Brick Don’t Hit Back
KB Swings. Heavy, 1 Minute. How many?
Powerslave Modify the dips accordingly, but time this sucker.
One Step at a Time
Our whole recent dialog (see last two posts) might find common ground, or at least a starting point for forum, if we equate walking with an entry level to movement for health purposes. Sure, there might be other options, but let’s consider that the first step could be, literally, the first step. Let’s see through the eyes of an organization that is trying to reach the demographic that needs this first step. It might be hard to grok this lowest common denominator of movement, especially for those of us who have accepted the gospel of serious sweat and embraced brutal training as playtime. As mentioned before, we might mean well when we come from the if-I-can-do-it-so-can-anyone camp, but often that turns into snobbery, not motivation.
This is the prescription/mantra we understand to create progress in our lives, but again, this is a luxury model not available to everyone. Exposing the idea of intensity might scare off some of the people who need to get started the most. Perhaps instead of critiquing the organizations that are aiming their artillery at the non-movers, who we can call ‘first-steppers,’ we should encourage these program designers to follow up with steps two and three.
My critique, instead, would be that there seems to be a plethora of organizations aiming at the same goal. I wondering if a little communication and merging would create more momentum. Seems like the train has to make too many stops before it can gain the speed it needs to climb the hill. This is where government funded programs and departments can take a page from the private sector handbook. Bodytriber Brian Fisher is the local king of networking, with one of his many projects being the massive Sacramento information website Midtown Grid. Brian puts people where they need to be and works with folks to get things done. I’ve never known anyone with as much passion for putting pieces together like Brian. Maybe I get him to chime in on how to rope in all the separate organizations and departments into one common movement, because currently it seems a bit diluted.
BUT, the mission is not without merit. Getting First Steppers walking may just be one of MANY first steps that can be taken, but it is valid. Of course the fear that any first step will end up in a face plant if there aren’t second and third steps already in place is also valid. Perhaps, as Bodytriber Amanda mentioned, we need to have our own forum, inviting the organizations involved to open a dialog with our tribe. We’ve got a great collection of resources, opportunity, brains, and that much needed impetus of desire to create change. So here I shall speak my latent conviction and make it universal sense… let’s have a Gathering of the Tribes with a different mission than we’ve had in the past. I’ll start making arrangements…
I visited a gym in Truckee during my stay there, a gym “voted best gym in Truckee,” which is convenient, being that is the ONLY gym within 30-40 miles. The typical machine and mirror show, it at least had a squat cage and half rack, although nary a bumper plate to be seen and there was a sign on the mirrors stating “please do not drop the dumbbells.” Rubber coated dumbbells and rubber floor simply begged for me to disobey this rule, so after every set of 1-arm snatch/windmills, I let gravity make sweet, violent love to the dumbbell, with a thudding embrace that was of a volume that would still seem tame compared to Bodytribe levels. The other two gym patrons seemed to not notice, probably due to the 70’s/80’s pop rock station pumped through the gym speaker system.
Let’s play a little game. Count how many clip art pictures of bicep curls are on this gym’s website.