Soul of a Lifter is a dual meaning title. It refers to the soul that drives people to lift heavy weight. And it refers to the soul that lifts others.
I chose the title to introduce several themes starting with my belief that my soul led me to lifting weights which changed my life. I was an obese, dysfunctional 12-year-old. No human led me to the gym. No human drove me to by my first barbell set. No human drove me to the high school track where I started running on pavement to lose pounds and pounds of blubber. I believe my soul led me to the gym, starting a 41-year workout career that has impacted thousands of students and athletes.
I have used working out as a forum to make an impact on students and athletes. I have never been a competitive bodybuilder or powerlifter. That’s not what the book is about. Lifting fits into the big picture of the book, weaving a thread that connected many lost souls.
Lost souls are main characters in the book. A common theme is the souls of lifters who lifted each other consciously or subconsciously.