No shots, Rich, but it really makes me sad to hear people talk about the gym and fitness in this way because - again, no shots - it comes from a place of almost total ignoranceYhey go to the gym or whatever to keep fit but it's a pale imitation... in fact it's not even that. The great thing about truly enjoying a sport is that you go and have fun...when you have to stop you lose the fun... and then you realise, as part of a cruel double-whammy, you've lost that incidental fitness too, so you have to replace the exercise with some boring grind in the gym; the beautiful game replaced with lifting bits of metal and jogging on a conveyor belt, instead of the infinitely pleasing magic of turning someone inside out and leaving them grasping at the air in the wrong place you're supposed to be content with beating your own personal best on the rowing machine?
The sense of agency that comes with realising how much you can affect your own body is really satisfying too, seeing physical changes as a direct result of what you've been doing.One of the absolute best feelings on earth is crushing a new PR (personal record) on a deadlift or etc, after months/years of hard work, putting in the work week in week out, being consistent with not only your lifting but your nutrition, hydration, rest, assistance work, working on technique. Mastering a new skill or movement - whatever someone's level, whether it is their first strict pullup, first muscle-up, walking on your hands, whatever - is similarly a great feeling.
I would say invest in a few kettlebells if you can? I was lucky enough to get given a set early in first lockdown. Their shape means that there are lots of interesting unilateral movements that become possible. If you want a program, Marcus Filly's Persist has a minimalist track for at home training. I could post a sample workout if you like?Have you developed an at-home routine @padraig (u.s.) ? I'd be curious as to your recommendations. Lately I've gotten into a groove with a 20lb dumbbell, finding different angles/positions to lift it, doling out reps over the course of the day, rather than a concentrated session. But maybe that is suboptimal, not sure.
You're right it definitely does come from a place of ignorance. I can't remember when or why I wrote that but it doesn't seem to be something I am particularly invested in defending. I think I prefer sports such as squash, football etc while most people here prefer weightlifting etc and that's fair enough. I will say that the few times I went on the rowing machine I really enjoyed it. It's just a different thing.No shots, Rich, but it really makes me sad to hear people talk about the gym and fitness in this way because - again, no shots - it comes from a place of almost total ignorance
"Lifting bits of metal" is in fact a sport - multiple sports, actually (powerlifting, weightlifting i.e. Olympic lifting, Crossfit, etc) - that many, many people, including myself, find "infinitely pleasing magic" in. One of the absolute best feelings on earth is crushing a new PR (personal record) on a deadlift or etc, after months/years of hard work, putting in the work week in week out, being consistent with not only your lifting but your nutrition, hydration, rest, assistance work, working on technique. Mastering a new skill or movement - whatever someone's level, whether it is their first strict pullup, first muscle-up, walking on your hands, whatever - is similarly a great feeling.
There's nothing wrong with team or individual sports - the opposite, they're fucking great - but the idea that you need to shit on other forms of physical activity as evidence of their greatness is, like, misguided at best.
Again, nothing personal here. I am, obviously, passionate about fitness, and I just think that was a particularly bad take.
True. In general... except, I find with some things i, just in one personal sense, find the opposite true. There are some things which, for me, become less interesting as you get good at them and cross a line from their being random fun things to something you take seriously. That moment when you change from celebrating every time you get it right to assuming you'll get it right and thus cursing when you get it wrong. But this could be just me and it only happens for me with certain things... hobbies that become serious and competitive after you started them precisely to get away from that. Not sure I'm capturing this correctly but maybe those who also get this feeling will know what I mean.One final thing I'd note is that, just like sports, fitness becomes more interesting and less boring the more you know what you're doing. The more movements you can do perform well the more variety you can introduce.
I'm not jacked, but I'm not exactly scrawny or out of shape either. I got really out of shape during lockdown and ended up skinny fat then eventually got back on it.Hold up, is version jacked?
My world has been turned upsidedown