Strength is resistance: What is the point of being physically strong? Is it to do twenty unbroken ring dips, to run a marathon, to have a six pack? I train myself so I can be strong when something truly important is at stake. I have studied and worked alongside DREAMers. I now teach and train them. I've never had to ask how or why they are in the country, but I'm proud that we opened doors and allowed them to achieve and contribute. And now I see my students, who should be stressing about their term papers (term papers they studied for years to have the privilege of writing), stressing about their right to stay in their home country. It is counter the pursuit of happiness, the promise of America.
've heard several people say that politics doesn't affect them, and that their lives stay the same regardless of who holds office. Lucky you. You are in the perfect position to stand up for the people who are threatened. Working out is about learning to tolerate discomfort and triumphing in spite of it. At the end of the day, if you are healthy, it doesn't matter how many pullups you can do or how much weight you can deadlift. But it does matter that you offer a hand when it is needed, that you advocate for those who aren't being heard, and that you are willing to get uncomfortable for the sake of others. Training without willingness to share your strength is simple vanity. We know that strength is resistance--that's what we practice in the gym every week. Be strong enough to resist this inhumane action. Especially if you aren't personally affected. Lending a hand is the greatest example of strength. And know, that if you choose to turn a blind eye and to be passive, other people are out there, calling, marching, donating money, writing letters, and becoming informed. They are rising to meet the challenge. And you are doing bicep curls.