Friday, September 15, 2017

Why be Strong and Healthy?

Watching the Harvey and Irma coverage on the news got me thinking back to the times I have been evacuated for wildfires, mudslides (due to devegation from those wildfires), and even the inconvenience of having my basement flooded from the rains a couple of years ago. None of those has been as bad as what the folks in Texas and Florida have to deal with, but I do share some of their feelings. As I look back at those times, being physically strong and healthy made those events go so much better - I had to get out of the truck and move boulders in the dark to open the mountain road enough to get through while Amy was 7-months pregnant, for example.

Why do you train at the gym? Do you want to be the one that's out there helping folks after a black swan event? Or do you want to be the one who needs to be rescued - potentially endangering your rescuers? I know where I want to be (my brother always says that nothing cheers me up like a good disaster - I like to be out there, but I'm weird).  It's not all about vanity or even just living longer (good reasons to be strong) - it's about being able to be a service to your community.

Get strong, keep your mobility, and don't be the one who needs saving - be ready to get out there and help your community. Even if we don't get a real disaster, at least you can shovel your neighbor's sidewalk this winter.


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


press 8-5-3x5


5 Bulgarian split squats between strength sets

Group Workout

spend 15 minutes climbing to a new kettlebell snatch max where POSITION GOVERNS WEIGHT - there is no point in sloppy reps


4 rounds:
5L, 5R one interval down from heaviest above 
rest as needed between sets


2 minute double kettlebell rack hold


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