aches, no pain... nowhere
learning never stops for those inclined to look and listen; for
those determined to get ahead when getting ahead might mean not
going backwards and for the few who don't reject that patience is
still a primary virtue in a modern, racing world. I receive an occasional
email from some of the young and restless lifters who wish I'd get
on with the facts, information and routines that work and leave
the miles of musing and persuasion in the computer. Fact is, a small
collection of facts works well if the lifter works hard; the lesson
is in the doing.
things I note and consider as I proceed to offer cutting edge facts
and modern truths to the hip readers in outer space:
greatest problem people face across the board is getting to the
gym, be it under the house, in the garage, around the neighborhood
track or to the gym down on Main Street. Absolutely everything is
in the way. Persuade.
second obstacle has something to do with enthusiasm (a distillation
of spirit, drive, energy, motivation, joy and desire) or, rather,
the lack of enthusiasm when the good folks stand in gym attire before
their course of exercise. Enthusiasm has life and lives inside us.
It's a mind and soul thing that we need to nurture, not a fact to
list on a page like barbell curls, sets and reps. Inspire.
dilemma equipped with tentacles I must wrestle to the ground: being
a typical human mental case, I wonder periodically if my gracious
information is nothing more than my own boastings wrapped up in
a bundle of early-day muscle talk. No doubt my ego gets in the way,
but here that is not the case; in this instance early-day talk equals
truth -- time honored, practiced and uncomplicated truth. But it
also means limited in scope. Review.
only so much fact to spread around before I exhaust the supply,
though honest invention based on the truth is boundless. That's
what we try to do here, now and again: magnify, expand, customize
and regulate the working facts to serve our particular needs...
injury compensation and repair, periodic heavy-duty work or fitness
goals, change of scenery, bulking and power needs or seeking shape
and definition. Innovate.
it's new, improved, just revealed or the latest, it's probably old,
used, last year's or old-fashioned... what good is it? It's embarrassing
and it's uncool. Truth is eternal and little is known that hasn't
been sent your way. Enticed by hype is uncool. Focus.
we're on the subject of truth, trust yourself. I dare you. This
is an ongoing practice that has the pungent odor of arrogance, but,
with a grateful heart, a challenge we are obliged to apply. Advice
sought and tested is wise, but follow-the-leader can trap you in
a maze. Think.
of last year I was determined to exhaust myself physically before
going on a series of short, out-of-town trips, the terror of missing
my workouts gripped me hard. (He's so weak). At least two honest,
though confused characters live inside me, Dumb and Smartso, and
Dumb gets his way every time. I did heavy squats and deadlifts back-to-back
and thought the ole boy had taken it to the cliffs and over the
edge. DOMS were superceded by IMS (Immediate Muscle Soreness) and
aggravated by PMS (Permanent Muscle Soreness). I felt old and tender
to the touch for a long time. Crotchety.
was certain that there would be no more heavy lifting, ever; fitness
appearing as the appropriate goal toward which to aspire. I sought
chiropractic treatment and relinquished to light therapeutic training
-- health and comfort my clear goals. I don't do anything in my
training without thinking about my relationship with my IronOnline
co-trainees; what impact they have on me, what impact I have on
them. They want to know what's going on day-to-day in the generations
ahead as well as today and yesterday. Gotta keep the reports in
order. They're not going to like this one. It's over at 58. You
are tethered to the end of the dumbbell rack where small girls and
their babysitters hang: lots of aerobics, no need for all the calories
and protein. How does that Swiss ball work? I think I'll attach
one of those Harpo Marx rubber ball horns to my walker for laughs.
last year, I crawled under the Buffalo Bar and stood upright like
a beginner. Go back about five articles and you'll see a reference
to this momentous occasion. Up and down I went like a yo-yo on a
knotted string. It worked, but my knees, hips, lower back, shoulder
cage and wrists ached. Fine. I warmed up.
weekend, Saturday, after squaring away the gym for the night I locked
up and turned out the lights except for a row in the corner... I
could feel my way around in the familiar shadows. I had planned
a leg workout earlier, but I got busy and decided to blast it for
an hour before I headed home. I squatted 430 my last set, pause,
no bounce, so deep only my head was visible above ground. Two days
later I deadlifted 405 on my way out of the gym late in the afternoon.
No records, but no aches, no pain... nowhere. Point?
point: I'm learning. I didn't panic when the "other shoe"
appeared to drop on my head. I didn't submit. I just went on with
relative calm, made a few comments to y'all as I observed the passing
time, and my intuitive actions resuming their integral role. September
11th settled on the world, putting perspectives under polished glass
and I struggled by your side to understand.
feel very good (carefully avoids super words, such as "great"),
remain vigilant, curious and hopeful, persistent and disciplined;
nothing new to report in the way of facts, truth or information.
Am I missing something? A rhetorical question, asked as if speaking
to the wind.
to the strong who look and listen... Dave D
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