Friday, February 12, 2016

The gym as a primary care center


Over the last couple of weeks I've had a bunch of rants - count 'em: one, two, three - about how government, bad science (funded by the government), bad advice (given by the government), and bad medicine (insured by the government) have ruined the health of the country. (Do you have Bon Jovi in your head now?) I feel like I've spent too much time ranting and not enough time saying what the solution is.

It's our mission to be part of the solution. Microgyms, like our place, are really the new primary health care centers now. We have the time and resources to interact personally with the people who come in. We have the ability to effect change on a customized person-by-person basis. We are small and agile and can keep learning to provide the best to our members.

Our primary solution is strength training (though we do have some other projects in the works that we're not ready to talk about). We believe that simple, low intensity strength training is an important part of fitness, health, and even reversing illness. Too much of the fitness industry is focused on making you feel bad so that you work out harder or buy their one essential product that's going to fix you. (Here's a good article on that. I linked to the google cache of the article because the original was on a click-bait site.)

Amy and I had similar conversations over the last couple of days with some members that made us feel good that our message is getting out. It's hard to market simplicity and consistent hard (but not too hard!) work, so it's taken some time for the community to see that what we do is right. But now that we've seen some folks coming consistently for the last 7 or 8 months, we're seeing people get stronger and healthier. The fact that so many of you can keep coming in without getting burned out or injured is a sign that you're benefiting from the programming.

We're proud of the changes you are making, so keep it up!
Workout
strength - add weight from last time (more info) 

squat 3x5 

then

5 rounds

every 5:00
row 500m
10 heavy KB swings