Yesterday we squatted.
Box squats with bands (medium and small). max out.
1 leg squats. 1 leg up on bench. Holding a pair of KB’s in rack position.
Good mornings/sled blast. Heavy GM’s, heavy sled. 6-8 reps/100 feet.
Today we’re pressing.
1 hand strict overhead press. Any tool of choice. Work up to heavy singles.
Bench press. 80% of max, for reps. 4 sets.
Crocodile pushups/ninja club chops. This combo is featured at the end of this video.
Congrats to Bodytribe member Stephen Boland, who cranked out some personal bests at his most recent track meet this weekend. His blog tells the story.
There’s nothing as humbling as questioning the value of your mission. Our little revolution against the commercial fitness industry is a very first-world luxury. With food in my belly (barely) and a roof over my head (for now) I can safely charge into the fray of mainstream consumerism and hubris with sword (or dumbbell) in hand, ready to slay the corporate dragons.
So? Can I justify that Westernized society needs saving as much as societies that suffer from lack of basic needs? I’m trying to raise the level of my silly little profession from a service industry to philosophical physiology, the quest for realization through physical empowerment. It’s hard not to question if this is a pretty weak brand of activism.
We can find cases of societies throughout history that embraced the importance of promoting physical wellbeing as a basic tenet of life. For every culture that is struggling for basic needs there is another squandering theirs, diving headlong into an oblivion reserved for classic squanderers like Nero and Vitellius. So perhaps my little role within our tribe is to offer important alternatives to taking our physical beings for granted, and promoting the concept that, sans the politics of primping, an increased physical awareness can lead to higher forms of thought and creativity.
So yes, there is a need to be concerned for our own society, our own tribe, and a realization that our lessons might be different from other tribes, but not less important. Granted, this may simply be me justifying my own tiny quest here, but a boy can dream, right?