As someone who is very insecure about their weak bench press, I firmly believe that deadlifts are the true test of strength. So, what does the classic novel “Ethan Frome” have to do with lifting weights, you ask? Allow me to explain.

“Ethan Frome” is a tragic novella that takes place in rural New England in the late 1800s. The story revolves around the eponymous character and his loveless marriage to his sickly and bitter wife, Zeena. When Zeena’s young cousin, Mattie, comes to live with them and takes a liking to Ethan, a forbidden love blossoms between the two.

Now, you may be wondering, what does this have to do with lifting weights and deadlifts specifically? Well, much like in the novel, lifting weights can be a struggle against odds that seem insurmountable. Just as Ethan is weighed down by his loveless marriage and societal expectations, lifters can feel weighed down by the expectations of their peers and the pressure to lift heavy. But it’s in the struggle and the overcoming of obstacles that true strength is found.

Furthermore, just as Ethan finds solace and happiness in his forbidden love with Mattie, lifters can find solace and happiness in the exercise they love most. For me, that exercise is the deadlift. While others may find joy in the bench press or squats, the deadlift is where I feel most powerful and alive.

In conclusion, “Ethan Frome” may not directly relate to lifting weights and deadlifts, but its themes of struggle and finding solace in what you love can be applied to any aspect of life, including lifting. So, the next time you hit the gym, remember that it’s not about benching a certain weight or meeting anyone else’s expectations. It’s about finding your strength and joy in what you love.

And on that note, I want to hear from you, the readers. What did you take away from this post? What did you do in the gym today? Let’s continue the conversation in the comments section below.

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