You don’t need a bar and weight plates to get strong. You just need to move heavy things around. For the average person, you don’t need to train with a barbell. A barbell is highly effective and can be beneficial, but that doesn’t make it necessary. Unless you are competing in a sport that involves a barbell (weightlifting or powerlifting), you don’t need to use a barbell in your training. It might be very good for you to use one, but it’s not necessary. It’s not the tools you use, it’s the training!
This is not an anti-barbell rant - this is an anti-excuses rant.
Too many people make excuses. I can’t get strong because of this or that. I don’t have time to do this or that. If you want to do something, you make a plan. Getting strong is simple: lift progressively heavier weights. The truth is, we prioritise and make time for the things we value. If you are not getting results in something you want to, you don’t truly value that. Your goals need to be compelling, and they need to call you to action and get you out of bed!
It’s not the tools, it’s the work.
It’s not the barbell, it’s not the best program, it’s not the supplements, and it’s not your coach. It’s the WORK! It is the action you take. It’s not what you intend, but rather what you actually do. Do the work and put in the effort to achieve the results. It’s also not about having the best tools. You have a body, you can breathe, move and think…you have the tools. So, use them and do the work. Don’t make excuses! It’s not because of a lack of tools that you can’t achieve, it’s because of a lack of will. We are built to move, our existence is tied to movement. Don’t make excuses, don’t create limitations - create opportunity.
The only thing you need is MOVEMENT.