What have we done wrong?
What have we done wrong?
One of our clients at a Punch Kettlebell Gym…
a man in his mid 60’s to this day still claims the high school shot put record he set nearly 50 years prior. Why is this? Why is it that with today’s advanced training equipment and machines that a 50 year old record can’t be beat? Is it because we don’t run fast enough on treadmills or don’t do enough leg extensions, perhaps we need more lat pull-downs? Or is it something a bit more basic than that…perhaps we need to start over, go back to the beginning, when body building was weight lifting and strong men where truly strong.
Chris Barr is a 17 year old high school junior here in providence, ri. He’s the captain of his football team and star of his track and field team. Recently he set his school record for the deadlift. At 165lbs Chris deadlifted 365lbs – 100 pounds heavier than the previous record. If you don’t find anything impressive about that then perhaps you’ll be surprised to know that Chris never, never, practices the deadlift. As a matter of fact, it was the first time he had ever even attempted it, and it was only at the request of his coach that he even tried. Chris, since the age of 13, has worked out exclusively with kettlebells. He’s been with us for almost 5 years and has more strength built into his 165lb frame than someone twice his weight. This combined with his extraordinary stamina (something built with kettlebells) and speed is what has made him the star of his track and field team, a sport he tried out for for the first time this season.
So what is the answer? What have we done wrong? Have we somehow regressed into a lesser species than that of our predecessors or is it that in our effort to make things easier we have made them worse? Think of it like this, while in college I knew of a guy who on every Thursday and Friday night could be found outside one of the city’s hottest night clubs. He drove a white Ferrari and on the aforementioned nights would be seen leaning up against his car strategically parked in the only spot that was visible from the long line of patrons that waited outside the door. He would get there early, like 3 hours before opening, so he could get that most coveted of all spots. There he leaned night after night attracting ladies like flies to…well, you know. But people didn’t realize that his “Ferrari” was actually a “kit car”, a catalog ordered Ferrari body knock off sitting on what was rumored to be a Pontiac Feirro chassis. It was always breaking down. If those ladies only knew the extreme effort that was undertook night after night just to get his car into that spot. Most times it was pushed in place by the clubs bouncers who for some reason or another took pity on him. And at night, after the bar closed, he had to wait until everyone left just so they wouldn’t see the bouncers pushing him up the road hoping to gain enough speed to pop his clutch. Pathetic. So why the long story? Because what we’ve created is a race of Ferraris sitting on Pontiac chassis. All show with no go! Sure you might look great but are you truly fit? Are you a strong man, or do you just look like one?