Wednesday, April 19, 2017

No need for fancy equipment

My version of a 44kg kettlebell
I know I refer to Antifragile a lot (bring it back, Vaidy!), but so many of the concepts really are true. Here's a story to illustrate.

I love the 4:15 class, we get to bro it out a bit and talk a bunch between lifts. One member was telling me that his friends make fun of him for paying so much to be at a gym like ours when he can get a 24-hour Fitness membership for one quarter the price and you get access to all kinds of fancy stuff there.

My answer to that is our value isn't in what we give you access to, it's what we keep you away from (I would put a link to via negativa here, but it's best if I omit that). I don't believe in all kinds of unitaskers that target one movement. I don't want you to get distracted and have to figure out which of the 10 variations of something is the best for you. We don't need that. Even our programming is super simple. People often mistake complexity for quality, but complexity just provides distraction.

All we need are barbells, kettlebells, and some racks. In the context of strength training, the barbell and the kettlebell are probably the two oldest ideas. They have survived the test of time and are the most Lindy compatible training tools. Squatting and picking stuff up (deadlifting) are probably the two oldest movements anyone ever did. Combine our simple tools with our simple movements, and you get the best training.

If you saw Hannah's post yesterday, you can see how simple training is really paying off for our track athletes.


row 500 / run 400
crawling lunge
10 KB swings or snatches
double KB overhead lunge
10 TGUs or windmills
10 goblet squats
5 pull-ups or push-ups or dips


deadlift 5-3-3-3x3


5 heavy swings between strength sets

Group Workout

5 rounds for sense of urgency
5 power clean and jerk
10 push-ups

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