I consider myself a lifelong athlete and to the surprise of some, NOT naturally strong. I couldn't bench 135# until I was 17 and didn't squat a barbell until my mid-20s. However, I'm a firm believer in hard work and reinforcing correct motor patterns. By redirecting my energy toward strength improvements, I went on to become a state champion powerlifter in 2015.
As an engineer, I openly admit to being a bit of a biomechanics nerd. You're bound to hear an explanation about something from me. It's all about leverage!
"Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world." - Archimedes."