautiful@gmail.com

Beth French
UPDATE: My passion for fitness and lifting – and the inspiration that I gained from interviewing elite athletes and first class trainers – led me to pursue formal education in personal training. I received my certification as a Personal Training Specialist on October 11, 2013, approximately two years after starting this blog. I am also CPR certified.

2 thoughts on “About the Blog (Life Heavy, Make it Beautiful)

  1. Keep doing what your doing Beth! I love your vision, mindset and ethics!

    I think like in human nature people in the Health and Fitness industry, whether employees or participants we are not always supportive but often competitive!

    This can be done by sharing advice, offering support and being honest about our own struggles!

    This is what you are doing! So as I said keep doing what your doing!!!!!!

    1. Kofi, you are an inspiration! Thank you so much for your feedback and support, both on Twitter and here. I really appreciate it. And I think you’re right: competition is part of who we are and it motivates us. But we always have to come back to the reality that we need each other. Thanks again.

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