Strength Basics

Getting stronger, fitter, and healthier by sticking to the basics. It's not rocket science, it's doing the simple stuff the right way. Strength-Basics updates every Monday, plus extra posts during the week.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Make the most of your time

This is a link to the site of the late J.V. Askem. His website is crammed full of weight-training information, especially focused on the power lifts (bench press, deadlift, squat) and Olympic lifts (clean and jerk, snatch). For that reason alone you should know about his site.

But what makes J.V. Askem inspirational is that he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Despite that, he continued to update his site, helping other lifters. He also continued to train, and train hard. He lifted through treatment, seizures, and through aftereffects of surgery. He continued to push for his best lifts even as he knew his time was short.

J.V. Askem is a good example of "it's never too late." Oh sure, he started lifting weights early and he was already extremely strong when he developed cancer. But even as time grew short he continued to strive. He's inspirational for his determination to continue doing what he loved - lifting - as life drew to a close.

We're all ultimately doing the same thing - making the most of our available time. "This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time." Use them for what makes you and yours happy. If it's lifting, then check out J.V. Askem's site so you can use them as efficiently as you can.

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