I disagree with you on this. It's true that manual labor is becoming less and less common, and strength isn't as important as it once was. However, it's still very useful. Compound movements with barbells (squat, deadlift, overhead press, row, etc.) are basically loaded human movement. When you get out of a chair, you're doing a squat. A deadlift is picking up something off the ground. To paraphrase Mark Rippetoe, having a 400 lb deadlift makes picking up that 85 lb box from UPS a lot less awkward.
Originally Posted by Derpamix
Additionally, strong muscles mean a healthy body. One of the reasons that I got interested in strength training was that several of my friends hurt their shoulders and had surgery within just a few weeks of each other. They were all doing fairly common activities when their injuries happened, too. I did some reasearch and found out that exercises like bench presses, overhead presses, and rows will not only keep your shoulders strong, but surgery-free when done properly. It's the same for squats with your kness and deadlifts with your back.
Not all lifting is done with aesthetics in mind. Big arms are fun, but so is good health.
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