Man, it feels good to just move. Some of you may know that I have been injured and unable to train for a while now. Well, I’ve been feeling better for the past couple of weeks and I have started training again and, I have to admit, it just feels so good to move again.
For what seems like forever, I have pretty much only been able do deadhang pullups, bench press and shoulder press, as well as some therapy exercises. Sure, my bench numbers, none too impressive to start with, have gone up, but doing exercises without a lot of movement feels really stale. It truly boggles me that the vast majority of people who go to gyms only do exercises like those I did when I was injured.
Humans are meant to move. To run, jump, climb, throw, lift, explode. Today I did cleans from the floor for the first time in months. Worked up to loads approaching my previous PRs. Ah, it was great. Just great. In the world of exercise, there is nothing like taking a weight from the ground to shoulder or overhead. If you have only sat on your ass and pulled on cables or curled dumbbells, you have no idea what you are missing. If you have only slowly pedaled a bike while watching Oprah or Sports Center, or climbed a thousand steps while turning the pages of a sweat-stiff Men’s Health or Cosmo, then there is a whole world of fun waiting for you.
I just don’t know how people go to the gym and do the same movements (if anything on a machine can really be called a movement) day in and day out. I can’t wait to be able to deadlift heavy, and squat, and jump and run. Leap to the top of a stack of bumpers. Bang out a couple or three dozen kipping pullups. Jump a jerk up and catch it deep in a split. Hopefully soon.
Movement just feels so right, so good. And so fun.
20 Double Unders
5 Hang Power Snatch 135/85#
5 Handstand Pushups
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