Five 45-pound plates per side (and then some) wait for him on the bar. That’s 525 pounds. People are staring. He doesn’t seem to notice.

Strength training not only improves your body’s shape, but it also increases your energy [and improves] your posture, your power output, and your confidence! By adding weights to your fitness routine, you burn a surprising amount of calories, while shaping out your shoulders, your midsection, and your lower half as well.