Monday, August 24, 2015

The reluctant partner post

Jeremy doing the standard Barbell Strategy Candy Crush cool-down.
Some of you may have what we call reluctant partner syndrome, or even worse, disapproving partner syndrome. You get home and you hear some criticism or at least garner an eyeroll from your spouse or partner for spending too much time in the gym, for talking incessantly about your workouts, for obsessively checking the blog, for pressuring him or her to join you in hoisting some barbells. This post is for the reluctant partners, so hand over the laptop.

Partners, I hear you. When Mike first started talking about the crazy new strength and conditioning program he was doing 10 years ago, I told him I wanted no part of it. I was happy with my spin classes and some slow runs and the weight machines at the rec center and didn't see any point in messing around with pull-ups, jumping on boxes, picking up barbells, and who even knows what kettlebells are. But for some reason, at some point I broke. I decided to try it with him, said I'd give it ONE month, and I had every intention of quitting gleefully on Day 30, hopefully with no injuries to show for it.

But I got hooked. Who knew? I don't know if it was the lifting heavy, the fast, efficient conditioning that was so different than the low-and-slow that I was used to, or the challenge of skill development, but I loved it. I hated to even admit it, but some things I was even more into than Mike was (the Olympic lifts in particular). I went on to soak up everything I could. I met some challenges and setbacks as I changed gyms several times and had a couple of babies, but I never lost my enthusiasm for strength and conditioning.

I'm not saying the same thing will happen to you. But the person I was 10 years ago would never have envisioned where I am now: strength athlete, gym owner, and coach. And the bond that Mike and I have maintained by being able to share our training experience has been really important. We're so lucky to be able to share this part of our lives, and it's all because I gave it that one-month trial. I guess what I'm saying is, you might not really know how you feel about something until you just dive in and give it a try. That said, we always welcome our members' partners and families, whether they train with us or just want to hang out and get to know our community. We love working with couples and families because they have a special bond that is supportive (and sometimes competitive), and that pushes everyone to be their best.
10 rounds with full recovery:
2 Squat
2 Good Morning
2 Front Squat
2 Row