When every lift is your favourite, it's hard to pick just one. But the two-hands anyhow has got to be my all-time favourite lift. It's an old-time strongman lift and the world record is 448lbs set by Arthur Saxon.
Personally, this is one of those fun lifts that finds its way into my training every so often when I feel like "playing". On this occasion, my intention was to strictly go with a double kettlebell variation and keep it light just to move around a little. Anyone who knows me, will not be surprised at how quickly shit got out of hand and I ended up attempting a personal best of 225 lb. I was not successful. My excuse is a wrist injury that I'm nursing currently which is really messing with my grip. However, I was successful at not smashing my face with a 155 lb barbell, which I probably held, with one arm, in an overhead lockout position for at least 30 seconds possibly more. So there's that. Get that rotator cuff nice and bulletproof for highland games season.
Anyway, the moral of the story is find some time to play with exercise and have fun with the process of getting stronger whatever that means to you. I consider myself fairly strong, but my strength has taken years to develop. A lifetime in fact. I've lifted things, thrown things, hit things, been hit by things, jumped, climbed, pushed, pulled, dragged, ran, crawled and I'll continue to embrace challenges because they're integral for growth.
I wish everybody could have as much fun with strength training as I do although I know that's probably not possible. But I'm confidence there's an activity out there for everyone. And even strength training can take on many forms, so don't rule it out.
* So, find something that's fun and that challenges you at the same time. * Try to set modest goals like just being consistent. * Try not to set goals based on aesthetics alone. * Don't ever use exercise to punish yourself for any shortcomings you feel you have in other areas of your life. * Try not to compare yourself to others, however, get involved in friendly competitions like a Spartan Race or a Highland Games. * Workout or "play" outdoors as much as possible. * Wake up, be awesome, repeat.