The above pic is from my last deadlift session. It happens every week - same place.
Maybe it's the 10 year old in me, but I like deadlift shins and blood on the bar.
Like scrapes, bruises, and scars from BMXing, skating, surfing, and sparring - it's a badge of merit that can only be earned through action.
Only those who participate and go all the way each time get it.
Why should we hope or expect to struggle, learn, grow, and triumph unscathed?
Why should we not desire our bodies to show the marks of active struggle against the modern norm of inaction and complacency?
In times very much past, warriors from cultures both West and East esteemed scars as they showed a readiness for action and experience in combat.
I am in no way insinuating that training or taking up physical activity makes you some kind of a warrior, and getting hurt and injured sucks - no matter how you do it.
What I am saying is that righteous dedication and effort to your cause will cost you.
You will be sore. You will get bumped and bruised. You may even bleed a little from time to time.
Sometimes this will be from making mistakes and getting it wrong, sometimes because that's just how it's going to be.
Either way, it's all a part of being a person of action.
Embrace it and learn from it.
The marks are yours - earned through your commitment to self improvement through a physical lifestyle.
They set you apart in an age of ease and comfort.
You should be proud of them.
As for me -
What I'm earning is worth the sacrifice of a little blood on the bar.
Eric Chasko is the head of Redemption. He is a Performance Enhancement Specialist, Certified Underground Strength Coach, and Progressive Fighting Systems Full Instructor. From young athletes to busy professionals, he helps people develop the physical, mental, and emotional strength to win on the field, on the street, and in life.