This is my barbell
This is my ▪█─────█▪. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My ▪█─────█▪ is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
My ▪█─────█▪, without me, is useless. Without my ▪█─────█▪, I am useless. I must lift my ▪█─────█▪ true.
I must squat straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must lock out my deadlift before he does. I will...
My ▪█─────█▪ and myself know that what counts in this war is not the pounds we load, the noise of our plates clanking, or the caulk clouds we make.
We know that it is the lifts that count. We will lift...
My ▪█─────█▪ is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its knurling and its collars.
I will keep my ▪█─────█▪ clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...
Before Thor, I swear this creed. My ▪█─────█▪ and myself are the defenders of my gym.
We are the masters of our competition.
We are the saviors of my life.
So be it, until victory is ours and there is no enemy, but triumph!