Thursday, February 25, 2016

What do you do that's creative?

Brian and Alex tackle a kettlebell ladder.
What do you do that's creative?

I was watching the new Michael Pollan documentary series Cooked on Netflix tonight, and he was talking about the difference between cooking and buying prepared food as a difference between making something and just being a consumer. This really struck a chord with me. I cook almost all of my food at home, most of it from scratch, and I've always viewed this as a creative outlet, an opportunity to build something myself. If you know me, you also know I'm an avid knitter. This serves the same kind of purpose - it's not just a hobby that amuses me, but also a way to create, to produce something that is of use.

In a way, I think strength training can be viewed as a creative process. We're taking the raw materials - our bodies - and making something of them. We're building strength and functional movement the way we might cook a pot of soup or sew a garment or build a bookshelf or draw a picture or sing a song.

It's all too easy to get caught up in being a consumer. What clothes you wear, what car you drive, what fancy vacations you go on, what shiny new things you can post on Facebook. I encourage you to embrace the more creative, meaningful parts of your life, and use them as a grounding force. And view training as an enriching support system for your creativity and productivity.
Workout
strength - add weight from last time (more info) 

squat 3x5 

then

5 rounds with full recovery:

5 heavy cleans
1:00 suitcase carry