She steps up to the bar, her back braced and supported; her head band catches any trace of sweat.
Her team is cheering, while her coach powerfully slaps her back, yelling, “Lead from the front! Show me what you’re all about, April!”
At 165 pounds, she grips the metal barbell with her callused, chalked hands and prepares to dead-lift a personal record.
“It was single handedly the most intense moment of my life. I didn’t hold back for one second and...