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Here's What Actually Happens When You Start Lifting Weights

Welcome to Swole City. Population: You.

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1. At first, your body doesn't know WTF is going on and it hates you a lot.

2. But then those post-lifting endorphins kick in and they put you in the best mood ever.

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"How's everyone doing? GREAT? What a beautiful day, am I right? I mean could life be better?"

3. Your palms have never looked gnarlier.

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It’s like the barbell gave you a few hickeys.

4. And your conversation starters have gotten a little more niche.

Wait, were we not talking about gains?
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Wait, were we not talking about gains?

5. Random bruises start showing up all over and you really have no idea how they got there.

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But you secretly think they're pretty cool.

6. Cardio starts to become more and more of an afterthought.

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I'll do my reps faster. How's that for cardio?

7. THIS becomes the most glorious thing you’ve ever seen.

Nothing more beautiful than a rack of dumbbells just waiting to be lifted. Nothing.
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Nothing more beautiful than a rack of dumbbells just waiting to be lifted. Nothing.

8. And you realize you'd rather wake up early than have to wait in line for the weights you want.

*Hits snooze**Is hit by the realization that waking up now means all the machines will be free.* *Leaps out of bed.*
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*Hits snooze*

*Is hit by the realization that waking up now means all the machines will be free.*

*Leaps out of bed.*

9. You start to kind of love that sore-all-over feeling.

It's just proof that you went hard.
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It's just proof that you went hard.

10. You strongly consider the possibility of creating an elaborate home weight room.

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Netflix and chill? More like Netflix and curl, amirite?

11. Everything — your bag, groceries, laundry, people — starts to feel a LOT lighter.

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Lightweight baby!

12. You even become the go-to jar-opener person.

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Anybody craving some pickles?

13. You don’t know if it’s because of the extra stamina, energy, confidence, or core strength, but you’re definitely having the best sex of your life.

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Round two?

14. And your selfie game has never been stronger TBH.

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*Flips hair, flexes, instagrams*

15. Your t-shirts start to get a bit snug in the arms.

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In the most amazing way possible.

16. And your jeans are feeling tighter in the thigh area.

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Killer quads > skinny jeans

17. You learn that there are actually MUSCLES in your BUTT.

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Who knew?

18. Your life starts to revolve around your feeding schedule.

There's your pre-workout shake, your during-workout bar, your post-workout snack, lunch, after-lunch snack ... yeah, on lifting days mealtime is all the time.
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There's your pre-workout shake, your during-workout bar, your post-workout snack, lunch, after-lunch snack ... yeah, on lifting days mealtime is all the time.

19. And there can never be too much protein.

Who needs carbs when you've got steak?
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Who needs carbs when you've got steak?

20. Which makes you very familiar with this problem.

How does the scooper always manage to be at the very bottom?
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How does the scooper always manage to be at the very bottom?

21. You start flexing anywhere, at any time, for no particular reason.

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It's like you can feel the gains every time you flex.

22. In fact, you've taken up a new hobby: Touching your muscles any time your hands are free.

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~Feelin' myself~

23. Your clothing purchases have taken a unique turn for the neon and spandex.

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Can't stop won't stop.

24. And taking rest days actually turns out to be the worst.

Only 12 hours, 5 minutes, and 52 seconds until you can work out again. But who's counting?
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Only 12 hours, 5 minutes, and 52 seconds until you can work out again. But who's counting?

25. It dawns on you that feeling strong is basically the best feeling you’ve ever had.

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🙌

26. And you're pretty sure you're an actual fucking superhero tbh.

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Do some squats, some deadlifts, and then take on the world.

May the swole be with you.

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