Welcome to my blog, my fellow gym rats! Today, I want to take a break from talking about lifting techniques and share my thoughts on a book I recently read, “Sonnets from the Portuguese” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. I know what some of you might be thinking, “what does poetry have to do with lifting weights?” but hear me out. This book may not have any direct relation to lifting weights, but the passion and dedication that Browning pours into her writing are qualities we can all relate to in our pursuit of strength and excellence.

For those of you who don’t know, “Sonnets from the Portuguese” is a collection of love poems that Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote for her husband Robert Browning. The title refers to the nickname that her husband gave her, “my little Portuguese.” In these 44 sonnets, she explores the depths of her love and devotion for her husband in breathtaking detail.

What makes this book significant is not just the beautiful writing, but the emotional weight it carries. Browning was dealing with a lot of physical pain when she wrote these sonnets, and to see her pour so much of herself into them is inspiring. As weightlifters, we all know the feeling of pushing through physical pain to achieve our goals. Browning’s dedication to her craft teaches us to never give up, even when the odds seem stacked against us.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a little dose of inspiration and beauty in their life. While it may not be a typical gym read, the discipline and work ethic that Browning embodies in her writing can be applied to any aspect of our lives, including our fitness journeys.

In conclusion, I invite all of you to share your thoughts on this post and also let me know what you did in the gym today. Let’s motivate each other to keep pushing towards our goals, no matter how difficult they may seem. Thank you for reading!


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