How to make Lifting a Fun Game.
I woke up bright and early again to make it to the Crossfit Blackfriars 8am class with Stevie. This getting up at 7am isn't too bad I actually got a proper night sleep last night so I don't feel like a zombie.
After several sessions of endurance work and gymnastics today we got back to lifting which is my favorite. We worked on the snatch (not as nasty as it sounds) and the front squat (exactly as nasty as it sounds). I have a friend who doesn't like the gym at all. To be fair, I don't like traditional gyms. Mostly, because I'm shit at using them. I walk in with a plan in mind, and by the time I get going, that plan is cut in half or I wind up doing something else. I have very little will power when programing my own training. That's one reason Crossfit appeals to me; the workout is assigned and I don't have to think about it. Yes Crossfit is more expensive than a normal gym, but, for me, I won't go to a normal gym so that's a waste of money. And besides, in Crossfit you have coaches who teach you how to lift. I wouldn't have a clue what I was doing without help. Therefore, the extra cash is worth it for me.
My friend (Thom Tuck who was a guest on Namaste Bitches Podcast) argues that gyms are no fun because they are fitness, but without sport. Then you have things like bowling that's sport but no fitness. He prefers things that combine the two like Cricket or Soccer. I think weightlifting is fun, I like seeing how much I can lift and I've figured out how to make it a game for myself.
People will argue that lifting an arbitrary weight over your head is a exercise in futility. But I counter argue; no, it's not an arbitrary weight. It's the weight of a person I could feasibly carry out of a burning building. I'm not lifting for the sake of lifting. I'm lifting so when my super hero strength is needed I can go into action.
When I lift a barbell I'm not thinking, "This is 35kg (77.1lbs)". I'm thinking "Isn't the mom and dad of this 10 year old child going to be so happy I was able to save them from a firey death." As of now the back squat is my strongest lift. I can back squat 85kg (187.4lbs). That's about the weight of a 6 foot man, I can save from a burning building. Thank you very much. My goal is to work up to being able to lift a 6 foot and 6 inches man. Then, I can finally fuck a football player. I mean save;...um save a football player from a fire. That would be my PR.