My friend Tom recommended this article to me.
Pumping Iron to Prove Something
It's a good and succinct summary of why people train.
Tom's comment about symbolic rewards and their value is a good one too - ultimately it's a piece of paper or a hunk of metal, but it's given to you to remind you of the work and sacrifice and achievement that earned it.
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